PEORIA, Ariz. (June
25, 2010) – The U.S. Green Building Council’s Arizona Chapter has awarded
Peoria its 2010 Big Green Award for Corporate Green Programs & Practices.
Big Green Awards
recognize leaders and organizations that engage in the implementation of
sustainability principles. Peoria was honored at the USGBC chapter’s Big Green
Awards & Greenbuild 2010 Recognition Event on Thursday, June 24, in Scottsdale.
Susan J. Daluddung,
Peoria’s deputy city manager for development and community services, called the
award “a well-deserved pat on the back” for the many individuals through the
city government who embraced and implemented sustainable practices.
“Without buy-in from
people at all levels of the organization, Peoria never would have been able to
make so much progress so quickly,” Daluddung said.
Peoria earned the award
by, among other things:
• Incorporating sustainability into the city’s General Plan.
• Creating a Sustainability Action Plan.
• Purchasing materials, products and services in a manner that integrates fiscal
responsibility, social equity and community/environmental responsibility.
• Reducing energy use at city facilities.
• Incorporating Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) building
standards to guide the design of future municipal facilities.
• Embracing alternative-energy sources, including solar power at the Beardsley
Water Reclamation Facility, wind power at the Lake Pleasant fire station and
alternative fuels for city work vehicles.
• Using less paper in day-to-day operations.
• Reusing materials, from desert plants to traffic-light poles.
To learn more about the
steps Peoria has taken toward sustainability, visit