Texas A & M AgriLIfe Extension
The General Services Department (GSD) was recognized in June by the Texas A & M Agrilife Extension Center as a Partner in Education. In its award to GSD, the Agrilife Extension Center formally recognized GSD as an ardent supporter of natural resources conservation and community-based educational programs through a special City and Extension inter-local initiative. GSD’s enthusiastic support for this endeavor helped expand outreach and effectiveness of the Extension Center’s soil, water conservation, turf grass education, and community-based environmental stewardship programs. The joint efforts in outreach education between GSD’s Land Management section and the Texas A & M AgriLife Extension Center demonstrate how partnerships help organizations work together for the common good of the public we both serve.
General Services Department Receives the Public Works Project of the Year
Environment Award from the Texas American Public Works Association
The City of El Paso recently received the Public Works Project of the Year - Environment Award
from the Texas Public Works Association for the City Wide Energy Operational Savings Program. Through a partnership with Johnson Controls, the Program calls for the implementation of infrastructure improvements and energy retrofits to existing facilities, including new heating and cooling equipment, facility management systems, and over 6,600 traffic signal upgrades. Ultimately, these changes are projected to reduce the city’s energy consumption by more than 18.6 million kilowatt hours per year representing cost savings of $20.3 million for 10 years. Beyond significant cost savings for the City, the project will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 11,300 tons annually.
The American Public Works Association (APWA) is a not-for-profit, international educational and professional association of public agencies, private sector companies, and individuals dedicated to providing high quality public works goods and services. APWA serves its members by promoting professional excellence and public awareness through education, advocacy and the exchange of knowledge.