Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald today announced that the John J. Kane Regional Center-Ross Twp. won the first Allegheny County Green Building Competition, a friendly five-month contest among employees at Kane-Ross, the County Jail, County Office Building and Shuman Juvenile Detention Center. The goals were to reduce electricity and water usage and to promote sustainable thinking and actions in employees’ day-to-day work. Teams earned points in various categories, including energy conservation, alternative transportation, recycling and waste reduction, water conservation, and green purchasing.
“Collectively during the five months, our competing employees saved an estimated $119,177 in electricity and water by reducing consumption,” said Fitzgerald. “Kane-Ross won the challenge by achieving the highest point total for its sustainable actions, including cutting its average monthly electricity usage by 8.6 percent and its average monthly water usage by 15.4 percent.”
The estimated cost savings due to reduced electricity and water usage were: $54,863 for the County Jail; $35,749 for the County Office Building; $14,841 for Kane-Ross; and $13,724 for the Shuman Juvenile Detention Center.
The county’s Sustainability Office used the online sustainability community GreenNurture.com to communicate with employees and encourage their competitiveness and creativity when it came to thinking and acting in a sustainable manner.
As a reward, all employees at Kane-Ross will receive a free admission to Kennywood courtesy of the competition’s gold sponsors, Green Nurture.com and Continental Power Corporation, and silver sponsors, Duquesne Light Energy, NORESCO and AECOM.
“Congratulations and a big thank you to the employees from all four of the competing buildings,” added Fitzgerald. “We need each and every one of our employees to be part of our sustainability efforts and to help us operate our facilities more efficiently. The Allegheny County Green Building Competition demonstrates that individuals can drive these objectives.”
The Allegheny County Green Building Competition was inspired by Sustainable Pittsburgh’s Green Workplace Challenge, which took place from September 2011 through October 2012. The GWC engaged Southwestern Pennsylvania’s business community in a fair and friendly competition that produced real reductions in resource use and greenhouse gas emissions, while promoting sustainable business practices. Allegheny County not only won its category in the Green Workplace Challenge, but it also achieved the highest point total of any participating organization.
To learn more about PCI Partner Allegheny County’s sustainability initiatives, visit www.alleghenycounty.us/AlleghenyGreen.