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CalPortland Company

Glendora, California

ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year - Sustained Excellence

CalPortland Company is a major producer of cement, concrete, aggregates, and asphalt in the western United States. Energy management is a key component of the company's sustainability strategy. CalPortland is receiving ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence recognition for its extensive outreach and assistance to new industries and ENERGY STAR partners in energy management. Key 2011 accomplishments include:

 

·         Reducing energy intensity by nearly 1 percent while cutting total energy use by 3.2 percent despite challenging market conditions in the construction industry that negatively affect energy efficiency.

·         Developing an extensive internal communication and information infrastructure to support energy management activities across the company and to facilitate extension of best practices and management strategies in all facilities.

·         Revamping the company's purchasing policy to require purchasing only energy-efficient products through national accounts and according to specifications defined by the company.

·         Supporting research into fuel use and driving patterns for its ready-mixed concrete trucks; this research resulted in changes to truck gearing, idle time policies, and truck routing for reductions in the use of diesel fuel, a significant energy source for the company.

·         Building upon the success of the energy management organization by establishing a Green Team to support energy management as part of the company's sustainability efforts and to reach a greater number of employees.

·         Supporting ENERGY STAR in the development of a new Industrial Focus on energy efficiency in concrete manufacturing.