The City of Thousand Oaks has been recognized with numerous awards for being one of the greenest, safest, and most family- and bike-friendly cities in the nation. Here are some examples of awards and recognition piled upon the City of Thousand Oaks, the Public Works Department and the GoGreen Sustainability Division.
Environmental Awards and Recognition
- Tree City USA - Arbor Day Foundation (1987-2017): Specific urban forestry preservation guidelines include a tree board/department, a tree-care ordinance, a comprehensive community forestry program and Arbor Day observation and proclamation.
- Bee City USA (2017): The certification acknowledges the efforts of the Landscaping Maintenance Division to support pollinator habitat in the community through the use of appropriate landscaping plants and trees, the protection of foraging areas, and an integrated pest management program.
- Beacon Spotlight Award (2016): The City accepted the Beacon 2016 spotlight award for excellence in a holistic approach to climate change and sustainability.
- Cool Planet Award - Southern California Edison (SCE) and the Climate Registry (2015): This annual award recognizes the valuable contribution of SCE business customers who demonstrate exemplary leadership in energy and carbon management within their size and industry sector.
- Green Community Leadership Award - Ventura County Regional Energy Alliance (2015): The award recognized Thousand Oaks' extraordinary community outreach and engagement through weekly blog posts, social media and a monthly e-newsletter that reaches more than 9,000 residents.
Silver Energy Leader - Southern California Edison (2015): Through the SCE Energy Leader Partnership, Thousand Oaks is recognized for leading by example and implementing an Energy Action Plan.
Gold Peak Performance Award—National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) - (2015, 2014, 2010, 2009, 2007, 2006, 2004): Awarded to the Hill Canyon Waste Water Treatment Plant (HCTP) on the basis of registering no discharge permit violations. HCTP also earned Silver Peak Performance Awards in 2008 and from 2011 - 2013.
Government Green Fleet Award—Clean Cities California and National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium (2012 - 2015): The City’s vehicle fleet ranked among the top 50 greenest fleets nationwide, chosen from a pool of over 38,000 municipalities. Our achievement was based on the exclusive use of re-refined oil, antifreeze, recap tires, and natural gas; recycling all used oil filters; and replacing all lead wheel-balancing weights with lead-free alternatives. The City has now also achieved its goal of converting 2/3 of its city fleet to alternative fuel. All city buses now run on natural gas.
Solar Champion Award—Environment California Research and Policy Center (2014): This accomplishment was awarded to Mayor Andy Fox and the Conejo Park and Recreation District (CRPD) for groundbreaking and innovative efforts to support local solar power, including installing solar panels on municipal buildings, resulting in a 1.14 megawatts of installed solar power across the City of Thousand Oaks.
Top 50 Bike-Friendly Cities in America—Bicycle Magazine (2014 and 2012): The City is recognized as a bike-friendly community based on the overall percentage of bicycle commuters, cycling infrastructure, bike shops, cycling events, and a reversal in the overall trend of decreased youth ridership in suburban areas. Specifically, the City was also recognized for creating a 1.2 mile bike path, which proceeds through Conejo Creek Park South, that allows people easy access to the teen center, Goebel Senior Center and library from the intersection of Janss Road.
- Best of California Technology Green IT –Center for Digital Government (2012): The City created California’s first fully automated Green Business Certification Program, Recycling Permitting System and Grant Management System. The systems use a cloud database service for technological innovation and to reduce program costs.
- Countywide Climate Change Action Award—Ventura County Board of Supervisors (2012): The City’s Green Business Certification Program is recognized for encouraging businesses throughout the City to take proactive measures to increase the health and environmental well-being of the community, promoting long-term sustainability through a commitment to environmental stewardship.
- America’s 50 Greenest Cities—Popular Science (2008): The City is one of America’s Greenest Cities, maintaining cutting edge procedures and protocol across four categories related to sustainability including electricity, transportation, green living and recycling/green perspectives.
Other Awards and Recognition
- 25 Safest Cities in America—Business Insider (2016 and 2011): With a consistently low crime rate and vigilant law enforcement, the City was rated the second safest city in America to live in 2016.
- 50 Safest Cities in California—Safewise (2016 and 2013): Based on low crime and vigilant law enforcement, Thousand Oaks ranks among the safest cities in California to live.
- Electrical Excellence Award - National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA), Southern California Chapter (2016): NECA Southern California formally recognizes electrical projects that adopt quality project management, innovative ideas, safety and health-related work practices. Taft Electric Co. and the City of Thousand Oaks won for the HCTP Electrical and Instrumentation Improvements project, which was completed in 2015. Only one winner is selected each year.
- 10 Great Cities to Raise Your Kids - Kiplinger (2012): Ranked as the fourth best city to raise your kids in, Kiplinger assessed the great schools, multiple playgrounds, incredible libraries, vast open space, excellent entertainment venues, including touring Broadway musicals and award-winning children’s programs, robust environmental programs and neighborhood safety that the City has to offer.
- Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP) Award—California Occupational Safety and Health Administration (CAL/OSHA) (2012): HCTP was the first public facility to receive SHARP status by maintaining and developing an advanced health and safety program that meets or exceeds CAL/OSHA standards, in conjunction with an ongoing commitment to health and wellness of employees.