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City of Palm Springs

Beacon Participant Profile

“The City of Palm Springs has identified sustainability and the creation of a comprehensive plan for sustainability as a priority for the coming year. Our quality of life is dependent upon our ability to translate that intention into a reality.” -Palm Springs Mayor Steve Pougnet, “The Palm Springs Path to Sustainability” memo, May 29, 2008.

About Palm Springs

  • Incorporated: 1938
  • Population: 47,601 (2009)
  • Location: Western edge of the Coachella Valley in central Riverside County, 107 miles east of Los Angeles
  • Elevation: 487 feet
  • Area: 95 square miles

Climate Action Activities

Climate Action Resources


Agency Energy Savings

  • Silver Level, 9% (2013)

Agency Natural Gas Savings

Agency Greenhouse Gas Reductions

Community Greenhouse Gas Reductions

Sustainability Best Practices

  • Gold Level (2016)
  • Silver Level (2013)
Case Story

Palm Springs’ Lawn Buy Back Program

The hot, dry climate in Palm Springs makes having a green lawn a challenge. In response, the City of Palm Springs began offering residents a “Lawn Buy Back Program” in 2011 to encourage property owners to replace turf with desert-friendly and native landscaping.

Case Story

Community Garden in Palm Springs Provides Fresh Food and Community Space

With a vision for healthy ecosystems and urban sustainability, the City of Palm Springs unveiled a popular and successful community garden that is now providing a stronger sense of community and a connection to the environment.

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