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Chula Vista Adopts Measures to Go Greener

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Aired 4/19/09

The Chula Vista City Council adopted seven new measures last night to reduce the city's greenhouse gas emissions. The plan includes increasing the use of solar and requiring green building standards. KPBS Environmental Reporter Ed Joyce has more.

Chula Vista has taken a bold step toward becoming one of the "greenest" cities in California. The City Council adopted seven measures that are intended to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The emissions have been linked to global warming.

The Environmental Health Coalition says when put into law, Chula Vista would become the first city in the county to require green building standards for all new construction and other projects. Green building standards reduce greenhouse gas emissions because they require buildings to maximize energy efficiency. The plan also requires the city to buy only high-efficiency and alternative fuel vehicles for its vehicle fleet and to develop a solar energy program.

City staff will spend the next 90 days working out the details.

Ed Joyce, KPBS News.

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