Sustainable Preservation

An example of a successful installation of solar panels on a historic home. Even though the house is south facing, the panels were able to be installed on the rear of the property, barely visible from the street.

An example of a successful installation of solar panels on a historic home. Even though the house is south facing, the panels were able to be installed on the rear of the property, barely visible from the street.

By Zulema Elly Antuna

Historic Preservation in and of itself is Sustainable. The phrase “the greenest building is the one that is already built” has some merit and should be considered when designing and implementing sustainability programs. Not only is preservation of historic buildings sustainable, but with some care and consideration, historic buildings can be modified to include the newest sustainable technology without detracting from the historic resources themselves. Continue reading

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Goal Area 6.4: Maintain a strong, diversified economy

Maintaining a strong, diversified economy is important to have a resilient economy should an industry sector fail to perform.  Businesses throughout many industries go in cycles of booms and busts.  There are years where there is a sudden popularity of certain products and services; at the same time, there are also years where businesses suddenly under-perform due to internal and external market forces.  When businesses under-perform, the surrounding communities that depend on the economic output of said business or industry suffer.  A diversified portfolio of economic activity is important to stay resilient as one business under-performs: another industry or business in a more stable condition can help maintain overall economic activity in the community.

Maintain a strong, diversified economy

Maintain a strong, diversified economy

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Goal Area 6.7 & 6.8: Businesses and Fair Trade

Sustainability is a quality of life. In order to be able to have a sustainable community, there needs to be a balance in resources, conservation, and economics.  The City of Claremont is working on being recognized as a sustainable city. So far, in 2012, Claremont was the first Southern California city to achieve designation as a “Fair Trade City”. Continue reading

Affordable, Livable, Sustainable housing and Job/Housing Balance in the Community

House in Claremont (Source: Bing)

Being able to live in a city such as Claremont requires more than just a desire. To live in this city requires a very stable income of not-so-humble means. Even to live in an apartment as a single adult you need to be bringing home some good sized bacon. Claremont has a housing stock of 12,257 housing units: single-family attached and detached, multifamily, and mobile-home units; the most common type is Continue reading