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ANAHEIM, CA (August 27, 2010) -

Last week Anaheim Public Utilities became the proud recipient of the Emerald Award for “Greenest City or Government Agency” from the Filipino American Chamber of Commerce of Orange County.


The Emerald Awards are designed to give recognition to companies of all sizes who have taken measures to be more environmentally-conscious or sustainable. Anaheim was selected as the top candidate in the City/Government Agency Category, for the Green Connection, a program adopted by the Anaheim City Council in 2006 that sets out a series of sustainable goals for the City, and the many contributions it has made to the community.


As Orange County’s only municipal, not-for-profit utility, Anaheim Public Utilities focuses on making decisions that are in the best interest of Anaheim customers. This often goes beyond providing reliable water and electric service at economical rates: the Utility has a record of environmental concern and sensitivity.  "Anaheim Public Utilities has designed multiple programs for our residents and businesses to enhance Anaheim's sustainability, said Marcie Edwards, Anaheim Public Utilities General Manager and Assistant City Manager. "On behalf of Mayor Pringle and the Anaheim City Council, we are honored to be recognized with the Emerald Award".


The Anaheim Green Connection continues to enhance the efficiency measures embraced by thousands of customers, and to steer the City towards ambitious conservation and sustainability goals. As a result of their recent aggressive energy efficiency efforts, Anaheim has reduced CO2 emissions by 1.1 billion pounds. Since 2000, education, rebates and other incentives have saved Anaheim utility customers 698 million kilowatt-hours – enough energy to supply 22,600 homes for ten years. The utility aims to increase Anaheim Public Utilities’ purchases of renewable energy resources to 20% and reduce citywide water use 15% by 2015, purchase alternative fuel vehicles so 90% of the Utilities vehicles are Alternative Fuel Vehicles by 2020, and encourage Green Building certification through an array of green building programs and incentives.

For these efforts, Anaheim Public Utilities was awarded with an Emerald Award plaque, at a luncheon ceremony at last week’s Green and Health Expo at the Sheraton Park in Anaheim.  Steve Sciortino, Assistant General Manager – Joint Services, was in attendance to accept the honor on behalf of the utility.


ABOUT ANAHEIM PUBLIC UTILITIES For more than 100 years, Anaheim Public Utilities has served Anaheim water and electric customers with low rates and reliable service. Anaheim Public Utilities is Orange County's only publicly owned water and electric utility.

ABOUT ANAHEIM The City of Anaheim, founded in 1857, is one of the nation's premier municipalities and is California's 10th most populous city. Anaheim covers 50 square miles with more than 345,500 residents and more than 2,100 City employees. The municipal corporation's annual budget is $1.3 billion. Anaheim supports a thriving business community with companies such as CKE Restaurants, Inc., L-3 Communications, Pacific Sunwear, and Disneyland Resort. Successful sports franchises call Anaheim home, including Angels Baseball, Anaheim Ducks, Anaheim Arsenal, and the 2008 Olympic Gold Medal winning USA Men's Volleyball team. Anaheim also boasts world-class meeting and entertainment venues with the Anaheim Convention Center, the largest on the west coast, Honda Center, The Grove of Anaheim, Anaheim GardenWalk, and Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Annually, Anaheim welcomes millions of visitors to the city, truly making it where the world comes to live, work and play. For more information, please visit www.anaheim.net.