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City of Rancho Cucamonga

Beacon Participant Profile

“The Sustainability Action Plan provides the foundation for the City of Rancho Cucamonga to set a course towards achieving environmental sustainability. The proposed actions focus on policies and City operations initiatives that will facilitate the integration of a healthy mind, body, and Earth, in keeping with the Healthy RC initiative.” Ranch Cucamonga Green Team

Healthy RC Solar Project

City of Rancho Cucamonga

About Rancho Cucamonga

  • Incorporated: 1977
  • Population: 171,058
  • Location: Suburban city in San Bernadino County
  • Elevation: 1,207 feet
  • Area: 40.2 square miles

Climate Action Activities

  • Sustainability Master Plan in Progress
  • Created Rancho Cucamonga Innovative City Green Strategies in April 2010
  • HEAL Cities Campaign Participant
  • City policy to support infrastructure improvements to attract light industrial and manufacturing uses, green technology uses, energy- related businesses, and research and development uses (in General Plan)
  • Require new developments of more than 100 employees to develop Transportation Demand Management programs to minimize automobile trips and to encourage use of transit, ridesharing, bicycling, and walking (in General Plan)
  • Resolution No. 07-231 that bans expanded polystyrene food service products
  • Created the Healthy RC Strategic Plan that provides information to help make Ranch Cucamonga a healthier and greener place to live
  • Tree City USA Member – 25 years
  • Provide residents with the Healthy RC Challenge each year
  • Annual Cucamonga Challenge 29 mile bike ride, and a 5k/10k run/walk along the Pacific Electric Trail in Rancho Cucamonga
  • Currently has five Energy Star labeled buildings and plants
  • City encourage developers, builders, and businesses to “go green” when constructing facilities and operating businesses within the community (General Plan)
  • City promotes converting standard light bulbs to more energy efficient Compact Fluorescent Bulbs (CFL)
  • City currently irrigates the Adult Sports Complex, Victoria Arbors Park and twenty parkway and median island landscape sites totaling 1,500,000 square feet with recycled water
  • Instituted a Green Business Recognition program recognizing businesses that use environmentally friendly business practices to save money and promote sustainability
  • A regional Solar Feasibility Study is currently ongoing with several city facilities
  • Pilot Food Waste program with waste hauler is currently ongoing
  • Participates in the regional HERO program for residential and commercial customers
  • Updated the solar requirements and permit timelines with the Solar RC Program to encourage solar capacity within the City
  • Participant in Cool California City Challenge

Climate Action Resources


Agency Energy Savings

  • Platinum Level, 23% (2018)

Agency Natural Gas Savings

Agency Greenhouse Gas Reductions

  • Gold Level, 10% (2019)

Community Greenhouse Gas Reductions

Sustainability Best Practices

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

Rancho Cucamonga’s Paper Reduction Program

The City of Rancho Cucamonga launched a paper reduction and recycling program, called the CTRL Tree program that involves almost every city department. More than 200 city employees signed a pledge to avoid printing when possible, to print double-sided and to recycle documents by turning them into notebooks or shredding them for use as cage lining at the animal shelter.

Case Story

Healthy Food Comes to a Rural Neighborhood in Rancho Cucamonga

In response to staggering public health statistics, Rancho Cucamonga established a city-wide initiative dedicated to encouraging healthy and sustainable lifestyles. As part of this initiative, the city passed a zoning ordinance to allow farmers markets into one of the neediest neighborhoods and created a program that is helping residents make healthier choices.  

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