Paramount Takes Home Platinum and Gold at 2020 ILG Beacon Awards

The City of Paramount has been named a 2020 recipient of two Beacon Awards from the Institute for Local Government (ILG), a Platinum Level for Sustainability Best Practices for its ongoing environmental efforts and a Gold Level Spotlight for achieving an 18% reduction in community greenhouse gas emissions. 

The City is set to receive the awards during ILG’s virtual 2020 Beacon Awards ceremony on October 8 by video in lieu of the usual awards ceremony due to COVID-19 limitations.

Paramount first earned a Spotlight Award in 2018 at the Silver Level for Sustainability Best Practices and improved to the Gold Level in 2019

The City’s extensive implementation of these best practices and reductions in greenhouse gas emissions cover more than 10 areas of sustainability in both small- and large-scale programs stretching back to the late 1980s. 

Paramount’s sustainability efforts include:

  • Installation of EV chargers at City facilities;
  • Annual e-waste and hazardous materials collection events;
  • Transitioning to a fleet of low- or zero-emission and hybrid or alternative fuel vehicles;
  • Partnering with GRID Alternatives for home solar projects;
  • Implementation of the an Active Transportation Plan;
  • Renovating Paramount Boulevard to expand the urban forest livability by installing drought-tolerant landscaping and enhancing walkability; and,
  • Conducting an annual assessment of water infrastructure.

“On behalf of my fellow City Council members, I want to thank the ILG for this recognition,” said Mayor Peggy Lemons. “Paramount has a long history of prioritizing our environment through a variety of sustainability initiatives. We are proud that our efforts have grown over time and been validated with these awards.”

The Beacon Program provides a framework for local governments to share best practices that create healthier, more vibrant, and sustainable communities. The program honors voluntary efforts by local governments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, save energy, and adopt policies that promote sustainability.

For a complete list of the City’s Best Practice Activities, click/tap here.

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