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Earth Month: North County’s green initiatives

Now more than ever, going green is the right thing to do. From incorporating greener practices into your daily routine to cleaning up your neighborhood or beaches, there are many ways we can celebrate and take care of our planet, during Earth Month and beyond. In this blog, we’re covering environmentally conscious and sustainable initiatives from North County cities Oceanside, Carlsbad and Escondido. Read on to learn about some of these initiatives and what you and/or your business can do to participate or replicate these efforts.

Take the pledge to reduce your water waste

Oceanside is participating in Wyland National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation, a friendly competition between cities across the country to see which residents agree to conserve more water, energy and other natural resources on behalf of their city by taking an online pledge. As of now, The City of Oceanside is second place in the contest, which ends on April 31. Take the pledge here to be more sustainable and help Oceanside reach first place. Another initiative by the city is Green Oceanside’s “One Planet. Take Action.” kits. Each kit contained a packet of everyday sustainable activities for residents who registered on their webpage to receive via mail and complete with family and friends. 

Celebrate eco-efficiency

On March 12, 2019, Carlsbad City Council adopted ordinances related to energy efficiency, renewable energy, alternative water heating, electric vehicle charging infrastructure and transportation demand management. As a result, the City of Carlsbad is on track to achieve the goals outlined in its Climate Action Plan, including meeting statewide greenhouse gas emission targets by 2035. To do this, the city is enforcing regulations for new residential and commercial building codes, among other tactics. 

Great news for local farmers–and our planet

To top off our list of sustainable initiatives in North County, construction for the City of Escondido’s Membrane Filtration Reverse Osmosis Facility for Agriculture is currently underway and projected to be completed in early 2023. The facility will provide a reliable, affordable and high-quality recycled water supply to local farmers. Once fully-built, the recycled water conveyance and distribution system will pipe the blended water to outlying parts of the city for beneficial use by Escondido’s local growers (mainly avocado orchards). The increased use of recycled water will not only reduce untreated water waste into the ocean, but also save the city an estimated $1 billion in water waste annually. 

Not only do green initiatives save cities, businesses and homeowners money, they ensure a chance for future generations to enjoy the place we call home. Learn more about what you can do to implement environmentally conscious practices into your day-to-day life and business operations by visiting your city’s environmental resources page, even beyond Earth Month:

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