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City of Beaumont

Beacon Participant Profile

“As one of the fastest growing cities in California and as a leader within our region on environmental issues, Beaumont is committed to improving air quality, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and protecting the environment.” -Beaumont City Council Member Jeff Fox

About Beaumont

  • Incorporated: 1912
  • Population: 36,877 (2010) 
  • Location: located in Riverside County in the San Gorgonio Mountain Pass
  • Area: 30.926 square miles
  • Elevation: 2,612 feet

Climate Action Activities

  • Completed Climate Action Plan
  • Participating in Southern California Edison’s Energy Efficiency Partnership Program
  • HEAL Cities Campaign Participant
  • Cool Planet Award Participant
  • Upgraded street lighting on roadways replacing high-pressure sodium street lights with energy-efficient LED lights that will reduce carbon dioxide emissions 15 tons
  • Replaced conventional high pressure sodium lights lighting throughout Old Town Beaumont with old-fashioned street lamps with LED lights
  • Enacted a “Dark Sky ordinance that calls for a reduction in the street light glare and light escaping from businesses
  • Has built 27 miles of bike lanes since the 1990’s and has an additional 37 miles planned
  • Sponsors Beaumont Road Race in an effort to promote cycling
  • From 2003 to 2008, the community reduced its power bills by nearly 21 percent, while city facilities cut their electricity use by 6 percent totaling a savings of about 14.9 million kilowatt hours
  • One-third of the city’s land is set aside as open space
  • Enacted a “Dark Sky” ordinance
  • Partnership between Beaumont, Edison, the Chamber and about 100 local businesses to cut electricity use. Under Edison’s “Direct Install” Program, pre-qualified local merchants received nearly $123,000 in free energy-saving improvements, including new fluorescent lighting, LED exit signs, and upgrades to refrigeration equipment
  • Installed a CNG (Compressed Natural Gas) refueling station adjacent to the school bus yard as a part of the ongoing citywide effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The new facility will provide a safe and clean refueling station for CNG buses operated by the BUSD, Pass Transit, and the Riverside Transit Agency
  • Golf Cart Transportation Plan to encourage the increased use of alternate, clean, nonpolluting forms of transportation
  • Green Building Program Resolution provides an “express lane” for all new and existing projects that are being built or renovated in the City of Beaumont to the standards of the California Green Builder Program

Climate Action Resources

Awards

Agency Energy Savings

  • Gold Level, 17% (2013)

Agency Natural Gas Savings

Agency Greenhouse Gas Reductions

Community Greenhouse Gas Reductions

Sustainability Best Practices

  • Silver Level (2013)
Case Story

Beaumont Hits a Home Run by Delamping

The City of Beaumont hit a home run in saving money and energy by reducing the number of lights at a baseball field in a city park. Working with a sports lighting designer, the city achieved a higher lighting level by actually reducing the number of lights.

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