Fremont has been recognized as a climate action leader. On September 23, 2021, the City was acknowledged at the League of California Cities Annual Conference in Sacramento for leading on climate action efforts and creating a more sustainable community.
The City was selected as a 2021 Beacon Vanguard Platinum Award winner by the Institute for Local Government (ILG). This is the highest recognition from ILG through their well renowned Beacon Award Program. The award recognized the City for achieving Platinum Level—the highest-level award from ILG—in the following categories: community greenhouse gas reductions, agency greenhouse gas reductions, agency energy savings, agency natural gas savings, and sustainability best practices. Fremont is one of only five cities statewide to achieve Platinum Level and the largest city in California to be recognized.
In addition to the Vanguard Award, the City was selected as a 2021 Beacon Leadership and Innovation Award winner for using innovation to promote clean energy in Fremont.
Fremont Mayor Lily Mei attended the conference and accepted both awards on behalf of the City. “We are proud of the work our City has done to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, advance clean energy, and adopt policies that address climate change,” states Mayor Mei. “It is a great honor for the City to be recognized for our efforts by the Beacon Program. Keeping Fremont healthy, vibrant, and resilient for current and future generations remains a top priority.”
To continue to address climate change in Fremont and help meet citywide goals, the City is currently in the process of updating its Climate Action Plan (CAP). The updated plan will provide a local roadmap for achieving citywide greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reductions in alignment with Fremont's adopted goal of a 55% GHG emissions reduction by 2030. The City has already gathered feedback through community workshops, stakeholder discussions, and a virtual community forum for incorporation into the updated CAP. Staff has evaluated the feedback, and specific climate mitigation and adaptation measures are now being analyzed for their emissions reduction potential and will soon be available for community review and input. To learn more about the CAP Update, visit our webpage.
Since 2009, the Beacon Award Program has honored local governments for their voluntary efforts to reduce GHG emissions, save energy, and adopt policies to promote sustainability. To learn more about the program, visit the Institute for Local Government website.