Spotted: Sustainable development advocate L. Hunter Lovins at Menlo Business Park
As part of Earth Day 2012, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, Menlo Business Park (MBP), and Progressive Lighting & Energy Solutions celebrated the achievements of one of California’s most integrated energy projects in a commercial building campus. The event’s keynote speaker was L. Hunter Lovins, a Time Magazine Hero for the Planet, a Newsweek “green business icon,” and co-author of the books Climate Capitalism and Natural Capitalism.
Tarlton Properties, managers of MBP, received recognition as the recipient of Acterra’s 2012 Environmental Project Award for the integrated energy efficiency project, and MBP received a rebate check from PG&E for more than $540,000. Assembly member Rich Gordon (D.-Menlo Park) and Mayor of Menlo Park Kirsten Keith also participated in the ceremonies.
Menlo Business Park’s energy efficiency project is calculated to save the Park and its tenants over 2.7 million kilowatt hours annually. The energy saved could supply 366 homes and avoid the emissions of 192 cars on the road per year.
The 47-acre Park is located next to the Dumbarton Bridge in Menlo Park. The 15 buildings host a variety of uses including high tech research and development, science incubators and company offices.