Sustainability Initiatives

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The City's Sustainability Division, also known as the “Go Green” Team, is within the Public Works Department. We have initiated extensive environmental programs and built new green facilities. We have also won numerous Awards & Recognition for environmental leadership . 

City Climate Initiatives

The City of Thousand Oaks has undertaken a number of local initiatives to reduce the City’s carbon footprint, including:

  • Conversion of 1800 street, traffic and outdoor lights to energy-saving LEDs (2015)
  • Establishment of an Energy Management Team and development of an Energy Action Plan (2012 – 2014)
  • Installation of cogeneration heating and solar power at the Hill Canyon Wastewater Treatment Plant (2007), making it a net zero-energy facility
  • Provision of waste assessments, recycling advice and deskside recycling boxes for small businesses
  • Establishment of an Environmentally Preferable Purchasing (EPP) Policy (2015)
  • Implementation of bottle and can recycling and outreach program for the Conejo Valley USD (2012 – 2013)
  • Installation of solar powered lighting in bus shelters (2014 - 2015)
  • Conversion of the city’s buses and 2/3 of the vehicle pool to alternative fuel vehicles (2016)
  • Establishment of the Green Business Certification Program under the auspices of the California Green Business Network(2011)

The City of Thousand Oaks participates in national, regional and state climate-enhancing programs including:

  • Residential financing programs for renewable energy and energy efficiency upgrades. 
  • The emPower Central Coast program, which makes making home upgrade projects easier and more affordable through incentives, financing, qualified contractors and expert energy advice.
  • Tree City USA, under the auspices of the Arbor Day Foundation.
  • The Climate Registry, a non-profit greenhouse gas reporting organization governed by U.S. states and Canadian provinces and territories. 

For more information on the City’s climate and sustainability initiatives, download this document.  

The City has embarked on an internal greening process, analyzing data to make sure all City facilities are running as sustainably as possible. This process will result in the publication of a City Sustainability Plan, which should be completed by late 2017.

Click here to download a copy of the City of Thousand Oaks Sustainability Best Practices report. This report publishes the results of our successful application for a Beacon Award, which recognizes climate and sustainability achievements, in 2016.



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