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  • Garden Club meetings

    These start up again on September 12th, and everyone is welcome! You can find the list of talks scheduled for 2018-2019 at www.claremontgardenclub.org.

  • Latest Dialog Video: "The Latest on Claremont's Village South Specific Plan"

    At the July Sustainable Claremont Dialog, Principal Planner Chris Veirs brought us up to date on plans for the 17-acre Vilage South Development.  If you missed it or would like to see it again, click here to see the video!

  • Dialog July 23: What's the plan for Village South?

    At the next Sustainable Claremont Dialog, Principal Planner Chris Veirs will bring us up-to-date on plans for the 17-acre Vilage South Development, which will take advantage of the Goldline extension and will likely be trend-setting in terms sustainable development. There will be an opportunity for questions and discussion! Click here to see or download a flyer!

    Monday, July 23, 2018, 7:00 – 8:30 pm
    Rm 101, Hahn Building, Pomona College
    420 N Harvard Avenue, Claremont

  • Latest Dialog Videos: "Greywater 101"

    Although the June 4 dialog was not recorded, Greywater Action has graciously made two videos available – Greywater 101 & Greywater & Fruit Trees for Southern California

  • Latest Dialog Video: "Measure SC - the Police Station Bond"

    On June 5th Claremont voters will decide whether or not to fund a new police facility with a $23.5 million general obligation bond (Measure SC). The May 7 Sustainability Dialog was an information session about the pros and cons of this measure.  If you missed the dialog or would like to see it again, you can watch it in our latest dialog video.
  • Photos from Earth Day 2018

    Please check out our Earth Day photos on Facebook!

  • Claremont's 10th Annual Earth Day Celebration was an amazing success!

    A letter from Steve Sabicer, Executive Director, Sustainable Claremont

    On behalf of Sustainable Claremont, I want to thank everyone who made it out to ride, have fun, learn, share, volunteer, visit local business, direct traffic, keep folks safe, and simply enjoy the fantastic sunny day we had at this year's Earth Day...  Read more.

  • 10th Annual Earth Day T-shirts and Posters Available!

     
    This is your opportunity to purchase limited edition T-shirts and posters from Claremont's 10th Annual Earth Day!
     
    The T-shirts are printed locally on super soft cotton with plant-based ink and feature our most popular Earth Day design from the past 10 years.
     
    Youth T-shirts are available in:
      –   Sizes: M and L
      –   Colors: Goldenrod, Bright blue, Lime green, & Berry
     
    Adult T-shirts are available in:
      –   Sizes: S, M, L, and XL
      –   Colors: Light teal, Bright coral, and Forest green
     
    The four limited-edition posters (shown below) feature artwork from Southern California nature artist Ed Lum specially commissioned to honor our 10th anniversary. Each is printed in full color on 12" x 18" 80-lb. cardstock.
     
    T-shirts and posters are priced at just $20 for single purchases with a discounted price if you buy more than one.
     
    Click the link below to reserve your posters and T-shirts with our:
     
     
    You can then pay and pick up your T-shirts or poster at the Sustainable Claremont Resource Center – details are on the order form.
     
  • A letter from Steve Sabicer, Executive Director, on Sustainable Claremont's 10th Annual Earth Day

     

    On behalf of Sustainable Claremont, I want to thank everyone who made it out to ride, have fun, learn, share, volunteer, visit local business, direct traffic, keep folks safe, and simply enjoy the fantastic sunny day we had at this year's Earth Day!

    They are still tallying how many people visited Claremont yesterday, but it was certainly thousands, maybe tens of thousands. I, for one, can tell you that there were smiles on every face as bicyclists, pedestrians, and pets took over the Village. It was truly inspiring to see our town embracing a greener way of getting around, improving our air quality, saving energy, getting exercise, all while enjoying each other's company. One young woman said, "this is the Claremont I want every day." I couldn't agree more! This is the Claremont we can continue to build together.

    THANK YOU City Of Claremont, Claremont Police Department, and CicLAvia for the amazing job of working with all four cities to ensure the bicycle route was a success. THANK YOU Golden State Water Company and Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden for your gold sponsorship of the Earth Day Celebration. THANK YOU Claremont Farmers & Artisans Market and Claremont Museum of Art for making this a true partnership. THANK YOU to the more than 80 business, non-profits, churches, schools, and other community organizations that shared "green" messages with our community. That is what Earth Day is all about, and you made it happen.

    And THANK YOU to the more than 50 Sustainable Claremont volunteers who set up, staffed, answered questions, and made this Earth Day Celebration the largest ever in our city! THANK YOU!!!!

    I have not seen a better community-oriented, friendly, and fun day in the Village...ever! Thanks again for being the community I knew we always were, and here's to doing more as a community to keep our town, state, nation, and planet cleaner, safer, richer and more sustainable for all.

    Thank You Claremont!

    Steve Sabicer
    Executive Director
    Sustainable Claremont

     

    Please check out our Earth Day photos on Facebook!

  • Latest Dialog Video: "Are You Ready to Drive Electric?"

    Thinking of buying an electric car? Want to know the ins and outs of owning one? Check out the latest Dialog Video to hear personal experiences by Tom Bleakney and Tom Helliwell, fellow physicists and electric car enthusiasts, to find out how far electric vehicles have come and learn about the positive impact that driving electric has on your carbon footprint!

  • Garden Tour Tickets now available!

    "Claremont Eclectic: A Tour of Six Local Gardens" will take place on Sunday, April 15, 1pm to 4pm. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased online now. All the info you need is on the Garden Club website. A chance to see gardens, talk to the owners, get ideas, and have fun!

  • Home Energy Workshop February 19

    Solar power? Electric vehicles? How will YOU save energy in 2018? Learn about all the latest trends and technologies in the clean energy industry at this Home Energy Workshop featuring displays, demos, a presentation, and a discussion session to provide an inside look at solar, battery, electric vehicle, and energy efficiency solutions for your home! Monday, February 19,7:00-8:30 PM, Hahn Building 101, 420 N Harvard Ave. Check out the Calendar Listing for details!

  • Latest Dialog Video: "Tips on Proper Pruning of Fruit Trees"

    Want to know how to prune your fruit trees? Check out the Video of the February Sustainability Dialog on "Tips on Proper Pruning of Fruit Trees" by Dave Roger, City of Claremont Community Services Deputy Director.

  • Garden Club March 14: Growing Great Tomatoes Easily!

    Please join us for an entertaining talk by Dave Freed, The Tomato Guy!  See the calendar entry for more info. We hope to see you there!

  • 2017 Annual Meeting: Plant Seeds of Hope!

    You are invited to the…
    Sustainable Claremont
    Annual Meeting 2017

    “Plant Seeds of Hope”

    Monday, October 2, 2017
    6 PM: Social hour
    7 - 8:30 PM: Meeting
    Padua Hills Theater,
    4467 Padua Ave, Claremont

    PLEASE RSVP
    Sustainable Claremont
    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    (909) 625-8767 ext. 238

    SPONSORSHIP and EXHIBITOR OPPORTUNITIES

    All Sustainable Claremont Annual Meeting Sponsors are invited to host an exhibit regarding Planting Seeds of Hope in the lovely Padua Hills Theater lobby during the social hour from 6 PM to 7 PM. Approximately 100 guests, including local environmental, government, college, business, non-profit, school, and community leaders, will enjoy appetizers, live music, and discussing their interests with you. We want you to showcase the work you are doing to Plant Seeds of Hope!

    Sustaining Hope Sponsorship Benefits

    Larger logo in all print publicity materials including flyers and newspaper ads
    Larger logo and recognition in event program, signs, and slide presentation
    Larger logo and recognition on Sustainable Claremont website, social media, and newsletter
    One Year Sustainable Claremont Organizational Membership at the Silver Level
    Premiere exhibit space with 2 chairs and a table at Padua Hills Theatre during the Annual Meeting social hour

    Seed of Hope Sponsorship Benefits

    Logo and recognition in event program, signs, and slide presentation
    Logo and recognition on Sustainable Claremont website, social media, and newsletter
    One Year Sustainable Claremont Organizational Membership at the Silver Level
    Exhibit space with 2 chairs and a table at Padua Hills Theatre during the Annual Meeting social hour

    Nonprofit Sponsorship Benefits

    Name recognition in event program, signs, and slide presentation
    Logo and recognition on Sustainable Claremont website, social media, and newsletter
    One Year Sustainable Claremont Nonprofit Membership
    Exhibit space with 2 chairs and a table at Padua Hills Theatre during the Annual Meeting social hour

    Just Want to Exhibit, Please

    Exhibit space with 2 chairs and a table at Padua Hills Theatre during the Annual Meeting social hour

     

    QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS?

    Please contact Sustainable Claremont as you wish at:
    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    (909) 625-8767  x238

     

  • Claremont Flower Show March 23 and 24

    The Garden Club's juried show is free and open to anyone who wants to participate or just to stop by and view the entries.

  • Latest Dialog Video: Alternative Energy

    The City Council will soon be considering whether Claremont should alter the way we get our electricity. You can find out more by watching the video of the July Sustainability Dialog.

  • Toward Ecological Civilization: Where's It All Heading?

    Join us at 420 N Harvard Ave, 7pm on Monday, June 5, for our latest Dialog. Phillip Clayton will present a summary of initiatives from Ecovillages to food justice, national policy changes, and the environmental movement in China--put together they reveal a roadmap to the civilization of the future. More info about this organisation at EcoCiv.

  • Claremont Flower Show: March 10th and 11th

    All gardeners are invited to participate in this fun, free, juried event sponsored by The Woman's Club and The Claremont Garden Club.

    Show off your skills with living and cut flower arrangements,garden blooms and more!
    Or visit on Friday noon to 5pm, Saturday 9am to 2pm at the Woman'ts Club, 343 W 12th St to see the entries.

    Fill out the online entry form (no form is necessary but sending one in by Thursday eve guarantees a space). The flower show rules are here (PDF, 136KB).  If you have any questions, just email theThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..                         

  • Watch Sustainability Dialog Videos!

    We now have equipment to record the Dialog talks! To see them, go to "Articles and Dialogs" in the menu at left or check out YouTube.

  • Claremont Teachers' Association donates $1000 to SC!

    The CHS production of "Our Town", whose cast included both students and community members, designated school gardens as one of four programs to benefit from the proceeds of the play. The photo shows Kara Evans (center), presenting the check to Steve Sabicer, SC Chair, and Peggy Kelly, Schools Action Group Chair.

  • 2016 Annual Meeting and Resource Center Dedication Ceremony: Rooting for our Community

    Please join us for our
    C. Freeman Allen Resource Center Dedication Ceremony
    and
    Annual Meeting 2016

    Monday, October 3
    6:30 pm to 9:00 pm

    Padua Hills Theater
    4467 Padua Ave, Claremont

    Our annual meeting will feature awards, exhibits, and presentations about past and future work, along with delicious refreshments!


    A highlight will be the dedication of the Resource Center to C. Freeman Allen, one of the founders of Sustainable Claremont. Among many other accomplishments, Freeman has worked to implement
    motor vehicle smog regulations, preserve Thompson's Creek Spreading Grounds, and establish
    the Claremont Home Energy Retrofit Project. Please click HERE
    if you plan to join ius for this exceptional evening.

     

     

  • Green Drinks!

    Join the next meeting of the Green Drinks crew! Families (and pets!) are invited for a little education and a lot of fun, conversation, and camaraderie! Details on the calendar; more info on the Facebook page.

     

  • Energy Tips!

    Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. the new coordinator for the Claremont Energy Challenge, if you'd like to get emails about how to save energy and help Claremont make it to the final round of the competition for the $5 million Georgetown University Energy Prize.

  • Are You Spring Cleaning?

    Old medications, batteries, razor blades, e-waste, and just general junk tend to pile up. Get info about how to get rid of them safely on our waste management page.

  • See the Video! We are the Coolest California City!

    Take a look at this VIDEO review of the Cool California Challenge! As the first place city, we won over $51,000 to use for sustainability projects in Claremont. Many thanks to all participating individuals and teams!

  • Program Contractor for Claremont Energy Challenge Sought!

    We are looking for an independent contractor to help us implement our commitments to the Claremont Energy Challenge, our proposal for winning the Georgetown University Energy Prize (see below). If you are a passionate advocate for energy efficiiency, please apply! Click here for details of the position.

    The application period ends Friday, March 11, 2016.

  • Amazon Smile

    Amazon Smile will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible items to SC, so if you are going to buy from Amazon anyway, go to www.smile.amazon.com, sign in or create an account, and choose "Sustainable Claremont" as the charity. (Of course, we are delighted to get direct donations from our members--just use the "Donate" button above.)

  • Help SC win the Cool California Challenge!

    The Cool California Challenge is on again but ends this month! It's easy to do--go to the Energy Upgrade site to sign up and get more info. Help SC and get a better idea of where your energy dollars are going. You can see more info on the city page.

     

  • Changes to the SC Board

    SC officers are chosen after the Annual Meeting in October: Our new Chair is Steve Sabicer, who has rejoined the Board; Richard Haskell has agreed to serve as Vice Chair; Katie Gerecke will contiue as Secretary; and John Heitkemper has been elected to the Board and will serve as Treasurer. Thanks to them all! New at large Board members are Sorrel Stielstra and Kristin Miller. Susan Schenk is returning to the Board and will be the Garden Club representative.

  • 2015 Annual Meeting: Energize Claremont!

    Join Sustainable Claremont for our 2015 Annual Meeting
    as we celebrate our  past year'smany accomplishments
    and look forward to another year of sustainability!

     

    There will be booths featuring local green businesses and organizations,
    refreshments, and a green awards presentation! For more info,
    check the flyer or contact the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • Low-Water Landscape Expo

    Want a Claremont-friendly garden? Want to eliminate your lawn? Keep your trees? Come to a FREE landscaping expo!

    • Meet contractors ready to give information and estimates!
    • Hear from experts about turf removal, landscape design, water-efficient irrigation, maintenance, and more!
    • Learn about the new drought restrictions!
    • Live music, kids’ activities, and a food truck!

    Sunday, October 4th, from 11am to 3pm at the Sustainability Resource Center -- in the Lenz Building at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, 1500 N. College Ave.  See you there!

    Service Providers and Nonprofits: you can use this form to reserve a spot.

    Check out this flyer to see the schedule of events and a list of useful resources!

  • New Sustainability Coordinator Sought!

    Application period closed.

    Sustainable Claremont is seeking a part-time employee (with the potential to become full-time) to work 20-25 hours per week at an hourly rate between $15-$19. The employee shall have a keen interest in sustainability and will staff the Sustainability Resource Center office and support the activities of the organization.  Desired capabilities include organizational skills, ability to interact effectively with the public, a background or demonstrated interest related to sustainability, media and computer skills, a creative perspective, and a ‘Can-Do’ attitude. For more information or to apply, use the website contact form.

  • Claremont Colleges Ranked Highly!

    The Claremont Colleges are all on the Forbes list of America's Top Colleges! Pomona ranked #1, CMC #18, HMC #57 Scripps #80, and Pitzer #109. Colorado State, Green Mountain, and Colby State ranked highest on BestColleges.com's list of Greenest Universities,. Although none of the 5Cs made that list this year, all are working hard to become more sustainable --we hope they are included soon!

  • Low-Water Landscape Expo

    Want a Claremont-friendly garden? Want to eliminate your lawn? Keep your trees? Come to a FREE landscaping expo!

    • Meet contractors ready to give information and estimates!
    • Hear from experts about turf removal, landscape design, water-efficient irrigation, maintenance, and more!
    • Learn about the new drought restrictions!
    • Live music, kids’ activities, and a food truck!

    Sunday, June 14th, from 11am to 3pm at the Sustainability Resource Center -- in the Lenz Building at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, 1500 N. College Ave.  See you there!

    Service Providers: you can use this form to reserve a spot.

  • Claremont exceeds mandated water reduction

    Claremont has  considerably exceeded the mandated 32% reduction in water use--Kudos to everyone who has helped.

    The following restrictions remain in efftect: No watering between 9 am and 5pm. Even-numbered houses can water M and Th; odd-numbered houses can water T and F. Watering is limited to 15 min in a day for each set of sprinklers. No restrictions on length of time if using drip irrigation or a hand-held hose with a shut-off valve.

    Please note that our municipal code requires citizens  to water their street trees. For some info on how  to do this while reduciing overall water usage, see the watering guides posted on this site.

    For up-to-date information on many aspects of water reduction go to the State Water Resources Control Board's Water Conservation Portal.

  • Caring for Trees in the Drought

    Save Water or Save Trees? We can do both! A new Tree Coalition has produced a flyer with information about how to make sure we remain a City of Trees while we reduce our water use. More info on the Garden Club pages here and on the Tree Action Group website. Questions can be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or you can phone the Sustainability Resource Center (see left).

  • The Case Against Artificial Turf

    TreePeople and Sustainable Claremont have written about the adverse affects artificial turf has on our environment.

  • Current Landscape Water Regulations

    Claremont residents will need to comply with special water-use restrictions to help the City reach its mandatory 32% reduction in water use.

    The current restrictions include: no watering between 9am and 5pm; odd-numbered houses can water on T and F; even-numbered houses can water on M and Th; each set of automatic sprinklers can only run for 15 minutes in a day; the 15 minute limit does not apply to drip irrigation or hand-watering with a shut-off nozzle.

    More information can be found in the City's staff report.

  • Sustainability Resource Center Officially Opens!

    Our new Sustainability Resource Center is now open Tuesday through Friday, from 9 am to 1pm, in the Lenz Building at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, 1500 N. College Ave.   Stop by and meet Alexis Reyes, our sustainability coordinator. The phone is (909) 625-8767 ext 238.

  • The 2015 Claremont Garden Club Tour

    The Garden Club tour, "Claremont Eclectic: A Tour of Six Local Gardens" was a great success --many thanks to all who helped. A good time was had by all and we hope to see you next year. 

  • The 2016 Claremont Garden Club Tour

    The 2015 Garden Tour was a great success! If you'd like to suggest a garden for next year's tour, please email your suggestion to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • Urban Farm in Claremont

    Temple Beth Israel has converted lawn into an urban farm managed by UnCommon Good. This will provide jobs for unemployed farmers, along with produce for their families and for the public to buy at UnCommon Good's headquarters behind the Methodist Church. You can order a weekly box of sustainably-grown produce at www.uncommon good.

  • Sustainable Claremont's Food Waste Challenge

    The goal in Claremont's Sustainable City Plan is 70% waste diversion by 2015. We're close, but we should do more. One thing we can improve is the amount of food waste going to landfills. Residents and restaurants can have a huge impact, but we need your help! Read The Food Waste Challenge to get involved.

  • New Book on Urban Protected Areas

    Dr. Ted Trzyna of Claremont's InterEnvironment Institute has published a new book "Urban Protected Areas" which profiles natural areas near urban centers located all around the world. Included is the Claremont Hills Wilderness Park. This PDF has more information.

  • Featured Article from Interfaith Sustainability Council: Fair Trade News

    Fair Trade ensures that every product is economically, socially, and environmentally responsible. A couple of years ago Claremont became the first "Fair Trade Town" in Southern California. Now Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church has become one of the first "Fair Trade Congregations" in the nation.

  • 2013 Sustainability Report Card

    The Sustainability Report Card tracks progress in key areas concerning Claremont's sustainability. Overall, Claremont continued progress on 85% of the areas tracked, but we still have some areas to work on, namely water and energy. Read the full report (PDF, 2.7MB) to see how Claremont performed in 2013.

  • SC Presents at Harvey Mudd's Engineers for a Sustainable World Conference

    Sustainable Claremont presented at Harvey Mudd’s ESW Conference. The topic was "Sustainability Initiatives in Claremont", with a focus on "Leveraging the Power of Schools". Check out the full powerpoint presentation (7.9MB).

  • Individual Control Leads to Lower Energy Use

    A "Plugwise" study by Carnegie Mellon University found that employees who monitored their energy use, and could control when specific devices turned on and off, cut their energy consumption by nearly 40%. This mirrors results from the recent Cool California Challenge where Claremont residents gained significant energy savings simply by monitoring their energy use, comparing it to that of their neighbors, then taking action to reduce consumption in their homes. The Providence Journal has an article with more details on the study and its results.

  • What is Claremont's Water Future?

    Click here to see some thoughts on that.

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