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Posted on: November 19, 2020

City of Palmdale is Beacon Spotlight Award Winner for Sustainability Best Practices

The City of Palmdale was named a 2020 Beacon Spotlight Award Winner by the Institute for Local Government, achieving a Gold Level Award for Sustainability Best Practices. 

The award was based upon the Institute's Sustainability Best Practices Framework, which requires accomplishments in each of the ten best practice areas: energy efficiency and conservation, water and wastewater systems, green building, waste reduction and recycling, climate-friendly purchasing, renewable energy and low carbon fuels, efficient transportation, land use and community design, open spaces and offsetting carbon emissions, and community and individual action.

The award, which was announced at the Virtual League of California Cities Annual Conference on Oct. 8, 2020, was presented to the Palmdale City Council at the Nov. 17 Council meeting.

“Our Council looks at sustainability as more than just a buzz word, but rather the manner in which we should carry out our role in city government,” said Palmdale Mayor Steve Hofbauer. “The steps we are taking today are already paying huge dividends and will make for a better and brighter future for our children and grandchildren.”

“As a City, our team has been actively engaged in putting the best programs, policies, and procedures to create a sustainable community that enables us to move forward while remaining environmentally friendly,” said Palmdale City Manager J.J. Murphy. “It is an honor to be recognized for those efforts and we will continue to move forward in this important area.”

The Beacon Program, sponsored by the Institute for Local Government and the Statewide Energy Efficiency Collaborative, 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. For more information about the program please visit

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