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City of Irvine Awards and Distinctions

The City of Irvine has garnered many awards and distinctions. The following list highlights the most recent and notable.

The City of Irvine is pleased to announce two very exciting milestones in energy conservation.  The City has just been honored with a Flex Your Power Award by the State of California, and it has also successfully concluded its “Brighter Future for Irvine” campaign by distributing in excess of 69,000 Compact Fluorescent Light bulbs (CFLs).

The City won a 6th Annual Flex Your Power Award in the Education and Media category for the Community Energy Partnership (CEP) program.  The CEP is a partnership with The Energy Coalition, Southern California Edison, and the Southern California Gas Company directed at educating residents, businesses and consumers about the benefits of energy efficiency and smart energy management.

The CEP delivered outreach and education on a large scale to multiple sectors of the community.  The program included “A Brighter Future for Irvine,” CFL distribution; energy efficiency tune-ups for residences and small businesses, which covered water conservation as well as energy efficiency; and a standards-based science curriculum for 4th grade students (PEAK) that taught smart energy management in homes, schools, and the greater community.  As a result of the CEP, Irvine residents and businesses are saving approximately $500,000 annually in energy costs and reducing approximately one million pounds of greenhouse gas emissions each year.  This reduction is equivalent to taking approximately 250 cars off the road.

Council member Beth Krom received the award on behalf of the City at the Flex Your Power Awards ceremony in San Francisco on Monday, December 15, 2008. Flex Your Power will feature all of the winners on the 6th Annual Flex Your Power Awards web site, as well as in banner advertisements and an e-mail announcement.  In addition, all Flex Your Power Award winners will be highlighted in full-page advertisements in the January issues of Time Magazine, Newsweek, U.S. News & World Report, and other publications. The City of Irvine will also be listed as a winner in Flex Your Power’s final 2008 issue of e-Newswire, an on-line bi-weekly publication, and it will be featured individually in an upcoming issue of e-Newswire.

The “Brighter Future for Irvine” campaign has been successfully completed with the distribution of 69,748 Compact Fluorescent Light bulbs (CFLs) since the program began in January, 2006, far exceeding the goal of 60,000.  Earlier this year the City of Irvine received a Green California Leadership Award for its grassroots efforts to educate the community about energy conservation through the CFL distribution program.  The award was presented at the 2008 Green California Summit and Exposition, held in Sacramento. 

For the “Brighter Future for Irvine” campaign, staff coordinated or attended over 50 community events, working with various community partners, including the senior centers, Meals on Wheels, schools, colleges, and the University of California, Irvine.  In addition, nine community centers were utilized as distribution sites, making CFLs easily and conveniently accessible to residents, seven days a week.   As a result, the campaign touched countless residents, seniors, students, the homebound, and with the help of bilingual staff, even those citizens for whom English is their second language.

The City will continue to work on energy efficiency as well as renewable energy and greenhouse gas reductions under its 20-year Energy Plan.  Adopted unanimously by the City Council on July 8, 2008 there are four goals of the plan.  The goals are to involve 100% of the community, increase energy efficiency, increase the use of renewable energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions throughout the City. The successful completion of the CFL distribution program serves as a model of community outreach, partnerships, and energy conservation that will help Irvine residents and businesses take action to reduce energy costs and greenhouse gas emissions. 

For more information about the City of Irvine’s Energy Plan or for tips on how to perpetuate Irvine’s environmental stewardship, visit www.cityofirvine.us/.

Safest City in America
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) announced today that the City of Irvine has been named "Safest Big City in America" for the fourth consecutive year. Based on Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) statistics from January through December 2007, Irvine had less violent crime per capita than any other American city with more than 100,000 residents. 

 "For Irvine to be recognized as the nation’s Safest Big City for four years in a row is an extraordinary honor," said Mayor Beth Krom. "This distinction reinforces the value of our investment in public safety and reflects the high standards and professionalism exemplified by our police officers."

The FBI's Uniform Crime Report focuses on violent crimes, including murder, rape, robbery and aggravated assault.

"This is great news and is a continued testament to the outstanding work done by the men and women of the Irvine Police Department each and every day," said Irvine Chief of Police David  Maggard. "Irvine is safe because our City leaders make public safety a priority and our community takes an active role in preserving our high standard of living."

Rounding out the top five were Gilbert, Ariz., Bellevue, Wash., Thousand Oaks, Calif., and Cary, N.C. For full details and an explanation of methodology, visit www.fbi.gov/ucr/2007prelim/Irvine

Playful City USA
Irvine has been honored as a “Playful City USA.” Our City's mission statement includes the line “a community where people can live, work and play.” The Community Services Department is proud of its role in creating and maintaining play-spaces and offering programs to get the community out into the parks and playing … it’s what we do!

We maintain 51 parks, 55 playgrounds, and 479.8 acres of parks. That's about 1 acre of City parks and play-spaces for every 436 residents. Our Activity Guide offers more than 1,500 programs and activities for the community.