Mountainside Apartments joins Rancho Cucamonga’s Green Business Recognition Program
Mountainside Apartments has joined the City of Rancho Cucamonga’s Green Business Recognition Program which recognizes businesses who have demonstrated a commitment towards environmental sustainability. Mountainside Apartments, an affordable housing community owned and managed by National Community Renaissance (National CORE), located at 9181 Foothill Boulevard is a multi-family complex with 384 apartment units. A variety of green practices have been incorporated into their operations that reduce natural gas usage, improve energy efficiency, promote water conservation, and strengthen resident engagement, among others.
The Green Business Recognition Program showcases the sustainability efforts of Rancho Cucamonga businesses and encourages green business practices throughout the community. Businesses that demonstrate environmental practices in various categories such as waste reduction, pollution prevention, recycling, purchasing, energy efficiency, transportation, water efficiency, transportation, and stakeholder engagement and complete no-cost resource assessments are eligible to be recognized as a Healthy RC Green Business. A wide variety of businesses are part of the program ranging from manufacturing to food service, multi-family housing to office buildings, and hair salons to distribution. Participating businesses receive recognition and exposure through City outlets including at a City Council meeting and are provided with a Healthy RC “Green Business” window decal to proudly display at their business entrance. Participating businesses are also featured in the City’s eReporter community e-newsletter. The Green Business Recognition Program is part of the City’s Healthy RC Program to promote environmentally sustainable practices in the community.
Mountainside Apartments is the third multi-family complex to be recognized as a Rancho Cucamonga Green Business. A significant natural gas savings project was completed by installing twenty-nine high efficiency boilers which supplies heating and hot water to residents. This nearly half-million-dollar investment was made possible through SoCalGas’ Energy Savings Assistance Program, Common Area Measure Incentive program.
“SoCalGas is proud to continue our work with National CORE, improving energy efficiency and reducing energy costs for low-income residents. Small changes in our energy consumption through energy efficient improvements can account for big savings on energy bills and a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions,” said Brian Prusnek, Director of Customer Programs and Assistance at SoCalGas.
Other environmental improvement efforts include installing low-flow showerheads and aerators to decrease water consumption. To maximize energy efficiency, solar panels were placed on each of the buildings, an LED light retrofit was completed, and weather stripping around doors was installed. These improvements assist residents by reducing their energy costs.
“We thank the City of Rancho Cucamonga for recognizing the work National CORE is doing around sustainability,” said National Core’s Senior Vice President of Property Management, Dan Lorraine. “It is important to us to do our part in creating sustainable communities and healthy living environments for our families and seniors. Our Capital Improvements Team is always looking at ways to improve energy efficiencies and conserve water at the site level. As an affordable housing owner and developer, it is great when your efforts also lead to lower water and utility bills for your residents.”
National Core works collaboratively with upstream and downstream partners to ensure environmental sustainability practices are in place at all of their properties. They are one of the nation’s largest nonprofit developers of high-quality cost-contained affordable housing, with more than 10,000 affordable, senior, and market-rate units in California, Florida, and Texas. During its nearly 30-year history, National CORE has offered programs and services at no charge to its residents, creating communities that support educational attainment, economic mobility, and improved health.