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Rancho Mirage & Indian Wells City Halls To Receive U.s. Epa Energy Star® Award


 
PRLog - May 14, 2014 - PALM DESERT, Calif. -- Palm Desert, CA (May 12, 2014) – The Coachella Valley Association of Governments (CVAG) is proud to announce that the Rancho Mirage and Indian Wells City Hall buildings will receive the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) ENERGY STAR award this Thursday. Commercial and government buildings that earn EPA’s ENERGY STAR certification use an average of 35 percent less energy than typical buildings and also release 35 percent less carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.

Steven John, the Director of EPA’s Southern California Field Office, will present the ENERGY STAR award to the City of Rancho Mirage at their City Council meeting at 1:00 p.m. on May 15, 2014. A special tour highlighting the energy improvements of Rancho Mirage City Hall will be offered to the public at 12:30 p.m. The ENERGY STAR award will be presented to the City of Indian Wells at their City Council meeting at 1:30 p.m. Information and tips on new programs, rebates and ways to save energy and money on your utility bills will be available at both City Halls.

For the past year and half, the cities of Rancho Mirage and Indian Wells have worked with Southern California Edison and Southern California Gas Company to “benchmark” or measure the energy performance at city hall, as part of the CVAG Green for Life program. The team used EPA’s ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager to determine that the City Hall buildings were eligible for certification. After inspection by a professional engineer last fall, Rancho Mirage City Hall received an ENERGY STAR score of 85 and Indian Wells earned a score of 96, out of 100 possible points. Buildings must receive a score of 75 or higher to earn the ENERGY STAR designation and be counted as performing among the top 25 percent of similar buildings nationwide.

The cities of Rancho Mirage and Indian Wells improved their City Hall buildings’ energy performance by implementing an energy action plan and performing various energy efficiency improvements -- LED lighting, and high efficiency air conditioning among them.

“The Cities of Indian Wells and Rancho Mirage are award-winning examples of what you can do fight to climate change” said Steven John, Director of EPA’s Southern California Field Office.  “EPA applauds these cities for taking significant strides to reduce their environmental impact while saving thousands of dollars every year, and protecting public health.”

In July 2012, the City of Rancho Mirage became the first Coachella Valley jurisdiction to adopt CVAG’s Green for Life Green Building Program, and take up the program’s motto of “Leading the Way in Energy Efficiency”.

Rancho Mirage Mayor Iris Smotrich commented, “It is a great honor for the City of Rancho Mirage to have earned EPA’s ENERGY STAR certification. We could not be more proud of our partnership with CVAG and the hard work of our city staff.”

Indian Wells City Hall took home the honor of being the highest rated ENERGY STAR building in the Coachella Valley. Indian Wells Mayor Ted Mertens remarked, “We have always strived to reduce costs at City Hall and set a good example for our community. To have our City Hall recognized as the highest rated ENERGY STAR building in the entire Valley truly is an accomplishment”.

The Green for Life program is administered by CVAG and funded by Southern California Edison through the auspices of the California Public Utilities Commission.

For more information about the Green for Life program, please visit the project website at www.GreenforLifeCV.org or contact Katie Barrows at CVAG by phone at 760-346-1127 or email kbarrows@cvag.org.

Products, homes and buildings that earn the ENERGY STAR label prevent greenhouse gas emissions by meeting strict energy efficiency requirements set by the U.S. EPA. In 2013 alone, Americans, with the help of ENERGY STAR, saved an estimated $30 billion on their utility bills and prevented greenhouse gas emissions equal to the annual electricity use of more than 38 million homes. From the first ENERGY STAR qualified computer in 1992, the ENERGY STAR label can now be found on products in more than 70 different categories, with more than 4.5 billion sold. Over 1.5 million new homes and 23,000 commercial buildings and industrial plants have earned the ENERGY STAR label.

To learn more about EPA's ENERGY STAR, visit www.energystar.gov.

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