Riverside has taken pride in the steps it has taken to become more sustainable.
Some of these steps include: the preservation of Riverside's historic downtown architecture; the independence of the public utility system; the commitment that the city will receive 50 percent of its power from renewable resources by 2013; the SmartRiverside program that provides computers to low-income residents and free Wi-Fi to most of the city; and recent investments in infrastructure, such as Renaissance Riverside (a multi-billion dollar program improving roads, parks and cultural attractions).
Riverside's civic and social leaders have made strategic investments that are increasing the quality of life for both the present and the future.
The greater Riverside area and its chambers of commerce have also identified 5 desirable industries to create more job diversity for the area's sustainable future. The industries chosen are: medical/health care, including services, medical devices, biotechnology and pharmaceuticals; professional services; financial/insurance/ legal; green technology/manufacturing; and innovative high tech. These industries were chosen because of their potential to bring clean, green businesses, create high-paying jobs, attract knowledge workers, meet market demand and take advantage of Riverside's infrastructure.