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Press Release

Laura Fulda
Vice President, Marketing & Communications
Humane Society Silicon Valley
(408) 262-2133 ext. 159


Humane Society Silicon Valley Honored with Silicon Valley Water Conservation Award on World Water Day

MILPITAS, Calif., March 22, 2010 – – Humane Society Silicon Valley (HSSV) was one of six recipients to receive the Silicon Valley Water Conservation Award on World Water Day - Monday, March 22.  HSSV was recognized by the Silicon Valley Water Conservation Awards Coalition for its innovative programs and leadership that are advancing water conservation in Silicon Valley (San Mateo County, Santa Clara County and Alameda County from Hayward south).  

"We were very impressed with Humane Society Silicon Valley's comprehensive water savings plan and fantastic Animal Community Center," said Peter Drekmeier, Bay Area program director for the Tuolumne River Trust, and a member of the Silicon Valley Water Conservation Awards Coalition. "It is truly remarkable that HSSV’s facility will use 45% less water than comparable facilities. This award allows us to recognize HSSV's outstanding achievement in water conservation, efficiency and innovation," Drekmeier added.

HSSV’s new Animal Community Center, which opened in Milpitas last spring, is a registered Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) project and is on track to be one of the first LEED Gold Certified Animal Community Centers in the nation. Through aggressive efficiency measures, the new facility will use 45% less water than comparable facilities.  HSSV has invested in a high pressure kennel cleaning system requiring only 2.2 gallons per minute, and utilizes high efficiency plumbing fixtures and laundry appliances throughout the facility.  HSSV also installed artificial turf rather than natural grass in the community parks and uses native plants in landscaping.  Two onsite bioswales aid in naturally cleansing rainwater runoff.

“While designing our new Animal Community Center in Milpitas, we challenged ourselves to find creative solutions to reduce costs while making equally important environmental choices,” said Christine Benninger, President of Humane Society Silicon Valley. “HSSV’s environmentally friendly animal community center not only promotes animals, but also showcases the ease and beauty of water savings, energy efficiency and building in harmony with nature. This facility is an inspiring model of humane care, community involvement, and green building design for shelters nationwide.”

The Awards were presented at a ceremony today hosted by Applied Materials (last year’s business winner). The groups honored were:

Organization – Humane Society Silicon Valley
Agriculture – Nurserymen’s Exchange
Business – Cisco Systems
Government Agency – City of Hayward
Education – California Landscape Contractors Association
Greenscape Management – Campbell Union School District

Additional information on the Water Conversation Award can be found at: