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Population: 37325068

Total Males: 18561020
Total Females: 18764048
Median Household Income: $ 61400
Total Households: 12466331
   

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29 Palms Acampo
Acton Adelaide Adelanto
Adin Agoura Agoura Hills
Agua Dulce Aguanga Ahwahnee
Alameda Alamo Albany
Albion Alderpoint Alhambra
Aliso Viejo Alleghany Allendale
Alpaugh Alpine Alpine Meadows
Alta Alta Loma Altadena
Altaville Alturas Alviso
Amador City amarillo American Canyon
Anacortes Anaheim Anaheim Hills
Anahiem Anderson Angels Camp
Angelus Oaks Angwin Annapolis
Antelope Antioch Anza
Apple Valley Applegate Aptos
Arbuckle Arcadia Arcanum
Arcata Arco Station Arleta
Armona Arnold Aromas
Arrowbear Arroyo Grande Art
Artesia Artesia-Cerritos Artois
Arvin Atascadero Atherton
Atwater Atwood Auberry
Auburn Austin Avalon
Avenal Avery Avila Beach
Azusa Badger Baker
Bakerfield Bakersfield Bakersfield,
Balboa Balboa Island Baldwin Hills
Baldwin Park Ballico Baltimore
Bangor Banning Banta
Bard Barstow Basqurt
Bass Lake Bassett Bay Point
Bayside Beach Center Beale Air Force Base
Bear Valley Beaumont Beckwourth
Bel Air Belden Bell
Bell Gardens Bell Canyon Bell Flower
Bell Gardens Bella Vista Bellflower
Belltown Belmont Belmont Shore
Belvedere Belvedere Tiburon Ben Lomond
Benicia Benton Berkeley
Berkley Bermuda Dunes Berry Creek
Bethel Island Beverley Hills Beverly Hills
Beverly-Fairfax Bieber Big Bar
Big Bear Big Bear City Big Bear Lake
Big Bend Big Creek Big Flat
Big Oak Flat Big Pine Big Sur
Biggs Biola Bishop
Bixby Knolls Blackhawk Blairsden-Graeagle
Blocksburg Bloomfield Bloomington
Blossom Valley Blue Jay Blue Lake
Blythe Bodega Bodega Bay
Bodfish Bohemia Bolinas
Bonita Bonny Doon Bonsall
Boonville Boron Borrego Springs
Boulder Creek Boulevard Box Canyon
Box Springs Boyes Hot Springs Bradbury
Bradley Bradley International Brampton
Brandeis Branscomb Brawley
Brea Brentwood Bridgeport
Bridgeville Brisbane Broderick
Brookdale Brooks Browns Valley
Brownsville Buellton Buena Park
Buenapark Burbank Burbank/Toluca Lake
Burgaw Burlingam Burlingame
Burney Burnt Ranch Burson
Butte City Butte Valley Buttonwillow
Byron CA Cabazon
Calabasas Calabassas Calexico
Caliente California California City
California Hot Springs Calimesa Calipatria
Calistoga Callahan Calpella
Calpine Camarillo Cambell
Cambria Cameron Park Camino
Camirillo Camp Meeker Camp Nelson
Camp Pendleton Campbell Campo
Campo Seco Camptonville Camrio
Canby Canoga Park Cantil
Cantua Creek Canyon Canyon Country
Canyon Dam Canyon Lake Capay
Capistrano Capistrano Beach Capitola
Capo Beach Cardiff Cardiff By The Sea
Cardiff-by-the-Sea Carlotta Carlsbad
Carmel Carmel By The Sea Carmel Mtn Ranch
Carmel Valley Carmichael Carnelian Bay
Carpinteria Carson Carson City
Caruthers Casitas Springs Casmalia
Caspar Cassel Castaic
Castella Castro Valley Castroville
Cathedral City Catheys Valley Cayman Islands
Cayucos Cazadero Cedar Glen
Cedar Ridge Cedarpines Park Cedarville
Central Valley Century City Ceres
Cerritos Chalfant Valley Challenge
Chapel Hill Charlotte Charmichael
Chatsworth Cherry Valley Chester
Chicago Park Chico Chilcoot
China Lake Chinese Camp Chino
Chino Hills Chiriaco Summit Cholame
Chowchilla Chualar Chula Vista
Chulabista Cima Cincinnati
Citrus Heights Citrus Hts City Industry
City O Industry City Of Commerce City Of Industry
Claremont Clarksburg Clayton
Clearlake Clearlake Oaks Clements
Clio Clipper Mills Cloverdale
Clovis Coachella Coalinga
Coarsegold Cobb Coleville
Colfax Colma Coloma
Colton Columbia Colusa
Commerce Comptche Compton
Concord Cool Copperopolis
Corcoran CORDELIA Corning
Corona Corona Del Mar Coronado
Corralitos Corte Madera Corte Medera
Costa Mesa Cotati Coto de Caza
Cottonwood Coulterville Courtland
Covelo Covina Cowan Heights
Coyote Crescent City Crescent Mills
Cressey Crest Park Crestline
Creston Crockett Crowley Lake
Crows Landing Cty of Industry Cucamonga
Cudahy Culver City Cupertino
Curritos Cutler Cutten
Cy Of Industy Cypress Daggett
Daly City Dana Point Dana Point
Danville Dardanelle Davenport
Davis Davis Creek Death Valley
Deer Park Del Mar Del Rey
Del Rey Oaks Del Sur Delano
Delhi Denair Denison
Denver Descanso Desert Center
Desert Hot Spgs Desert Hot Sprg Desert Hot Springs
Devore Diablo Diamond
Diamond Bar Diamond Springs Dillon Beach
Dinsmore Dinuba Discovery Bay
Dixon Dobbins Dorris
Dos Palos Douglas City Douglas Flat
Dove Canyon Downey Downieville
Downtown Los Angeles Downtown San Bernardino Doyle
Drytown Duarte Dublin
Ducor Dulzura Duncans Mills
Dunlap Dunnigan Dunsmuir
Durham Dutch Flat E Los Angeles
E Rncho Dmngz Eagle Rock Earlimart
Earp East Compton Dominguez East Irvine
East Long Beach East Los Angeles East Palo Alto
East Paolo Alto East Rancho Dominguez Eastlake
Eastvale Echo Lake Echo Park
Edison Edwards El Cajon
El Centro El Cerrito El Dorado
El Dorado Hills El Granada El Macero
El Monte El Nido El Paso de Robles
El Portal El Sareno El Segundo
El Sobrante El Toro El Verano
Eldorado Hills Eldridge Elizabeth Lake
ELJON Elk Elk Creek
Elk Grove Elk Grove Village Elko
Ellicott City Elmira Elverta
Ely Emerald Hills Emeryville
Emigrant Gap Empire Encinitas
Encino Encintias Englewood
Escalon Escandido Escondido
Esparto Essex Etiwanda
Etna Eureka Exeter
Fair Oaks Fairfax Fairfield
Fairview Fall Brook Fall River Mills
Fallbrook Fallon Farmersville
Farmington Fashion Island Fawnskin
fb Federal Felicity
Fellows Felton Ferndale
Fiddletown Fields Landing Fillmore
Finley Firebaugh Firestone Park
Fish Camp Five Points Flint
Flintridge Floriston Flournoy
Folsom Folsom CA Fontana
Foothill Ranch Forbestown Forest Falls
Forest Knolls Forest Ranch Foresthill
Forestville Forks Of Salmon Fort Bidwell
Fort Bragg Fort Dick Fort Irwin
Fort Jones Fortuna Foster City
Fountain Valley Fowler Frazier Park
Freedom Freemont Fremont
Fremont,CA French Camp French Gulch
Fresno Friant Ft Bragg
Fullerton Fulsom Fulton
Fylmar Galt Garberville
Garden Grove Garden Valley Gardena
Garey Gasquet Gavilan Hills
Gaviota Gazelle Georgetown
Gerber Geyserville Gilroy
Glen Ellen Glendale Glendora
Glenhaven Glenn Glennville
Gold River Gold Run Goleta
Gonzales Goodyears Bar Gorman
Goshen Graeagle Granada Hills
Grand Terrace Granite Bay Grass Valley
Graton Green Valley Lake Greenbrae
Greenbrier Greenfield Greensboro
Greenview Greenville Greenwood
Grenada Gridely Gridley
Grimes Grizzly Flats Groveland
Grover Beach Guadalupe Gualala
Guasti Guatay Guerneville
Guinda Gustine Hacienda Heights
Hacienda Hts Half Moon Bay Hamilton
Hamilton City Hanford Happy Camp
Harahan Harbor City Harmony
Hat Creek Hathaway Pines Haw
Hawaiian Gardens Hawthorne Hayfork
Hayward Hazard Healdsburg
Heber Helendale Helm
Hemet Henderson Henet
Herald Hercules Heremosa Beach
Herlong Hermosa Hermosa Beach
Hesperia Hi Vista Hickman
Hidden Hills Hidden Valley Hidden Valley Lake
High Point Highland Highland Park
Hillcrest Hills Hillsborough
Hilmar Hinkley Hollister
Hollywood Hollywood Beach Holt
Holtville Homeland Homewood
Honeydew Honolulu Hood
Hoopa Hope Valley Hopland
Hornbrook Hornitos Hot Springs
Hughson Hume Huntingtn Bch
Huntington Bch Huntington Beach Huntington Beach,
Huntington Park Huntington Pk Huron
Hyampom Hydesville Idyllwild
Igo Imperial Imperial Beach
Independence Indian Wells Indianapolis
Indio Industry Industry City
Inglewood Inverness Inyokern
Ione Irivine Irvine
Irwindale Isla Vista Isleton
Ivanhoe Jackson Jacumba
Jamestown Jamul Janesville
Janul Jenner Johannesburg
Johnson Valley Johnstown Jolon
Joshua Tree Julian Junction City
June Lake Juniper Hills Jurupa Valley
Kagel Canyon Katy Kearny Mesa
Keeler Keene Kelsey
Kelseyville Kensington Kentfield
Kenwood Kerman Kernville
Keswick Kettleman City Keyes
Keys King City Kings Beach
Kings Canyon National Park Kingsburg Kingston
Kirkwood Klamath Klamath River
Kneeland Knights Ferry Knights Landing
Knightsen Korbel Kyburz
L.A. LA La Brea
La CañAda Flintridge La Canada La Canada Flintridge
La Canada Fltrdg La Canada-Flintridge La Crescenta
La Grande La Grange La Habra
La Habra Heights La Honda La Hubra
La Jolla La Mesa La Mirada
La Palma La Porte La Puente
La Quinta La Selva Beach La Verne
Ladera Ranch Lafayette Laguna
Laguna Beach Laguna Hills Laguna Niguel
Laguna Nigues Laguna Woods Lagunitas
Lahabra Lake Almanor Lake Arrowhead
Lake Balboa Lake City Lake Elsinore
Lake Forest Lake Gregory Lake Hughes
Lake Isabella Lake Los Angeles Lake Mathews
Lake San Marcos Lake Sherwood Lake Tahoe
Lake View Terrace LakeElsinore Lakeforest
Lakehead Lakeport Lakeshore
Lakeside Lakeview Lakewood
Lamirada Lamont Lancaster
Landers Larkfield Larkspur
Las Angeles Las Flores Las Vegas
Lathrop Laton Laverne
Lawndale Laytonville Le Grand
Lebec Lee Vining Leggett
Lemon Cove Lemon Grove Lemoore
Lennox Leona Valley Lewiston
Likely Lincoln Lincoln Heights
Linden Lindsay Litchfield
Little River Little Rock Littlerock
Live Oak Livermore Livermore Valley
Livingston Llano Lockeford
Lockwood Lod Gatos Lodi
Loleta Loma Linda Loma Mar
Loma Rica Lomita Lompoc
Lone Pine Long Beach Long Barn
Long Beach Lookout Loomis
Los Alamitos Los Alamos Los Altos
Los Altos Hills Los Anegeles Los Angeles
Los Angeles, California Los Angeles  Los Banos
Los Feliz Los Gatos Los Molinos
Los Olivos Los Osos Losaltos
LosGatos Lost Hills Lotus
Louisville Lower Lake Loyalton
Lucerne Lucerne Valley Ludlow
Lynwood Lytle Creek Macdoel
Mad River Madera Madison
Magalia Mailbu Malibu
Mammoth Lakes Manchester Manhattan Beach
Manteca Manteca, Manton
Mar Vista March Air Force Base Maricopa
Marigold Marin City Marina
Marina Del Rey Marino Valley Marinwood
Mariposa Markleeville Marshall
Martell Martina Martinez
Marysville Mather Maxwell
Maywood McArthur McClellan
McClellan Air Force Base McCloud McFarland
McKinleyville McKittrick Meadow Valley
Meadow Vista Mecca Melrose-La Brea
Mendocino Mendota Menifee
Menifee Valley Menlo Park Mentone
Merced Meridian Meyers
Mi Wuk Village Mi-Wuk Village Mid-Wilshire
Middletown Midpines Midway City
Milford Mill Creek Mill Valley
Millberea Millbrae Millville
Milpitas Mineral Mira Loma
Mira Mesa Miracle Mile Mirada
Miramonte Miranda Mission Beach
Mission Hills Mission Viejo Moccasin
Modesto Modjeska Mofett Field
Mojave Mokelumne Hill Monarch Beach
Monroeville Monrovia Mont Rose
Montague Montara Montclair
Monte Rio Monte Sereno Montebello
Montecito Monteclair Monterey
Monterey Park Monterey, Montgomery Creek
Monticlair Montrose Moorpark
Moraga Moren Valley Moreno
Moreno Valley Moreno Vallley Morgan Hill
Morgana Morongo Valley Morro Bay
MORROBAY Moss Beach Moss Landing
Mount Aukum Mount Baldy Mount Hamilton
Mount Hermon Mount Laguna Mount Shasta
Mount Wilson Mountain Center Mountain Ranch
Mountain View Mt Shasta Muir Beach
Mulpitas Murphys Murrieta
Myers Flat N Highlands N Hollywood
N. Hollywood N. Palm Springs n.hollywood
Nanhattan Beach Napa Napa,
Nappa Valley National City Natomas
Navarro Needles Nelson
Nevada City New Almaden New Bern
New Castle New Cuyama New Hall
New Port Beach Newark Newberry Springs
Newbury Park Newcastle Newhall
Newman Newport Newport Beach
Newport Beach Newport Coast Nicasio
Nice Nicolaus Niland
Nipomo Nipton Nmeryville
No Hollywood None Norco
Norden North Hollywood North Fork
North Highland North Highlands North Hills
North Hollywood North Lake Tahoe North Palm Springs
North Ranch North San Juan North Tustin
North York Northridge Norwalk
Novato Nuevo O' Neals
Oak Glen Oak Hills Oak Park
Oak Run Oak View Oakdale
Oakhurst Oakland Oakland,
Oakley Oakville Obrien
Occidental Ocean Side Oceandise
Oceano Oceanside Ocotillo
Ojai Olancha Old Fort
Old Station Old Town Eureka Olema
Olivehurst Olympic Valley Oneals
Ono Ontagio Ontario
Onyx Orange Orange County
Orange Cove Orange Vale Orangevale
orangvalle Orcutt Oregon House
Orick Orinda Orinda Way
Orland Orleans Oro Grande
Orosi Oroville Owings Mills
Oxnard Pacheco Pacific Beach
Pacific Grove Pacific Palisades Pacific Plsds
Pacifica Pacoima Paicines
Pala Palermo Palm Desert
Palm Springs Palmdale Palms
Palo Alto Palo Cedro Palo Verde
Palomar Mountain Palos Verdes Palos Verdes Est
Palos Verdes Estates Palos Verdes Peninsula Pamona
Panorama Ciry Panorama City Paradise
Paramount Parker Dam Parlier
Pasadena Paskenta Paso Robles
Patterson Patton Pauma Valley
Paynes Creek Pearblossom Pebble Beach
Pengrove PeninsulaSanta Clara Penitencia San Jose
Penn Valley Penngrove Penryn
Perris Pescadero Petaluma
Petrolia Phelan Phillips Ranch
Phillipsville Philo Phoenix
Pico Rivera Piedmont Piedra
Piercy Pilot Hill Pine Grove
Pine Mountain Club Pine Valley Pinecrest
Pinedale Pinole Pinon Hills
Pioneer Pioneertown Piru
Pismo Beach Pittsburg Pittsburgh
Pixley Placentia Placerville
Placienta Planada Plancentia
Plantation Plasant Hill Platina
Playa Playa Del Rey Playa Vista
Pleasant Grove Pleasant Hill Pleasanton
Pleasonton Plumas Lake Plymouth
Point Arena Point Mugu Nawc Point Reyes
Point Reyes Station Point Richmond Pollock Pines
Pomona Pope Valley Port Costa
Port Hueneme Port Hueneme Cbc Base Porter Ranch
Porterville Portland Portola
Portola Hills Portola Valley Posey
Potrero Potter Valley Poway
Prather Princeton Proberta
Prunedale Pueblo Pumpkin Center
Quail Valley Quartz Hill Quincy
Rackerby Ragged Point Rail Road Flat
Rainbow Raisin Raleigh
Ramona Ranch Cucamonga Ranchita
Rancho Belago Rancho Bernardo Rancho California
Rancho Cordova Rancho Cordova, Rancho Cucamnoga
Rancho Cucamo Rancho Cucamong Rancho Cucamonga
Rancho Dominguez Rancho Mirage Rancho Murieta
Rancho Murietta Rancho Palos Verde Rancho Palos Verdes
Rancho Park Rancho Penasquitos Rancho Santa Fe
Rancho Santa Magarita Rancho Santa Margari Rancho Santa Margarita
Rancho Santo Margarita Rancho Snt Marg Rancho Sta Marg
Rancho-Cucamonga Randsburg Rarotonga
Ravendale Raymond Red Bluff
Redcrest Redding Redlands
Redondo Beach Redway Redwood
Redwood City Redwood Estates Redwood Valley
Reedley Reno Rescue
Reseda Rialto Richgrove
Richmond Richvale Ridgecrest
Rim Forest Rimforest Rio Dell
Rio Linda Rio Nido Rio Oso
Rio Vista Ripley Ripon
River Pines Riverbank Riverdale
Riverside Rncho Cordova Robbins
Rocklin Rodeo Rohnert Park
Rolling Hills Rolling Hills Est Rolling Hills Estate
Rolling Hills Estates Romoland Rosamond
Roseland Rosemead Roseville
Ross Rossmoor Rough And Ready
Round Mountain Rowland Heights Royal Oaks
Rsm Rubidoux Running Springs
Rutherford Ryde S El Monte
S Lake Tahoe S San Francisco S. San Francisco
sac Sacramento Sacremento
Saint Helena Salida Salimas
Salinas Salma Salt Lake City
Salton City Salyer Samoa
San Andreas San Anselmo San Ardo
San Bernadino San Bernandino San Bernardino
San Bruno San Buenaventura San Carlos
San Clemente San Deigo San Dieg
San Diego San Diego County San Diego,
San Dimas San Fernando San Fernando Valley
San Fran San Franciisco San Francisco
San Francisco County San Francisco, San Fransisco
San Gabriel San Geronimo San Gregorio
San Jacinto San Joaquin San Jose
San Jos� San Juan Bautista San Juan Capistrano
San Juan Capo San Juan Cpstrno San Leandro
San Lorenzo San Louis Obispo San Lucas
San Luis Obispo San Luis Rey San Marcos
San Marino San Martin San Mateo
San Mateo County San Miguel San Pablo
San Pedro San Quentin San Rafael
San Ramon San Rosa San Simeon
San Ysidro Sanclemente Sand City
Sanger SanJose Sanluisobispo
Santa Monica Santa A Santa Ana
Santa Anna Santa Anna Heights Santa Barbara
Santa Clara Santa Claria Santa Clarita
Santa Cruz Santa Fe Springs Santa Margarita
Santa Maria Santa Monica Santa Nella
Santa Paula Santa Rita Park Santa Rosa
Santa Rosa Valley Santa Ynez Santa Ysabel
Santaana Sante Fe Springs Santee
Saratoga Saticoy Saugus
Sausalito Scotia Scotts Valley
Scripps Ranch Seal Beach Seaside
Seattle Sebastopol Seeley
Seiad Valley Selma Sepulveda
Sequoia National Park Shadow Hills Shafter
Shandon Shasta Shasta Lake
SHASTA LAKE CITY Shaver Lake Sheep Ranch
Shell Beach Sheridan Sherman Oaks
Sherman Village Shermanoaks Shingle Springs
Shingletown Shoshone Shreveport
Sierra City Sierra Madre Sierraville
Signal Hill Silverado Silverlake
Simi Simi Valley Singal Hill
Skyforest Sloughhouse Smartville
Smith River Sn Bernardino Sn Jn Cpstrn
Snelling Snow Creek Circle So El Monte
So. San Francisco Soda Springs Solana Beach
Soledad Solona Beach Solvang
Somerset Somes Bar Somis
Sonoma Sonora Soquel
Sorrento Valley Soulsbyville South Bar
South Dos Palos South El Monte South Gate
South Lake Tahoe South Pasadena South Pasadena,
South Sacramento South San Francisco South Whittier
Southport Spreckels Spring Garden
Spring Valley Spring Valley Lake Springville
Squaw Valley St Helena St. Helena
Standard Standish Stanford
Stanton State Road Stevenson Ranch
Stevinson Stewarts Point Stinson Beach
Stirling City Stockton Stonyford
Storrie Stratford Strathmore
Strawberry Strawberry Valley Studio City
Sugarloaf Suisun Suisun City
Suite 270 Suite 3D Sultana
Summerland Sun City Sun Valley
Sunland Sunnyvale Sunol
Sunset Beach Surfside Susanville
Sutter Sutter Creek Sylmar
Sylva Taft Tahoe City
Tahoe Vista Tahoma Talmage
Tamarack - Bear Valley Tarzana Taylorsville
Tecate Tecopa Tehachapi
Tehama Temecula Temple City
Templeton Terra Bella The Sea Ranch
Thermal Thornton Thousand Oaks
Thousand Palms Thousand Plms Thoussand Palms
Three Rivers Tiburon Tierrasanta
Tipton Tollhouse Toluca Lake
Tomales Tonopah Topanga
Topaz Toronto Torrance
Torrence Torrrance Tottance
Trabuco Canyon Tracy Tranquillity
Traver Travis Air Force Base Tres Pinos
Trinidad Trinity Center Trona
Trowbridge Truckee Tucaipa
Tujunga Tulare Tulelake
Tuolumne Tupman Turlock
Tustin Tustin Ranch Twain
Twain Harte Twenty Nine Palms Twentynine Palms
Twin Bridges Twin Peaks Ukiah
Union City Universal City Upland
Upper Lake Vacaville Val Verde
Valencia Vallecito Vallejo
Valley Center Valley Ford Valley Glen
Valley Springs Valley Village Valyermo
Van Nuys Van Nuys Vancouver
Vandenberg Airforce Base Vanning Vannuys
Venice Venice Beach Ventura
Ventura Beach Venture Verdugo City
Vernalis Vernon Victor
Victorville Villa Grande Villa Park
Vina Vineburg Visalia
Vista Volcano W Hollywood
W Los Angeles W Sacramento Wallace
Walnut Walnut Creek Walnut Grove
Warner Springs Wasco Washington
Waterford Watsonville Waukena
Weaverville Weed Weimar
Weldon Wendel Weott
West Covina West Hills West Hollywood
West Los Angeles West Point West Sacramento
West Toluca Lake Westchester WestHills
Westlake Westlake Village Westlake Villiage
Westlake Vlg Westley Westminister
Westminster Westmorland Westport
Westwood Wetminster Wheatland
White Water Whitethorn Whitewater
Whitier Whitmore Whitter
Whittier Wildomar Williams
Willits Willow Creek Willowbrook
Willows Wilmington Wilseyville
Wilton Winchester Windsor
Windsor Mill Winnetca Winnetka
Winston Salem Winterhaven Winters
Winton Witter Springs Wmstr
Wofford Heights Woodacre Woodbridge
Woodlake Woodland Woodland Hills
Woodside Woodyear Worcester
Wrightwood Yerba Linda Yermo
Yettem Yolo Yorba Linda
Yorkville Yosemite Yosemite National Park
Yosemite Village Yountville Yreka
Yuba City Yuc Yucaipa
Yucca Valley Zamora Zenia
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Green Initiatives & Environmental History for: California


Basic History

Colonization of California remained largely Mexican until the 1840s. The first US overland trip was made in 1826, but US settlement did not become significant until the 1840s. Political events in the territory moved swiftly in the next few years. On July 7th, 1848, California became part of the United States. In the same year, there was a gold rush in the territory, and with it came a huge increase in population and a pressing need for a civil government. In 1849, Californians sought statehood and, after a heated debate in the US Congress, California finally entered the Union as a free, nonslavery state, in the year 1850.

Environmental History

California embraces the greatest diversity of climate and terrain. The state’s six life zones are: the desert, foothill regions and some coastal lands, coastal areas and moist northeastern counties, and the Canadian, Hudsonian, and Arctic zones, comprising California’s highest elevations. Plant life in the arid climate features a diversity of native cactus, the Joshua tree, the desert poppy, and a variety of asters. Valley oak, small shrubs, stunted trees, herbaceous plants, mint, viola, the golden poppy also flourish in this zone. Animal life is abundant. It includes the black-tailed deer, black bear, gray fox, elk, garter snakes, rattlesnakes. The kingfisher, chickadee, towhee, and hummingbird represent the bird life of this region. The Resources Agency of California’s Department of Fish and Game is especially active in listing and providing protection for rare, threatened and endangered fauna. Joint efforts by state and federal wildlife agencies have established an ambitious recovery program to revitalize the dwindling population of the native animals and birds. The endangered animals include the mountain beaver, kit fox, Pacific pocket mouse, kangaroo rat, sage sparrow, garter snake, five species of salamander, eleven types of butterflies, and more. California has a total of 290, 821 acres of National Wildlife Refuges.

Green Initiatives

California is leading by example on energy efficiency and conservation, sustainability, green building, and green purchasing practices throughout state government. California is working to reduce energy and resource consumption in state buildings, while lowering greenhouse gas emissions, and creating healthier environments in which to work, live and learn. Sustainability or green building is the practice of designing, constructing, operating, maintaining, and removing buildings in ways that conserve natural resources and reduce their impact on climate change; California is ensuring so. The state is advocating the procurement of goods and services that have a reduced impact on human health, called Environmentally Preferable Purchasing; in simple terms, it means ‘buying green’. New building or large renovation projects initiated by the state also evaluate the merits of clean on-site power generation such as solar panels and fuel cells. State agencies are taking measures to reduce grid-based energy purchases. Integrating renewable energy producing technologies into state buildings reduce the amount of energy consumed from the grid.

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