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June 25, 2012
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The Energy Resource Center in Downey, CA

The 2011 Sustainability Showcase Awards Luncheon held May 22nd, 2012 provided an opportunity for thought leaders and industry experts to network, share ideas and celebrate the accomplishments of this year’s award winners.

2011 Sustainability Showcase Awards Winners

Burbank Water and Power (Water Agencies)

City of Riverside (Local Government)

First Community Housing (Multifamily Housing)

Kilroy Realty Corporation (Commercial Buildings)

Honorable Mentions

City of Cathedral City (Local Government)

This year’s luncheon event included a presentation by keynote speaker Ron Nichols, General Manager of LADWP, and presentations by our Alliance Advisors to this year’s award winners.  The Showcase Awards luncheon featured some of its own best practices in sustainable event planning by hosting the event at The Energy Resource Center certified LEED® building, selecting awards made from recycled glass, serving local and organic catering options, and asking attendees to return their nametag badges for re-use.

To view photos of the luncheon and to learn more, click here.

May 24, 2012
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Award recipients were honored at a luncheon May 12, 2012.

We are pleased to announce that the sustainability showcases for the 2011 Sustainability Showcase recipients are now available.  These online case studies highlight the winning organizations’ best practices so that others can learn about successful strategies, tools and techniques to adopt and adapt to their own sustainability efforts.

The Sustainability Showcase highlights the efforts of organizations in the state of California that are paving the way towards California’s sustainable future. The 2011 award winners have demonstrated exemplary leadership in advancing sustainability goals in their operations and communities. The following organizations have been selected as award recipients for 2011: Burbank Water and Power (Water Agencies); City of Riverside (Local Government); First Community Housing (Multifamily Housing); and Kilroy Realty Corporation (Commercial Buildings). One organization was selected for honorable mention:  City of Cathedral City (Local Government).

Use the links above or click here to view the 2011 sustainability case studies. 

March 5, 2012
Alliance News - sustainability showcase

The Alliance is pleased to announce the winners of the 2011 Sustainability Showcase Awards!  Each year, the Showcase Awards recognize businesses and organizations in California who are leading the way towards a less energy intensive, low carbon future and provides a platform for the honorees to share their success stories and best practices.

This year’s award recipients (and award categories) are: Kilroy Realty Corporation (Commercial Buildings), First Community Housing (Multifamily Housing), the City of Riverside (Local Government), and Burbank Water and Power (Water Agency).  Cathedral City received an honorable mention in the local government category.

Each of the above organizations is dedicated to advancing sustainability goals internally and in the broader community.  In addition to achieving emissions reductions and water and energy savings, a number of these organizations have also realized significant economic savings. 

In the coming months, we will be posting online showcases featuring each of these organizations.  But in the meantime, we’d like to share with you a few of the best practices that make this year’s Showcase Award winners such leaders in their fields:

Winners:

  • Kilroy Realty Corporation - Commercial Buildings
  • First Community Housing - Multifamily Housing
  • City of Riverside - Local Government
  • Burbank Water and Power - Water Agencies

Honorable Mention:

  • Cathedral City - Local Government
April 12, 2011
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2010 Sustainability Showcase Luncheon

We are pleased to announce that the sustainability showcase website case studies for the 2010 Sustainability Showcase Award recipients are now available.  The sustainability showcases highlight the winning organizations’ best practices so that others can learn about successful strategies, tools and techniques to adopt and adapt to their own sustainability efforts.The following organizations have been selected as award recipients for 2010: Balboa Park Cultural Partnership (Commercial Buildings); Eden Housing (Multifamily Housing); City of Chula Vista (Local Government); and Santa Clara Valley Water District (Water Agencies). Two organizations have been selected for honorable mention: EAH Housing (Multifamily Housing) and City of Tulare (Local Government).We are thrilled that in its third year, the Sustainability Showcase Awards continue to recognize the successful sustainability policies, programs, practices and technologies implemented by leading organizations. The website Showcases highlight the efforts of these California organizations shining the way towards the state’s sustainable future.  Award recipients were honored at the Showcase Awards Luncheon in February 2011.

March 14, 2011
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Craig McDonald, Alliance Program Director, introduces the Ceremony
Santa Clara Valley Water District's Sarah Young accepting the award
2009's grand prize winner, Santa Monica's Brenden McEneaney
Energy Resource Center
Attendees touring the ERC Facility

This year’s Sustainability Showcase Awards luncheon provided an intimate forum for thought leaders and industry experts to share ideas, network and celebrate the accomplishments of this year’s award winners.

The Sustainability Showcase Awards, now in its third year, recognizes successful sustainability policies, programs, practices and technologies implemented by leading organizations.

2010 Sustainability Showcase Awards Winners

Balboa Park Cultural Partnership (Commercial Buildings)

Eden Housing (Multifamily Housing)

City of Chula Vista (Local Government)

Santa Clara Valley Water District (Water Districts)

Honorable Mentions

EAH Housing (Multifamily Housing)

City of Tulare (Local Government)

The honored recipients are making truly impressive strides in the integration of sustainable practices into their broader missions, and reaping environmental, economic, and social benefits as well as positive results impacting their bottom lines. 

For example, when Eden Housing builds a new green multifamily development providing affordable housing units near public transit, a more sustainable economy is created.  When the City of Chula Vista reaches educates residents about energy efficiency, the engagement and empowerment helps to build a stronger community.  When the Balboa Parks Cultural Partnership hosts a monthly lunch meeting designed to foster the exchange of ideas and sharing of best practices amongst its member institutions the resulting building efficiencies help to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels.  When the City of Tulare invests in fuel cells and solar panels to supply energy to its regional wastewater treatment facility, the community saves energy and improves its water quality.   And, when the Santa Clara Valley Water District engages its customers through its Climate Change Portal —one of the most popular sites for internet searches about Climate Change – the public receives access to important information about the potential impacts of greenhouse gas emissions and the urgent need to continue mitigation efforts.

This year’s luncheon event included presentations to this year’s award winners as well asa “sneak preview” of a video series featuring the City of Santa Monica–last year’s Sustainability Showcase Awards Grand Prize winner – garnering rave reviews by this year’s luncheon attendees.

The Showcase Awards luncheon featured some of its own best practices in sustainable event planning by hosting the event at a LEED® certified building, selecting awards made from recycled glass, serving local and organic catering options, and asking attendees to return their nametag badges for re-use.

Following the luncheon, attendees and award recipients toured the Energy Resource Center, SoCalGas’ award-winning building showcasing innovations in resource-efficient designs, materials and equipment.  The Energy Resource Center was certified for LEED® New Construction v.1 in 2000 and re-certified under LEED® Existing Buildings Operations & Maintenance in 2009.