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Green Living

As a master planned community, sustainability has always been a guiding principle. Recognized as one of the “greenest” cities in America, Irvine has a high standard as an award-winning sustainable community, receiving national recognition for its long-standing commitment to environmental stewardship, including open space preservation, protecting the environment, and conserving natural resources.  

The Irvine Master Plan was created more than 50 years ago to guide the city’s carefully phased, long-term growth. Today, the Master Plan remains committed to the principle of balance between development and the preservation of natural open space, parks, and trails.

Quail Hill Trail
Quail Hill Trail

The city has a number of programs for a sustainable future including green building, a 20-year energy plan, a zero waste ordinance, a zero emission vehicle fleet for commuters, and a number of transportation programs. Irvine is also home of the National Fuel Cell Research Center at the University of California, Irvine.

Irvine Green Building Certifications
Irvine Green Building Certifications

The city offers a Green Business program that provides support designed to help businesses operate sustainably.

A quarterly newsletter is shared by the city to keep businesses and residents updated on its environmental programs and activities as well as the many ways individuals can be directly involved with sustainable living.

Woodbury Village
Woodbury Village

The city has a directory of resources for additional information on energy conservation, clean fueling stations, green building, recycling and water and air quality.

Hydrogen Fuel Cell Station in Irvine

Our Stories

Learn more about what makes Irvine unique through the stories that celebrate the community.