Beacon Award: Local Leadership Toward Solving Climate Change

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Beacon Award: Local Leadership Toward Solving Climate Change

The Beacon Award: Local Leadership Toward Solving Climate Change, 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.

Participating in the voluntary Beacon Award program provides local agencies and their leaders with positive recognition for saving energy, conserving resources, promoting sustainability and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. It lets them shine a bright light on their accomplishments for their residents, colleagues and others.

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How to Participate in the Beacon Award

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

Resources include:

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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 six elements necessary to achieve a Beacon Award.
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Beacon Award Program Champion

The Beacon Award Champion concept recognizes groups or agencies that wish to support and encourage the activities of cities and counties participating in the Beacon Award program or considering participation.  Since participation in the Beacon Award program is limited to cities and counties, the concept of the Beacon Award 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 Award program participants.

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Beacon Award Videos

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

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Beacon Award Program Updates

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

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Participants In The News

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

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