Mayor Announces Huge Gains for the Environment
April 20, 2012
Albuquerque- Today Mayor Richard J. Berry, in celebration of Earth Day, revealed major gains that his administration has made for environmental sustainability and for taxpayer savings.
"Over the past two years we have focused on a commonsense approach to environmental sustainability and energy reduction throughout the city and in doing so we have reduced our CO2 footprint by more than 5,000 metric tons. Statistics show this to be three times more than any previous City Administration has been able to accomplish, utilizing the city’s dedicated energy money," said Mayor Richard J. Berry. The 5,000 metric tons are equivalent to removing more than 1,000 cars from our streets, or planting 138,000 trees.
"This pragmatic approach to the green equation has also created a fantastic return on investment for taxpayers with a cost savings of nearly $1.4 million per year – all at a time when utility rates have increased by almost 27%. That is sustainability everyone can believe in," added the Mayor.
In addition to today's announced savings, the Mayor presented a new city website that lists all of the City’s energy efficient projects.
The site lists cost-avoidances and major green projects done throughout the city: Department of Municipal Development - Renewable Energy. The projects highlighted include photovoltaic solar arrays, HVAC improvements, and energy efficient upgrades to City buildings. At this point in the Berry Administration, the city has completed, or is in construction on more than 50 energy efficient projects, with more than 20 additional projects currently in development.
In addition to the annual operating savings the City has received approximately $148k in one-time rebates from PNM and expects approximately $110k per year in annual energy credits when all the Photovoltaic systems are accepted by PNM.
Other events that correlate with Earth Day include:
- The Zoo, Aquarium, Botanic Garden and Tingley Beach will be hosting an Earth Day Celebration, on April 21 from 10 am to 2pm. Community members are invited to come learn about sustainability and conservation. They will also have some fun giveaways. The information is on cabq.gov or by phone when calling 311.
- The city will be going dark, and turning off lights at several city buildings- City/County Hall and Plaza Del Sol at 8:30 pm on Earth Day (Sunday 4/22).