Sustainability Best Practice Framework

The Institute for Local Government has just released its first comprehensive update of the Sustainability Best Practice Framework since its initial release in 2008. The framework offers new and practical ideas on how local agencies can save energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in ten categories.

The best practices draw from the experiences of cities and counties throughout California, including those participating in the sustainability and climate change recognition program, the Beacon Award: Local Leadership Toward Solving Climate Change ( The best practices vary in complexity and are adaptable to fit the unique needs and circumstances of individual communities. In addition, many of the activities in the framework can lead to multiple, simultaneous benefits, such as saving energy, water, fuel and money. Like the original Sustainability Best Practices Framework, the new version has been peer-reviewed and incorporates input from local and state officials, technical experts and others.

Local officials and staff may use the framework in a variety of ways, including to:

  • Generate ideas about programs and policies to explore and consider;
  • Inform a comprehensive climate-action planning process; and
  • Integrate sustainability into General Plan policies.

Your Feedback Is Welcome

The Sustainability Best Practices Framework highlights the ongoing good work at the local level. It is an evolving resource and new ideas are welcome, along with any materials or background information that may benefit local agencies. Please send suggestions to the Institute for Local Government (ILG) at

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