Awards recognize Energy All-Stars
By Onell R. Soto
Friday, April 1, 2011 at 6 a.m.
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Rosanna Roland tends to a wall garden at the Urban Corps campus. The group acclimated the plants by raising the edge of the planters a bit every week or so. The gardens are popular in Europe.
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Andrew McAllister (left) of the California Center for Sustainable Energy, San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders, Jaime Smith of SunEdison, and San Diego official Tom Blair tour a solar-power plant.
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Autumn Terrace is a new mixed-use, affordable housing development in the Richmar neighborhood of San Marcos, and it's a short walk to San Marcos Elementary School.
One’s a community organization that works with at-risk youth on sustainable projects. Another is couple of homeowners with a plant-covered roof. A third is a car service that uses hybrids to ferry executives.
Those are among the organizations and individuals who were honored Thursday night by the California Center for Sustainable Energy for their work to lead by example on green efforts.
“They don’t just talk about what they’re going to do, they actually do it,” said Irene Stillings, its director.
The recipients of the Energy All Star awards, formerly known as the SANDEE awards, are:
The Urban Corps of San Diego, which got the Community Leadership award, for creating a campus that uses skylights, photovoltaic panels, automated lighting controls and energy efficiency systems.
Richard and Allison Williams of Encinitas, who got the Outstanding Homeowner award, for the remodel, which got LEED for Home Platinum certification. The remodel has a green roof, plus solar power and hot water.
Terramoto Transportation, which got the Sustainable Transportation award for offering only hybrid vehicles and planting a tree for every trip it makes.
City of San Diego Public Utilities Department, which got the Outstanding Organization award for producing biogas at the Miramar Landfill, and working with fuel cells, windmills and photovoltaics.
San Diego County Operations Center, recognized as the Outstanding Nonprofit or Government Building. It’s actually two buildings with LEED Gold certification. They feature big windows, solar panels and energy-efficient air-conditioning.
Autumn Terrace, in San Marcos, which landed the Outstanding Commercial Building Project. The 103-unit apartment complex features energy-efficient appliances, heat-reducing windows, low-flow water appliances and low-power streetlights and a big solar array.