Sierra Club honors Solana Beach for environmental role

Sierra Club San Diego recently recognized the city of Solana Beach for its work toward a more sustainable community during the organization’s annual Gala Awards June 20 at the Hilton Harbor Island Hotel in San Diego.

Solana Beach received a FEAT Award for environmental leadership in government and leading the fight to ban single-use plastic bags. Mayor Lesa Heebner, Deputy Mayor David Zito and Councilman Peter Zahn accepted the award on behalf of the city.

“We were happy, all three of us, to be up on the stage receiving that,” Heebner said during the June 24 council meeting. “It was a nice night. Congratulations, all.”

In April 2012, Solana Beach became the first city in San Diego County to remove single-use plastic bags from grocery stores, retailers and restaurants. The ban encourages the use of reusable bags as retailers charge 10 cents per paper bag.

Supervisor Dave Roberts, who used to sit on the Solana Beach council, presented the award to city officials at the event.

The FEAT Awards honored those who have contributed their time and effort as guardians of the environment, foster local solutions to global issues, help communities make sound environmental decisions about their own future, and work to raise awareness of and advocate for climate change action, according to Sierra Club San Diego’s website.