Energy generation is the second largest source of greenhouse gas emissions. Thus, strategies to conserve energy and use it more efficiently in agency operations and the community help reduce greenhouse gas emissions. In addition, energy efficiency and conservation measures save money and resources.
The Institute for Local Government is continually impressed by the great acheivements and leadership of California cities in the area of energy efficiency. We encouage cities with a population of 5,000-250,000 residents to compete for a $5 million prize and national distinction among energy efficiency-focused communities. For more information, visit the Georgetown University Energy Prize website.
Cities and counties are leading by example and undertaking a range of activities to create more sustainable communities. These case stories review different local agencies’ experiences related to energy efficiency and conservation activities.
These resources will help inform your energy efficiency and conservation activities. Resources include links to organizations, state and federal agencies, tools, guides and tip sheets to support your work. You’ll also find examples of programs and materials from cities and counties.
The Beacon Award is sponsored by the Statewide Energy Efficiency Collaborative, which offers no-cost resources to support the energy and climate initiatives of California local governments. Click here to learn more.