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CHULA VISTA RECEIVES NATIONAL AWARD FROM EPA
 
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is recognizing the City of Chula Vista with an Organizational Leadership Award. The city is one of only three organizations nationwide receiving the award. Award winners will be recognized at a ceremony tonight at the third annual Climate Leadership Conference being held in San Diego.

As part of U.S. EPA’s commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, the EPA’s Center for Corporate Climate Leadership co-sponsors the Climate Leadership Awards with three NGO partners —Association of Climate Change Officers (ACCO), Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES), and The Climate Registry (TCR). The national awards program recognizes and incentivizes exemplary corporate, organizational, and individual leadership in response to climate change. Co-sponsors seek to highlight leaders in management and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions — both in internal operations and throughout the supply chain — through the awards.

According to the EPA, Chula Vista’s Organizational Leadership Award is given to organizations “that not only have their own comprehensive GHG inventories and aggressive emissions reduction goals, but also exemplify leadership in their internal response to climate change, through engagement of their peers, competitors, partners, and supply chain, and addressing climate risk in their enterprise strategies.” Specifically, Chula Vista is being recognized for accomplishments implementing climate mitigation and adaptation strategies within its municipal operations and throughout the community. The Chula Vista City Council adopted its first Climate Action Plan in 2000, which has since served as a framework to address climate change, while creating numerous co-benefits such as utility savings, better air quality, reduced traffic congestion, local economic development, and improved quality of life.

More information on the City’s Climate Action Plan and related programs can be found at www.chulavistaca.gov/clean.

For a complete list of 2014 EPA winners, go to: www.epa.gov/climateleadership/awards/2014winners.html.

Posted: February 25, 2014

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