2010 Case Studies of Trophy Winners
Each year, the Broward County Environmental Protection and Growth Management Department recognizes selected local businesses for their outstanding environmentally-responsible business practices. Each business receives an Emerald Award trophy for their exceptional efforts in protecting the environment.
The presentation of trophies by the Broward County Board of County Commissioners to the winners is held annually at a special ceremony; followed by a brief reception:
|Tuesday, April 13, 1:30 p.m.
Broward County Governmental Center
Broward County Commission Chambers, Room 422
115 S. Andrews Avenue, Fort Lauderdale
To learn more about what the trophy winners accomplished, view their case studies below, or for a downloadable pdf, click here to go to the media kit page.
Hamilton Sundstrand Worldwide Repair Miramar Category: Pollution Prevention/Hazardous Waste Reduction -Large Business
|For more information contact:
Yadira Monje, EH&S Specialist
Hamilton Sundstrand Worldwide Repair Miramar
3601 Flamingo Rd
Miramar, FL 33027
|Hamilton Sundstrand Worldwide Repair Miramar staff accept the Emerald Award Trophy from District 8 Commissioner Barbara Sharief
Nature of Business: Aircraft repair
Hamilton Sundstrand, a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX), is headquartered in Windsor Locks, Connecticut. Among the world’s largest suppliers of technologically advanced aerospace and industrial products, the company designs, manufactures and services aerospace systems and provides integrated system solutions for commercial, regional, corporate and military aircraft. It also is a major supplier for international space programs. United Technologies Corporation (UTC), based in Hartford, Conn. is a diversified company providing high-technology products and services to the global aerospace and building industries. Hamilton Sundstrand Worldwide Repair Miramar repairs aircraft parts at their 85,000 square foot facility.
Hamilton Sundstrand Worldwide Repair Miramar’s environmental accomplishments include:
- Elimination of Hydrochloric Acid Cleaning Line. Substituted with non-hazardous 100% recyclable solvent and aqueous cleaners.
- Reduction in Paint Related Waste by Process Improvement. Hamilton Sundstrand asked their customers if painting all parts was required. The customers said no, resulting in painting only 20% of components during the year 2010.
- UTC set water use reduction goal of 10% for Hamilton Sundstrand. Water reduction project Commissionersacross plant included the following changes:
- Repairs to cooling tower includes conversion to a close-loop system
- Installation of aerators to reduce water flow
- Acid line conductivity settings locked to prevent unnecessary use of fresh water
- Project resulted in meeting 2010 UTC Water Consumption Goal
- Cost savings of $41,200 per year
- Recognized by US Department of Energy as 2010 Energy Champion
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|JM Family Enterprises, Inc.
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|JM Family staff (from right) Michele Palenscar, Director of Business Process Reengineering, Cristina Abboud, Environmental Specialist,and Janet Simoneaux, Environmental Director receive their Emerald Award Trophy from District 4 Commissioner, Chip LaMarca.
JM Family Enterprises, Inc. (JM Family) is a $9.4 billion diversified automotive corporation headquartered in Deerfield Beach, Fla. (Broward County). The company’s principal businesses focus on vehicle distribution and processing, finance and warranty services, insurance activities, retail sales, and technology products and services. JM Family is ranked by Forbes as the 33rd largest privately owned company in the U.S., and is currently ranked No. 16 by FORTUNE® magazine as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in America, its 12th consecutive year on the list.
JM Family’s environmental achievements include:
Waste Reduction and Recycling:
- Emphasize concepts of REDUCE and REUSE
- 2010 recycling rate = 56%
- Recycling programs for:
1. Alkaline Batteries
2. Aluminum, Glass, Plastic
4. Confidential Paper
5. Construction & Demolition (C&D) Debris
6. Electronic Waste (E-waste)
7. Office Paper
- In celebration of America Recycles Day, JM Family introduced a new recycling program!
- Partnered with TerraCycle, an eco-friendly manufacturer that works to find innovative uses for what many people throw away.
- Each break room and café now includes a special recycling bin to collect candy bar wrappers and chip bags. TerraCycle will turn our “trash” into unique products and donate a portion of the proceeds to the Youth Automotive Training Center.
- Collected over 1,000 bags/wrappers in less than two months!
Energy Conservation and Reduction of Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions:
- Overall energy consumption was reduced by 196,350 kWh resulting in savings over $250,000
- GHG emissions were reduced by 725.85 metric tons of CO2 equivalent (CO2e)
- 111 Parking Garage LED Retrofit Project
- Replaced 820 fluorescent bulbs with 410 LED light tubes
- Conserves 135,550 kWh and saves $16,266 per year
- Overall irrigation consumption was reduced by 9.5% conserving ~1.7 million gallons of water and savings over $6,700
- Installed low flow sprinkler heads and RainBird Smart Controller rain gauges
- Controllers assess weather conditions (humidity, solar output, wind, temperature, rainfall) and soil moisture levels to determine irrigation needs
JM Family acquired an Environmental Information Management System (EIMS) to facilitate the management of environmental data such as:
Compliance Inspections Storage Tanks
Compliance Training Treatment, Storage and Disposal Facilities
Energy Consumption Water Consumption
Greenhouse Gas Emissions Waste Generation and Recycling
- In February, more than 60 JM Family associates and their families gathered at Quiet Waters Park to improve the landscape. The event was held in partnership with the South Florida Audubon Society, which sent representatives to facilitate planting trees and educating our volunteers about the importance of indigenous vegetation.
- Participants helped replace the park’s tree canopy with more than 400 native trees, including slash pine and sea grape.
- Volunteers then moved to a remote area of the park to remove “air potatoes” and vines suffocating native vegetation along the bike trail.
- Deerfield associates and their families returned to Quiet Waters Park in support of National Public Lands Day, the largest hands-on volunteer effort to improve and enhance recreation areas throughout the United States.
- Planted native trees and shrubs along a new walking path and assembled welcoming garden benches.
- Participated in 24-7-365 Green which is a community forum that brings key individuals and organizations together to discuss environmental strategies that benefit the future of South Florida
- Also participated in Wyland Living Green Fair on November 6 and 7, 2101 in Mizner Park, Boca Raton.
Associate Awareness and Participation
- February Topic: Water Conservation
- Guest Speaker Asif Ali, Broward County Environmental Protection and Growth Management Department
- April Topic: South Florida’s Sustainable Future
- Guest Speaker: Kristin Jacobs, Broward County Commissioner
- November Topic: Turning Trash to Treasure
- Guest Speaker: Casey Eckels, Founder and Executive Director of Trash to Treasure
- Earth Day Celebration April 17
1. Attended by 300 associates
2. Exhibits by 20 local organizations
3. “Green in 15” real-time presentations with Q&A
4. Recycling drives:
5. E-waste to benefit ARC Broward – Over 4,000 lbs collected!
6. Book donations to benefit Friends of the Ft. Lauderdale Libraries
7. 2009 Environmental Report - www.jmfamily.com/AboutUs/Environment.aspx
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Valley Forge Fabrics, Inc.
Category: Recycling -Large Business
For more information contact:
|Diana Dobin, Senior Vice President
Valley Forge Fabrics, Inc.
2981 Gateway Drive
Ft Lauderdale, FL 33069
Business Size: Large
|Valley Forge Fabrics, Inc. staff receive the Emerald Award Trophy from District 2 Commissioner Kristen Jacobs
Nature of Business: Family owned and operated decorative fabrics producer for hospitality industry
Valley Forge Fabrics, founded in 1977, is a privately held family-owned and operated company in Pompano Beach. They are the largest producer of decorative fabrics for the hospitality industry. They have offices in Dubai, Italy, Hong Kong, China, and South Africa. All fabrics sold by Valley Forge are engineered for hospitality and commercial use. Each textile exceeds ACT (Association of Contract Textiles) standards for their specific end uses.
Valley Forge Fabrics partnered with Lenzing Fibers to produce Tencel Plus Fiber from Eucalytus. This innovative award-winning fiber from Eucalyptus blended with Cotton bedding product. The environmental story for the Valley Forge LIVING FRESH Eucalyptus product is magnified by the fabulous hand and high end appeal. Here are some of the benefits of Tencel Plus over cotton:
- Eucalyptus trees are rapidly renewable resources that grow to full maturity in 8 years.
- Unlike cotton which requires pesticides and irrigation, these trees grow in FSC forests.
- FSC forests are protected from over-cutting and a maximum 10% is cut annually.
- Tencel+Plus fiber manufacturing uses 100 times less water than cotton manufacturing.
- In a unique closed loop system 99.6% of the solvent is re-used in the fiber production.
- The solvent is non-toxic.
- The fiber factory is almost 100% energy independent.
- Established reclamation program that redistributes this product after it’s useful life.
- Eucalyptus is popular in skincare and spa amenities for its relaxation qualities.
- Eucalyptus has been used medicinally for centuries to clear congestion.
- Tencel+Plus Lyocell absorbs moisture and releases it away from the body.
- Bacteria growth is diminished and a cool, dry sleeping atmosphere is achieved.
- Dust mite survival is hindered by use of this product.
- This lends itself to fewer allergens and a cleaner, healthier sleep.
Valley Forge also is the only textile company to date with an established reclamation
program for their customers to use to recycle the fabrics at the end of their use. Until the FRESH program, hotels never had an option other than sending large quantities of textile products to landfills. By recycling FRESH fabrics, Valley Forge will literally save millions of pounds of waste from entering landfills each year.
Valley Forge Fabrics also earned the BioPreferred Distinction
- LIVING FRESH Line
- Program seeks to increase the purchase and use of bio-based goods
- Products are made from biological or renewable materials
- Only 300 companies nationwide have this distinction
Valley Forge Debuts Bedbug Protectors
- Mattress and box-spring encasements made with Tencel+Plus™ Lyocell Eucalyptus.
- Non-plastic & non-pretroleum
- Quiet, soft & comfortable
The USGBC’s LEED certification green building program is recognized as the paramount guideline of environmental building protocol in the USA. FRESH products may contribute towards LEED points under various LEED systems. In 2009, the USGBC confirmed recognition of bedding within the LEED rating system, specifically within LEED for Existing Buildings (LEED EB). The Valley Forge LIVING FRESH with Tencel+Plus™ Lyocell products may help earn LEED points in three areas as this collection is made from a Rapidly Renewable Resource (Eucalyptus), will be picked up at the end of their life through Valley Forge’s established reclamation program and the Eucalyptus is harvested from FSC managed forests.
- Now offering a new product line of HOOKLESS SPA CURTAINS made with recycled content. Supplied over 4,300 HOOKLESS SPA CURTAINS in 2010
- Valley Forge commits to participation in Federal Supplier Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory Pilot 2010 is Base-line year
- Valley Forge vehicles are replaced with hybrids as a standard procedure of our fleet maintenance program. In addition, two of the owners of Valley Forge drive hybrid cars personally.
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Cycle Race Tek, Inc.
Category: Recycling Small Business
For more information, contact:
|Ray Souchet, President
Cycle Race Tek, Inc.
400 B Ansin Boulevard
Hallandale Beach, FL 33009
Business Size: Small
|President of Cycle Race Tek, Inc. Ray Souchet receives the Emerald Award Trophy from District 8 Commissioners Barbara Sharief
Owner Raymond Souchet is a third generation South Floridian. His grandfather came to Miami in 1907, and his grandmother in 1911. Ray’s roots in this community are very deep, in that his entire family still resides in South Florida.
Cycle Race Tek, Inc. is proud to be South Florida’s leading multifaceted, Hi-Performance motorcycle facility, with an unmatched reputation for honesty , integrity and top quality workmanship and products.
Services include the following:
- Factory recommenced maintenance and servicing
- Tire sales and mounting/balancing services
- Accident/crash repair with over 27 years working with insurance companies
- All types of customizing,including chrome and gold plating
- Custom fabrication of just about anything needed for your skoot
- High performance modifications, exhaust and intake systems, carburetor tuning and jetting and fuel injection mapping, all on our dynjet dyno
- Complete race bike and race engine preparation and building
- In-house machine shop facilities like transmission undercutting,cylinder head porting and polishing,standard and custom/competition valve jobs, and so much more that just can’t be listed
- We manufacture in-house our cool line of sportcustom mirrors for most sportbikes,trick machined steering stem nuts in various colors and patterns,and lots of other goodies.please see our custom products for pics and more info
- Cycle Race Tek also offers comprehensive suspension setup and modification services, please see our suspension setup section for detailed info
As in every area where development takes over the landscape, there are the challenges to minimize the negative impacts to nature and through the years Ray has become aware that even a small business like Cycle Race Tek, Inc. should strive to reduce our impact on the environment.
As required by law, Cycle Race Tek, Inc. disposes of and/or recycles all of their hazardous waste through licensed companies. These items include waste oil, anti-freeze/coolant, used oil filters, tires and shop rags and parts washer cleaning fluid.
In addition to the above, Cycle Race Tek, Inc. also recycles many of the materials that are commonly thrown away. These include items such as plastic bottles and packaging of various kinds, steel containers, steel and aluminum parts that are removed during the course of repairs.
Since Cycle Race Tek, Inc. receives many deliveries, they accumulate quite a bit of packaging materials. All cardboard is recycled, and packaging peanuts are donated to local shipping companies and mailbox stores for further use.
Another aspect of minimizing pollution and reducing the consumption is their reuse of paper. They receive a tremendous amount of paper that is normally thrown away. Any piece of paper that is blank on one side is saved to be used as “note paper”. Smaller pieces are cut up and used in the place of “post-it” type notes. Not only does this delay the introduction of waste into the environment, it reduces the consumption of our natural resources, and as a fringe benefit saves the business money!
Cycle Race Tek is a small shop with a big commitment to helping reduce its impact on the environment. We appreciate the opportunity to be a part of the Emerald Awards Program.
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Uniweld Products, Inc.
|For more information contact:
Uniweld Products, Inc.
2850 Ravenswood Road
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33312
954 548-2000 extension 1249
Business Size: Large
|Uniweld Staff Receive Their Emerald Award Trophy from District 7 Commissioner John E. Rodstrom, Jr.
Nature of Business: Manufacture of welding, HVAC/R, plumbing and alloys markets
Uniweld Products, a U.S. manufacturing company, is headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Established in 1949 on farmland in the Dania Beach area, the company has grown and expanded into one of the major manufacturers in the welding, HVAC/R (Heating, Ventilation, Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration),plumbing, and alloys markets.
David S. Pearl, Sr., founder and Chairman of the Board has maintained the concept of the family owned business by appointing David S. Pearl II as President and Douglas B. Pearl as Executive Vice President. Both of his sons have worked in the business for more than 30 years and are fully familiar with the operations of the company. Uniweld has always operated on a “family” concept and this has filtered down to each employee.
Catastrophes often bring extended families together. Uniweld recovered from a major fire in 1999 and has continued to grow and prosper in spite of this difficult event. Today, Uniweld’s new and larger headquarters houses some of the latest state-of-the-art manufacturing equipment. Through engineering improvements and advanced research and development, the company has been able to make its equipment safer for the environment. Uniweld has won the prestigious Broward County Emerald Environmental Award twice and has been Broward County’s Environmental Business of the Year.
Uniweld’s product line includes U.S. made welding, cutting, brazing and heating outfits, refrigeration tools, vacuum and charging hoses, welding, brazing and cutting tips, accessories, pressure gauges and alloys. Uniweld operates and maintains a warehouse in Houston, Texas. It has offices in Canada, South America, and the Middle East. Uniweld takes pride in its manufacturing excellence, product innovation, financial stability, the community, and genuine concern for its customers and the environment throughout the world.
Uniweld Products, Inc.'s Environmental Accomplishments:
- Manufacturing environmental products
- Manufactures a barrier service hose with environmental ball valve or anti-blowback fitting
- Environmental barrier hoses are used with a diagnostic manifold
- Manufactures an AC flush kit which is used to convert
older R22 refrigerant systems to an environmentally friendly R410A system
- Energy savings incorporating an FPLand DOE energy audit
- Replace and retrofit of fluorescent lamps
- Silicone reflective roof coating
- Fluorescent bulbs sent to recycler
- Air curtains and vinyl strip doors
- Spill Prevention
- Use of tight lids to prevent solvent evaporation
- Self draining parts rack, pan and pan hose enable oil recovery and reuse
- Secondary containment and shrouds eliminate spills
- Documented reduction in use of oil dry and oil absorbents result from improved storage and spill prevention.
- Distillation of solvents
- Onsite distillation unit enables the reuse of solvents, minimizing the need to purchase raw materials.
- Oil recycling
- Use of shrouds and hour glass chip pans collect oil for reuse
- Oily chips are centrifuged to maximize oil recovery or reuse
- Multiple systems are utilized such as a centrifuge, high speed clarifuge and final polishing filter system which result in high quality oil suitable for reuse
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City of Miramar
Category: Green Products or Practices/Innovative -Large Business
For more information contact:
|Elsi Rose, Development & Captial Management Coordinator
City of Miramar
2300 Civic Center Place
Miramar, Florida 33025
|City of Miramar Staff receive their Emerald Award Trophy from District 8 Commissioner Barbara Sharief
Incorporated in 1955 with a population of less than two-hundred, the City of Miramar has been one of the country’s fastest growing cities with 122,041 residents to date. Recently recognized for its high quality of life by Money Magazine’s list of “America’s Best Places
to Live”, Miramar has developed a 360-degree approach towards environmental stewardship, an all-embracing, top-down, bottom-up grassroots path towards sustainability.
In terms of leadership, Miramar prides itself for being Broward County’s first city to implement a Traditional Neighborhood District (TND) Ordinance which encourages pedestrian activity & walkability and promotes mass transit. The City is also the first municipality in
the County to have two (2) in-house LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) Accredited Professional staff. They both assist in guiding internal practices as well as bringing their knowledge during Development Review Committee meetings. At these meetings, they take every opportunity to ensure that new development coming
to Miramar will incorporate sustainable efforts.
In terms of vision, holistic initiatives are embedded within all City levels. Benchmarks include, at a minimum, comprehensive planning goals, objectives, and policies addressing energy conservation; operations; carbon-reduction measures; green building practices; Smart Code policies; and energy-efficient mixed-use land use patterns.
In terms of foresight, Miramar is persistent about redesigning itself and reforming its policies to reduce its ecological footprint; in aggressively seeking sustainable opportunities and funding; and, most importantly, promoting environmental initiatives. Some
- Smart Building Energy Management Systems at selected City facilities for heating and cooling, allow for air conditioning and lights to shut off during nights and weekends (10% savings in energy cost).
- Solar lighting (photovoltaic systems) at all City bus shelters.
- Geothermal Heating for pools at both Aquatic Complexes.
- Methane-to-Energy: Biogas generated at the Waste Water
Reclamation Facility is used to fuel boiler systems which provide
heating necessary to operate Sludge Digesters.
Energy Efficiency Conservation Block Grant (EEGBC) -allocated funding for:
- Energy Audit: energy efficient and conservation strategy for all City facilities including HVAC and lighting systems. Metering connected to real time web-based monitoring program, “Building Dashboard Hardware/Software Program.”
- Smart Building Energy Management for HVAC and Lighting with remote interface and tracer summitexpansion at 21,000 SF Youth Enrichment Facility.
- One 25-seat hybrid bus and four (4) hybrid city vehicles.
- Establish a Smart Code for zoning guidelines that promote energy efficient development.
- Energy retrofits at the Water and Waste Water Treatment Plants.
Water Quality & Conservation
- Residential Plumbing Fixture Replacement Program:
SFWMD Water SIP grant generated savings of 1.894 million gallons per year (MGY) by distributing 1,150 water closet retrofit kits and 1,500 low-flow showerheads in over 550 homes throughout Miramar.
- Rain Sensors: Irrigation pumps are equipped with rainsensors to prevent the system from activating when there is enough rainfall. The City’s irrigation systems use lowvolume
nozzles to minimize water usage.
- Reclaimed wastewater “purple pipe system” is used to irrigate selected residential properties, city facilities and roadway medians. It also provides an alternative, costeffective water source for treatment plant operations.
Reclaimed wastewater is an environmentally sound solution for irrigation. Current production is 4 million gallons per day (MGD).
- Paperless City Commission Agenda - a reduction of: 819,000 copies/yr, 6,500 lbs, paper/ yr, ink, paper, energy, staff time, mail, pick up & delivery.
- Recycling program at the 87,000 square foot City Hall Complex: Recycling has increased 400% since the program’s inception. Items recycled are: paper, plastic,
aluminum, cardboard, plastic caps, ink cartridges, fluorescent light bulbs, cell phones and plastic bags.
Air Quality – Emissions
- E-10 Fuel: The City is now exclusively using E-10 fuel for all its vehicles that operate on unleaded fuels.
- Reduced Idling: Police Department (PD) is restricting idle time for running vehicles.
- Green cleaning products are required by agreement for janitorial services.
Outreach / Leadership
- US Mayors Climate Protection Agreement: to meet or beat the greenhouse gas emission reduction target suggested in the Kyoto Protocol – a 7% reduction from 1990 levels
- Green Champions: is a group of city staff members from all city departments who promote city-wide sustainability.
- “Eco Healthy Child Care Centers” designation: is a nationally-recognized award for outstanding commitment to protecting children from environmental health risks.
- Livable Communities Award: Awarded to the Miramar Town Center for excellence in sustainable design.
- Outstanding Green Local Government finalist by the US Green Building Council South Florida Chapter.
- 4/10 Workweek: A savings of $413,916 for a period of one year at six facilities as a result of the 4/10 Workweek: Categories measured and savings realized: energy savings
1,177,754 kilowatt hours; fuel consumption 15,610 gallons; water usage 78,545 gallons; janitorial services $34,000; security $80,040; and sick leave $174,658.
- The Miramar Town Center Transit Hub provides a variety of transportation choices. Broward County Transit bus route 28 connects to a regional mass transit network; the community shuttles provide the red, green and yellow city-wide routes. The transit hub includes covered waiting areas, driver relief areas, a customer service booth, bike racks, restrooms and shower facilities. And as of January 10, the new I-95 Express provides
direct service to downtown Miami.
- Green Incentives: The Building and Zoning Divisions promote “green” buildings by offering fast-track permit review to projects seeking LEED certification.
- Support for green development in public sector: Vizcaya Park, first city-owned project registered to seek LEED Silver certification.
- Miramar Community Garden: a 3,100 square foot Micro-Urban-Farm program where people can learn about the sources of fresh produce, vocational training in sustainable
agriculture and about the importance of enviro
- Environmental stewardship.
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|City of Tamarac
Category: Climate Change Leader - Large Business
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Nature of Business: City in Broward County
|City of Tamarac Staff receive the Emerald Award from District 1 Commissioner Ilene Lieberman
The City of Tamarac is 12 square miles strategically located in the center of Broward County. Since its incorporation in 1963, Tamarac has prospered and grown with an approximate population of 60,000 residents. The City of Tamarac constantly strives to meet the needs and improve the health, welfare and safety of its residents. Tamarac prides itself on being a government that is responsive to its residents. The City of Tamarac’s environmental achievements include:
• As part of the Cities for Climate Protection Campaign sets forth five milestones.
1. Inventory Emissions
2. Establish Targets
3. Develop Climate Action Plan
4. Implement Climate Action Plan
5. Monitor/Evaluate Progress
• The City of Tamarac has officially been certified as a Florida Green Local Government by The Florida Green Building Coalition (FGBC), a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the built environment through conservation efforts which recognizes local governments for exceptional environmental stewardship. This award designation is the culmination of a formal year-long application process involving all City Department and City employees at all levels. The City of Tamarac was certified as a Florida Green Local Government in May, 2008 at the Silver level; the first local government in South Florida to achieve that designation. In May 2010, the City achieved the Gold level certification, one of only two cities in South Florida!
• Demonstrated their leadership in sustainability by becoming a member of International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI), by signing the US Mayors Climate Change Initiative, and by creating the Tamarac Climate Action Plan.
• Tamarac met all five milestones for government operations
• The City of Tamarac is commited to reduce its government operation greenhouse gas emission by seven (7) percent by 2015.
• Implementation of the Tamarac Climate Action Plan included but not limited to:
1. Municipal solar panel array
2. Building Lighting retrofit
3. Building occupancy sensors
4. Data Center Virtualizations
5. Replacing Street lights with induction bulbs
6. Ultra Low flush toilets
7. Water conservation plan
8. Office Paper recycling
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