October 22, 2009
Qualcomm Incorporated is the first company to be given the new Blue Sky Leadership Award, an honor created by the San Diego County Air Pollution Control District in partnership with the Industrial Environmental Association to highlight a local company that demonstrates a commitment to improving air quality and provides inspiration for others to do the same.
“The County of San Diego salutes Qualcomm for its innovative efforts to forge a cleaner, greener region,” said Chairwoman Dianne Jacob of the Board of Supervisors. “Qualcomm is widely regarded as national technology leader, but the company is also is a local role model when it comes to sustainability.”
Bob Kard, Air Pollution Control Officer, said, “It is a pleasure to honor Qualcomm for its outstanding achievements in helping to protect and improve San Diego’s air quality. We all benefit by having cleaner air to breathe, and I commend them for being the ‘best of the best.’”
Qualcomm recently installed two cogeneration turbines that are fueled by natural gas. These units produce electricity for their operations, and the heat generated by them is used to run two large chillers in the air conditioning system. The turbines reduce the pollutants released into the air by 35 percent compared to the ones they replaced, which are now used as emergency backup only.
Qualcomm further improves air quality by conserving energy and reducing the amount of fuel used by the company and its employees. Qualcomm has installed solar panels on the roofs of its buildings, has a fleet of hybrid vehicles, and encourages employees to commute without cars by offering transit subsidies, shuttle services and bike lockers.
The Blue Sky Leadership Award is given to the top performer among local companies and organizations named as Clean Air Champions throughout the year. Qualcomm received it at the Industrial Environmental Association’s Annual Statewide Environmental Summit earlier this month.
For more information about the Air Pollution Control District, please visit www.sdapcd.org.
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