Long Beach Sustainability Spring Newsletter, April 2021
LB Sustainability Quarterly Newsletter
Dear Friend,

Each quarter we create a newsletter with updates on sustainable programs, projects, and events from our office and others in the City of Long Beach.
Doranelly, an 8th grade Eco-Leader from Long Beach, is partnering with Long Beach Sustainability to host the #LitterFreeLB Challenge from April 1 to 25! It’s a competition to see which Long Beach Green Business can inspire the most people to collect litter. The top business will earn the title of #LitterFreeLB Champion! Keep an eye out – your favorite Green Business may be handing out some prizes for participating!

Challenge Period: From April 1 to April 25 Winners announced on Tuesday, April 27

How to Participate: All you have to do is pick up litter, post a photograph of the haul to Instagram, and tag or mention your favorite Long Beach Green Business! Posts should include the business name, the hashtag #LitterFreeLB and the handles @LBSustainablity and @GradesofGreen. Each participants’ post will be counted once per day but feel free to post as often as you’d like.

Don’t use Instagram? No problem! Just email your photos and chosen business to sustainability@longbeach.gov

The business with the most posts by April 25 will win the title of #LitterFreeLB Champion!

Find participating businesses at www.gradesofgreen.org/litterfreelb 
Join the City of Long Beach to learn about resources available from Public Works, Office of Sustainability, Water Department, and Energy Resources. The workshop will cover the following topics:

  • Environmental Services Bureau: Learn about resources and workshops that will teach you how to recycle right, compost at home, and reduce waste.
  • Office of Sustainability: Learn about sustainability resources like gardening workshops, free mulch, and tree planting programs.
  • Water Department: Learn how you can participate in water conservation programs that help you convert your landscape, upgrade devices, save water and reduce your bill, all while protecting our local water sources and infrastructure.
  • Energy Resources: Learn about the ways we conserve, reduce and reuse with our “Blue is the New Green” initiatives and how you can save money by conserving too.

Each presentation will have a live question-and-answer session to help answer all of your questions. You will have the opportunity to win prizes that help you live sustainably. Register now: bit.ly/earthdaylb21 or join us through Facebook Live!
The Office of Sustainability invites you to come to Willow Springs Park (2755 Orange Avenue) on May 1 from 8am-6pm to record and share your observations on the iNaturalist app as part of the City Nature Challenge. The City Nature Challenge is an international event where cities all over the world observe and share the plants and animals around them. From 8am-2pm and 4pm-6pm there will be staff available at Willow Springs Park to answer questions and assist with the iNaturalist app.

Willow Springs Park is home to many native plants and animals. There is a walking trail that borders a wetland habitat restoration area and a beautiful demonstration garden at Longview Point where you can explore the many California native plants on display.

This Earth Day the Office of Sustainability invites you to join the Long Beach community of environmental professionals, students, activists, and concerned residents to discuss the future of sustainability in Long Beach. Our office is working to create a Sustainability Strategic Plan to guide our priorities for the next 5 years. This Summit will be focused on discussions about the major topics in sustainability today and what actions are most needed to make Long Beach a more sustainable, equitable, and resilient city.
This April you’ll be hearing a lot about all the ways we can all help to protect the planet as Earth Day approaches on April 22nd. One of the biggest impacts individuals can make is through improvements to their homes which can create long-term reductions in energy use and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. In Long Beach 15% of our community GHG emissions come from residential buildings including our homes. With an older housing stock, mostly built before 1970, there are many ways these homes can be made more efficient.

One Long Beach resident, Ken, shared his experience making energy upgrades to his home to help inspire others in Long Beach to do the same. “I thought, hey if I can take a 1938 house and do this then people with newer homes can certainly do this transition pretty easily,” he said. Read more...
Certified Green Businesses
As part of the California Green Business Network (CAGBN), Long Beach certifies and recognizes green businesses for their efforts to protect the environment. Below are the businesses that were certified since Spring 2020 plus a few businesses recognized at the Efficiency level.
$500 rebates are available to support your Green Business Certification!

Find other green businesses or get your business certified at www.longbeach.gov/greenbusiness.

We are able to certify businesses digitally! If you're interested in getting started, please contact us at Sustainability@longbeach.gov.
New Recycling Standards

The City of Long Beach announced new updates to the curbside recycling program! These updates will help make recycling easier for residents and include what can and cannot be recycled as well as how to properly prepare your recyclables for your Purple Cart.

For a detailed list of recycling program updates, please view the new Recycling/Refuse Guidelines.

Follow @LBRecycles on Instagram to learn what can and cannot be recycled.
Sustainability Workshops
Our workshops have gone online! Check out our Workshops Playlist on Facebook to view all our workshop videos.
Join us for our virtual Native Plant Workshops on Facebook and Instagram @LBSustainability. View upcoming workshops at:

Check out these Native Plant workshop videos:
Join us on Facebook and Instagram @ LBSustainability for our virtual Edible Garden Workshops! View upcoming workshops at:

Check out these Edible Garden workshop videos:
Commissioner Spotlight
Keisha Gains has been an employee with Southern California Edison since 2016 and currently serves as a Facility Environmental Science Advisor in the Environmental Services Department. In this role she manages water quality, air quality, hazardous waste, and hazardous material compliance for over 100 SCE facilities. She holds a Civil Engineering degree from Stanford University. Prior to joining Edison, she worked for the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District and AECOM, specializing in air quality permitting and environmental compliance for Title V Federally mandated facilities including refining, aerospace, and manufacturing. Keisha is a member of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), Long Beach Chapter and has served as Professional Development Chair.
Sustainability Interns
Antonella Zamora is currently a senior at CSULB working towards her bachelors in Environmental Science and Policy with a minor in Biology. Her work with Long Beach Sustainability as a Green Business Intern gives her the opportunity to talk with others and give advice for businesses to go green. She tries to live a sustainable lifestyle in which she enjoys hiking, cooking, house plants, and spending time with her family and dogs.
Marlene Sueldo is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Communication at Long Beach State. With a desire to start living a more sustainable life, she brings her passion for sustainability and communication skills to the Green Business Internship to help others in their journey of going green. Outside of her internship, Marlene cares for her house plants and vegetable garden, and supports local small businesses.
Join us for the next Sustainable City Commission meeting: 
Thursday May 27 at 4pm via teleconference
Agenda Items: TBD