About the Beacon Program

The Institute for Local Government and the Statewide Energy Efficiency Collaborative sponsor the Beacon Program. The Beacon Program provides a growing number of cities and counties throughout California with a comprehensive framework and ongoing support to implement effective climate action, energy efficiency and sustainability practices. The Beacon Program provides a platform for local governments to share best practices that create more sustainable communities – places where people thrive and prosper, now and over the long term. Participants in the program that pursue sustainability activities and demonstrate measureable reductions in electricity, natural gas and greenhouse gas emissions are eligible to receive award recognition.

Beacon Program Awards

Beacon Award: recognizing an agency’s holistic approach to addressing climate change. Participating agencies are required to complete each of six elements to win a Beacon Award.

Spotlight Award: recognizing individual accomplishments of cities and counties participating in the Beacon Program as they work to complete the five elements necessary to achieve a Beacon Award.

Beacon Program Participants

ILG celebrates the leadership of the following California cities and counties that are addressing climate change and saving energy as demonstrated through participation in the Beacon Program:

  • City of San Rafael
  • City of Livermore
  • City of Palm Springs
  • City of San Ramon
  • City of Pleasanton
  • City of Ventura
  • City of Hayward
  • City of Chula Vista
  • City of Santa Cruz
  • City of Citrus Heights
  • City of Woodland
  • Yolo County
  • City of Santa Barbara
  • City of Tulare
  • City of Simi Valley
  • Town of Apple Valley
  • Sonoma County
  • City of Santa Clarita
  • City of South Gate
  • City of Arcata
  • City of Taft
  • San Diego County
  • City of San Carlos
  • City of Palo Alto
  • City of Davis
  • City of El Cerrito
  • City of Benicia
  • City of Manhattan Beach
  • City of Riverside
  • City of Glendale
  • City of La Mesa
  • City of West Sacramento
  • City of Delano
  • City of Rancho Cucamonga
  • City of Rolling Hills Estates
  • City of Santa Monica
  • City of Sacramento
  • City of Beaumont
  • City of Union City
  • City of West Covina
  • City of Redlands
  • City of Brea
  • San Luis Obispo County
  • City of Pittsburg
  • City of Santa Rosa
  • City of San Pablo
  • City of Carson
  • City of Ranchos Palos Verdes
  • City of Hermosa Beach
  • City of Torrance
  • City of Goleta
  • City of Indio
  • City of Cathedral City
  • City of Lawndale
  • Santa Barbara County
  • City of Dublin
  • County of Sacramento
  • City of Gardena
  • Town of Windsor
  • City of Patterson
  • City of Claremont
  • City of Foster City
  • City of San Mateo
  • City of Brisbane
  • City of Daly City
  • City of Redwood City
  • City of Millbrae
  • City of Portola Valley
  • City of Visalia
  • City of Burlingame
  • City of Pomona
  • Town of Colma
  • City of Menlo Park
  • City of Solana Beach
  • San Mateo County
  • City of National City
  • City of Cupertino
  • City of West Hollywood
  • City of Emeryville
  • City of American Canyon
  • City of Whittier
  • City of Richmond
  • City of Downey
  • City of South San Francisco
  • City of Mill Valley
  • City of Scotts Valley
  • City of Oceanside
  • City of Del Mar (resolution passed in March, but app sent in June)
  • County of Ventura (Resolution passed April 19th)
  • City of Moorpark
  • City of Santa Paula
  • City of Encinitas
  • City of Fillmore
  • City of Culver City
  • City of Ojai
  • City of Camarillo
  • City of Thousand Oaks
  • City of Oxnard
  • City of Port Hueneme
  • City of Norwalk
  • City of Monterey
  • City of Gonzales
  • City of Walnut Creek
  • City of Sand City
  • City of Concord
  • Town of Truckee
  • City of Malibu
  • City of Half Moon Bay
  • City of Atherton
  • City of Jackson
  • City of King City
  • Alpine County
  • City of Watsonville
  • Nevada City
  • City of Plymouth
  • City of Hollister
  • City of Carmel By The Sea
  • City of Marina
  • City of Greenfield
  • County of Monterey
  • City of Carlsbad
  • County of Alameda
  • County of Santa Cruz
  • City of Lynwood
  • City of Soledad
  • City of San Diego
  • City of Salinas
  • City of Fremont
  • City of Del Rey Oaks
  • City of Seaside
  • City of Colton
  • City of Paramount
  • City of Capitola
  • City of Palmdale
  • City of Pacific Grove
  • City of Long Beach
  • City of Signal Hill
  • City of Artesia
  • City of Hawthorne
  • City of San Luis Obispo
  • City of La Habra
  • City of Inglewood
  • City of East Palo Alto
  • City of Irvine
  • City of Arvin
  • City of Carpinteria
  • City of Beverly Hills
  • South Bay Cities Council of Governments
  • Western Riverside Council of Governments (WRCOG)
  • The Energy Coalition
  • Coachella Valley Council of Governments (CVAG)
  • San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG)
  • Ventura County Regional Energy Alliance (VCREA)
  • San Bernardino Associated Governments (SANBAG)
  • City and County Association of Governments of San Mateo County (C/CAG of San Mateo County)
  • AMBAG
  • Sierra Business Council
  • Community Environmental Council
  • Gateway Cities Council of Governments
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