Paramount gets Beacon Award for sustainability

Councilmember Brenda Olmos, Councilmember Peggy Lemons, and Mayor Tom Hansen receive the City’s Gold Beacon Award from the Institute for Local Government. Courtesy photo

The City of Paramount received of the Beacon Award for Gold-Level Sustainability Best Practices presented by the Institute for Local Government in October.

A Silver-Level recipient for the 2018 Beacon Awards, the City has since forged ahead toward deeper implementation of sustainability best practices within the community. Some of the efforts that elevated Paramount from silver to gold include the installation of public electric vehicle chargers, developing a partnership with GRID Alternatives for home solar projects, completion of an Active Transportation Plan, and the revision of its industrial zoning code with an eye toward improving environmental impacts.

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.