Coast Guard Training Center Petaluma to receive Environmental Sustainability Award

PETALUMA, Calif. – Coast Guard Training Center Petaluma is slated to receive the Coast Guard’s 2010 Environmental Sustainability Award in recognition of the commands dedication to environmental stewardship Friday.

The Training Center is winning this award for the second consecutive year after also claiming the top award in 2009. It recognizes Petaluma’s personnel for their superior environmental performance and commends them for their significant achievement and commitment to being environmentally friendly in 2010.

Vice Adm. Sally Brice-O’Hara, vice commandant of the Coast Guard, will be presenting the award on March 11, 2011, at the Training Center.

Capt. Christopher Hall, commanding officer of Petaluma, and Cmdr. Jeffrey Good, the facility engineer, will accept the award in recognition of the Training Center’s strategic planning and renewable energy and water initiatives. They achieved significant savings and pollution prevention through innovative storm water management, spill prevention, landscaping, and recycling practices.

“Winning the environmental award two years in a row is a great honor for us,” said Hall. “I believe it reflects the values of those that live and work at Training Center Petaluma – I’m extremely proud to be a part of this community. One of my goals is to make this the most environmentally friendly Coast Guard base in the world.”

Upon arriving in Petaluma two and a half years ago, Hall created a four year program called Petaluma Green. The first two years of the program focused on renewable energy and energy conservation measures. The second two years will focus on water conservation and the protection of natural resources.

Highlights so far include a five acre solar array that provides 1MW of solar power and prevents the release of approximately 2,500,000lbs of carbon dioxide greenhouse gases per year into the atmosphere. The base also installed a solar thermal array for the swimming pool, solar street lights, and upgraded to more efficient windows and siding in housing. The Training Center has also focused on reducing its water usage through low flow fixtures and a comprehensive landscaping strategy saving water by requiring less irrigation. Additionally, 400 native plants and trees were planted across the base. Future plans include a comprehensive energy audit strategy that will allow the Training Center to modernize its buildings and significantly reduce its energy footprint.

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