DMV Opens Bigger Energy Efficient Office Grand Opening Celebration in San Ysidro
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SacramentoThe Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) officially dedicated its new, larger, energy-efficient office serving the state’s second-largest city this morning during special ceremonies and an open house to show off the new facility in the San Ysidro neighborhood of San Diego.
“When I became Governor, I signed Executive Order S-20-04, directing all state agencies to reduce energy consumption by 20 percent by the year 2015, and today’s dedication reflects that mission,” said Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Designed to maximize energy conservation efforts, the new 14,656 square-foot field office at 6111 Business Center Court is DMV’s southernmost public facility and was constructed to serve a growing population, replacing its older, smaller predecessor.
The new DMV building was designed to achieve certification by the United States Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system for meeting the high standards for energy and resource conservation.
“The DMV has invested resources and expertise into constructing a state-of-the-art building,” said Secretary of the Business, Transportation and Housing Agency, Sunne Wright McPeak. “Energy conservation and efficiency go hand in hand, and I cannot be more pleased to see this happening in San Ysidro.”
Today’s dedication follows Executive Order S-17-06, signed by Governor Schwarzenegger on Oct. 16 that directs state agencies to begin implementation of AB 32, California’s landmark global greenhouse legislation signed last month that requires a cap on greenhouse gas emissions by 2020.
The facility incorporates glazed windows and skylights to increase natural lighting and lower electricity, heating and cooling costs. The office also incorporates recycled, locally manufactured materials, highly efficient irrigation technology, drought-tolerant landscaping and low-flow water fixtures. All of the building’s electricity has been offset by the purchase of wind energy through a two-year contract with Green-e Renewable Certificates based on the building’s estimated energy use.
DMV Director George Valverde called attention to the myriad of services that the DMV offers over the Internet, saving customers energy in terms of fuel costs and time.
“The best way for customers to save time and money is by completing their business with the DMV using our Web site,” said Director Valverde. “The fewer the visits, the more energy saved. Our Web site is available at the convenience of our customers, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week."
The expansion of online services has enabled customers to register more than 4 million vehicles and re-license 800,000 drivers since 2004. Average wait times to be served in a DMV field office have dropped to approximately 21 minutes.
Today customers can renew vehicle registrations, file a change of address and a Notice of Release of Liability, and register to become an organ and issue donor online using the DMV Web site. If an office appointment is necessary, customers can schedule appointments for up to three transactions online.
During the building dedication, Director Valverde also commemorated David Ignacio Gallegos, a DMV license examiner who was killed last July while on the job in a tragic collision. Director Valverde presented a plaque in Gallegos’ honor that will be installed onto the new building.
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