Beacon Participant Profile

City of El Cerrito

Image of City of El Cerrito

“Energy efficiency and conservation is a great way to both save money and combat global climate change. For every kWh you save, you prevent about 1 pound of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere. Similarly, for every therm of natural gas you save, you reduce CO2 emissions by almost 12 pounds. For these reasons, El Cerrito has applied for grants and has partnered with various groups to help make energy efficiency improvements in both our own facilities and in the community.” -City of El Cerrito Energy and Climate Page

Spotlight Awards

Image of City of El Cerrito

Silver Level

14% Agency Electricity Savings (2005-2011)

September 2013

About El Cerrito

  • Incorporated: 1917
  • Population: 23,596
  • Location: In Contra Costa County, along Interstate 80 adjacent to Richmond, approximately 6 miles north of Oakland
  • Elevation: 69 feet above sea level
  • Area: 3.9 square miles

Climate Action Activities

Image of City of El Cerrito

Climate Action Resources

Video Clips

El Cerrito Mayor Janet Abelson on the Importance of the Beacon Award
City of El Cerrito
Recycling in the City of El Cerrito
City of El Cerrito
Public Infrastructure & Sustainability in the City of El Cerrito
City of El Cerrito


The Beacon Award program is sponsored by the Institute for Local Government and the Statewide Energy Efficiency Collaborative. SEEC is an alliance between three statewide non-profit organizations and California’s four Investor-Owned Utilities funded by California utility ratepayers 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