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Department Awards

Sanitation Driver Named 2018 National Driver of the Year

The National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA) today announced the winner of the organization’s Driver of the Year Award, naming longtime City of San Diego driver, Roger Bronner, as the nation’s top sanitation driver. The award was presented during the sanitation industry’s annual 2018 WasteExpo in Las Vegas, NV. Bronner is a 29-year veteran of the City’s Environmental Services Department (ESD), Collections Services Division. PDF icon More...

City Receives $1.9M Grant to Improve Tracking of Sustainability Efforts

On June 2, 2017 the City of San Diego’s Environmental Services Department has been awarded a $1.9 million grant from the California Energy Commission to pilot an advanced Smart City Open Urban Platform (SCOUP) network. This web-based platform will benchmark and track greenhouse gas emissions and energy use associated with select municipal facilities, allowing the City of San Diego and the public to measure the City’s progress toward its ambitious Climate Action Plan (CAP) goals and overall sustainability-related efforts. PDF icon More...

San Diego Ranks Eighth Nationally in Clean Power Production

On May 17, 2017 the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has ranked the City of San Diego as the eighth largest green power user in the country in its annual list recognizing agencies for generating power from alternative energy sources, including solar, landfill gas, hydro-electric and wastewater methane energy systems. PDF icon More...

San Diego Ranks 13th in Nation on National Energy Efficiency Scorecard

On May 10, 2017 a new national report ranked San Diego as one of the most improved energy efficient cities in the country. The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) today released the 2017 City Energy Efficiency Scorecard. San Diego moved into 13th place overall by earning 59 points and was recognized as the second most-improved city from the ACEEE’s 2015 Scorecard. PDF icon More...

EIA Driver of the Year

Environmental Industry Association (EIA) selected Sanitation Driver II Junius Hawkins for the 2006 Driver of the Year Award, a national award honoring waste industry drivers who are committed to safety, quality and service. Hawkins is the fourth San Diego driver selected for the honor in the past seven years that the City has participated in the competition.. Johnny Rushing won the City's first award in 1999, followed by Michael Maloney in 2000 and Enrique Rojas in 2002. No other city or private-sector waste company in the EIA competition has produced more than two Driver of the Year winners.

Fleetowner Magazine Vocational Fleet of the Year

FleetOwner magazine named the Collection Services Division "2005 Vocational Fleet of the Year" to give public recognition for a "truly innovate approach to truck fleet management."

An article in the December 2005 issue said that "few if any have rose to the multifaceted challenge" of municipal fleet management, and cited three initiatives launched in 2005 that benefit San Diego residents and lowered operational costs: rerouting of trash trucks, which will save $10 million over 10 years from the City's General Fund; environmental "credits" secured form the California Air Resources Board (CARB) in recognition of the fleet's pioneering and ongoing efforts to field lower-emission vehicles; and shortening the collection vehicle operational cycle from seven to five years to save on maintenance costs. The magazine, which is written for executives and managers of commercial trucking fleets, also recognized the Division's expertise in emissions technology and pioneering efforts to run lower-emission vehicles such as ultra-low sulfur trucks.

Flex Your Power Award

The City of San Diego's energy conservation and management program was recognized on as a leader in energy efficiency with a 2005 Flex Your Power Award, presented by Flex Your Power, California's statewide energy efficiency campaign. A total of 35 businesses, local governments and institutions were selected from a highly competitive pool of over 260 applications. On October 23, 2005, a congratulatory PDF icon advertisement appeared in the San Diego Union-Tribune.

The City's energy program saved 24 million kilowatt-hours and $3.5 million annually since 2001. As part of its program, San Diego requires that all municipal construction meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver standards. In 2005, the City renovated its police headquarters making it virtually energy independent. The building uses multiple-speed fans, window tinting, and an energy management system. Cogeneration and photvoltaics provide much of the facility's electrical, heating and cooling needs.


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