Calabasas Goes Green

Allie Broome - Photographer, Maria Navarro - Photographer and courtesy of www.cityofcalabasas.com

Jessica Fuld - Staff Writer, '14

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Members of the city of Calabasas come together to improve the local environment.

Ordinances and Special Events

The city of Calabasas hosts a variety of events throughout the year to help restore and enhance the environment. Members of the com­munity have begun organizing events to reintroduce plants back into their native environment. Calabasas also enacted a Comprehensive Secondhand Smoke Ordinance, which restricts smoking in all public areas, in an effort to reduce second-hand smoke in the air. Programs about water quality enhancement and wildlife protection educate citi­zens about different ways to conserve and recycle. •

Electronic Waste Drives

Calabasas residents are aware that toxins from electronic waste can be hazardous to the environment. In order to help, the city of Cala­basassponsors an e-waste drive the first and third Saturday of each month in the Albertsons’ and Vons’ parking lots. According to Cali­fornia Recycle, approximately 5,000 pounds of used electronics are collected during every drive in Calabasas. The items donated include computers, cell phones, radios, batteries, televisions and more. •

Ban of Plastic Bags

Statistics have shown that people in the Los Angeles area, includ­ing residents of Calabasas, use over six billion plastic bags annually. Because of this overuse, retail stores in Calabasas no longer supply shoppers with plastic bags. Before this law took effect, local stores used around 400 to 500 plastic bags a day. Although stores sell paper bags for 10 cents each, Calabasas residents are encouraged to purchase their own reusable cloth bags in an attempt to use less paper. •

Transportation

The trolleys running throughout Calabasas are used in an effort to reduce the amount of fuel admittance in the area. Members of the com­munity can buy a Transit Pass for $50 to use the trolleys. The trolleys use compressed Natural Gas, an alternative to gasoline that compresses natural gasses to one percent or less of its volume. This type of gas burns faster and expels cleaner air than regular gasoline does. •

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