Healthy Earth strives toward a greener, cleaner Rancho Cucamonga by adopting policies and implementing programs and strategies that advance environmental sustainability in the community and in City operations. Learn how you can make a difference in buying local, energy, transportation & air quality, solid waste reduction, water, and environmental education.
Green Business Recognition Program
For information on Green Building visit the U.S. Green Building Council
Property Accessed Clean Energy (PACE) programs
Property Accessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing programs are available to assist with home improvement projects. Several providers offer these services and participation in the PACE program is entirely voluntary.
Hero Program - The HERO Program makes it both easy and affordable to complete improvement projects including water conservation, energy consumption, and renewable energy. This program offers low-interest financing opportunities, a streamlined application process, and a directory of participating HERO contractors. Check out the list of eligible product activities with HERO Financing including water conservation. The HERO Commercial program is available throughout San Bernardino County. This video describes the program process.
California Statewide Communities Development Authority (CSCDA)- There are a few PACE providers under CSCDA including Renew Financial and Counterpointe Energy.
Figtree Financing - Commericial, industrial, and multi-family property improvements can be funded through the Figtree Financing Program.
YgreneWorks PACE Financing - The YgreneWorks PACE program offers financing for energy efficiency and water conservation improvements. The funding is repaid through your property tax bill.
California Municipal Finance Authority (CMFA) Financing - As part of it economic and community development, CMFA along with its current program administrators, such as Energy Efficient Equity (E3), are offering PACE financing for residential and commercial property owners in its member territories.
Home Improvement Program The City's Home Improvement Program provides 0% financing for qualifying homeowners to install energy efficient improvements including: insulation, windows, heating and cooling, water heating, solar photovoltaic energy, and more! For more information please call (909) 477-2700 ext. 4312.
Energy Rebates - Check out the various money saving rebates that are available.
Cool California Challenge - Rancho Cucamonga has been crowned a "Cool California City"! The City participated in the CoolCalifornia Challenge, a six month long, community-based competition to cut carbon emissions. The competition, lead by the California Air Resources Board, engaged households and community groups in ten cities across the state to use less energy, reduce their carbon footprints and build more vibrant and sustainable communities. Participants earned points by reducing household energy use and tailpipe emissions which was tracked using online software. A new rest stop along the Pacific Electric (PE) Trail at Hermosa Avenue has been dedicated to the Rancho Cucamonga Cool California Challenge Team for their efforts to reduce carbon emissions.
Travel Green Use one of the following options for getting around:
Plug-In Electric Vehicles (PEVs)
Rebates are available to install an Electric Vehicle charging station at home with the Residential EV Charging Incentive Pilot Program through the South Coast Air Quality Management District.
Electric vehicle owners are encouraged to download the Mobile-Now! app to access the EV stations. This app enables users to access a charging session with a cell phone and receive a charging authorization code using a smartphone app or text message. A code is then generated which unlocks the EV charging station and sets the charging time. The rate for the EV Station is $1.50 per hour plus a convenience fee. The maximum charging session is four hours. This system eliminates the need for billing or networking hardware in the EV charger itself making it less expensive and more reliable to enable the City to provide financially sustainable EV parking options. These stations are meant to be used as a "top off" charge with primary charging taking place at home.
The Healthy RC EV Charging Station Program encourages use of alternative fuel vehicles and assists with clean air efforts. The City has made concerted efforts to be an electric vehicle-friendly community as part of its Healthy RC initiative to promote a cleaner, greener Rancho Cucamonga.
Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) Vehicles
Drivers of CNG vehicles in the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) can receive a $2,000 rebate for the purchase and installation of a Phill CNG appliance. This appliance can be mounted to the wall of a garage, carport, or placed outdoors for convenient home refueling. Don't forget your $1,000 federal income tax credit for home refueling appliances! This incentive will run until funding is exhausted. Visit the MSRC website for more information.
Farmers' Markets Buying locally grown, seasonal produce has a smaller carbon footprint than buying something that was grown thousands of miles away and shipped to your nearest super market. Plus, you can often find produce that hasn't been sprayed with pesticides or grown using ecologically sound farming practices. Find locally grown produce, crafts, and other goods by patronizing your nearest California Certified Farmers' Market.
Buy Local - Purchasing locally made goods strengthens the local economy and reduces transportation-related emissions. Support your local Rancho Cucamonga businesses and look for items made in this region.
Reuse Reusing items extends their life, saves resources from purchasing brand new products, cuts costs, and keeps them out the landfill a little longer. Purchase previously used goods like books, CDs, clothes, appliances, and more.
Recycle The City makes recycling easy for residents. A complete list of what goes in each container can be found in the Healthy RC Green Living Guide. Look for the recycling symbol on products that have a number inside which refers to the type of plastic used.
Buy Recycled Purchasing recycled-content products is essential because it keeps the market strong for recyclables and closes the recycling "loop". Look for items that have the highest amount of "post-consumer recycled content", which means that items we recycle were used. "Recycled content" means paper scraps from the manufacturing process were used.
Composting Why throw valuable resources down the garbage disposal or into the trash bin? Divert organic waste from the landfill by composting kitchen food scraps, coffee grounds and tea bags, paper items, and more by turning them into a free fertilizer for your garden and landscape. You can compost in your backyard, under your sink, or use worms to break down organic material. View CalRecycle's information and resources on everything composting.
Please see the recent Waste and Recycling Newsletter.
Water Efficiency It takes a great deal of energy to transport and clean water in addition to conserving this precious resource. At home use low flow shower heads, faucets, and toilets. See what your water usage is by using this calculator.
Landscape Calibrate outdoor sprinklers to ensure they are not watering the cement and only water during early morning or late evening to avoid evaporation. Install drip or soak irrigation and use California native drought tolerant plants. Install a flood management system, like a rain garden, so that the next time it rains, water seeps into the ground naturally and filtered by plants instead of the storm drain .
Water Quality Prevent urban runoff by properly disposing of chemicals, use organic fertilizers, and biodegradable products.
Environmental Education - The Rancho Cucamonga Library provides Kill-A-Watt monitors for checkout. With this device you can measure the energy consumption of household appliances and reduce your electric bill. Check the library catalog for availability and visit the circulation desk to check one out. This service is provided by a grant from the California State Library.
The City has partnered with the Cucamonga Valley Water District in teaching students about water, recycling, gardening, resources, and energy efficiency at their Environmental Learning Center.
Visit the Frontier Project , a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED™) platinum certified building and demonstration site located in Rancho Cucamonga, which offers tours to learn all about the ease of incorporating green building practices.