About Santos Sanchez

Urban and Regional Planning undergrad student at Cal Poly Pomona University.

Sustainable Demonstration Garden Midway Report

Cal Poly Pomona Urban and Regional Planning Students meeting with representatives from Rancho Santa Ana Botanical Gardens, Claremont Heritage, and CHERP.

Cal Poly Pomona Urban and Regional Planning Students meeting with representatives from Rancho Santa Ana Botanical Gardens, Claremont Heritage, and CHERP.

The project has evolved from an ambitious effort to implement drought tolerant landscaping at municipal property within the City of Claremont, to the creation of a plan of action. This plan of action came out of a series of meetings with members from sustainable Claremont, CHERP, and Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden. These meetings helped the members of the group, realized that we had to think of the project in smaller steps, and that first step was to move to develop a plan for the Garner House. This property was chosen for its convenience and the “advertising” high profile that the location has on Indian Hill. The location is also the offices for Claremont Heritage, which is the historic preservation committee of the City of Claremont.

In order to get some confirmation from the community, we began advertising our project at the Earth day Festival. There was interest from people who lived in the city. Though the real support for the project came from the signatures we gathered from the Farmers Market. There were people who thought that replacing sod with California native foliage was a fantastic idea. However there were people who were upset that students who had a great idea, had to go out and get permission and support from the community. I am not entirely sure that this progressive attitude is shared by the city as a whole, but the city of Claremont is a center that is concerned about the environment. The process of getting approval from the community is important for the democratic process in which our system is built on. Our plan of action is one that is a positive change, though it requires more organization.

Our project outline is similar to that of a city’s general plan. There are different elements which focus on site selection, maps, plant types, goals, and objects. The group is meeting with Claremont Heritage, Claremont Parks, and two landscape architects that are volunteering time. Meetings have been scheduled to discuss goals and objectives of the demonstration garden design and plant selection. These meetings will help us understand the constraints of the site and the environment. This selection process will then further our project with basic criteria and will help bring the vision of the plan to fruition. There will be more to come in the following weeks, as we ready to prepare a final draft of our project for Claremont Heritage.

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San Jose city facilities as a development precedent

San Jose City Hall

The City of San Jose is located 48 miles south of San Francisco, in Northern California. San Jose is the third largest city in California and was the first State Capital. (sanjose.gov) In the 1990s, the city earned the nickname “Capital of Silicon Valley”. This primarily had to do with the development of various software and technology companies in Santa Clara County. Although San Jose is much larger in acreage and population than Claremont, the cities relate to each other in similar demographics and sustainable efforts. This post will evaluate the two cities, and their efforts toward sustainable efforts and look at examples that may help the city of Claremont.

The Sustainable Claremont Plan  is a document outlined similar to the San Jose Green Vision program. However, the S.J. Green Vision program has ten ambitious goals that includes a focus on job creation, a clean city fleet, and renewable energy. The Claremont plan has seven goal areas which focuses on sustainability. The economy from the technology industry in Santa Clara County has help San Jose expand and fuel new development and reinvestment into their community.

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4.1 City Facility Goal Assessment

Claremont City Hall photographed by Dean Granger (1951).

Claremont City Hall photographed by Dean Granger (1951).

Claremont has developed a sustainability plan which looks at seven areas which effect the built environment and policies within the city. Goal area 4, Sustainable Built Environment seeks to improve the building standards within the city. The goal area addresses public(city) and private(community)  standards which follow sustainable built practices set forth by LEED – US Green Building Council and CAL GREEN- California Green Building Standards CodeAccording to the Sustainable City Plan the city has created goal 4.1 City Facilities:

“Apply sustainable design and construction standards for all new and renovated City facilities. Implement best sustainable practices for operation and maintenance of existing City facilities and landscapes.” (Sustainable City Plan,2013)”

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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. Continue reading

Stakeholders and Institutional Context – Sustainable Built Environment

Jonathan Ayon, Eduardo Hernandez, Marisa Borbon, Santos SanchezClaremont City Hall

The City of Claremont Sustainable City Plan was enacted for the purpose of reducing the effects on the environment from city residents. There are a number of stakeholders within the City. However, the stakeholders listed are City of Claremont employees, Claremont Colleges, Claremont Unified School District, and Southern California Edison.

MStakeholder Diagramany of these stakeholders are responsible agencies found in the Claremont Sustainability Plan. For example, the City of Claremont would be a responsible agency to require LEED Silver certification for private non-residential development to be sustainable. Not only does the city work with LEED certification, but also Green Point Rated who is a non-profit organization promoting green/sustainable buildings. Los Angeles County Flood Control District is an additional stakeholder that partakes in the plan. The agency contributes to the sustainable infrastructure of the City by re-envisioning and re-constructing the channeled waterways to be more natural. Continue reading