Photo by John Schreiber.
Photo by John Schreiber.

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power received the county’s Green Leadership Award in the Public Agency category Wednesday in recognition of the energy efficiency of its headquarters.

The award honors organizations that demonstrate environmental leadership in local government, and the ceremony was held at the Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration.

“It is with great pride today that we accept this honor from the L.A. County Board of Supervisors,” LADWP General Manager David H. Wright said. “This award is emblematic of what we strive for as a utility and affirms our commitment to providing reliable water and electricity to our customers through guiding principles for a clean energy and sustainable future.”

The LADWP’s efforts to improve the John Ferraro Building in downtown L.A. date back to the 1990s. The utility installed energy-efficient light fixtures and also began tracking the building’s power usage to improve performance.

Solar panels were added to one of the parking lots, as were electric vehicle chargers and low-flow water fixtures. A recycling program was instituted throughout the building, and a more efficient air-conditioning system was installed.

As a result of the upgrades, the building achieved a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification in 2015, and last month was given the first Walk the Walk Award at the Los Angeles Better Buildings Challenge Innovation Awards, which are given out by the U.S. Department of Energy.

“The Green Leadership Awards program recognizes outstanding efforts by individuals and organizations to improve our environmental sustainability, and to highlight these best practices,” said County CEO Sachi A. Hamai.

—City News Service

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