Photo L to R: Erica Manuel, Executive Director, Institute for Local Government; Kim Szczurek, Town of Truckee Administrative Services Director; David Tirman, Truckee Town Mayor; Anna Klovstad, Truckee Town Council Member; and Jeff Loux, Truckee Town Manager.
Last week, Town Council Members and staff officially received recognition for the collective sustainability efforts of the Truckee community. The Town received a Silver Level Beacon Award, which represents achievement in all five of the spotlight categories listed below.
The awards received represent the Town organization’s efforts toward sustainability through increased energy efficiency retrofits of Town facilities and new recycling and waste reduction programs. Also included are activities of other special districts within the town, like the Truckee Donner Public Utility District (TDPUD), whose electricity is 65%+ procured from renewable sources, which accounts for many of the savings that led to receipt of these awards.
Mayor David Tirman stated, “Receiving the Beacon Awards was an incredible honor for the Town of Truckee in recognizing our collective efforts towards environmental sustainability on a Town-wide basis. The awards help to highlight the positive impact we can have on our local environment and remind us all of the importance of continuing to build upon our progress for future generations."
The individual Spotlight Awards received include:
• Silver Level Natural Gas Savings (6% savings)
• Gold Level Sustainability Best Practices
• Gold Level Agency Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Reductions (12% reductions)
• Gold Level Agency Energy Savings (13% savings)
• Platinum Level Community GHG Reductions (33% reductions)
Truckee was among good company, as the other jurisdictions to receive a full Beacon Award included: Burlingame, Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz, Cupertino, Foster City, Brisbane, Carson, El Cerrito, San Rafael, and San Carlos.
For more information, please visit: https://www.townoftruckee.com/government/community-development/climate-action-activities, or contact Nicholas Martin, firstname.lastname@example.org or Erica Mertens, email@example.com.
The Geos Institute is working with the Town of Truckee to develop a climate change Vulnerability Assessment and Adaptation Plan for the Truckee community. Following the highly collaborative Whole Community planning framework, the Geos Institute will hold a series of stakeholder and community workshops and events that will provide ample opportunity for community members to help shape climate change solutions. The resulting climate change adaptation plan for Truckee will be highly collaborative with a focus on protecting diverse populations, natural resources, local culture, the economy, and infrastructure from climate impacts.
For more information, please visit the Geos Institute Climate Adaptation Plan for the Town of Truckee project page.
In September 2018, the Town accepted a Silver Level Beacon Award in Sustainability Best Practices from the Institute for Local Government. The Beacon Program recognizes local governments for taking action to address climate change, promote energy innovation, and create more sustainable communities. The Sustainability Best Practices award honors jurisdictions that have completed projects in ten sector areas. Find the full report here or click each box to learn more:
The Town of Truckee recognizes the importance of a sustainable future for its residents, and Town Council has prioritized sustainability and greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions as part of their 2018 Council Goals. The first major step in this process was to complete an inventory of GHG emissions, which was completed in April 2016, establishing a baseline for which future emission reduction efforts can be measured against. The results of the 2008 baseline inventory were presented in a public workshop in May 2016, and Town Council in August 2016.
Town Council adopted Resolution 2017-58 on November 28th, 2017 establishing goals for Truckee relating to renewable energy and GHG emissions.
A re-inventory using 2016 data and forecast of future emissions were prepared in 2017-2018 providing the necessary data for developing climate policies in preparation for the upcoming General Plan Update.
For additional information please contact Nicholas Martin at firstname.lastname@example.org or (530) 582-2910