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Perris Green Initiatives Win Praise – More Green Buildings Planned

Associate Planner Diane Sbardellati stands in front of the HanesBrands distribution center in Perris, the largest green building in the world. She has been named to the Inland Empire Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council
Associate Planner Diane Sbardellati stands in front of the HanesBrands distribution center in Perris, the largest green building in the world. She has been named to the Inland Empire Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council.

The City’s ongoing commitment to green building technologies and sustainable development continues attracting regional and national attention.

The latest kudo came when Associate Planner Diane Sbardellati was appointed to the Inland Empire Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council, the lead organization in developing and implementing sustainable building standards.

Sbardellati was appointed after completing a year-long course in green building standards-- including site design, architecture, planning, water conservation and indoor air quality—at Cal State Fullerton and passing a grueling examination at the end of her classwork.

With the completion of the course and the exam, Sbardellati earned the title of “LEED-AP,” which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design—Accredited Professional.” 

Sbardellati said she’s eager to show off the City’s green-technology achievements with the 280 fellow members of the region’s Green Building Council, which include engineers, architects, landscape designers and other professionals.  The Inland Empire chapter counts members from more than 50 cities and other jurisdictions in Riverside and San Bernardino counties.

“We have a lot going on in Perris and it is being recognized,” she said. “I am proud to show off our technology. I look forward to what we can be doing in the future. It’s an exciting time for the City of Perris. I’m proud to know we’ve done a lot in a short amount of time.”

Sbardellati is a great fit for Perris, a City in the forefront of developing green building designs.
She has worked on green building projects in Perris, including the largest green building in the world, the HanesBrands Distribution Center on Indian Avenue in north Perris. She said plans are in development for 10 larger green buildings in the City as well.

Perris has shown its commitment to going green for years.

The community won the Helen Putnam Award from the League of California Cities in 2008 for its “Solar Shine” project that employed solar panels that reduced electrical consumption by 20 percent.  Working in conjunction with the Toro Co. last year, the City installed a low-flow irrigation system at its campus. The City continues developing its long-range vision for Downtown, which incorporates commercial, light industrial, retail, recreational and residential usages all within a small geographical area that promotes walking over motor vehicles.

And Perris officials recently were honored by the local chapter of the Green Building Council for developing and implementing the “Green Light Savings Program.”

That effort makes grants available to Perris residents who install energy-efficient weatherization, lighting and irrigation systems in existing homes.

“The United States Green Building Council…would like to recognize the City of Perris for promoting the principals of sustainability within their community and for providing their citizens easy access to water and energy efficiency upgrades,” said Inland Empire Chairman Rick Fochtman in a Feb. 6 letter. “We applaud the City of Perris for their insight and leadership in addressing their existing building inventory and for their efforts to promote cost effective and practical improvements.”

Diane Wirth, executive director of the Inland Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council, said Sbardellati brings experience and expertise across many disciplines vital to maintain sustainable designs. She works with architects, urban foresters, irrigation specialists and others who team up to produce green buildings.

“She’s one of the very few people who are so well versed,” Wirth said. “She’s in the right place at the right time to set a good example.”

Wirth said Perris should be proud of its commitment to green technologies.

“It’s a place that isn’t talking about going green, it’s doing it,” she said.

Perris City Councilman Al Landers praised the efforts of staff to keep the City going green.

“Perris is a progressive City always open to new ideas and new technologies,” Landers said. “Our staff is always willing to think outside the box to bring progress and prosperity to our residents.”