Flex Your Power Award Winners Saved $227M

Flex Your Power Award Winners Saved $227M

One building has earned the title of the largest public LEED platinum structure on the planet.

Another received a retrofit that introduced lighting control features, high efficiency lamps, roof insulation, and an 18 kW photovoltaic system -- all of which made the building 52 percent more energy efficient.

Meanwhile, a San Francisco contractor has made home performance retrofitting its bread-and-butter, saving homeowners, on average, 40 percent on their energy bills.

They are the California Academy of Sciences, Mothers’ Club Family Learning Center and Sustainable Spaces, all of which received top honors in five categories for saving energy in the Flex Your Power awards given this week to public and private interests, ranging from universities and cities to Fortune 500 companies.

Best overall winners also included the Santa Clara Valley Water District, whose efforts have saved more than 19.5 billion gallons of water, and the University of California at Irvine, which cut its electrical demand by as much as 15,000 kilowatt hours and slashed water consumption by 68 percent.

Flex Your Power also gave Susan Kennedy, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s chief of staff, a Lifetime Achievement Award for her work on energy conservation. Kennedy oversaw a $2 billion energy reduction campaign in the state and had a hand in launching Flex Your Power, the state’s energy efficiency marketing and outreach campaign.

According to the group, this year’s winners saved more than $227 million in energy costs and 1.5 billion kilowatt hours. The efforts have reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 1.3 billion pounds.

Other winners include:

Energy Efficiency:

* Baxter Healthcare Corporation's Thousand Oaks, California, BioScience Facility
* CalPortland Company
* Del Monte Foods Plant #1 Modesto
* Fetzer Vineyards
* Glenborough, LLC
* Global Real Estate Hewlett Packard Company
* Honeywell Utility Solutions
* Integrated Design Associates, Inc. (IDeAs)
* Macy's West
* Moorpark Unified School District
* Pleasanton Unified School District
* County of San Mateo
* The State of California Franchise Tax Board
* The Boeing Company
* Watkins Manufacturing

Honorable Mentions: County of Kern, Joie De Vivre, LJ Engineering and Manufacturing Inc., Maguire Properties, Mohawk Industries, TL Properties

Education and Media

* Build It Green
* Sierra Nevada Brewing Co
* The City of Irvine
* Vandenberg Air Force Base
* Webcor Builders
* Yahoo!

Honorable Mention: BP America Inc., City of Chula Vista and Fresno Unified School District

Innovative Products and Services

* American Home Sales
* E-Mon, LLC
* Eneron Inc.
* Green Building Energy Resources Los Angeles Distributor for Endothermic Solutions
* Mi Casa Verde
* Pools by Ben, Inc.

Honorable Mentions: Brondell Inc., HydroPoint Data Systems Inc., and Lucid Design Group

Peak Demand Response

* AmeriCold
* California State University San Marcos
* The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
* Cisco Systems Inc.
* City Of South Gate
* Furnace Creek Inn & Ranch Resort
* Irvine Ranch Water District
* Pfizer Inc.
* Semitropic Water Storage District
* U.S. FoodService -- San Francisco

Honorable Mentions: California State University (23 campuses), Constellation Wines U.S. and Powerit Solutions, Contra Costa County/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, EnerNOC Inc. and Target Corp.

Water Conservation

* Agilent Technologies
* Lake Arrowhead Community Services District
* Long Beach Water Department
* Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne, Inc.

Honorable Mentions include City of El Segundo, Parducci Wine Cellars, Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems.