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The City's first solar trash cans have been installed in the Downtown, Belmont Shore and Bixby Knolls for a pilot period of six months.  These solar trash bins harness the power of the sun in an effort aimed at slashing waste, costs and greenhouse gases.


The Long Beach Airport installed 6 solar trees that track the movement of the sun to produce electricity.  Considered to be one of the most advanced solar systems in the region, the system is expected to create 15,000 kilowatt hours annually, save at least $5,000 a year and offset nearly a half-million pounds of carbon dioxide emissions over the system's 25-year lifespan - which equates to planting three acres of trees.


Energy Efficiency – The Technology Services Department supports the City’s energy efficiency goals by procuring “green” equipment. Over 80% of the City’s employee computers are EPEAT certified, the EPA’s preferred environmental certification. In addition, all Dell computers, which the City uses today, include Dell's EnergySmart power management settings.

Server Virtualization and Consolidation – The Long Beach Data Center has also been able to drastically reduce their energy consumption through server virtualization and consolidation. This environmentally friendly practice drastically reduces the number of physical servers needed in a data center, which results in less energy needed to power and cool them. The Department continues to aggressively pursue server virtualization and consolidation. To date, the Data Center has over 125 virtual servers that reside on 5 physical servers. This means that the Data Center has essentially consolidated 25 servers consuming 444 watts each into one new server that uses only 220 watts, resulting in a 98% reduction in power consumption. The financial and environmental benefits are compounded when considering the reduction in cooling resulting for significantly fewer servers. Currently two of Data Center’s six air conditioning units have been turned off.

Power Management – Recently, a power management software was installed on 698 desktop computers in the Police Department, many of which are shared and heavily used in a 24-7 public safety operational environment. Power management software enables computers to be powered down on a schedule and during periods of inactivity to significantly reduce electricity consumption. Based on a preliminary energy consumption analysis, the Police Department projects a reduction in desktop computer power consumption as high as 45.2%. A 45.2% reduction in energy consumption equates to 290.7 kWh of electricity saved, 396 pounds of greenhouse gas emissions that are not released into the environment and $37.79 saved, per computer, per year. This technology, which is 100% rebated through an SCE incentive program, is being planned for computers citywide.

Printing – On March 1, 2010, the City implemented a sustainable printing policy, which can reduce the City’s paper usage by nearly 50 percent, saving resources and money and potentially reducing storage, copying, printing, postage, disposal, and recycling costs. The core components of City’s sustainable printing policy includes double-side printing, sending, reviewing and saving documents electronically, setting defaults on all printers, copiers, and multifunctional devices to double-sided printing mode and ensuring new equipment purchases include duplexing capabilities and individual printers are consolidated to multifunctional devices.

Recycling and Disposal – Instead of ordering computers and their corresponding user manuals, paperwork, and packaging individually, the City’s computers are packaged together, either 2 or 4 in a box. This cuts packaging and paperwork by up to 50% before it ever becomes waste.


The City's Redevelopment Agency installed solar powered pay stations at three parking lots in Downtown Long Beach. These new state of the art systems accept cash, coins and credit/debit cards, and replace old 'honor boxes’. Solar powered pay stations are the cutting edge in parking technology and by replacing the old honor boxes with these new pay stations, the City is not only providing more reliable service to customers, but also putting our money where our mouth is in terms of utilizing environmentally friendly innovation.

Mark Twain libraryMARK TWAIN LIBRARY

The Mark Twain Library is the City's first LEED building constructed under the City’s Green Building Policy. The Library opened in August 2007 and has received a LEED Silver rating, using 27% less energy than a comparable building. The Library is a model for future public buildings that are safe and healthy for people and that protect the environment.


The Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center installed a 750 kilowatt solar panel array on its roof. The Long Beach Convention Center has one of the largest public facility solar panel installation on the West Coast and generates over 1 million kilowatt hours of pollution-free electricity annually.