The Institute for Local Government is grateful to the many organizations that serve as Beacon Program Champions, such as councils of government, special districts or foundations. ILG works with Beacon Champions to support and encourage the activities of cities and counties participating or considering participation in the Beacon Program.
The Association of Monterey Bay Area Governments (AMBAG) is the council of governments and transportation planning agency for Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz counties. AMBAG manages the region’s transportation demand model and prepares regional housing, population and employment forecast that are utilized in a variety of regional plans.
The City/County Association of Governments (C/CAG) of San Mateo County is the Congestion Management Agency in San Mateo county and implements a number of programs related to transportation and climate action to support the efforts of the cities in San Mateo County.
Coachella Valley Association of Governments (CVAG) is the regional planning agency coordinating government services in the Coachella Valley. By providing solutions to the common issues of the local governments and tribes that are its members, CVAG promotes a better quality of life and balanced growth for residents of Central and Eastern Riverside County.
CVAG members participating in the Beacon Award Program include:
Community Environmental Council (CEC) works to identify, advocate, raise awareness and develop effective programs to solve environmental issues that affect the Santa Barbara region. CEC pursues this goal by educating and activating the community around sustainable practices, advocating for environmentally-sound policies and laws and building partnerships with other organizations to open new pathways for sustainable transportation, energy, and food systems.
The Energy Coalition is an innovative California-based non-profit 501(c)3 organization of energy architects.The energy architects at The Energy Coalition develop and implement energy blueprints – the plans and strategies that integrate these practices and help schools, businesses, or government communities manage energy resources. An energy blueprint is unique to specific needs and may take the form of:
San Bernardino Associated Governments (SANBAG) is the council of governments and transportation planning agency for San Bernardino County. SANBAG is responsible for cooperative regional planning and furthering an efficient multi-modal transportation system countywide. SANBAG serves the 1.9 million residents of San Bernardino County.
SANBAG’s mission is to enhance the quality of life for all residents in San Bernardino County by:
The San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) serves as the forum for regional decision-making for the 18 cities and county government within its jurisdiction. SANDAG builds consensus; makes strategic plans; obtains and allocates resources; plans, engineers, and builds public transportation, and provides information on a broad range of topics pertinent to the region’s quality of life.
SANDAG members participating in the Beacon Award Program include:
In the Sierra Nevada, change and challenge create opportunities. Through innovation, integrity, and respect, Sierra Business Council harnesses these opportunities by implementing projects that model proactive change. The Sierra Business Councils (SBC) goal are to create a diverse, inventive, and sustainable region where the economy is vibrant, the land is thriving, and the communities offer opportunity for all.
The South Bay Cities Council of Governments (SBCCOG) is a joint powers authority of 16 cities and the County of Los Angeles that share the goal of maximizing the quality of life and productivity of our area.
SBCCOG members are Carson, El Segundo, Gardena, Hawthorne, Hermosa Beach, Inglewood, Lawndale, Lomita, Manhattan Beach, Palos Verdes Estates, Rancho Palos Verdes, Redondo Beach, Rolling Hills, Rolling Hills Estates, Torrance, and the Harbor City/San Pedro communities of the City of Los Angeles, along with the County of Los Angeles District 2 and 4.
The Ventura County Regional Energy Alliance (VCREA) is a Joint Powers Agency composed of public agencies working in collaboration to address good energy stewardship through integrated demand side management practices in the Ventura County region.
The purpose of Western Riverside Council of Governments (WRCOG) is to unify Western Riverside County so that it can speak with a collective voice on important issues that affect its members. Representatives from 17 cities, the Riverside County Board of Supervisors, and the Eastern and Western Municipal Water Districts have seats on the WRCOG Executive Committee, the group that sets policy for the organization. The Riverside County Superintendent of Schools is currently an ex-officio member of the Executive Committee.