Long Beach Thanks Workers During National Public Works Week

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long-beach-public-worksThe City of Long Beach celebrates National Public Works Week, May 17 – 23, 2009. The Mayor and City Council passed a resolution at the Council meeting supporitng Public Works Week and recognizing the Department of Public Works and the staff for their accomplishments over the past year.

“From providing core services like refuse collection, street repair and stormwater management to new efforts to green our fleet and be the most bicycle-friendly urban city in the nation, the Department of Public Works is one of the cornerstones of our city,” said Michael Conway, Director of Public Works. “I am thankful for our diligent and devoted staff and for their hard work over the past year.”

The Department of Public Works has been the first in many efforts to green their operations including recognition for being named the No. 1 green fleet in North America by the U.S. Department of Energy, a Bike Friendly Community by the American League of Bicyclists, a Tree City by the National Arbor Day Foundation and one of the highest waste diversion rates in the nation at 69%.

“Long Beach is extremely proud of the accomplishments of the Department of Public Works and its staff,” said City Manager Pat West. “I am especially proud of their excellent customer service and their environmentally sound business practices.”

Some Long Beach Department of Public Works achievements include:

  • One of few cities in California to receive a second round of Prop 1B money, which is being spent to repair 8 miles of local streets.
  • Now aggressively addresses graffiti with an average response time of 24 hours for graffiti removal.
  • Unveiled a new 32,000-gallon LNG fueling station contains a two-week supply of LNG for the City’s 79 LNG vehicles, including the only LNG-powered street-sweeping fleet in the United States.
  • Converted 10 beach maintenance vehicles, including skip loaders, tractors and dump trucks, to run on biodiesel, which reduce emissions of carbon dioxide, sulfur dioxide and smoke particulates.
  • Retrofitted the remaining diesel vehicles with particulate traps, which removes more than 2.8 metric tons of particulate matter from the atmosphere.
  • One of the nation’s first municipalities to begin using recycled water for its street sweeping operations, a move that will save an estimated 13 million gallons of water per year.
  • Now utilizes environmentally friendly pavement resurfacing techniques including using 15% recycled asphalt made from recycled rubber tires, recycling old asphalt into new asphalt or base material on other street projects.
  • Installed debris diverters and secondary containment systems on all catchbasins and outfalls that discharge to the beach, eliminating the discharge and much bacteria on our beaches.
  • Implementing a GIS tracking system for the Refuse and Street Sweeping Fleet, which will reduce greenhouse gas emissions through reduced idling and optimized routes.
  • Planning to retrofit three pump stations with trash containment systems and installing a low flow runoff diversion connection to the sanitary sewer system. at the Belmont Pump Station in Alamitos Bay.

Long Beach Department of Public Works awards include:

  • Recognized as a Bike Friendly Community by the American League of Bicyclists, with a bronze level award, continuing the City’s aggressive efforts to become the most bike friendly urban city in the nation.
  • Named a Tree City USA by the National Arbor Day Foundation in recognition for the more than 330,000 trees in city’s parks and urban forest .
  • Named the No. 1 Government Green Fleet in North America, an award sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, which found Long Beach’s 1,700-strong group of city vehicles to be among the nation’s most fuel-efficient and least-polluting.
  • Maintains one of the highest solid waste diversion rates of any large city in the United States at 69%.

Congratulations Long Beach!

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