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FAA: Mather Conservation Efforts A Model For Other Facilities

  

The Federal Aviation Administration says water and energy conservation measures at Mather Airport's radar-control facility have been very successful.

Eight acres of solar panels were designed and installed by REC Solar. The panels and changes to the heating and cooling system  reduced the facility's greenhouse gas emissions by 46-percent compared to 2011.

Michael Huerta is the FAA Administrator. He says the agency will use what it has learned at Mather to make changes at other FAA sites.

"It's different things in different facilities. For example Los Angeles Center, which is located in Palmdale, California, they have a very ambitious program right now to reduce water consumption. We're also evaluating what our energy needs and energy savings could be there. Oakland Center is another large facility that is a major user of power."

The FAA also replaced 4.5 acres of lawn with colored pieces of shredded tire to reduce water consumption by more than 50 percent.

Bob Moffitt

Sacramento Region Reporter

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