Sustainable City Committee

Recruitment Now Open:  Join the Sustainable City Committee

The City of Signal Hill is seeking volunteers to fill three (3) Community Member positions on the Sustainable City Committee. The appointees shall serve a full term of office of two years and will expire June 30, 2021. This is an unpaid position. Candidates must be a resident or business owner in Signal Hill, at least 18 years of age, and a legal resident of California. The Sustainable City Committee will conduct interviews at its regular meeting on Tuesday, July 2, 2019 at 6:00 p.m.

Applications must be received by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, June 14, 2019.  Submit your application today.


Mission and Responsibilities

The City of Signal Hill is committed to striking a balance between economic growth, social responsibility, and environmental well-being by partnering with our neighbors, businesses, and the community to provide a healthy and enduring environment for future generations. The City Council has charged the Sustainable City Committee (SCC) with developing and recommending a sustainability framework to the Council that promotes environmentally sound and financially practical objectives.

Meetings are held the first Tuesday of every other month at 6 p.m. in the Council Chamber at City Hall. The public is welcome to attend. The 2019 schedule is:

  • February 5, 2019
  • May 7, 2019   
  • July 2, 2019           
  • October 1, 2019

Members - The Committee holds regular noticed meetings and includes community members as well as representatives of the City Council, Civil Service Commission, Parks and Recreation Commission, and Planning Commission. Two members of the City Council who serve on the Committee are appointed by a majority vote of the City Council.

Compensation - A Sustainable City Committee Member receives no compensation.

Background - The City of Signal Hill became a signatory city to the Urban Environmental Accords on February 3, 2009 when the City Council approved an Action Plan for the Sustainable City Committee and authorized the Mayor to sign the U.S. Mayors Climate Protection Agreement. The Accords provide a set of 21 actions for cities to take as first steps toward addressing urban sustainability and providing a clean, healthy and safe environment for all members of society.

In 2012, the City adopted the Green City Report which highlights the nine local goals crafted by the SCC using the Urban Environmental Accords as a framework. The achievement of these goals qualifies Signal Hill to self-certify as a One-Leaf Green City. The City Council requested that the Sustainable City Committee continue to promote the City's sustainable efforts and document the local efforts on an annual basis. Click here for the Green City Annual Progress Report.

Sustainability Award Program

The Sustainable City Committee’s Sustainability Award recognizes those who employ sustainable practices and have a positive environmental mentality. Past award recipients have been recognized for accomplishments such as:

  • Landscaping/irrigation upgrades, lighting upgrades, eliminating redundant lighting;
  • Reducing the amount of waste the school site produces annually by recycling, composting and donating uneaten food;
  • Offering green products, recycling practices, reusable bags for online order delivery and energy efficiency; 
  • Reducing to almost zero waste and participating in cardboards, waste and food recycling programs; and
  • Using state-of-the-art construction methods and energy saving materials that meet or exceed all current building codes. 

Take a look at the Award Winners page.

Proper Disposal of Fats, Oils and Grease

The Sustainable City Committee needs your help to keep our water supply clean and our sewer system healthy. Properly disposing of fats, oils and grease in the kitchen goes a long way in our fight for clean waterways. Download our Guide to FOG (PDF) to learn more. 

Watershed Update

John L. Hunter and Associates provides quarterly newsletters regarding their work for the City. Click here for the latest newsletter.

Yellow Pages Opt Out Program

Do you use your Yellow Pages? If not, the Sustainable City Committee invites you to participate in the Yellow Pages Opt Out Program.