Specifically, through enforcing eco-friendly policies, Alameda County has been able to achieve a 14% reduction in community greenhouse gases, 14% reduction in agency greenhouse gases, 13% energy savings, 5% natural gas savings and received a platinum level award in sustainability best practices, according to county officials.
"Climate leadership is a key responsibility of local government. We have a duty to our residents to do our part to combat climate change -- and to help our communities prepare for the changes that are already happening," Alameda County Supervisor Keith Carson said in a statement.
The award was presented to the county during the Board of Supervisors meeting on Feb. 4.
From creating a Clean Commute Program for employees to engaging their community through the Green Child Care Program and multi-lingual programs, Alameda County has long striven to create a healthy, sustainable and economically prosperous community, officials said.
Currently, 153 cities and counties throughout the state have committed to combating climate change by participating in the Beacon Program. Participants must set goals, document their progress and share the best practices to create more efficient and vibrant communities with their neighbors.
"The economic and social impact of climate change on communities cannot be understated," said Erica Manuel, executive director for ILG. "The cities and counties participating in ILG's Beacon Program have been leading the fight against climate change for more than a decade, and we are thrilled to honor their strategy, dedication and accomplishments."
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