Occidental College Wins Two Energy Conservation Awards
Occidental College has received two energy conservation awards from the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) for installing an energy-efficient chiller on campus and curbing kilowatt usage by successfully encouraging students and employees to turn off lights and computers when they are not being used.
The “green awards” were presented to the college during a Sept. 5 ceremony in downtown Los Angeles. Occidental was among nearly 70 of LADWP’s largest customers honored for its commitment to conservation and protecting the environment.
“This is nice recognition for our efforts,” said Jim Hartley, Occidental’s manager of energy and utilities. “We’re very thankful for the honors and will carry on with our programs and try to do even better in the future.”
Through conservation and energy efficiency efforts, Occidental has helped the city reduce its energy consumption by 50 megawatts. The College’s commitment has helped LADWP more than double its energy savings goal. Citywide conservation efforts have also cut the amount of harmful greenhouse gases by more than 100 million pounds in the last two years, according to Los Angeles Councilwoman Ruth Galanter.
By encouraging energy conservation, LADWP hopes to gradually reduce the city’s dependence on fossil fuels while encouraging dependence on natural resources like the sun, wind geothermal and biomass resources. LADWP is the nation’s largest municipally owned utility, serving 1.4 million electric customers in a 465-square-mile service area.