Utilities Rebate for HP Energy Efficiency Pays Back with New Sustainable Garden
January 31, 2018: HP unveiled a new sustainable garden at its global headquarters in Palo Alto, partly funded by a rebate from the City of Palo Alto Utilities for an energy efficiency project at the campus. The new garden features native California plants, a rainwater harvesting system, planter beds for the employees to grow their own produce, and solar powered lights. By participating in the City’s Empower Program for energy efficiency, the company received a rebate for the energy savings and used the funds for a number of employee sustainability engagement projects, including the garden which employees will be able to tend.
The City worked with HP on a site wide retro-commissioning project to optimize the efficiency of existing heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, upgrade building energy management software, and install LED lighting. Through this program, HP was able to undergo a substantial retrofit of facility energy systems, helping to transform the company’s environmental systems within their seven-building campus on Page Mill Road.
“Energy efficiency is a key tenet of our City’s sustainability and climate action goals,” said Ed Shikada, assistant city manager and utilities general manager. “Public and private partnerships are a great way to pool resources, expertise and funding for maximum results. We are pleased to be able to offer programs that community members like HP can take advantage of, as we are all part of the solution for sustainability.”
HP is already seeing energy savings results including a year-over-year site-wide electricity reduction of 1,430,149 kilowatt hours (kWh) and close to 105,000 therms. This is equivalent to the amount of energy needed to power roughly 250 homes in Palo Alto for a year. The company views the investment of rebate funds as a way to further its holistic approach to sustainability by creating a healthy environment at work in which employees can garden or meet in a peaceful green space.
“At HP, we believe that modeling sustainability in our operations can lead to change in our industry and beyond,” said Mary Curtiss, energy and sustainability lead for HP, “and we know that educating and inspiring employees is critical to achieving our sustainability goals.”
HP has been collaborating with the Santa Clara County Master Gardeners to plan garden features, educational opportunities, and source native, sustainable plants for the site. The new HP garden club plans to donate a portion of the vegetables and fruit grown on-site to local food banks.
View photos of the garden unveiling: Event photo album
About the City of Palo Alto Utilities (CPAU): The City of Palo Alto is the only municipality in California operating a full suite of utility services, including water, wastewater, electric and fiber optics, natural gas, refuse and storm drain services. Visit www.cityofpaloalto.org/utilities to learn more about our energy and water efficiency programs for businesses and residents.
Last Updated: February 2, 2018