City of Del Mar earns Beacon Award for sustainability efforts

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The Institute of Local Government presented the city of Del Mar with a silver level Beacon Spotlight Award for sustainability practices, recognizing the city for its comprehensive efforts over several years to adopt and implement initiatives related to environmental sustainability, according to a press release from the city.

The award was presented at this year’s League of California Cities Annual Conference held in Long Beach in October. Mayor Sherryl Parks and Councilmember Don Mosier were there to receive the award.

Working with residents, business groups, and other organizations, the city has instituted policies and programs to conserve natural resources that save money and energy, as well as to promote sustainable land use and transportation planning. Del Mar has a Sustainability Advisory Board that developed recommendations for a Climate Action Plan that sets greenhouse gas reduction goals of 15 percent reduction by 2020 and a 50 percent reduction by 2035. The Del Mar City Council adopted the Climate Action Plan in June 2016, and the city is now implementing the plan’s phase one strategies. Some of the strategies included for phase one are: pursuing increased use of renewable energy sources; facilitating the planning and building application process for installation of photovoltaic panels and energy efficient retrofits; developing a zero-waste program/policy; implementing a “complete streets” policy; exploring installation of roundabouts; and implementing an urban tree planting program.

For more information about Del Mar’s Climate Action Plan, visit www.delmar.ca.us/cap.

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