Town of Truckee Wins 2019 Silver Beacon Award

Beacon Award

The Town of Truckee has won a 2019 Silver Beacon Award!

The Beacon Program is a statewide program that honors voluntary efforts by local governments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, save energy and adopt policies that promote sustainability. To win a Beacon Award, participating agencies are required to demonstrate five separate areas of progress toward sustainability. Each area, if completed successfully, is awarded with a smaller Spotlight Award.

To earn its Beacon Award, the Town of Truckee demonstrated the following:

  • 33% Community Greenhouse Gas Reductions (Platinum)
  • 12% Agency Greenhouse Gas Reductions (Gold)
  • 13% Energy Savings (Gold)
  • 6% Natural Gas Savings (Silver)
  • Gold Level Award in Sustainability Best Practices

Among all Beacon participants, Truckee demonstrated the second highest reduction in community greenhouse gases, earning a Platinum Spotlight Award in addition to its other 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.”

Truckee accepts Beacon awards

From left to right: 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. 

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, such as 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.

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.

Learn more about the Beacon Program or the Town of Truckee’s performance here.

For more information on Truckee’s climate-related activities, please visit:, or contact Nicholas Martin, or Erica Mertens,