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A service of ILG’s Sustainable Communities Learning Network, the News Flash highlights fresh resources and upcoming events tailored for local sustainability practitioners.


City of San Rafael
The First-Ever Beacon Award Winner

In 2010 San Rafael became the first participant in the Beacon program. Three years later, it became the first city or county to complete all six elements necessary to win the prestigious Beacon Award. This document outlines the city’s achievements, best practices and guiding principles that has helped set it apart on its path to sustainability.


Get the Recognition you deserve!
Submit your Beacon Program participant data today

The Institute for Local Government is now accepting data from current Beacon Program participants to determine Beacon Award and Spotlight Awards for 2014. Awards will be presented at the Annual Conferences of the League of California Cities and the California State Association of Counties this fall, so please send any energy savings, greenhouse gas reductions and best practices activities to today.


Congratulations to our new Beacon Program participants!

The Institute for Local Government and the Statewide Energy Efficiency Collaborative would like to welcome our newest Beacon Program participants: County of Sacramento, Town of Windsor and cities of Gardena and Patterson.


Community & Individual Action

Providing reliable and objective information helps inform residents about the causes, impacts and possible responses to climate change. Involving the community in the development of proposed sustainability policies and programs builds buy-in and awareness. Providing practical information that helps individuals reduce their greenhouse gas emissions empowers them to take action and make a difference.

For related information see the ILG’s Public Engagement program.

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