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Beacon Award Program Champions


South Bay Cities Council of Governments

We are proud to welcome our first Beacon Award Program Champion: South Bay Cities Council of Governments.

The 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.

SBCCOG members participating in the Beacon Award include:

Read about SBCCOG’s planned activities as a Beacon Award Program Champion.

Inglewood City Council Member Ralph Franklin with Program Manager Marilyn Lyon (left) and Deputy Executive Director Catherine Showalter, South Bay Cities COG, celebrate designation as a Beacon Award Program Champion

The South Bay Environmental Services Center (SBESC) is the South Bay’s clearinghouse for energy efficiency, water conservation and environmental information; workshops, materials and outreach. A program of the South Bay Cities Council of Governments, SBESC partners with Southern California Gas Company, Southern California Edison, West Basin Municipal Water District, City of Torrance, Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County, Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro), and County of Los Angeles .

SBESC assists public agencies including cities, schools, and special districts, as well as businesses and residents of the South Bay to best utilize the many resources available to them through a variety of statewide and local energy efficiency and water conservation programs. SBESC has expanded its services to provide audits and implementation projects for its cities, school districts and other public agencies.

Western Riverside Council of Governments

We are proud to welcome our second Beacon Award Program Champion: Western Riverside Council of Governments.

The purpose of 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. Together, as a joint powers agency, they take up regional matters critical to our future, from air quality to solid waste and from transportation to the environment.

WRCOG has been a leader in promoting and supporting energy efficiency and sustainability activities among its member agencies, through its HERO Program, Western Riverside Energy Leader Partnership, and Sustainability Subcommittees.  WRCOG staff sees the Beacon Award program as a way to support and recognize the leadership of its member agencies.  Because of limited staff resources of its member agencies, and the opportunities to highlight the creativity and leadership of its member agencies, WRCOG will take on the role of Beacon Award Program Champion to help its member agencies participate in the Beacon Award program.

WRCOG members participating in the Beacon Award include:

Read more about WRCOG’s planned activities as a Beacon Award Program Champion.

The Energy Coalition

We are proud to welcome our third Beacon Award Program Champion: The Energy Coalition.

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:

  • Energy action plans
  • Energy education curricula
  • Building energy efficiency plans
  • Marketing and community education programs
  • Community engagement and outreach strategies
  • Financing and funding strategies
  • Model energy policies and standards

The Energy Coaition administers the Community Energy Partnership (CEP), a collaboration among eight Southern California cities, Southern California Edison, Southern California Gas Company, and The Energy Coalition. Its mission is to build positive relationships among cities, energy consumers, and their serving utilities, and to educate communities about sustainable and efficient energy practices.

Through the CEP, cities and utilities collaborate to empower consumers to take responsibility for their energy use. The CEP is dedicated to providing energy efficiency knowledge and spreading awareness of services within the communities of our eight partner cities of Culver City, Brea, Corona, Irvine, Moreno Valley, San Bernardino, Santa Clarita and Santa Monica.

Community Energy Partnership members participating in the Beacon Award include:

Coachella Valley Association of Governments

We are proud to welcome our forth Beacon Award Program Champion: 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 include:


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