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City of Santa Cruz Awarded Beacon Awards for Energy and Emissions Reductions

Post Date:09/28/2017


Contact: Tiffany Wise-West, Climate Action Program (831) 420-5433

SANTA CRUZ, CA (September 26, 2017) – The City of Santa Cruz was awarded two Beacon Spotlight Awards for 2017 for its comprehensive efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  The City received a Platinum level award for 23% community greenhouse gas emissions reductions and a Gold level award for 18% municipal energy savings. Since 2008, the City has implemented over 50 energy efficiency projects including efficiency upgrades to lighting, heating and cooling systems, appliances, and motorized equipment.

Upon receiving the awards on behalf of the City, Vice Mayor David Terrazas stated, “Santa Cruz is a leader in greenhouse gas reduction, as these Beacon Awards recognize.  I want to thank my colleagues on City Council, City staff and the community for doing all we can together to make a positive impact on our environment.” 

Awards were presented to nearly 60 cities and counties at the annual Beacon Spotlight Award Ceremony on September 14, 2017 at the League of California Cities annual conference.  The Beacon Program encourages, supports, and recognizes voluntary action by local governments throughout California to address climate change, promote energy innovation, and create more sustainable communities.

According to Tiffany Wise-West, the City’s Climate Action Coordinator, “the City continues to prioritize efforts to reduce emissions, as demonstrated by the recent award of a California Energy Commission grant for Deep Energy Efficiency through Advanced Building Controls at two major City facilities, continuation of the streetlight fixture upgrade program, and nearly ¾ megawatt of solar PV scheduled to come online in 2018.”

For more information about the City’s Climate Action Program, please see or contact Tiffany Wise-West at (831) 420-5433 or


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