U.S. Communities Receive National Award from U.S. Chamber and Siemens Corporation

May 9, 2009

WASHINGTON, DC—The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Business Civic Leadership Center (BCLC) and Siemens Corporation last night presented the 2nd annual Siemens Sustainable Community Awards to Denver, Colorado; Anaheim, California; and Los Alamos County, New Mexico for their efforts to improve quality of life within the community by achieving complementary economic, environmental and social goals.

"The Siemens Sustainability Awards recognize best practices in community sustainability," said BCLC Executive Director Stephen Jordan. "Particularly in times of crisis, you look for leaders to step up, and we appreciate not only the impact that these award winners are having on their own communities, but the inspiration they provide to others."

Arthur Rothkopf, U.S. Chamber senior vice president, and Daryl Dulaney, Siemens Building Technologies president and CEO, presented the awards in the categories of:

Large Community — The City of Denver won for "Greenprint Denver," a comprehensive sustainability plan that provides the vision and tools for the city to become a national model for energy conservation, clean energy production and use, and conservation technologies. Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper accepted the award.

Mid-Size Community — Anaheim, California took the honor for its "Green Connection" program, designed to create a multitude of benefits for the community and citizens through sustainable development and environmental protection. Anaheim Mayor Pro Tem Bob Hernandez accepted the award.

Small Community — Los Alamos County, New Mexico, was recognized for its efforts to create a sustainable community through renewable energies, green buildings, free communitywide bus transportation, and a partnership with the Los Alamos National Laboratory, among other achievements. Los Alamos County Council Chairman Mike Wheeler accepted the award.

Details about the three winners, as well as 10 other community honorees, are on BCLC’s Web site.

"We are honoring these communities today because even in tough economic times they remain singularly focused on ensuring a strong and sustainable future by implementing innovative environmental and energy-related programs," said Jim Whaley, Vice President of Corporate Communications and Marketing of Siemens Corporation.

Whaley added: "We are proud at Siemens to be associated with such outstanding and forward-thinking municipalities, and look forward to continue working with many communities across the U.S. to help create a sustainable future through innovation." 

The Siemens Sustainable Community Awards were presented at BCLC’s National Conference on Corporate Community Investment at the InterContinental Chicago. Photos from the awards presentation are available at www.uschamber.com/press/photos.

BCLC is a 501(c)(3) affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and is the Chamber’s  voice and resource for the social and philanthropic interests of the business community. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation representing more than 3 million businesses and organizations of every size, sector, and region. www.uschamber.com/bclc

Siemens AG (NYSE: SI) is a global powerhouse in electronics and electrical engineering, and operates in the industry, energy and healthcare sectors.  For more than 160 years, Siemens has built a reputation for leading-edge innovation and the quality of its products, services and solutions.  With 428,000 employees in 190 countries, Siemens reported worldwide sales of $116.6 billion in fiscal 2008.  With its U.S. corporate headquarters in New York City, Siemens in the USA reported sales of $22.4 billion and employs approximately 69,000 people throughout all 50 states and Puerto Rico.  For more information on Siemens in the United States, visit www.usa.siemens.com

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