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EPA honors county Water Agency

The Sonoma County Water Agency has been recognized by the federal Environmental Protection Agency for its efforts to reduce carbon emissions and address climate change.

The Water Agency was among five government and private entities to receive an organizational leadership award for climate-related efforts.

The Water Agency, the main supplier of drinking water to 600,000 people in Sonoma and Marin counties, gets about 94 percent of its power from carbon-free sources.

The agency is pushing the launch of a county-bid to provide greener, locally sourced electricity to homes and businesses. Power rates remain a serious concern with the program.

It also has helped launch and finance an energy and water efficiency program for residential and commercial customers and is behind a financing program for retrofits to schools and municipal facilities.

Now in their second year, the Climate Leadership Awards are offered in conjunction with the Association of Climate Change Officers, the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions and the Climate Registry. They were announced last week.

Other winners in the organization category included Boulder County, Colo.; Austin, Texas; Intel Corp.; and the Port of San Diego.


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