SACRAMENTO – Winners of the 2012 Green California Leadership Awards acknowledging public sector sustainability, have been announced! The awards will be presented at the Green California Summit on April 26, 2012, during the Leadership Awards Ceremony at the Sacramento Convention Center. The City of Sacramento has earned its place among the winners.

The Green California Summit, now in its sixth year, is the pre-eminent conference and exposition focused on green government and its private sector partners in California. The conference draws thousands of attendees to its full slate of educational workshops, panels, special events and its green products and services expo.

The leadership awards were established to recognize outstanding environmental achievements by cities, state agencies and other government entities in California. The eight award topics and winners are chosen in cooperation with the Summit’s Advisory Board. Award categories range from sustainability in transportation projects to climate change, energy innovation, water and waste management. All nominated projects are publicly financed and executed and have a measurable benefit to the natural and human environment.

The City of Sacramento has received the Green Economic Development Leadership Award for its Clean Energy Sacramento Program which enables building owners to finance renewable energy and energy efficiency upgrades over the long-term through their property taxes. The city has partnered with Ygrene Energy Fund to administer and fund the program with $100 million in private capital. Clean Energy Sacramento was designed to meet a number of challenges, not the least of which is the regions 13 percent unemployment rate, which will be positively impacted by the creation of up to 1,100 jobs over the next 5 years. The program will also eliminate the up-front costs for installing renewable energy and energy efficiency retrofits for commercial buildings.