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CITY RECEIVES AWARDS FOR ENERGY CONSERVATION, ‘GREEN’ PRACTICES
(Wed., March 31, 2010)— The City and County of Honolulu was recognized yesterday as a national leader in conserving energy and promoting “green” practices that help address global climate change. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency presented Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann with a $499,000 Climate Showcase Communities grant and two Energy Star building awards for meeting high energy performance standards Honolulu Hale and the nearby
“This grant will go a long way toward reducing our dependence on foreign oil, which is a key component of our nationally recognized 21st Century Ahupuaa City Sustainability Plan,” said Hannemann, referring to
He congratulated several city officials who were instrumental in winning the Energy Star awards: Department of Design and Construction Director Craig Nishimura and Engineer Allyn Lee. He also congratulated Department of Community Services Deputy Director Ernie Martin for his work on the Climate Showcase Communities grant proposal.
EPA Regional Administrator Jared Blumenfeld, who made the presentations during a March 30 ceremony at Honolulu Hale, said the city has been very effective at leading by example.
“By investing in energy efficiency, residents and businesses will become less reliant on imported energy and will lessen environmental impacts,” Blumenfeld said. “President Obama and EPA are committed to improving the nation’s energy outlook, through programs like
Representatives of several community and environmental groups that are collaborating with the City to utilize the grant also attended the ceremony, including Olin Lagon of Kanu Hawaii, Gary Gill of Blue Planet Foundation, and John Leong of Hawaii Youth Conservation Corps.
The Climate Showcase Communities grant will create quantifiable and long-lasting residential greenhouse gas reductions. The approach includes community outreach to residents about their energy use, swapping out more than 20,000 incandescent bulbs with more energy-efficient fluorescent and LED bulbs, and the development of a Hawaii-specific residential energy audit. The project will fund energy audit and weatherization “green jobs” training, and will include the installation of 300 whole-house, real-time energy monitors. Among the 300 households that receive monitors, 150 will also be given comprehensive energy audits.
Honolulu Hale and the
The structures rate in the top 25 percent of similar facilities nationwide for energy performance. Commercial buildings that earn the Energy Star label use an average of 35 percent less energy than typical buildings and release 35 percent less carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.
To earn its Energy Stars,
“We appreciate the EPA’s recognition of our administration’s energy conservation efforts,” Hannemann said. “We work to lead by example. While
The City is planning to use Federal Energy Stimulus funds to implement lighting retrofits at two other structures: Kapolei Hale and the
Energy Star is a government-backed program helping businesses and consumers protect the environment through superior energy efficiency. More than 8,000 organizations partner with the EPA in the Energy Star program. The overall goal of the Climate Showcase Communities grant program is to create replicable models of sustainable community action that generate cost-effective and persistent greenhouse gas reductions while improving the environmental, economic, public health, or social conditions in communities.
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