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Long Beach Selected as 2018 Beacon Award Winner
Larry Rich, Sustainability Coordinator
Office of Sustainability
City Manager's Office

Yesterday, the City of Long Beach was awarded a Silver Level Beacon Award recognizing its actions to address climate change, promote energy innovation and create more sustainable communities.

“I am proud of our City’s achievements in addressing climate change and protecting our environment,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “I want to thank the Beacon Program for this recognition. We will continue to create more sustainable communities here in Long Beach.”

Participating agencies can earn Beacon Spotlight Awards in five different categories: Community Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Reduction, Agency GHG Reduction, Agency Energy Savings, Natural Gas Savings, and Sustainability Best Practices. To win an overall Beacon Award, participants must demonstrate achievements in all five areas. The City of Long Beach earned a Spotlight Award in each category, qualifying the City for a Full Beacon Award at the Silver Level. Spotlight Awards received were:

  • Silver Level Award for 7% Community GHG Reductions.
  • Gold Level Award for 16% Agency GHG Reductions.
  • Silver Level Award for 7% Energy Savings.
  • Platinum Level Award for 27% Natural Gas Savings.
  • Platinum Level Award in Sustainability Best Practices.

“There were many projects, programs and initiatives that contributed to Long Beach’s qualification for this award,” said Larry Rich, Sustainability Coordinator. “The City has been able to reduce its environmental impact even as it has grown, which is a great sign of our progress towards a truly sustainable city.”

The Beacon Program is an established program of the Institute for Local Government. The Program provides a framework for cities and counties to implement and share best practices that create healthier, more efficient and sustainable communities.

About the City of Long Beach

Home to approximately 480,000 people, the multiple award-winning and innovative City of Long Beach offers all the world-class amenities of a large metropolitan city while maintaining a strong sense of individual and diverse neighborhoods nestled together along the California coast. As a full-service charter city, Long Beach is home to the Queen Mary, Aquarium of the Pacific, several museums and theaters, a highly-rated school district, Long Beach Airport, the Port of Long Beach, as well as many award-winning City departments such as Health, Parks, Recreation and Marine, Development Services and more. The City also has a highly-respected university and city college, two historic ranchos, five hospitals, five golf courses, 170 parks, miles of beaches, marinas, bike paths, and a Bike Share program.

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About the Office of Sustainability

The City of Long Beach Office of Sustainability works to create a more sustainable community by engaging with individuals, neighborhoods and government to reduce our impact on the environment and protect our local natural resources. Our mission is to provide policies and programs that advance environmental stewardship, support local sustainability practices, and create a more livable and resilient Long Beach. Find more information at and follow us on Facebook and Instagram @lbsustainability.