How can you help make Sacramento a cleaner place to live?

When you explore the wide selection of homes for sale in Sacramento, you might notice that these properties include a variety of amenities and features. In fact, you may have trouble choosing a house that fits your needs, as there are so many designs and styles to pick from.

The community's cleanliness is one aspect you won't need to worry about when you examine this metro's real estate market. Many programs are available that have allowed public officials and residents to work together to improve the city's appearance.

Cleaner Streets
With Cleaner Streets, you'll be able to share your opinions and thoughts on the region's environmental needs. Residents can take direct action by providing comments to the city's Solid Waste and Recycling Division.

This program could have a significant impact on citizens. Its goals include offering adequate yard waste collection across the city, lowering carbon emissions and making environmental enhancements simple and easy to follow.

Sutter's Landing Park Solar Project
You could help transform the former 28th Street city landfill into a solar park by participating in this local project.

In March 2011, the city's Parks & Recreation Commission proposed making renovations that could enhance the value of Sutter's Landing Park. This project involved placing solar panels at the old garbage facility in an effort to generate power that could be sold. In doing so, the city could generate additional revenue while helping the environment.

According to the Sacramento Bee, a scaled-back version of the initial proposal will be used by local officials. Solar panels will cover about 2.5 acres of the park, which will provide power to a few hundred local homes.

While the project's parameters have been reduced, this solar initiative represents a substantial effort for the local community.

"There's sort of this needle you have to thread of trying to find low-impact areas," said Kim Delfino, the California program director for Defenders of Wildlife. "We definitely want to see more renewable energy, but we have to realize that if an area has a high [wildlife] habitat value, that area loses value [when solar facilities are built]."

Sacramento homeowners might be able to reap the benefits of these solar panels soon. Officials anticipate the project will begin next year, the news source notes.