The Institute for Local Government and the Statewide Energy Efficiency Collaborative have recognized the City of Carlsbad with the Beacon Award, part of a statewide initiative that promotes leadership in sustainability.
Among the accomplishments cited were:
The city’s Growth Management Program, which requires developers to pay for infrastructure and facility improvements to support new building; sets aside nearly 40 percent of the city as permanent open space; and limits the number of new homes overall.
The city’s Sustainability Guiding Principles, which balances environmental economic and social considerations in decision-making.
The Carlsbad Community Vision, developed through a two year planning effort with the community, which highlights the community’s most important values, including community connections and sustainability.
The 2015 General Plan update, including policies to promote open space, conservation and recreation.
Carlsbad’s first Climate Action Plan, approved in 2015, which provides a comprehensive and measurable approach to reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Over $33 million invested in doubling the size of its water recycling plant.
The award was presented Sept. 14 in Sacramento as part of the League of California Cities’ annual conference.
The Beacon Program provides a framework for local governments to share best practices that create healthier, more vibrant and sustainable communities. The program honors voluntary efforts by local governments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, save energy and adopt policies that promote sustainability. The program is sponsored by the Institute for Local Government, an organization that promotes good government at the local level with practical, impartial and easy-to-use resources for California communities; and the Statewide Energy Efficiency Collaborative, an alliance to help cities and counties reduce greenhouse gas emissions and save energy.