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Beacon Program


Beacon Program

ILG’s Beacon Program provides recognition and support for California local agencies that are working to build more vibrant and sustainable communities. Beacon honors voluntary efforts by cities, counties and special districts that are reducing greenhouse gas emissions, saving energy and adopting policies that promote sustainability. 

Through Beacon, ILG offers guidance, training and support for implementing and documenting sustainability best practices, obtaining and analyzing energy data and highlighting the accomplishments of local agencies. 

Beacon participants receive:

  • Technical assistance in collecting, reporting and tracking sustainability best practices, energy savings and greenhouse gas reductions
  • Opportunities for award recognition
  • Access to peer to peer networking and educational events including webinars, conference sessions and informal information exchanges
  • Invitations to showcase sustainability leadership and agency achievements to a statewide audience

Learn More: Beacon Program Brochure


How to Join

California cities, towns, counties, and special districts are eligible to participate in the Beacon Program. Apply to join today!

City of Irvine leaders with the city's 2023 Beacon Award

Apply for Awards

The Beacon Program recognizes achievements in saving energy, reducing greenhouse gases, implementing innovative sustainability policies and programs, and more. Learn how to apply for and earn award recognition. 

2024 Important Dates

January 30: Application for Award Recognition open for Special Districts

April 15: Application for Award Recognition opens for Cities and Counties

July 19: Application period closes for Cities, Counties, and Special Districts

August: Notification of award recognition

September – December: Promotional support


Award Winners

Each year, dozens of local agencies are honored with Beacon awards. Learn more about award winners.



More than 160 participating local agencies across California are implementing effective climate action practices that are improving the quality of life in their communities. Small and large, urban and suburban, these agencies are truly models of leadership at the local level.



From councils of government to nonprofits, and more, Champions support, encourage, and implement climate action activities across the state.

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