In an effort to select a name that represented the long history of the region and the resource the facility will be, the team looked to the past. The Sterling Natural Resource Center is named after A.E. Sterling, a local visionary and active valley leader.

In addition, one definition of sterling is: "of the highest quality."

Facts About A.E. Sterling

  • He was as a longtime resident and property owner in this area
  • He was a founding member of the Highland Chamber of Commerce
  • He saw the importance of investing in resources and invested in many private water companies
  • He invested in the Cram-Van Leuven Water Company, which eventually merged with North Fork Water Company
  • He served on the Redlands Street Railway Company
  • He designed the Redlands Country Club Golf Course