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Beacon Vanguard Award
Vanguard Award Winners

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Participating agencies are required to complete each of following five elements and adopt a Climate Action Plan to win a Beacon Vanguard Award: 

1. Agency Greenhouse Gas Reductions

2. Community Greenhouse Gas Reductions

3.  Agency Energy Savings

4. Agency Natural Gas Savings

5. Activities in each of the ten Sustainability Best Practice Area

2020

Platinum Beacon Vanguard Award Winner

Cupertino

  • 24% Community Greenhouse Gas Reductions
  • 23% Agency Greenhouse Gas Reductions
  • 22% Energy Savings
  • Platinum Level Award in Sustainability Best Practices 

Gold Beacon Vanguard Award Winners

Chula Vista

  • 12% Community Greenhouse Gas Reductions
  • 29% Agency Greenhouse Gas Reductions
  • 24% Energy Savings
  • 30% Natural Gas Savings
  • Platinum Level Award in Sustainability Best Practices

Sacramento

  • 19% Community Greenhouse Gas Reductions
  • 25% Agency Greenhouse Gas Reductions
  • 43% Energy Savings
  • 15% Natural Gas Savings
  • Platinum Level Award in Sustainability Best Practices

San Diego

  • 24% Community Greenhouse Gas Reductions
  • 16% Agency Greenhouse Gas Reductions
  • 15% Energy Savings
  • 14% Natural Gas Savings
  • Gold Level Award in Sustainability Best Practices

Silver Beacon Vanguard Award Winners

Daly City 

  • 20% Community Greenhouse Gas Reductions
  • 18% Agency Greenhouse Gas Reductions
  • 6% Energy Savings
  • 7% Natural Gas Savings
  • Gold Level Award in Sustainability Best Practices

Pacific Grove

  • 23% Community Greenhouse Gas Reductions
  • 30% Agency Greenhouse Gas Reductions
  • 20% Energy Savings
  • 9% Natural Gas Savings
  • Silver Level Award in Sustainability Best Practices

Congratulations to the 2020 Beacon Award winning cities!

2020 Awards Ceremony Video

Beacon Vanguard Award

2020 Award Winner Highlights Video

Beacon Vanguard Award

2019

Platinum Beacon Award Winners

Brisbane

  • 20% Community Greenhouse Gas Reductions
  • 24% Agency Greenhouse Gas Reductions
  • 21% Energy Savings
  • 24% Natural Gas Savings
  • Platinum Level Award in Sustainability Best Practices

San Carlos

  • 21% Community Greenhouse Gas Reductions
  • 45% Agency Greenhouse Gas Reductions
  • 32% Energy Savings
  • Platinum Level Award in Sustainability Best Practices

Gold Beacon Award Winners

Carson 

  • 17% Community Greenhouse Gas Reductions
  • 26% Agency Greenhouse Gas Reductions
  • 22% Energy Savings
  • Gold Level Award in Sustainability Best Practices

Cupertino

  • 13% Community Greenhouse Gas Reductions
  • 23% Agency Greenhouse Gas Reductions
  • 22% Energy Savings
  • Platinum Level Award in Sustainability Best Practices

El Cerrito

  • 14% Community Greenhouse Gas Reductions
  • 10% Agency Greenhouse Gas Reductions
  • 26% Energy Savings
  • 52% Natural Gas Savings
  • Platinum Level Award in Sustainability Best Practices

Foster City

  • 20% Community Greenhouse Gas Reductions
  • 23% Agency Greenhouse Gas Reductions
  • 20% Energy Savings
  • 13% Natural Gas Savings
  • Platinum Level Award in Sustainability Best Practices

San Rafael

  • 13% Community Greenhouse Gas Reductions
  • 19% Agency Greenhouse Gas Reductions
  • 11% Energy Savings
  • Platinum Level Award in Sustainability Best Practices

Santa Barbara

  • 23% Community Greenhouse Gas Reductions

  • 26% Agency Greenhouse Gas Reductions
  • 10% Energy Savings
  • 16% Natural Gas Savings
  • Platinum Level Award in Sustainability Best Practices

Silver Beacon Award Winners

Alameda County

  • 14% Community Greenhouse Gas Reductions
  • 14% Agency Greenhouse Gas Reductions
  • 13% Energy Savings
  • 5% Natural Gas Savings
  • Platinum Level Award in Sustainability Best Practices

Burlingame

  • 7% Community Greenhouse Gas Reductions
  • 9% Agency Greenhouse Gas Reductions
  • 13% Energy Savings
  • Gold Level Award in Sustainability Best Practices

Santa Cruz

  • 23% Community Greenhouse Gas Reductions
  • 15% Agency Greenhouse Gas Reductions
  • 18% Energy Savings
  • 7% Natural Gas Savings
  • Platinum Level Award in Sustainability Best Practices

Truckee

  • 33% Community Greenhouse Gas Reductions
  • 12% Agency Greenhouse Gas Reductions
  • 13% Energy Savings
  • 6% Natural Gas Savings
  • Gold Level Award in Sustainability Best Practices

Congratulations to the 2019 Beacon Award winning cities!

Beacon Vanguard Award

 2018

Gold Beacon Award Winners

Redwood City

  • 11% Community Greenhouse Gas Reductions
  • 20% Agency Greenhouse Gas Reductions
  • 11% Energy Savings
  • 10% Natural Gas Savings
  • Platinum Level Award in Sustainability Best Practices

Santa Cruz County

  • 17% Community Greenhouse Gas Reductions
  • 12% Agency Greenhouse Gas Reductions
  • 28% Energy Savings
  • 13% Natural Gas Savings
  • Platinum Level Award in Sustainability Best Practices

Silver Beacon Award Winners

Carson

  • 17% Community Greenhouse Gas Reductions
  • 26% Agency Greenhouse Gas Reductions
  • 9% Energy Savings
  • Silver Level Award in Sustainability Best Practices

Long Beach

  • 7% Community Greenhouse Gas Reductions
  • 16% Agency Greenhouse Gas Reductions
  • 7% Energy Savings
  • 27% Natural Gas Savings
  • Platinum Level Award in Sustainability Best Practices

Mill Valley

  • 12% Community Greenhouse Gas Reductions
  • 15% Agency Greenhouse Gas Reductions
  • 5% Energy Savings
  • Silver Level Award in Sustainability Best Practices

Santa Rosa

  • 21% Community Greenhouse Gas Reductions

  • 8% Agency Greenhouse Gas Reductions
  • 8% Energy Savings
  • 5% Natural Gas Savings
  • Platinum Level Award in Sustainability Best Practices

Congratulations to the 2018 Beacon Award winning cities!

Beacon Vanguard Award

2017

Platinum Beacon Award Winner

Palo Alto

  • 21% Community Greenhouse Gas Reductions
  • 52% Agency Greenhouse Gas Reductions
  • 22% Energy Savings
  • 35% Natural Gas Savings
  • Platinum Level Award in Sustainability Best Practices

Gold Beacon Award Winners

Claremont

  • 17% Community Greenhouse Gas Reductions
  • 54% Agency Greenhouse Gas Reductions
  • 21% Energy Savings
  • 15% Natural Gas Savings
  • Platinum Level Award in Sustainability Best Practices

Hayward

  • 21% Community Greenhouse Gas Reductions
  • 43% Agency Greenhouse Gas Reductions
  • 25% Energy Savings
  • 10% Natural Gas Savings
  • Platinum Level Award in Sustainability Best Practices

San Carlos

  • 12% Community Greenhouse Gas Reductions
  • 15% Agency Greenhouse Gas Reductions
  • 17% Energy Savings
  • Platinum Level Award in Sustainability Best Practices

Silver Beacon Award Winners

Alpine County

  • 29% Community Greenhouse Gas Reductions
  • 32% Agency Greenhouse Gas Reductions
  • 29% Energy Savings
  • Silver Level Award in Sustainability Best Practices

Foster City

  • 8% Community Greenhouse Gas Reductions
  • 23% Agency Greenhouse Gas Reductions
  • 20% Energy Savings
  • 13% Natural Gas Savings
  • Platinum Level Award in Sustainability Best Practices

Fremont

  • 11% Community Greenhouse Gas Reductions
  • 7% Agency Greenhouse Gas Reductions
  • 28% Energy Savings
  • 6% Natural Gas Savings
  • Gold Level Award in Sustainability Best Practices

Sacramento

  • 5% Community Greenhouse Gas Reductions
  • 25% Agency Greenhouse Gas Reductions
  • 43% Energy Savings
  • 15% Natural Gas Savings
  • Platinum Level Award in Sustainability Best Practices

Scotts Valley

  • 17% Community Greenhouse Gas Reductions
  • 10% Agency Greenhouse Gas Reductions
  • 7% Energy Savings
  • 5% Natural Gas Savings
  • Silver Level Award in Sustainability Best Practices

Congratulations to the 2017 Beacon Award winning cities!

Beacon Vanguard Award

2016

Gold Beacon Award Winner

Colma

  • 29% Agency Energy Savings
  • 22% Agency Natural Gas Savings
  • 22% Agency Greenhouse Gas Reductions
  • 18% Community Greenhouse Gas Reductions
  • Platinum Level Sustainability Best Practices

Silver Beacon Award Winners

American Canyon

  • 34% Agency Energy Savings
  • 10% Agency Greenhouse Gas Reductions
  • 8% Community Greenhouse Gas Reductions
  • Silver Level Sustainability Best Practices

Benicia

  • 10% Agency Energy Savings
  • 10% Agency Natural Gas Savings
  • 21% Agency Greenhouse Gas Reductions
  • 6% Community Greenhouse Gas Reductions
  • Platinum Level Sustainability Best Practices

Davis

  • 5% Agency Energy Savings
  • 28% Agency Greenhouse Gas Reductions
  • 7% Community Greenhouse Gas Reductions
  • Platinum Level Sustainability Best Practices

Emeryville

  • 11% Agency Energy Savings
  • 8% Agency Natural Gas Savings
  • 7% Agency Greenhouse Gas Reductions
  • 7% Community Greenhouse Gas Reductions
  • Gold Level Sustainability Best Practices

Hermosa Beach

  • 9% Agency Energy Savings
  • 9% Agency Greenhouse Gas Reductions
  • 8% Community Greenhouse Gas Reductions
  • Silver Level Sustainability Best Practices

Manhattan Beach

  • 26% Agency Energy Savings
  • 8% Agency Natural Gas Savings
  • 9% Agency Greenhouse Gas Reductions
  • 9% Community Greenhouse Gas Reductions
  • Platinum Level Sustainability Best Practices

Santa Monica

  • 13% Agency Energy Savings
  • 9% Agency Natural Gas Savings
  • 44% Agency Greenhouse Gas Reductions
  • 14% Community Greenhouse Gas Reductions
  • Platinum Level Sustainability Best Practices

2015

Silver Beacon Award Winners

Hayward

  • 25% Agency Energy Savings
  • 8% Natural Gas Savings
  • 21% Community Greenhouse Gas Reductions 
  • 43% Agency Greenhouse Gas Reductions
  • Gold Level Sustainability Best Practices

Redwood City

  • 8% Agency Energy Savings
  • 7% Natural Gas Savings
  • 8% Community Greenhouse Gas Reductions 
  • 20% Agency Greenhouse Gas Reductions
  • Platinum Level Sustainability Best Practices

South Gate

  • 12% Agency Energy Savings
  • 5% Community Greenhouse Gas Reductions 
  • 10% Agency Greenhouse Gas Reductions
  • Platinum Level Sustainability Best Practices

County of San Mateo

  • 5% Agency Energy Savings
  • 8% Community Greenhouse Gas Reductions
  • 15% Agency Greenhouse Gas Reductions
  • 7% Natural Gas Savings
  • Platinum Level Sustainability Best Practices

2014

Silver Beacon Award Winner

Palo Alto

  • 9% Agency Electricity Savings
  • 35% Natural Gas Savings
  • 21% Community Greenhouse Gas Reductions 
  • 52% Agency Greenhouse Gas Reductions
  • Platinum Level Sustainability Best Practices

2013

Silver Beacon Award Winner

San Rafael

  • 5% Agency Electricity Savings
  • 19% Agency Greenhouse Gas Reductions 
  • 8% Community Greenhouse Gas Reductions
  • Gold Level Sustainability Best Practices

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