Del Mar City Operations Go Green

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Del Mar Civic Center

The award-winning Del Mar Civic Center opened in 2018 with numerous sustainability features.

Renewable Energy Technology –  Most of the Civic Center's electricity comes from a 71-kW photovoltaic system. The system includes 199 high-efficiency panels and a storage system equipped with three, 40-kWh batteries. As the system generates electricity on-site, it also can store excess energy to use during peak utility pricing and emergency grid outages. 

Funded in 2017 by a $389,000 California Energy Commission grant, the solar system installation was a major component of the Civic Center Energy Enhancements Project. This project supports the City’s Climate Action Plan (CAP) goal of increasing energy efficiency in municipal buildings and aims to inspire similar sustainable technology solutions for other local government, municipal and commercial sites. 

Natural lighting, insulation and smart thermostats add to the Civic Center's energy efficiency.  

Electric vehicle facilities

Electric vehicle charging and preferred parking – The parking garage at the Del Mar Civic Center is equipped with five charging stations and preferred parking for electric vehicles. Electric vehicle charging is available in the parking lot at 17th Street beach. On Camino del Mar, as part of the Downtown Streetscape Project, preferred parking is available for electric vehicles. 

Greening the City Fleet – As outlined in Del Mar's Climate Action Plan, the City is committed to equipping its municipal fleet with electric vehicles when feasible.

Recycled water

Recycled Water Infrastructure Expansion – Extension of recycled water piping has been completed on the north end of Camino Del Mar to 29th Street. The Del Mar Fairgrounds is equipped with recycled water or irrigation and industrial uses.

Public Works Initiatives

  • Installed “No Idling” signs at the street ends. Crews are reminded to minimize idling times in vehicles.
  • Recycled aggregate base on paving projects.
  • Favors drought-resistant plants for landscaping.
  • Superintendent/Inspector drive electric vehicle during the work day.
  • Replaced all diesel equipment with high-efficiency, Tier 4-approved engines.
  • Purchasing lighter, more fuel-efficient four-seater trucks.
  • Encourages workers to carpool and utilize a 9/80 work shift to reduce the number of vehicles and employees commuting on a daily basis.
  • Encourages contractors to have onsite staging and storage areas to reduce road times to the job site.
  • Developed a comprehensive routine for the beach team to collect trash and recycle simultaneously to reduce trips.

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