Apr 05, 2012

California City Named Finalist in 2012 Sustainable Community Awards

Riverside joins eight other cities in finals

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Business Civic Leadership Center (BCLC) and Siemens Corp. have named the city of Riverside, Calif., as a finalist in their 2012 Sustainable Community Awards.

Now in its fifth year, the awards program honors communities dedicated to improving their overall sustainability through environmental, economic and social solutions. Riverside, along with Jersey City, N.J. and Santa Monica, Calif., will represent this year's midsized category finalists.

Three finalists were selected for the Sustainable Community Award's small, midsized and large community categories from a pool of 135 applications, which were judged by a panel of the country's top sustainability experts.

Winners in each category will be announced on April 17, at the BCLC's National Conference in Atlanta.

Established in 1895, Riverside Public Utilities is a consumer-owned water and electric utility governed by a board of nine community volunteers that provides high quality, reliable services to over 106,000 metered electric customers and  up to 64,000 metered water customers throughout the city of Riverside.  The utility is committed to increased use of renewable energy resources and sustainable living practices that help reduce environmental impacts within Riverside and the state of California.