City of Goleta Honored for Efforts to Create a More Sustainable Community

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Pictured left-to-right in photo and video: City of Goleta Sustainability Coordinator Cindy Moore, Mayor Paula Perotte and CivicSpark Climate Fellow Karina Takemoto, taken as part of a video for the virtual Beacon Award Ceremony.
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Source: City of Goleta

The Institute for Local Government (ILG) and the Statewide Energy Efficiency Collaborative honored the City of Goleta at [the] October 8 Virtual Award Ceremony for its efforts to save energy and adopt policies and practices that support a more sustainable and vibrant community. The City received a Platinum Level Beacon Spotlight Award in Sustainability Best Practices. Watch a video of Mayor Paula Perotte accepting the Beacon award with Sustainability Coordinator Cindy Moore and CivicSpark Climate Fellow Karina Takemoto.  https://youtu.be/QltUz6ILLVo

“The impacts of climate change have never been more apparent than in 2020,” said Erica L. Manuel, CEO and Executive Director of ILG. “From devastating wildfires, to hazardous air quality and the increased public health risks from COVID-19, we have all had to pivot and think critically about what matters most. COVID-19 changed the format of our recognition event, but it didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of our winners or the pride we feel for the hard work they’ve done this year.”

City of Goleta Sustainability Coordinator Cindy Moore added, “Goleta is committed to implementing sustainability measures across all City departments, which saves money, conserves resources, and strengthens resiliency. We are honored to be recognized by the Institute for Local Government for these efforts and proud to participate in the Beacon Program”.

The City was honored with the award due to our fulfillment of the highest rank in each of ten categories that comprise ILG’s Sustainability Best Practices Framework. This entailed highlighting the City’s efforts in categories such as Green Building, Waste Reduction, Efficient Transportation, Open Space, and Community and Individual Action. To achieve this impressive feat, the City has undertaken notable projects such as the Jonny D. Wallis Neighborhood Park, a Strategic Energy Plan to reach its 100% renewable energy by 2030 goal, obtaining funding for a new Goleta train station, and elimination of single-use plastics within City Hall, among many others.

Currently 161 cities and counties throughout the state participate in the Beacon Program which was established in 2009to create a framework for local governments to share best practices that create healthier, more efficient, vibrant communities. ILG recognizes cities and counties for measurable accomplishments in five award categories: Agency Greenhouse Gas Reductions, Community Greenhouse Gas Reductions, Agency Energy Savings, Agency Natural Gas Savings and Sustainability Best Practices. When a community achieves recognition in all five categories, it earns the prestigious Beacon Award. 

Learn more about Goleta’s Sustainability Programs here. For additional information on the Beacon Program visit the ILG website.

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a-1602627821 Oct 13, 2020 03:23 PM
City of Goleta Honored for Efforts to Create a More Sustainable Community

"City of Goleta Sustainability Coordinator Cindy Moore added, 'Goleta is committed to implementing sustainability measures across all City departments...'"

OK Ms Moore. Please show us how the City of Goleta is going to implement sustainable water use in the future? Will we limit growth? We haven't yet. The only thing that Goleta has done is to raise water rates so existing residents use less water so that more water can be allocated to developers.

CommunityWatch Oct 14, 2020 08:49 AM
City of Goleta Honored for Efforts to Create a More Sustainable Community

Are all these commenters seriously this ignorant?? Do these people even do their research?? The City of Goleta, the actual government agency housed within City Hall, does not oversee or regulate water usage. A completely separate organization, the Goleta Valley Water District, has the responsibility of this. A simply search of the City of Goleta website will show you that there is no "water department". So, people, before you submit your ignorant comments and start throwing hard working people's names around, pull your head out (of the sand) and do your research. Also, if you are now so against development and new buildings, where were you ten years ago when most of these projects were being initially proposed? Probably on Myspace trolling some other people, right?

biguglystick Oct 14, 2020 12:17 PM
City of Goleta Honored for Efforts to Create a More Sustainable Community

CommunityWatch, I think YOU are the one who has had their head in the sand all this time. We were out there fighting the huge growth that Goleta has steamrolled right over us. We fought the Bacara and they won anyway, (a huge disaster!). We are currently fighting to save the San Marcos Foothills. And just so you know, when a city government gives a development project the green light, they are in cahoots and agreement with the Water District. Permits are permits and there are rules, but clearly MONEY is the only thing that matters to the Goleta City Council, not local quality of life, not the traffic they've brought into the area and not the blight of cookie cutter condos and monolithic hotels. Ugh. So disgusting. KEEP GOLETA COUNTRY!

dukemunson Oct 14, 2020 12:27 PM
City of Goleta Honored for Efforts to Create a More Sustainable Community

Just to follow up on this craziness. The San Marcos Preserve is the result of a win for Santa Barbara...they stopped a massive development AND got an amazing spot for everyone to enjoy. The cost was allowing a few houses that will bring in revenue. This was a literally a huge win for SB. People like BIGUGLYSTiCK have no concept of reality. Thankfully rational people stepped up and were able to negotiate a huge win for SB.

CommunityWatch Oct 14, 2020 02:22 PM
City of Goleta Honored for Efforts to Create a More Sustainable Community

What does San Marcos Foothills have to do with your ignorance about how development works? Cahoots? Sure, according to your ignorance, all development is a huge conspiracy! If you want country, then move to Alaska. But I am sure you would then complain about the cold and snow.

a-1602693671 Oct 14, 2020 09:41 AM
City of Goleta Honored for Efforts to Create a More Sustainable Community

Public pensions need to be made sustainable, if you are truly concerned about your grandchildren's futures who will be stuck with increased demands for higher taxes to pay off these presently unsustainable promises. Is "climate change" merely masking this real threat to your grandchildren's future since all "climate change" proposals expand government demands and fiscal burdens for some unknown and vague end point? Just like tax increase measure promises quickly start back-filling public employee pensions rather than the civic improvements promised to local residents. "Climate change" is a Trojan Horse bringing in more government control and higher taxes, which will get quickly consumed by the unhealthy political climate in this one-party, super-majority state. A little more sunshine on this grand scheme, please.

biguglystick Oct 14, 2020 12:13 PM
City of Goleta Honored for Efforts to Create a More Sustainable Community

Hey Goleta, I've got an idea: STOP BUILDING! Ffs. Goleta's rampant growth is horrible for our area, and now we are having to fight to save the San Marcos Foothills. Asking residents to use less water while green-lighting huge development tracts is not the answer.

dukemunson Oct 14, 2020 12:21 PM
City of Goleta Honored for Efforts to Create a More Sustainable Community

BIGUGLYSTICK - The SAN MARCOS FOOTHILLS PRESERVE EXISTS BECAUSE OF A SMALL DEVELOPMENT!!!!! It's amazing how difficult of a concept this is for several people on here to grasp. Again though, the private property that was completely fenced was turned into a preserve with the understanding of all that a few houses could be built. It literally went from completely private land that no one can go on and enjoy into something we can all enjoy because of this development!

PitMix Oct 16, 2020 10:29 AM
City of Goleta Honored for Efforts to Create a More Sustainable Community

Comm, your post is one of the most uncivil things I have seen on Edhat. Stooping to namecalling just means your arguments have no validity. Perhaps you could pause for a minute and try to understand the comment. The undeveloped San Marcos area is similar to the yet undeveloped areas in Goleta. Is that too complex for you to understand? If so, I am sorry for you.

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