SACRAMENTO, Calif., February 12, 2024 – The South Bay Cities Council of Governments (SBCCOG) has been selected as a 2023 Beacon Leadership and Innovation award winner for its cross-agency collaboration in supporting cities in energy efficiency, water conservation, waste reduction, renewable energy, clean transportation and much more.  

The SBCCOG received The Beacon award for its South Bay Environmental Services Center (SBESC) program, which supports the sustainability activities of its member cities. Since 2003, the SBESC has helped cities, businesses, schools and residents save more than 15 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity and 99,000 *therms of natural gas, among other achievements. (*=approximately 100 cubic feet of natural gas will produce (and therefore save) one therm of energy) 

“We’re excited that the SBESC is being recognized through The Beacon Program,” said Cedric Hicks, SBCCOG board chair and City of Carson council member. “The SBCCOG’s work in supporting local agencies has inspired a collaborative approach to sustainability across the region. Working together is critical for meeting our shared goal of building a more environmentally friendly and healthy community.”  

Currently, 172 cities, counties and special districts statewide participate in The Beacon Program. The Institute for Local Government established the Beacon Program to provide recognition and year-round support for California local agencies that are working to build more vibrant and sustainable communities. The Beacon Awards honor voluntary efforts by cities, counties and special districts that are reducing greenhouse gas emissions, saving energy and adopting policies that promote sustainability. For more information visit   

 For a complete list of 2023 awardees visit 

 About the Institute for Local Government 

The Institute for Local Government (ILG) is the non-profit training and education affiliate of the League of California Cities, California State Association of Counties and the California Special Districts Association, which represent 1000s of local agencies across the state. ILG helps local officials and staff navigate the constantly changing landscape of their jobs by offering training, technical assistance, written resources, and facilitation services specifically designed for local agencies. From leadership to public engagement to housing and workforce, ILG helps local leaders with a wide range of issues. Visit  to find out more. 

About the South Bay Cities Council of Governments 

The South Bay Cities Council of Governments (SBCCOG) is a joint powers government agency of 16 cities and the County of Los Angeles which share the goal of maximizing the quality of life and productivity of the subregion. Within this structure, cities and Los Angeles County maintain the qualities and characteristics that make them unique and independent, while also coming together collectively to address issues of common interest for a greater good of the communities through partnership, persuasion, performance and advocacy. For more information about the SBCCOG visit