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City of Brisbane

Beacon Participant Profile


“The City of Brisbane and its residents care deeply about a wide variety of issues surrounding sustainability.  Work is being done by the government, citizens, and businesses to lower the environmental impact of our activity and preserve natural habitat.” – City of Brisbane’s Sustainability Webpage

About Brisbane

  • Incorporated: 1961
  • Population: 4,282 (as of 2010)
  • Location: Immediately South of San Francisco in San Mateo County.
  • Area: 20.08 square miles (3.44 sq. mi. land, 17 sq. mi. water)

Climate Action Activities

Climate Action Resources


Platinum Beacon Award (2019)

Gold Beacon Award (2015)

Agency Energy Savings

  • Platinum Level, 21% (2019)
  • Gold Level, 17% (2015)

Agency Natural Gas Savings

  • Platinum Level, 24% (2015)

Agency Greenhouse Gas Reductions

  • Platinum Level, 32% (2018)
  • Gold Level, 19% (2015)

Community Greenhouse Gas Reductions

  • Platinum Level, 20% (2019)
  • Gold Level, 10% (2015)

Sustainability Best Practices

  • Platinum Level (2016)
  • Gold Level (2015)

Brisbane Adopts its Sustainability Framework for the Brisbane Baylands

In November 2015, the Brisbane City Council officially accepted the Sustainability Framework for the Baylands, an aspirational document intended to inform the ongoing decision-making process and future project implementation for a 660 acre brownfield site covering over half of the city’s land area.  


Brisbane turns its City Hall into an opportunity to help offset water pollution

The City of Brisbane has installed a rain garden and a bioswale in its parking lot at City Hall. Rain gardens and bioswale gardens provide a natural way to filter pollutants from stormwater runoff. When rain drops on roofs, driveways or streets, it often picks up pollutants like sediments, chemicals, oils and household hazardous waste. These pollutants then flow into waterbodies and can harm marine plants and animals, and even people if these pollutants end up in swimming areas and drinking water sources.

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