City of San Carlos Receives Awards for Efforts to Address Climate Change

SAN CARLOS, CA, October 9, 2015 – The Institute for Local Government and the Statewide Energy Efficiency Collaborative honored the City of San Carlos with two Beacon Spotlight Awards for the City’s efforts to save energy, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adopt policies and programs that promote sustainability. The awards were presented on October 1st during the 2015 League of California Cities Annual Conference in San Jose. The City’s achievements were recognized as a part of its participation the Beacon Program, a sustainability recognition program created by the Institute for Local Government in 2009.

The City of San Carlos received the following awards:

  • Gold Beacon Spotlight Award for 15% agency greenhouse gas reductions
  • Gold Beacon Spotlight Award for 17% agency energy savings

These awards were added to the two others the City of San Carlos has received throughout its participation in the Beacon Program for implementing sustainability best practices and community greenhouse gas emissions.

Throughout its participation in the program, the City of San Carlos has implemented an aggressive water reduction campaign to address drought conditions, a construction and demolition debris recycling program that goes beyond state requirements and involved and educated its residents in conservation and sustainability programs.

“The Beacon Award program honors local agencies for innovative solutions that address climate change. The City of San Carlos is a model of how to implement sustainability measures in a way that results in a more vibrant, healthy and prosperous community,” Martin Gonzalez, Director, Institute for Local Government.

More information about San Carlos’s Beacon Spotlight Award activities is available at http://www.ca-ilg.org/beacon-award-participant-profile/city-san-carlos.

About the Institute for Local Government
The Institute for Local Government is the nonprofit research and education affiliate of the League of California Cities, the California State Association of Counties and the California Special Districts Association. The Institute’s mission is to promote good government at the local level with practical, impartial and easy-to-use resources for California communities. The Beacon Program was created by the Institute for Local Government in 2009 to assist local governments in producing measureable achievements in five areas: Agency Greenhouse Gas Reductions, Community Greenhouse Gas Reductions, Agency Energy Savings, Natural Gas Savings and Sustainability Best Practices. Within each area, a participant can earn Beacon Spotlight Awards- silver, gold and platinum- based on level of achievement. There are currently 76 local agencies throughout the state participating in the Beacon Program. The Beacon Program is sponsored by the Institute for Local Government and the Statewide Energy Efficiency Collaborative. It is funded by California utility customers and administered by Southern California Gas Company, San Diego Gas & Electric Company, Pacific Gas and Electric Company and Southern California Edison, under the auspices of the California Public Utilities Commission. Visit www.ca-ilg.org/BeaconProgram for more information.

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