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City Shares Clean Air Award with PCC, Caltech

City Shares Clean Air Award with PCC, Caltech
The City of Pasadena and two of its community partners have been honored by the South Coast Air Quality Management District with the Model Community Achievement Award during the 23rd annual Clean Air Awards for their joint efforts to conserve energy and reduce the greenhouse gases that energy use produces.

The awards recognize individuals, businesses, public agencies and non-profit organizations for making significant contributions to cleaner air in Southern California.

One of the city of Pasadena’s goals as set forth by the city council is to increase conservation and sustainability. Guided by a city goal of increasing conservation and sustainability, Pasadena Water and Power partnered with Pasadena City College and Caltech to significantly cut energy use and related air pollution and greenhouse gases.

The city adopted its Green City Action Plan in 2006, and the results have been dramatic. More than one million square feet of green buildings have been approved for construction in 36 building projects. The signature achievement was the top-to-bottom renovation of Pasadena’s historic city hall, built in 1927. The building, with the use of low-toxic and recycled materials, now uses 20 percent less energy and operates on 100 percent green power.

Pasadena Water and Power’s efforts have helped customers save more than $2 million in energy costs and increased the city’s renewable energy supply. In addition, the city aims to reduce the need for imported water by 20 percent by 2020.

PCC, partnering with Pasadena Water and Power, deployed low-emission Capstone 60-kilowatt microturbines used for the first time ever to heat a swimming pool. The efficient and clean natural gas-fired turbines heat the pool and produce 120,000 watts of electricity. Over the past decade PCC removed several acres of asphalt and added pleasant walkways, seating areas and 500 trees to its collection of buildings and parking lots, which also helps clean the air.

Caltech worked aggressively and creatively to bring about energy reductions. In 2009 and 2010, Caltech implemented a wide range of complex energy efficiency projects that resulted in an annual energy savings of 8.3 million kilowatt-hours, equivalent to $1.3 million in utility cost savings. In 2009 to 2010 alone, these projects reduced Caltech’s greenhouse emissions by more than 6,000 metric tons and reduced deferred maintenance costs by more than $1 million.

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Ann Erdman
Public Information Officer
City of Pasadena
Public Affairs Office
100 N. Garfield Ave., Room S228
Pasadena CA 91109
(626) 744-4755
Cell: (626) 375-2742
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Posted: 11/8/2011 05:10:00 PM
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