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Help Citrus Heights Win Title of Coolest California City
Sign Up Starting April 1st!



Cool CA Challenge LogoThe Cool California Challenge is a 12-month competition between nine California cities to reduce the carbon footprints of residents and build more vibrant and sustainable communities. The contest began April 1st and consists of three rounds: April-May, June and July. The city with the most points at the end of each round will earn $10,000 in support funds to continue the challenge through March 2013 and compete for the grand prize. The winning city will be crowned "Coolest California City" and receive a cash prize of $100,000 to support future citywide sustainability efforts.

Citrus Heights has already demonstrated its "coolness" with projects like the LEED Gold-certified Community Center, Civic Center Solarization, Green Planning Academy and the adoption of the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plan (GGRP). The City will use the prize money to implement sustainability efforts set forth in the GGRP. Adopted by the City Council in August 2011, the plan sets forth the framework to reach the ultimate goal of reducing carbon emissions to 10-15% below 2005 levels by 2020.

Because Citrus Heights was one of the first cities to sign up for the challenge, they received $1,000 in seed money to launch a campaign to sign up residents on The City will use the seed money to offer cash incentives to groups and individuals that accumulate the most points. Each household that logs in, no matter what their current efforts at sustainability may be, can help Citrus Heights win the Cool California Challenge! If you are interested in creating a group campaign to help sign people up for the challenge, contact Casey Kempenaar at (916) 727-4740 or

For more information on the challenge, go to For Cool California updates and to learn what you can do to help Citrus Heights reach its sustainability goals, visit To receive e-mail updates about the challenge, sign up for the "Cool California Challenge" category on the City's E-Notifier service.


Transportation and Connectivity
Energy Efficiency and Conservation
Water Efficiency and Conservation
Waste Reduction
Infrastructure, Public Health and Safety
Citrus Heights General Plan
Citrus Heights Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plan (GGRP)
United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
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