Coronado, Calif. – The California Municipal Utilities Association (CMUA) honored Riverside Public Utilities (RPU) with two of its annual statewide Resource Efficiency & Community Service Awards at a ceremony during their annual conference last night.
The CMUA, which helps to advance the interests of its member agencies before the legislature, hosts the awards annually to recognize innovative energy and water efficiency and consumer benefit programs among California's consumer-owned water and energy utilities.
In the Energy Programs category, which recognizes innovative and effective approaches in implementing renewable energy resources, energy efficiency, demand reduction, research and development, low income assistance, or greenhouse gas reduction strategies, the agency recognized RPU’s Whole House Program.
With the Whole House Program, RPU customers are able to apply for a number of water and energy efficiency measures at the same time and can receive added rebate incentives when grouping them together, as well as receiving increased energy and water conservation benefits that can help to lower utility bills.
Meanwhile, the utility’s Green Power Report radio show received its second CMUA award in its six-year run in the Community Services Category. On the air since 2007, and hosted and produced by RPU staff, the Green Power Report is a 30-minute radio program that reaches some 250,000 listeners throughout the Inland Empire of Southern California providing news and information about environmental stewardship, sustainable living practices, renewable energy and more. Shows are broadcast locally on AM 590 The Answer at 6:30 p.m., and are available to download through iTunes and via the show’s radio player at www.GreenRiverside.com
Past guests have included area city and utilities officials as well as top environmental bloggers, activists, celebrities, and corporate heads including: Amory Lovins, Co-Founder, Chairman, and Chief Scientist of the Rocky Mountain Institute; Curtis Ravenel, Global Head of Sustainability, Bloomberg; Alexandra and Philippe Cousteau, world famous environmentalists; actor and celebrity environmentalist Ed Begley Jr.; and David Stubbs, Head of Sustainability for the 2012 London Olympic Games. RPU was previously recognized by the CMUA for the Green Power Report in 2008.
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