The City of Los Altos received four awards from the Institute for Local Government’s (ILG) Beacon Program for achieving significant and voluntary reductions in greenhouse gas output during 2015-2018. The awards were received in August 2022 and officially presented to the City’s Environmental Commission during a City Council meeting earlier this year.
According to a press release issued by the City of Los Altos, the City received Platinum-level awards “for Agency Greenhouse Gas Reductions and for Community Greenhouse Gas Reductions, both at the 40% reduction level, and for Agency Natural Gas Savings at the 30% savings level.” The City also received a silver-level award for “Sustainability Best Practices.”
The City Council approved a Climate Action and Adaptation Plan 2022 last March to build upon this success.
As South Bay municipalities seek to advance climate-related policies at the local level, Los Altos’ recognition may serve as a blueprint for how to effectively implement these programs.