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Millbrae Awarded for Efforts to Address Climate Change

Post Date:10/14/2015

The Institute for Local Government and the Statewide Energy Efficiency Collaborative honored the City of Millbrae with three Spotlight Awards for the city’s efforts to save energy, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adopt policies and programs that promote sustainability. The awards were presented on October 1st during the 2015 League of California Cities Annual Conference in San Jose. The City’s achievements were recognized as a part of its participation in the sustainability recognition program, the Beacon Program.

Millbrae received the following awards:

Silver Spotlight Award for 5% community GHG reductions

Platinum Spotlight Award for 42% agency energy savings

Platinum Spotlight Award for sustainability best practices

To achieve these impressive energy savings and number of best practices the City implemented the following programs and projects along with many other programs:

Replaced 1,400 streetlights with new state of the art low energy induction lighting for an annual savings of 302,625 kwh per year;

Installed a 50-kW solar photovoltaic system on the Library which provides energy to all of the Civic Center buildings; and

Upgraded City parks with Smart Irrigation Controllers to save energy and water.

“The Beacon Award program honors local agencies for innovative solutions that address climate change. The City of Millbrae is a model of how to implement sustainability measures in a way that results in a more vibrant, healthy and prosperous community,” Martin Gonzalez, Director, institute for Local Government.

More information about Millbrae’s Beacon Spotlight Award activities is available at
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