From a re-circulating water filtration bacteria zapper to the heat-reflecting cool roof and solar panels on a state-of-the-art long-term care facility, the County of San Diego is finding more ways to protect the environment and save taxpayer money.
Watch video about the greening of San Diego County. Part 1 | Part 2
Some fast facts about the County's green efforts:
• The County’s goal is to reduce its electricity consumption by 1 percent per square foot per year – through energy tune-ups in existing buildings and LEED-certified green building design in all new facilities. The San Elijo Visitor Center was recently given LEED Platinum certification, one of only two buildings in the entire county – public or private – with that distinction.
• Since the 2000 energy crisis, the County has cut its electricity use by 14 percent per square foot and its natural gas use by 9 percent per square foot – a savings of $11 million.
• Seven County facilities now have panels converting sunlight into electricity, and the County plans to install solar panels on more buildings.
• Toilet flushometers at the George Bailey Detention Facility save the County more than 24 million gallons of water a year – 10 percent of the water used at that site and 4 percent of the water used by the County.
• County departments – from Family Resource Centers, to the Sheriff and Child Support – are scanning thousands of case files and maintaining records electronically, saving paper, money and storage space.
For more information, watch CTN.org video on the County YouTube Channel.
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