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SPOTLIGHT ON SUSTAINABILITY LEADERSHIP IN CHULA VISTA
 
The Institute for Local Government and the Statewide Energy Efficiency Collaborative honored the City of Chula Vista’s achievements as a part of its participation in the Beacon Award: Local Leadership toward Solving Climate Change, a sustainability and climate change recognition program.

Chula Vista was recognized for its leadership as it continues to work toward achieving a full Beacon Award, which includes measureable reductions in energy use, greenhouse gas emissions and activities in ten sustainability best practice areas. The program provides the opportunity for Chula Vista to demonstrate its progress and share its accomplishments with other local agencies statewide.

Chula Vista’s spotlighted accomplishments include:

• Reducing greenhouse gas emissions in agency facilities and operations by 13% since 2006. A 13% reduction represents 2,132 metric tons of carbon dioxide, equivalent to taking about 418 cars off the road for a year;

• Achieving 15% electricity savings in agency facilities and operations since 2005, saving to a total of 2,937,421 kWh;

• Achieving 30% natural gas savings in agency facilities and operations since 2005, savings a total of 90,622 therms; and

• Completing 6 sustainability activities in each of the Institute’s ten Climate Action & Sustainability Best Practice Areas, for a total of 60 discrete activities.

Examples of best practice activities for which Chula Vista has been honored include:

** The City’s Home Upgrade, Carbon Downgrade program which has provided over 1,900 rebates to local community members for replacing their old home appliances with more energy efficient models.

**Adopting a mandatory Green Building Standard. Only jurisdiction within San Diego County to done so. Since its inception in 2010, 630 new residential and commercial units have complied with the standards.

**Hosting a green purchasing training, in collaboration with Office Depot, for local businesses and city procurement specialists.

**Working with city-contracted trash hauler and transit fleets to transition to 100% alternative fuel sources.

**Developing a new Natural Resources Management Plan, through a stakeholder-driven process, to better manage the Chula Vista bayfront’s sensitive species and habitat.

“Forty-two cities and counties throughout California are participating in the Beacon Award program, demonstrating leadership at the local level to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, save energy and promote sustainability,” said James Keene, chairman of the Institute for Local Government’s Board of Directors and city manager in the City of Palo Alto. “We applaud the individual agencies that have completed these interim accomplishments as they work towards achieving the Silver, Gold or Platinum Beacon Award.”

Information about Chula Vista’s accomplishments is available at: www.ca-ilg.org/Beacon/Award/Chula Vista. Information about the Beacon Award program is available at: www.ca-ilg.org/BeaconAward.

The Statewide Energy Efficiency Collaborative (SEEC) is an alliance to help cities and counties reduce greenhouse gas emissions and save energy. SEEC is a collaboration between three statewide non-profit organizations, including the Institute for Local Government, and California’s four Investor Owned Utilities. The Institute for Local Government is the nonprofit research and education affiliate of the League of California Cities and the California State Association of Counties. The Institute’s mission is to promote good government at the local level with practical, impartial and easy-to-use resources for California communities.

The Beacon Award program is funded by California utility ratepayers and administered by Southern California Gas Company, San Diego Gas & Electric Company, Pacific Gas and Electric Company and Southern California Edison, under the auspices of the California Public Utilities Commission.

Posted: October 17, 2012

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