San Carlos Accepted Into Beacon Award Program
Statewide Recognition of Work on Green Programs & Climate Protection
City of San Carlos
San Carlos, CA – August 3, 2011 – The City of San Carlos announced today that it has been accepted in the Institute for Local Government's awards program – the Beacon Award: Local Leadership Toward Solving Climate Change. San Carlos is one of 20 cities and 3 counties in California to have been approved to join the program and is the first City in San Mateo County and the second City in Silicon Valley (after Santa Cruz) to receive this recognition.
The first of its kind in California, the Beacon Award recognizes and celebrates cities and counties that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and save energy, adopt policies and programs to address climate change; and promote sustainability. The program features three award levels that call for increasing reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and energy savings in agency facilities and operations as well as the community as a whole.
San Carlos is being recognized in the Beacon Award program for its work in Green Programs and Sustainability. The City has completed Greenhouse Gas Emission inventories for the community and government agency operations, a Climate Action Plan and has met the State’s Recycling Goals pursuant to AB 939 and SB 1018. These are Beacon Award requirements.
San Carlos has also been a leader in many aspects of sustainability and climate protection. This includes receiving three awards for innovation in community planning for their work on integrating the San Carlos Climate Action Plan with the General Plan 2030, conducting a community solar discount program to accelerate solar panels in the residential homes, pilot programs for cell phone and battery recycling and residential food scraps and organics recycling, adoption of a Mandatory Commercial Recycling Ordinance, collaborative work on Climate Protection with local, countywide, regional and state groups and a number of projects that are detailed on the Beacon Award web site.
"The Institute of Local Government is delighted to have the City of San Carlos participate in the Beacon Award program," said Hal Conklin, chairman of the Institute’s board of directors. “We’re looking forward to celebrating San Carlos’ leadership, following its accomplishments, and sharing its best practices with other cities and counties around the State."
San Carlos Mayor Andy Klein said "San Carlos is proud to be one of the small group of cities and counties in California that have received approval to join the Beacon Award Program. I have been impressed with the Institute for Local Government’s work to share best practices in Green Programs, Climate Protection, Sustainability and Public Engagement with cities and counties from around the State. I know that San Carlos has some impressive work in this area to share in this area with other agencies through the Beacon Award Program. I look forward to working with the Institute, the Beacon Award participants and cities and counties around the State as we work to make California more sustainable."
About the Beacon Award & the Institute of Local Government
To learn more about the Beacon Award: Local Leadership Toward Solving Climate Change, visit the Beacon Award section of the Institute for Local Government web site at http://www.ca-ilg.org/BeaconAward.
The Institute for Local Government is the non-profit research and education affiliate of the League of California Cities and the California State Association of Counties. Visit http://www.ca-ilg.org to learn more about the Institute and its work.
The Beacon Award program is funded by California utility ratepayers and administered by Pacific Gas and Electric Company, San Diego Gas & Electric Company, Southern California Edison and Southern California Gas Company under the auspices of the California Public Utilities Commission.