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COM Receives PGE Award for Sustainability Leadership

Energy consumption reduced by 565,000 kilowatt-hours

Kentfield, CA— July 7, 2011 — College of Marin (COM) recently received special recognition for its energy saving practices at the Solar Leaders Circle Awards Dinner held on June 28, 2011 at Paradise Ridge Winery in Santa Rosa, California. The event was co-sponsored by Pacific Gas and Electric Company and Solar Sonoma County.

Randy DeCaminada, Executive Manager, PG&E North Bay Service and Sales, presented the awards. "College of Marin has demonstrated sustainability leadership by installing a 213 KW solar electric system parking structure, for which it received an incentive of $545,000," said DeCaminada.

According to PG&E, in 2010 alone the College reduced its energy use and carbon footprint by over 565,000 kilowatt-hours, for which they received $206,453 in PG&E rebates. In 2011 COM is expecting pending energy saving projects totaling 184,000 kWh and $57,000 in rebates.

"This award is a testament to the vision and commitment of College of Marin's Board of Trustees who determined first of all that modernizing outdated facilities were a top priority and that Bond funds should be used to support sustainable building practices," said Dr. David Wain Coon, COM Superintendent/President. "It is also a testament to our Marin community who voted to approve COM's facility improvement bond measure in November 2004 so that the college could become a leader in sustainability."

The energy savings and rebates were achieved by the sustainable design of the refurbished Diamond Physical Education Center located at COM's Kentfield Campus, which also received a LEED Gold designation in April, 2010. The facility is now generating about 50 percent of its own electricity from a photovoltaic array, using solar thermal power to heat water, and includes other energy saving features in its new mechanical systems.

Other recipients include: Agilent Technologies, BoDean Infineon Raceway, Labcon North America, Laura Chenel's Che'vre, Manzana Products, Redwood Hill Farm, Sonoma Mountain Village, and Sonoma Wine Company.

Photos of College of Marin's Diamond Physical Education Center

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