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For Immediate Release: March 17, 2010

County Energy Program wins Green Leadership Award

Sonoma County Energy Independence Program Wins Climate Change Award category

Santa Rosa, California (March 17, 2010) - The Sonoma County Energy Independence Program (SCEIP) has been honored for its outstanding efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through the innovative energy and water retrofit program. SCEIP has been awarded the California Green Leadership Award in the category of Climate Change. This award was presented at the 4th Annual Green California Summit held on Tuesday, March 16, in Sacramento.

Chairwoman Valerie Brown announced the award at the Board of Supervisors meeting saying, We are so pleased Sonoma County innovation is being recognized. We are so proud of this program and the great projects it is funding in our community. Jose Obregon, Director of Sonoma County General Services, who accept the award on behalf of the County stated, SCEIP is a team effort which continues to earn praise and rightfully so. It is a unique program that the community has embraced and is delivering real results, reducing our green house gas emissions, and producing local jobs. Rod Dole, SCEIP program administrator and the County Auditor-Controller-Treasurer-Tax Collector, who has been working feverishly across the state and in Washington to bring additional support for the SCEIP, said, We see that this program is a model for the state and the nation. As SCEIP receives recognition, we know that other communities will replicate its success. These awards also help us garner new federal and state support.

The Green California Leadership Awards are awarded by Green Technology, a non-profit initiative designed to inform government efforts toward sustainability and provide a forum in which government officials can communicate with those in the private sector who are developing and distributing green technologies.

The Sonoma County Energy Independence Program is a $100 million program to fund energy efficiency, solar and water conservation improvements for residential and commercial properties. For more information on how to utilize this low-cost energy efficiency program to reduce your carbon footprint, call (707) 521-6200 or visit

About the County of Sonoma

The County of Sonoma is comprised of 26 departments and agencies that provide a full range of services to the community. It encompasses over 1,600 square miles and is home to more than 475,000 residents. Sonoma County government has a history of providing excellent and responsive public service while operating under sound fiscal principles.

Located less than one hour north of San Francisco, Sonoma County combines in one location the beautiful Pacific coastline, award-winning wineries, majestic redwoods, historic towns, fine dining, and a wide variety of entertainment and cultural activities.

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Community and Governmental Affairs Manager
County Administrator’s Office
County of Sonoma
575 Administration Drive, Suite 104 A
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
(707) 565-2190 Work
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