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Going Green: Every Day, Not Just Earth Day

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Fairs, rallies, concerts – those are just some of the ways people are celebrating Earth Day 2009 and its message of environmental awareness.

For the County of San Diego, focusing on the environment is much more than an annual event. It’s at the core of how we operate.

Here are a few examples of how we’re putting green principles into practice.

The new County Operations Center. This massive infrastructure project will include energy-efficient roofing and windows, drought-tolerant landscaping, and offices making the most of natural light. Learn more.

San Elijo Nature Center. Inspired by the ecological reserve it overlooks, the center was designed to the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold standard of the U.S. Green Building Council with recycled materials, solar power, and energy-conserving appliances. Learn more.

Lawnmower Trade-In Day. County Supervisor Ron Roberts brings back this annual deal on May 16. Help clear the air by swapping your gas-powered mower for a battery-operated model, available at less than half the normal retail price. Learn more.

Don’t take our word for it

Our efforts are getting recognition. The California Center for Sustainable Energy recently honored the County with a San Diego Excellence in Energy Award. Among the noteworthy innovations:

• A high-tech water filtration system for the water playground at Hilton Head County Park in El Cajon.
• Ultra-efficient air conditioning at the Health Services Complex on Rosecrans Street.
• Energy-efficient technology, including occupancy sensors, solar panels and extra insulation at the new Edgemoor Skilled Nursing Facility in Santee.

Read more about the projects and their cost savings.

Join us

We want to encourage others to do the same. Our Green Building Program promotes the use of environmentally sound practices through several incentives and rebates. Learn more.


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