City of Palo Alto Wins Statewide Award for Efforts to Address Climate Change
In front of a crowd of hundreds of local elected leaders from throughout California, Mayor Nancy Shepherd accepted the prestigious Beacon Award at this year's League of Cities Annual Conference for Palo Alto's efforts and leadership in addressing Climate Change.
Palo Alto is only the second city to ever achieve the Beacon Award, which recognizes cities and counties that implement and document voluntary sustainability policies and programs that result in measurable greenhouse gas reductions and energy savings. The Institute for Local Government, in partnership with the Statewide Energy Efficiency Collaborative, honored Palo Alto with a silver-level award for the following achievements:
9 percent electricity savings in agency buildings;
35 percent natural gas savings;
20 percent community greenhouse gas reductions;
53 percent agency greenhouse gas reductions; and
60 Sustainability best practice activities.
By implementing conservation measures in the city operations, Palo Alto strives to create a community where sustainability is a way of life. The City of Palo Alto Utilities department relies on cleaner energy. In fact, since 2013, the utility has delivered 100 percent carbon neutral electricity to its customers. Across city services, greenhouse gas reduction is a priority. The city’s zero waste programs and changes at the city’s Regional Water Quality Control Plant are revolutionary.
"City of Palo Alto is a national leader in sustainability," said League of California Cities Executive Director Chris McKenzie who presented the award. "The city has found creative ways to engage residents and improve the efficiency of city services by making climate change strategies a top priority. Palo Alto’s achievements set the bar for other communities in California and throughout the entire country."