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Goleta, CA Receives Award for Sustainability Best Practices
Goleta, CA – The City of Goleta was recently honored by the Institute for Local Government (ILG) with a Platinum Level Beacon Spotlight Award in Sustainability Best Practices for its efforts to save energy and adopt policies and practices that support a more sustainable and vibrant community.
“Goleta is committed to implementing sustainability measures across all City departments, which saves money, conserves resources, and strengthens resiliency,” said City of Goleta Sustainability Coordinator Cindy Moore. “We are honored to be recognized by the Institute for Local Government for these efforts and proud to participate in the Beacon Program”.
The City was honored with the award due to its fulfillment of the highest rank in each of ten categories that comprise ILG’s Sustainability Best Practices Framework. This entailed highlighting the City’s efforts in categories such as Green Building, Waste Reduction, Efficient Transportation, Open Space, and Community and Individual Action. Notable projects include the Jonny D. Wallis Neighborhood Park, a Strategic Energy Plan to reach its 100% renewable energy by 2030 goal, obtaining funding for a new Goleta train station, and elimination of single-use plastics within City Hall.
Currently 161 cities and counties throughout California participate in the Beacon Program which was established in 2009 to create a framework for local governments to share best practices that create healthier, more efficient, vibrant communities. ILG recognizes cities and counties for measurable accomplishments in five award categories: Agency Greenhouse Gas Reductions, Community Greenhouse Gas Reductions, Agency Energy Savings, Agency Natural Gas Savings and Sustainability Best Practices. When a community achieves recognition in all five categories, it earns the prestigious Beacon Award.
Watch a video of Mayor Paula Perotte accepting the Beacon award with Sustainability Coordinator Cindy Moore and CivicSpark Climate Fellow Karina Takemoto.
Learn more about Goleta’s Sustainability Programs here. Learn more about ILG’s Beacon Program here.
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For resources and tools related to sustainability, visit the Center for Sustainability (C4S) and C4S Toolkit.