City of Concord California

News Release

December 8, 2017

Concord recognized with sustainability award

The City of Concord has been recognized with a 2017 Gold Sustainable Best Practices Spotlight Award from the Institute for Local Government. The award is the first step towards the City's efforts to receive a full Beacon Award and demonstrates the community's efforts to support the City in becoming an environmental leader.

The Beacon Program recognizes environmental achievements of California jurisdictions that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and energy use, adopt policies and programs to address climate change, and promote sustainability.

Concord received the award for implementing sustainable actions in ten categories, including energy efficiency and conservation, water and waste water systems, green building, waste reduction and recycling, climate-friendly purchasing, efficient transportation, renewable energy and low-carbon fuels, land use and community design, open space, and promoting community action.

One of the more notable actions was the City voting to join MCE, a not-for-profit energy provider that will begin providing electricity in April 2018 to all residents and businesses using a minimum of 50-percent renewable energy sources.  After receiving one of several notices in the mail, electrical account holders will have the option to also opt-out of the program or opt-up to plans using energy from 100-percent renewable sources.

Michael Cass, Principal Planner in charge of long-range and sustainability policy, indicated "Special recognition goes to Concord residents who participated in Rising Sun Energy Center's Green House Call program and the Business Council On Climate's Bay Area SunShares bulk solar purchasing program."

"The City would like to thank our local businesses and residents for helping us become a more sustainable community. We could not have done it without them!"

For more information, contact Michael Cass, or (925) 671-3332.

City of Concord CA