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Region 9 Office
This page houses older environmental information about EPA's Region 9 Office in San Francisco, California. View the current facility page for EPA's Region 9 Office.
Unique Environmental Features
- In October 2003, a solar water heater was installed at the Region 9 Child Care and Fitness Center to offset the natural gas consumed by the previous gas-fired water heating system. Additional energy and water efficient features, such as high-efficiency showerheads and washing machines were installed to further reduce the facility's energy and water consumption, as well as reduce Region 9's utility bills.
- The Region 9 Office has a lighting efficiency project that results in average monthly energy savings of 35,000 kilowatt hours (kWh).
- The Region 9 Office also has a policy of turning off unused machines, such as coffee pots and personal printers. More than half of the computers are programmed to go into "sleep mode" after 30 minutes of non-use.
- In November 2004, EPA entered into a three-year contract (procured by the Western Area Power Administration ), with 3 Phases Energy Services , to purchase 2.3 million kWh of green power annually in the form of renewable energy certificates for the Region 9 Office, which offset 100 percent of the facility's annual electricity use. This contract supported the generation of renewable, geothermal energy from The Geysers in Middletown, California. The Geysers, which is located approximately 100 miles north of San Francisco in the Mayacamas Mountains, consists of 19 geothermal plants with a generation capacity of 850 megawatts.