TAMARAC (CBS4) — The City of Tamarac now has another jewel in its crown, thanks to its environmentally-friendly policies.

The Broward County Environmental Protection Department named Tamarac the winner of the Emerald trophy and named it as Climate Change Leader because of its climate action plan that spells out in detail steps needed to reduce governmental greenhouse gas emissions.

The city’s plans should reduce those gas emissions by at least 7 percent by 2015, according to a statement issued by the city.

Points on the city’s list include: solar power panels at city facilities; lighting retrofits at city buildings; building occupancy sensors that turn lights on and off reflecting room activity; and induction bulbs in street lighting that use lower wattage.

“This is a great honor for our City,” said Mayor Pamela Bushnell. “Tamarac has a long history of environmental stewardship, to be recognized with the Emerald Award is a privilege we share with the community; they are truly the backbone of our conservation efforts.”

Bushnell will accept the award during the April 12, 1:30 p.m. meeting of the Broward County Board of County Commissioners at 115 S. Andrews Avenue, Room 422, Fort Lauderdale.

This is the second time Tamarac has won the Emerald Award. In 2008 it won for its programs in the category of Pollution Prevention: Hazardous Water Reduction.

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