MDAQMD Awards City Of Hesperia It’s Highest Honor

during the 9/26/11 awards presentation (L-R) are Mike Podegracz, City Manager, City of Hesperia; Eldon Heaston, Executive Director, MDAQMD; Joe Gomez, MDAQMD Governing Board Chair & Mayor, City of Barstow; and Dan Cain, Chief of Facilities, Copper Mountain College.

By Staff Reports

(Hesperia) – The City of Hesperia was awarded the 2010/2011 Exemplar Award yesterday by the Governing Board of the Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District. The City was recognized for designing its new police station – which opened last October – to be the first Gold LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified building within city limits.

Hesperia’s police station also boasts a variety of “green” design features, including energy efficiency lighting systems, water efficient landscaping and irrigation, and “purple pipe” plumbing for a future recycled water irrigation system. Most notably is facility’s solar panels which are mounted on the station’s roof and atop its carport structures. The photovoltaic system, whose total cost was $1.9 million, dramatically cut the City’s energy bills while meeting 75% of the station’s energy needs and reducing carbon dioxide – a key greenhouse gas.

Copper Mountain College of Joshua Tree was awarded the Exemplar for implementing a campus-wide

energy savings project which reduced the college’s energy use and potential carbon dioxide emissions by 433 tons per year – the equivalent of removing 77 cars from the highway.

The Exemplar Awards recognize High Desert entities which demonstrate an exceptional commitment to

clean air through the development of voluntary activities/projects that reduce or prevent air pollution within the MDAQMD’s jurisdiction, which encompasses San Bernardino County’s High Desert and Riverside County’s Palo Verde Valley. The Exemplar Awards are presented annually in association with National Pollution Prevention Week.

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