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City of Rolling Hills Estates

Beacon Participant Profile

“The City of Rolling Hills Estates takes an active role in maintaining the high quality of life that makes this community such an attractive place to live. As in the past, today’s emphasis in managing the City is placed upon preserving its rural residential character while at the same time, providing the best possible services to its residents”. Municipal Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory Report

About Rolling Hills Estates

  • Incorporated: 1957
  • Population: 8,185 (2010) 
  • Location: On the northern side of the Palos Verdes Peninsula, facing Torrance
  • Elevation: 469 feet
  • Area: 4.18 square miles

Climate Action Activities

  • Cities for Climate Protection Campaign member
  • U.S. Conference of Mayors Climate Protection Agreement Signatory
  • Southern California Edison’s Energy Leader Partnership Program Member
  • Completed Greenhouse Gas Inventory
  • Local Climate Action Plan to be completed
  • Council adopted a Solar Equipment Permit Waiver Fee Program in 2009
  • Adopted Resolution No. 2104 that utilizes the Ahwahnee Water Principles for Resource-Efficient Land Use and requires new landscapes for commercial, office, institutional developments and developer-installed landscaping in residential subdivisions to be designed to conserve water using a water budget approach
  • Implemented integrated pest management practices
    Adopted Resolution No. 2103, the Alameda County New Home Construction Green Building Guidelines as a City reference document which summarize ways that sustainable design elements can be incorporated into remodel or new construction projects and provides a self-tracking green points system to indicate the number and type of green elements that are utilized. The resolution further encourages larger residential new construction and mixed-use projects to apply for LEED Green Building Rating System certification
  • Recommended in January 2012 that replacement of the current HVAC unit in City Hall chambers for a energy efficient unit
  • Annual “Hills are Alive” run sponsored by the Rolling Hills Estates Pepper Tree Foundation, a nonprofit group that will use its donations to protect, develop and maintain the city’s trails, parks and open space
  • Annual Tracy Austin Doubles Tennis Tournament sponsored by the Rolling Hills Estates Pepper Tree Foundation, a nonprofit group that will use its donations to protect, develop and maintain the city’s trails, parks and open space
  • Participating in the South Bay Cities Council of Governments which is a joint powers authority of 16 cities and the County of Los Angeles all sharing the goal of maximizing the quality of life and productivity of the area

Climate Action Resources

Awards

Agency Energy Savings

  • Platinum Level, 27% (2015)

Agency Natural Gas Savings

Agency Greenhouse Gas Reductions

Community Greenhouse Gas Reductions

  • Gold Level, 11% (2015)

Sustainability Best Practices

  • Silver Level (2015)

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