FERMONT, CA – At this year’s League of Cities Annual Conference in Sacramento, the City of Fremont was presented with the “Silver Level” Beacon Award for its work to create a healthier, more efficient, vibrant, and prosperous community. Created by the Institute for Local Government (ILG) in 2009, the Beacon Program honors local governments for their voluntary efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, save energy, and adopt policies that promote sustainability. Fremont was one of only eight cities to receive the ILG’s prestigious Beacon Award this year. Other 2017 awardees included Sacramento, Scotts Valley, Foster City, Hayward, San Carlos, Palo Alto, and Claremont.
Fremont’s “Silver Level” Beacon Award recognizes the City’s achievements for reducing community greenhouse gas emissions by 11 percent, municipal greenhouse gas emissions by 7 percent, electricity use reductions of 28 percent, and natural gas use reductions of 6 percent. Fremont also received “Gold Level” recognition for achievements in each of the ten best practice areas highlighted in the ILG’s Sustainability Best Practices Framework. One major Fremont achievement is the comprehensive energy and water efficiency upgrade of City facilities, which includes the citywide upgrade to LED streetlights. This project will result in annual savings of 4.1 million kWh of electricity, 12,000 therms of natural gas, 9.1 million gallons of water, and 976 metric tons of carbon dioxide. Other notable projects include the implementation of a solar plus energy storage “Microgrid” demonstration project on City of Fremont fire stations, the adoption of green building reach codes requiring mandatory solar on new residential developments and electric vehicle charging in 10 percent of all new parking spaces, and the launch of the online Fremont Green Challenge residential climate action engagement platform.
For more information on the City of Fremont’s sustainability initiatives, please contact Sustainability Manager Rachel DiFranco at 510-494-4451 or by email.