The Institute has developed resource centers which delve more
deeply into several sustainability topics to offer information
and tools for local governments. Currently, there are seven
resource centers on: Safe Routes to Schools, Sustainable Economic
Development, SB 375, Commercial Recycling, Financing
Sustainability, Greening Agency Fleets and Insuring Kid’s
The commercial recycling resource center includes a sample commercial recycling ordinance, a sample outreach and education flyer, examples of local commercial recycling programs, links to past webinars and other resources to help local officials increase commercial recycling in their communities.
These resources were developed under a contract with the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle), formerly known as the California Integrated Waste Management Board.
The financing sustainability resource center includes resources
to help local agencies finance and support sustainability
activities, including links to utility and state agency programs,
white papers and tip sheets.
The greening agency fleet resource center includes information to
help local officials evaluate options for greening agency fleets,
examples of city and county green fleet programs and resources to
Creating prosperous and sustainable communities is a goal that
all local officials and leaders can share, and we at the
Institute want to help you pursue that goal.
What is Sustainable Economic Development?
Many cities and counties are pursuing sustainable
economic development – policies and practices that
help communities attract and retain jobs for the long term, while
also maintaining environmental quality, conserving resources,
addressing economic disparities, promoting public health, and
otherwise improve the city’s quality of life. Many of these
strategies have the added benefit of reducing short-term and
long-term costs to provide and maintain public services and
In this Section:
This resource center offers information, case stories, studies
and reports, and links to organizations that can help local
officials in their efforts to create more prosperous and
sustainable local communities.
This resource center provides information and resources to help
cities and counties connect families with affordable health
insurance for their children. It was developed as a result of
three years’ effort by 10 cities and counties in California.
This guide explains active transportation and the conditions in a
community that support safe walking and bicycling to schools and
other neighborhood destinations. It offers tools for local
governments to support active transportation. Because
decisions about transportation investments in California occur
across an array of agencies, the guide explains the regional and
state context within which local leaders can collaborate to
create safer walking and bicycling environments.
Get started by reading About this
Guide. Then use the navigation bar on the left to move
through the toolkit or skip to content most relevant to you.
You can always get back to the front page by clicking the link on
the right-side of each page.
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.