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EPA honors the City of Boulder for climate and stratospheric ozone protection

Release Date: 5/4/2005
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      Denver -- The City of Boulder, Colo., is among the 25 individuals, teams, organizations and companies from around the world that EPA will recognize for outstanding efforts to protect the Earth's climate and stratospheric ozone layer. The award recipients have demonstrated ingenuity, leadership and public purpose by achieving reductions of ozone depleting and heat-trapping gas emissions.

      Millions of tons of greenhouse gas emissions and ozone-depleting substances have been avoided due to the efforts of the award winners, EPA estimates. The winners have introduced new and improved technologies that reduce harmful emissions in refrigeration, liquid crystal displays (LCDs), and car air conditioning, improving the environmental performance of these industries well into the future.

      The awards will be presented at a ceremony this evening at the Hotel Washington in Washington, D.C. Since the annual Stratospheric Protection Awards began in 1990, EPA has honored 485 individuals and organizations from 40 countries. EPA began the Climate Protection Awards in 1998 and has so far recognized 110 individuals and organizations from 16 countries.
City of Boulder

In May 2002, the City of Boulder pledged to reduce community-wide greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to seven percent below 1990 levels by 2012. The city is in the process of developing a dynamic and strategic local action plan, which will serve as a roadmap to the emissions reduction goal. The plan increases the energy efficiency of Boulder's commercial, residential, and industrial buildings and increases the use of renewable energy and fuels. Boulder's Partners for A Clean Environment (PACE) program offers pollution prevention outreach, on-site technical assistance and certification to Boulder businesses. PACE has expanded its focus to actively promote energy efficiency and utility rebate programs. The Green Points Program requires new homes, home additions and remodels over 500 square feet to incorporate a choice of green building measures that outperform International Energy Conservation Codes (IECC) by an average of 30 percent. All newly constructed city facilities must meet LEED Silver standards. Other city programs that reduce GHG emissions are: Open Space Acquisition, Great Options in Transportation, City Facilities Energy Conservation program, LED Traffic Lights, Clean Wood Waste Drop Off, Alternative-fueled Vehicles in City Fleet, Urban Forestry and Curbside Recycling.

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2005 Climate Protection Award Winners:

American Electric Power, Columbus, Ohio
City of Boulder, Colo.
The California Energy Commission, Sacramento, Calif.
Cinergy, Cincinnati, Ohio
Connecticut Governor's Steering Committee, Conn.
Johnson Controls, Milwaukee, Wis.
3M, St. Paul, Minn.
McDonald's, Coca-Cola, & Unilever Refrigerants Naturally Partnership, UK
and USA
Rhode Island Greenhouse Gas Stakeholders, R.I.
City of Syracuse, N.Y.
United Technologies Corporation, Hartford, Conn.
York International, York, Penn.

Mr. Sandeep Ganesh, Winrock International, India
Ms. Sonia Hamel, Office of Commonwealth Development, Mass.
Dr. Hideki Nishida, Hitachi Displays, Mobara, Japan

Improved Mobile Air Conditioning Organizing Team, USA
Tufts Climate Initiative, Medford, Mass.

2005 Stratospheric Ozone Protection Awards:

Raley's Family of Fine Stores, West Sacramento, Calif.

Paul Horwitz, United Nations Environment Programme, Kenya
Dr. Mark L. Robin, Hughes Associates, Baltimore, Md.

The Alternative Fluorocarbons Environmental Acceptability Study, the
Programme for Alternative
Fluorocarbon Toxicity Testing, and the Ultraviolet Monitoring and
Assessment Programme, Arlington, Va.
The Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers and its Appliance
Research Consortium, Washington, D.C.
Department of Environmental Sciences, Peking University, China
OzonAction Programme of United Nations Environment Programme's Division
of Technology, Industry and Economics, France
Ozone Science Tiger Team, Canada and USA

For further information and to learn what winners did to earn the EPA's
Climate Protection or Stratospheric Ozone Protection Award, visit: or