In September 2009, the city of San Bernardino received $1,954,600 in Energy Efficiency Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) funds.
These funds are being used to create and implement strategies to reduce fossil fuel emissions in a manner that is environmentally sustainable and maximizes benefits for the local and regional communities, reduce the total energy use, and improve energy efficiency in the building sector, the transportation sector, and other appropriate sectors.
Through creating and retaining jobs for local residents as well, San Bernadino aims to be competitive for future development and sustainability.
A movement called the Green Valley Initiative (GVI) was started in an effort to transform Riverside and San Bernardino counties into a place where sustainable economic development and quality of life go hand-in-hand. This effort aims to bring green technologies and sustainable practices to the area while reducing the region's long commutes, under-utilized resources and non-cohesive business and land-use practices.
The plan integrates social, economic and environmental forces to bring new jobs, greater opportunities and a higher quality of life to the region. From alternate energy development initiatives to waste and recycling management, GVI is doing its part for a better environment. To find out more about these programs, click here.