Beacon Award Program


Beacon Program

Image of Beacon ProgramThe Beacon Program, sponsored by the Institute for Local Government and the Statewide Energy Efficiency Collaborative, is a statewide program recognizing California cities and counties that are working to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, save energy and adopt policies and programs that promote sustainability.


How to Participate in the Beacon Program

This section provides links to key resources for cities and counties interested in participating in the Beacon Program.

Resources include:


Award Winners

The Beacon Program features two types of awards:

  • Beacon Award: recognizing an agency’s holistic approach to addressing climate change. Participating agencies are required to complete each of six elements to win a Beacon Award.
  • Spotlight Award: recognizing individual accomplishments of cities and counties participating in the Beacon Program as they work to complete the five elements necessary to achieve a Beacon Award.

Beacon Program Champion

Image of Beacon Program ChampionThe Beacon Program Champion concept recognizes groups or agencies that wish to support and encourage the activities of cities and counties participating in the Beacon Program or considering participation.  Since participation in the Beacon Program is limited to cities and counties, the concept of the Beacon Program Champion provides opportunities to recognize the efforts of other groups, such as councils of government, special districts or foundations, that provide sustained assistance to current and future Beacon Program participants.



Beacon Program Videos

View video clips featuring elected officials and staff from Beacon Program participating communities discussing sustainability and climate action at the local level.


Beacon Program Updates

Read about activities and progress of the Beacon Program since its launch in Fall 2010.


Participants In The News

Read articles highlighting Beacon Program participating communities’ efforts in pursuing sustainability and climate action planning at the local level.