The Urban Land Institute Orange County/Inland Empire Chapter awarded the City with its 2013 Best of the Best award for Organizational Leadership. "Partnership for a Greener Northtown" was recognized for supporting the "Triple Bottom Line" of sustainability development: Economic Value, Environmental Quality, and Social Equity.
"Partnership for a Greener Northtown" is a city-led coalition of community-based groups that leveraged resources to strengthen the environmental sustainabilty and health of Southwest Cucamonga under the Healthy RC umbrella. To increase energy efficiency and assist homeowners reduce energy bills, a partnership with Uncommon Good and the U.S. Green Building Council Inland Empire chapter provided four low-low income homeowners with no-cost energy audits and retrofits. The City, Uncommon Good, and USGBC-IE worked with Community Champions resident leadership group on program outreach. To increase solar energy within the community and reduce energy bills, a partnership with GRID Alternatives provided one homeowner with a no-cost 3 kW solar photovoltaic system valued at $20,000. Together over 400 green job training hours were gained by both the Green Energy Team who completed the home audits and retrofits and community volunteers who installed the solar system.
These programs complement existing Healthy RC PRograms such as Safe Routes to School, Bringing Health Home farmers' market incentive program, and gardening and healthy eating workshops. Each one of these programs ensures a triple-bottom line approach that has improved the area's social, environmental, and economic capital.