Getting upfront with stakeholders

The stakeholders and individuals outlined in the Sustainable Claremont City Plan were discussed for their efforts and importance in our groups first blog post. As a group we knew that it was not sufficient for the stakeholders to be merely mentioned, we knew that further contact and outreach was needed to gain a thorough understanding of stakeholder interest in sustainability. Each member of the stakeholder group for this course contacted a member of the stakeholder list and gain more information on why the group or individual is interested in contributing to sustainability within the city of Claremont. The stakeholders that we believe to be important and named a part of the sustainability plan are the Claremont Colleges, Claremont Unified School District, and Claremont Heritage. These three main groups were chosen because of the involvement within the community and their significance. Additionally there was Pilgrim Place which was identified for their sustainability efforts by Claremont Principal Planner Christopher Veirs.

Claremont Unified School District

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The Claremont Unified School District has always been very proactive with the community. There is a strong relationship between the two, which makes it easy to get reaction from the community when it is necessary. CUSD is well known for environmental programs that inform and expose students to a sustainable way of thinking. There are 10 elementary schools in Claremont, which makes it a rich community of parents and young children. There is also El Roble Middle School, San Antonio Continuation School, Claremont High School and Claremont Adult School. Many of these schools participate in environmental awareness programs especially at the elementary level. CUSD is also making efforts to provide a sustainable built environment by implementing “safe routes to school”, bike lanes, “Trash Free Lunch”, bike training and equipment workshops, outdoor school, and building community gardens.

City of Claremont and CUSD was able to start the program Safe Routes to School, which is a federal grant of $356,530 over a 3 year period to implement bike lanes, and pedestrian safety measures at every (K-8 schools). This includes at least 11 schools. This project was awarded to Birge Engineering Inc. in Upland. CUSD also works closely with Claremont Colleges, as well as Cal Poly Pomona to create partnerships and promote events and activities. CUSD also contributes to the sustainable plan by the city with energy saving competitions. The CUSD works closely with SUSTAINABLE SCHOOLS ACTION GROUP. They are the ones that pull everyone together and introduce and implement the programs throughout the district. They work closely with Cal Poly Pomona, Claremont Colleges and Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden Non-Profit. CUSD and the SUSTAINABLE SCHOOLS ACTION GROUP works closely with the following:

Claremont Colleges

The Claremont Colleges are composed of Pomona College, Claremont Graduate University, Scripps College, Claremont McKenna College, Harvey Mudd College, Pitzer College and Keck Graduate Institute of Applied Life Sciences. The Claremont Colleges are seen as stakeholders in regards to the Claremont Sustainability Plan and at the time of the completed plan were represented by Bruce Spena. The Colleges assist Claremont in meeting their energy sustainability goal with regards to energy conservation, green building and renewable energy. Some of the colleges, such as Pomona College, have composting operations and reduce food scraps, like Claremont McKenna College, by using food dehydrators. Goals that the Colleges are advised to complete are using school gardens or ecolabs to teach about nutrient rich food production, education in drought tolerant landscaping and sustainable landscaping and design. Aside from helping the city meet environment and public health standards with community involvement, the Colleges are to assist Claremont’s sustainable transportation goals. Some of these implementations are to lower thresholds for transportation Demand Management (TDM) ordinance and encourage individuals to commute by bicycle.

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Aside for the Claremont Colleges requirements to assist the City of Claremont to achieve its sustainability goals, many of the colleges have implemented their own sustainable action plans. Pomona College had created the Pomona College Sustainability Action Plan with the intention to reduce greenhouse gas emission, resource use, pollution (air, water, soil), and increase environmental awareness. Some of the objectives of the plan were to reach by 2020, diversion of 75% waste from landfills, 26% reduction of greenhouse gas emissions to 2008 levels and to have 15% of buildings on campus to be LEED certified. The Master Plan for Claremont McKenna College focuses on the water conservation opportunities such as having drought tolerant plants and native landscaping. Another sustainable action the college wishes to implement is to reduce stormwater runoff by requiring pervious surfaces in new development.

Regarding “Green Construction”, about 15 new constructed buildings were developed by the Claremont Colleges have obtained or applied for LEED certification. Some of these projects including the residence halls and dining halls at Harvey Mudd, the Art Studio at Pomona College, and even the Kravis Center at Claremont McKenna College. These LEED certified buildings vary from LEED certified level, Silver, Gold and Platinum.

Pomona College Art Studio – LEED Gold certification

Claremont Heritage

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The Claremont Heritage is located in the “Garner House.” The house that was built by the family of the same name in 1926, and it encloses much rich history from the area. As stated in their website; their mission is to advance, preserve and celebrate the historic architectural, natural and cultural resources of our community through collaboration, education and advocacy. While the organization deals more with historic preservation and architecture, they are also looking out for the community.

They are currently inviting homeowners to apply for the Mills Act (a tax incentive for preserving and restoring historic properties), the application and information are available both online and on-site. The organization also provides tours along Claremont Village Historical Sites and The Claremont Colleges. During these guided or self-guided strolls within the city, people of all ages can appreciate the beauty in aged architectural sites. As a result, the viewers can be inspired and think in ways to live in a more sustainable and rich way at their own home. Perhaps the exquisiteness of the city connotes more the splendor of a simpler life back in the days. There is also a program made for the kids, third graders to be specific. The program’s purpose is to teach the youngsters about the rich history Claremont encloses, so they can appreciate the buildings and the places in it. The program emphasizes how the settlers have worked with the resources within the land, which is a key factor to reach sustainability.

Consultations with Historic Preservation Professionals are also available. The Claremont Heritage is continuously looking for both members and volunteers for their organization to help keep Claremont’s history alive.For more information about the Claremont Heritage, you can directly contact them at: http://www.ClaremontHeritage.org/

info@ClaremontHeritage.org 840 N. Indian Hill Blvd. Claremont, CA 91711

Their office hours are Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 1:00pm

(909) 621-0848

 

Pilgrim Place

New housing development of Pilgram Place

New housing development of Pilgrim Place retirement community.

Pilgrim Place (PP) is a retirement community in Claremont that is based on  Christian heritage and emphasized service to others, justice for all, and grateful stewardship. The community was established in 1915, at that time it served as a home to leaders of religious or charitable non-profit organizations throughout the world, this includes ordained missionaries, ministers, theological seminary faculty, and college professors of religion. Currently there are 320 residents who live at the community, dispersed through 101 homes. I contacted William R. Cunitz, President/CEO of Pilgrim Place for more information on the communities sustainability efforts, he forwarded me a copy of Pilgrim Place’s Sustainability Challenge plan. The plan is very much similar to Sustainable Claremont plan and has similar goals in accountability and naming partnerships,

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The main purpose is the health and happiness of its residents, the community seeks to create a more environmentally conscious community. Pilgrim Place has created an outline to increase energy efficiency, reduce and recycle waste, and conserve water however, the retirement community is seeking to do more toward environmentally sustainable efforts at their community. The community is looking toward ecosystems as a way to introduce and mimic “nature’s circular metabolism in which every organism’s waste (including our own)”. The community is conscious in knowing that financial constraints in budgets can restrict efforts in paying for new improvements, but they have created an outline with Environmental Concerns Committee (ECC) drafted a sustainability plan for Pilgrim Place. In small group discussions held during August and September 2012, an estimated  150 residents shared their ideas and concerns. On April 19, 2013 the Executive Committee of the Board of Pilgrim Place unanimously approved the original version of this plan. Here is a brief outline of the plan that was created.

  • Energy
  • Waste
  • Food
  • Landscapes
  • Water
  • Accountability

Contact information:

Pilgrim Place
625 Mayflower Road

Claremont, CA 91711
Phone : (909) 399-5500
FAX: (909) 399-5508
Hours: M–F 8:30am to 4:30pm

Jonathan Ayon, Eduardo Hernandez, Marisa Borbon, Santos Sanchez

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