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 > Little League Online > Media > Little League News Archive > 2009 > January - April > Community Energy Partnership Promotes Energy Efficiency at Little League’s Western Region Headquarters

Community Energy Partnership Promotes Energy Efficiency at Little League’s Western Region Headquarters

Community Energy Partnership Promotes Energy Efficiency at Little League’s Western Region Headquarters

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The Little League Baseball and Softball Western Region Headquarters in San Bernardino, Calif., has received numerous energy efficient upgrades as a result of the City of San Bernardino’s participation in the Community Energy Partnership.

An official ribbon-cutting ceremony to unveil the improvements was held in February.

To date, the retrofits have yielded a 20 percent reduction in electricity usage and a 40 percent reduction in the use of natural gas, which equates to more than $4,000 in savings during the past six months.

“The energy-saving improvements made at the Western Region office are examples of Little League’s desire to be environmentally conscious,” Stephen D. Keener, President and Chief Executive Officer of Little League Baseball and Softball, said. “Conservation and responsible usage of natural resources is not something to be taken lightly. Whether it’s auditing utility use, recycling, or installing hands-free devises and energy-efficient windows and lights, we are always looking to make our program more efficient and friendly to the environment.”

In 2007, the City of San Bernardino submitted a Demonstration Project proposal on behalf of the Little League Baseball and Softball Western Region to showcase various energy efficiency retrofits that could be made to educate the community on ways to save energy and money on their utility bills.

Built in 1969, the facility was an ideal candidate for demonstrating energy efficiency to the community. Each August, nearly 75,000 visitors attending the Western and Northwest Regional Little League Baseball Tournaments, and the complex also is used year-round as a meeting location by local organizations.

The energy efficient retrofits, which were completed in late 2008, included installation of highly-insulated dual-panel windows in the cafeteria, conversion of hundreds of inefficient T12s fluorescents to efficient T8s, installation of low-flow faucet aerators and showerheads and replacement of an older water heater with a tankless water heater.

All of these measures helped to lower the facility's electricity, gas and water bills, and made their building much more comfortable to the many community groups that use the facility. The facility staff also was educated on further energy efficient and conservation recommendations that can be completed at their leisure. 

The Little League Western Region administration building is serving as a model for Little League International in Williamsport, Pa., which is launching a green campaign to include all of its facilities.

“Hearing about these immediate benefits validates our new nationwide direction to implement sustainable practices at the local level,” Dave Bonham, Assistant Director West Region Director, said. “We hope that all of the facilities experience as great a success as we have experienced in San Bernardino.”

Since 2004, the City of San Bernardino has participated in the Community Energy Partnership (CEP), collaboration between 10 Southern California cities, Southern California Edison, The Gas Company and The Energy Coalition. Its mission is to build positive relationships among cities, energy consumers, and their serving utilities and to educate communities about sustainable energy efficient practices.

To learn more about the Community Energy Partnership, call (949) 701-4646 or visit our website at www.communityenergypartnership.org.

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