April 25, 2011

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City of Meridian Awards Citi Cards with Environmental Excellence Award


Meridian, ID – (April 25, 2011) Mayor Tammy de Weerd will present the City of Meridian’s Environmental Excellence Award to Citi Cards during the April 26, 2011 City Council meeting.  This annual award is being presented to Citi Cards for their outstanding efforts in energy conservation, water quality protection, waste reduction and recycling at their Meridian call center facility.


According to Meridian Mayor Tammy de Weerd, “This Award demonstrates innovative strategies within the Citi Card workplace that provide a welcoming, comfortable work environment.  In addition, they are sustaining significant cost efficiencies which are having a positive effect on our environment.”


Matt Phelps, Site President for Citi Cards said, "Citi's corporate mission to achieve cost efficiencies in an environmentally sustainable manner has enabled us to design and implement building performance management systems that have greatly reduced our energy consumption. We have used very little capital to accomplish these results and that has been offset by expense saves from our reduced energy use."


“Citi Cards really took a systems approach to achieve cost savings in an environmentally friendly way”, stated Mollie Mangerich Environmental Division Manager.  “From replacing a failing grease interceptor to optimizing their building’s ability to operate at maximum efficiency, they have improved the quality of their process wastewater and also realized a savings of 2.5 Million kWh over a five year period with a 1.4 kWh from Jan 2009 to the end of 2010 from Idaho Power’s grid.” 


An Environmental Excellence Award will also be presented to Rick Briggs, chief engineer for Jones Lang LaSalle, Americas Inc., the company that manages the site for Citi Realty Services due to the collaborative efforts in achieving the significant results.


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The City of Meridian is located at the center of the Treasure Valley in southwest Idaho, minutes from the State Capitol. Founded in 1893 and incorporated as a city in 1903, Meridian is now one of Idaho’s largest and fastest growing communities. As the home to many young families, Meridian is a vibrant community whose mission is to be a premier city to live, work and raise a family and was selected in 2010 by Family Circle Magazine as one of their Top 10 Best Cities for Families, by Money Magazine as one of its 100 Best Places to Live, and by America’s Promise Alliance and ING as one of the nation’s 100 Best Communities for Young People For more information about Meridian, visit