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Scranton has plans for recovery funds

Postby StephanieCutts » Sun Jul 12, 2009 9:11 pm

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"To further its commitment under Cool Cities, the Doherty administration will use $718,500 in stimulus funding to improve energy efficiency, conduct energy audits of city buildings, and continue to promote energy efficiency through building code improvements, retrofitting city facilities with energy efficient lighting and urging employees to conserve energy. The city will urge increased recycling by employees and residents, and continue to promote tree planting to increase shade and absorb CO2."



For Immediate Release, April 23,2009
Press Conference:
Friday April 24th from 9:30am to 10:30 am
De Naples Center, University of Scranton
Attending: Lackawanna County Commissioners Michael J. Washo, Corey D. O’Brien and A.J. Munchak and city of Scranton Mayor Christopher A. Doherty
Subject: Pennsylvania Cool Counties and Cool Cities




Press Release for April 24, 2009

Lackawanna County and City of Scranton
Join Cool Counties and Cool Cities Emissions Reduction Efforts

Scranton, PA – Lackawanna County Commissioners Michael J. Washo, Corey D. O’Brien and A.J. Munchak today announced that city of Scranton Mayor Christopher A. Doherty has joined them in supporting the goals and initiatives sought by the Sierra Club’s Cool Counties and Cool Cities campaigns. The campaigns seek to conduct carbon emissions benchmark inventories, reduce emissions based on the benchmark and create climate action plans.

“We signed on to the Cool Counties program because we believe that it is important to lead by example,” Commissioners Washo and O’Brien said. “We hope that our pledge to reduce the county’s carbon footprint will bring us one step closer to reducing global warming.”

“It’s our little part to help improve the environment,” Commissioner Munchak said.

According to the Sierra Club, Lackawanna County recently became only the second county in Pennsylvania to sign the Cool Counties pledge. Mayor Doherty today joined 11 other Pennsylvania cities to sign the U.S. Conference of Mayors Climate Protection Agreement as his commitment to the Cool Cities program.

“Scranton is happy to participate in the signing of the Cool Cities program,” Mayor Doherty said.

Sierra Club officials at the event included Laura Piraino, Pennsylvania Chapter Conservation Coordinator; Douglas Heller, chairman of the local Sierra Club; William Hitt, local Cool Cities activist; and Frank Muraca, local Cool Cities Coordinator. They commended Commissioners Washo, O’Brien and Munchak and Mayor Doherty for their proactive leadership to curb the region’s global warming pollution by passing the climate protection resolutions.

In addition to reducing global warming, lowering carbon emissions and creating climate action plans stimulate the local economy, Sierra Club officials said. Reducing energy and fuel consumption will save taxpayers money, create green jobs and result in shovel-ready projects that are eligible for state and federal grants.

The county and the city have made numerous changes to foster energy conservation and save taxpayers money. Since taking office, the county administration has installed sensors to shut off lights in unoccupied rooms and halls, mandated that employees shut off computers and lights at the end of the day, encouraged employee recycling and set thermostat thresholds to save energy. Recently, the county purchased ten new hybrid cars to replace gas-guzzling vehicles. Rainforest Alliance Certified paper and ink are used for the county newsletter.

As a continuation of those efforts and to further the Cool Counties campaign, the administration has created a new Office of Environmental Sustainability to address environmental concerns beyond recycling. New county construction will be done using best-practice green building techniques like the use of recycled materials and energy efficient fixtures. The county is investigating retrofitting all lights in county buildings to LED ballast and bulbs and retrofitting all existing county vehicles for alternate fuels. The administration will also seek funds to conduct the emissions benchmark inventory.

The Doherty administration has done significant work at City Hall and in its Fire Houses to reduce energy usage including installation of energy efficient lighting and light sensors; installation of low-flow toilets and water-saving faucets; purchase of Energy Star appliances and energy efficient, insulated doors at Fire Houses; replacement of energy inefficient water fountains with water coolers; replacement of the old steam heat system with high efficiency boilers for a savings of $145,000 annually and implementation of a computer-controlled energy management system. The city also significantly reduced its use of paper, planted 250 trees last year in South Side and installed LED lights at ten intersections.

To further its commitment under Cool Cities, the Doherty administration will use $718,500 in stimulus funding to improve energy efficiency, conduct energy audits of city buildings, and continue to promote energy efficiency through building code improvements, retrofitting city facilities with energy efficient lighting and urging employees to conserve energy. The city will urge increased recycling by employees and residents, and continue to promote tree planting to increase shade and absorb CO2.

Community efforts are also continuing. The county and city are encouraging greater use of alternative transportation such as bicycles by installing conveniently placed bicycle racks. A tire collection was recently organized by the county with participation by the city and the county also held an eCyling event last fall. A Lackawanna County Sustainability Festival is in the works that will be held this summer in downtown Scranton featuring artists, green vendors and musicians.
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