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SAN FRANCISCO BAY NWRC: Hybrid Vehicles Added to Reduce Refuge's Carbon Footprint
California-Nevada Offices , April 22, 2008
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Refuge staff stand with two new hybrid vehicles that will reduce fuel consumption as well as refuge's carbon footprint. (USFWS Photo)
Refuge staff stand with two new hybrid vehicles that will reduce fuel consumption as well as refuge's carbon footprint. (USFWS Photo) - Photo Credit: n/a

Refuge staff from the San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge Complex often spend a lot of time in traffic as they travel to refuge units located throughout the highly urbanized San Francisco Bay area.  As part of an ongoing effort to reduce its carbon footprint, the refuge recently replaced its standard refuge vehicle with two hybrid compact sport utility vehicles that will help reduce the refuge’s fuel bills and carbon emissions.

 

Reducing the carbon footprint has a lot to do with plans to renovate offices and visitor contact facilities at Complex.  While current facilities lack state of the art energy inefficiencies, they do offer multiple opportunities for improvements.  Service facilities can provide a highly visible showcase of Department’s commitment to energy efficiency. 

 

As refuge managers look to the future, they hope to implement many design features utilizing Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) building criteria to measure and document building performance in the areas of: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection, and indoor environmental quality.  They also hope to incorporate On-Site Renewable Energy Components such as photovoltaics and possibly even geothermal heat pumps. 

 

Refuge staff believe that being a wildlife conservation agency means leading by example in all areas of conservation and are taking steps in that direction.   


Contact Info: Scott Flaherty, , Scott_Flaherty@fws.gov



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