For the second year in a row, the City of Indio snagged a platinum distinction from the Institute of Local Government for its commitment to the environment. ILG will honor Indio as a 2020 "Best Sustainability Practices" Beacon Award Winner during two virtual events in October. For 11 years, the Beacon Program has encouraged, supported and recognized voluntary action by local governments throughout California to address climate change, promote energy innovation and create more sustainable communities . "Indio demonstrated no less than six strategies in all ten categories of sustainability," said the ILG's Kim Danko. "The platinum spotlight award is the highest category a city can achieve." Some of the categories include energy efficiency and conservation, waste reduction and climate-friendly purchasing.
The City added new sidewalks for pedestrian connectivity, added electric vehicles to the municipal fleet, synchronized traffic signals for better traffic flow, which reduces emissions, provided waste collection events for residents and provided water conservation programs that are above and beyond.
Indio also recently earned accolades from the American Planning Association Inland Empire Section. The IES promotes planning-related activities and continuing education functions for its members in Riverside and San Bernardino Counties. The City of Indio took home two awards in two different categories: A Healthy Communities Category Award for the Indio Safe Routes to School Master Plan, and the Merit Award for the Indio Complete Streets & Drainage Master Plan.