May 2014 - General Services’ Fleet Division was recognized for having one of the “Top 100 Fleets in North America” because of their innovative cost-saving and quality-enhancing programs, such as the ASE Blue Seal of Excellence Program, the shared maintenance service agreement with neighboring government agencies, and their Alternative Fuel Vehicles Program.
February 27, 2014 - The City of El Paso General Services Department was awarded the Administrative Excellence Award from the Texas Recreation and Park Society(TRAPS), which is a nonprofit organization committed to advancing the field of parks, recreation and leisure services in Texas.
The Administrative Excellence Award recognizes innovations in administration, management or supervisory actions. In an effort to increase efficiencies in management and budgeting strategies, General Services began implementing a performance-based budget process. This allowed the city the freedom to “re-invent the wheel and think out of the box” in how they managed and measured their successes and shortfalls; a brand new way to manage and lead the City. As a result of this new performance-based budget process, the Land Management Division was able to identify and address several key issues and implement solutions, including updating the Standards of Care for Outdoor Parks Facilities, and the Work Request Process; upgrading and fully implementing the Central Irrigation Control System; and establishing a dedicated Athletic Field Maintenance Team. Read more about the Administrative Excellence Award from Texas Recreation and Park Society to El Paso.
Pictured left: Deputy General Services Director Joel McKnight and General Service Land Management Superintendent Steven Lunsford received the award at the Texas Recreation and Park Society’s annual awards ceremony.
June 21, 2013 - The General Services Department (GSD) was recognized in June 2013 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.
Environment Award from the Texas American Public Works Association
2009 - The City of El Paso 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.
January 2014 - To recognize El Paso’s commitment to effective urban forest management, the Arbor Day Foundation has once again recognized the City of El Paso as a Tree City USA. The City of El Paso’s General Services Department, in partnership with the El Paso Department of Transportation, has taken a lead role in the community by spending a total of $1,475,000 on the City’s urban forest this year and planting more than 750 trees.
To be recognized as a Tree City USA community, a town or city must meet four standards established by the Arbor Day Foundation and the National Association of State Foresters.
A Tree City USA community must have:
Trees play an important role in the cultural and economic development of the city by increasing property values, absorbing carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen, improving water quality, stabilizing soil, and reducing erosion and runoff. In addition, trees help provide shade, leading to reduced cooling costs for buildings and an increase in outdoor activity. Trees also add a lot of aesthetic appeal to neighborhoods and parks, and they provide habitat for birds, insects and other wildlife. If that’s not enough, visual exposure to trees and other plants has actually been proven decreases stress levels. El Pasoans are encouraged to become stewards of their environment by planting, maintaining, and protecting trees to improve our quality of life.
For more information about the value of trees, check out the Arbor Day Foundation’s webpage.