The Salt River Project named the City of Chandler a “Champion of Energy Efficiency” at its annual awards program, which honors organizations for going “above and beyond” to create a culture of conservation and stewardship.
“Sustainability is part of the City’s fabric,” said Mayor Jay Tibshraeny. “In addition to the cost benefits that are passed on to our residents through SRP’s rebate programs, preserving natural resources is a win for the entire community.”
Chandler is one of the first 10 communities to be certified by STAR, Sustainability Tools for Assessing & Rating Communities. Info: www.chandleraz.gov/green.
Other recipients were:
- The Risen Savior Lutheran Church was awarded in the program’s charitable and nonprofit category. Church leaders worked closely with their SRP account representative to learn about the different options for energy savings, which resulted in its tinting windows, installing smart thermostats and new lighting and replacing old air conditioning units. It is estimated that the church will save more than 178,000 kilowatt-hours annually and plans to use the extra money toward additional ministries that directly benefit the congregation and the surrounding community.
- San-Mar Enterprises, which owns Arizona Hair Co., was recognized in the program’s mid-sized business category for implementing sustainability features in its salons and its corporate office, including ceiling fans, LED lighting and motion sensors, insulation and solar reflective window treatments and shade trees. Employees also turn up thermostats during off hours and unplug hair tools at the end of the day. There are several Arizona Hair Co. facilities in Chandler.
- Dignity Health, the fifth-largest health system in the nation with more than 40 hospitals across three states, was recognized for sustained excellence for installing a Siemens water temperature control system and variable frequency devices, along with automated light sensors, to create a more sustainable energy- and cost-efficient campus. The automated controls are also monitored by daily rounds, which further help control and adjust temperatures. The improvements have led to lower energy use and utility costs. Chandler Regional Medical Center yielded a yearly savings of more than 1 million kilowatt-hours.
Maracay Homes, an Arizona real estate new home construction company for more than 25 years, was recognized in the homebuilder category. Their Energy Star-certified homes feature the latest generation of high-efficiency technologies and sustainable building materials and practices. In addition to promoting energy efficiency in its 22 active communities, including Sendera Place on Ocotillo and Gilbert roads in Chandler, Maracay also encourages conservation at its corporate office through motion sensors and programmable thermostats.