The Beacon Award Program is a statewide
program that provides support and recognition to California cities and counties
that are working to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, save energy, and
adopt policies and programs that promote sustainability.
The Beacon Program features two types of
awards (Beacon Award and Spotlight Award) in five areas of accomplishments,
including reducing municipal and community GHG emissions, electricity and gas
savings in municipal facilities, and sustainability best practices.
Ten cities and
the County of Ventura collected a total of 26 awards for achievements in
saving energy, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and adopting policies and
practices that contribute to a more sustainable community at a special ceremony
in conjunction with the League of California Cities Annual Conference on
Thursday, October 6th in Long Beach. The cities of Fillmore, Ojai,
Oxnard, Port Hueneme, and Thousand Oaks were among the most decorated; all
winning three Beacon Spotlight Awards for measureable savings in three
categories, which include: Agency Greenhouse Gas Reductions, Agency Energy
Savings, and Sustainability Best Practices. The success of the region is in
part due to the regional collaboration and leadership of the Ventura County
Regional Energy Alliance (VCREA), who was also honored by the Institute for
Local Government and the Statewide Energy Efficiency Collaborative with a Beacon
Program Champion of the Year Award.