I am proud to announce that the City recently adopted its first Green Action Plan. Developed in collaboration with the Natural Resources and Environmental Commission, the Plan maps out environmental sustainability initiatives in five categories:
Working towards making the City plastic-free
Enhancing water conservation
Increasing organics diversion from the landfill
Mitigating the impacts of urban heat island effect
Preparing for future sustainability initiatives
Within each category are objectives and specific actions to be taken over the next 18 months. The Plan serves as a short term action guide while the City is completing a more comprehensive Climate Action Plan (CAP) under a grant from a regional planning agency. The CAP will focus more broadly on reducing greenhouse gas emissions and will ultimately build on the Green Action Plan when complete in 2020. The Public Works Department was recently reorganized to create an environmental sustainability team who will be focused on implementation of green initiatives.
The City’s first fast chargers for electric vehicles are now available to the public! On Monday, Oct. 4, our City Council and staff joined joined with EVgo to celebrate the opening of two public fast chargers located at 820 Mound Ave., conveniently located in South Pasadena’s Historic Business District. The EVgo station features the first public fast chargers in South Pasadena.
The fast chargers are part of a
larger City environmental sustainability program to improve air quality, reduce
pollution and fight climate change. Expect more details on our “Green Action
Plan” in the coming months.
The Mound Avenue parking lot location includes two 50kW EVgo
DC fast chargers, equipped with both CCS and CHAdeMO connectors. The stations
can charge all fast charge capable EV up to 90 miles in about 30 minutes,
depending on a vehicle’s battery size and charge rate. The EVgo South Pasadena
fast chargers are part of a statewide construction plan that has added more
than 500 EVgo fast chargers across California.
The EVgo team shared with us some amazing statistics: More
than 80% of Californians live within a 15-minute drive of an EVgo fast charger,
and EVgo has contracted for 100% renewable energy to power its customers,
becoming the first EV charging network in the United States to do so.
If you own an electric vehicle I hope you will take
advantage of this new resource. And if you don’t own an electric vehicle,
perhaps this will be your incentive to get one!