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Sacramento, California has been making major strides in recent years in order to create a more green and sustainable environment for their residents. In 2009, the city adopted the Sustainability Implementation Plan, which has the overall goal of reducing greenhouse gases and emissions tremendously! This is not the only impactful change the city has made. Here are 3 innovative steps the city is taking in order to become more sustainable: 

Construction from recycled materials: Sacramento is making major construction changes and implementing green building codes for the city. The city is pursuing LEED certification on new buildings in order to reduce waste and provide more clean energy. 

Travel tip: Visit the Valley Hi Library, Pocket Library and Oak Park Community Center Expansion to check out the city’s newest LEED Silver Certified construction projects. These buildings have been constructed with recyclable materials and energy and water efficient equipment! https://www.saclibrary.org/Locations/Valley-Hi-North-Laguna 

Sustainable businesses: The city of Sacramento has created a pilot project to provide certain benefits and preferences for businesses that operate sustainably. These benefits include free business advertising and promotion on the Sacramento Area Sustainable Business website, community recognition and certain assistance in making changes to your business. 

Public transportation: Since 2012, the city government has been developing the Climate Action Plan, which encourages residents to walk, bike, use public transit, and many other sustainable initiatives. The city provides several transportation options while reducing congestion, shortening commute times, and improving air quality. Hop on the light rail system, the Sacramento regional transit line or take Unitrans. http://www.sacrt.com/schedules/