FAME Corporations and Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) united on January 8 to install 177 new, energy efficient refrigerators for residents in FAME’s low-income housing properties in South Los Angeles.
The initiative, coordinated through LADWP’s Refrigerator Exchange Program and the Appliance Recycling Centers of America (ARCA), is part of FAME Corporations’ effort to create greener, more environmentally friendly apartment complexes as a grant recipient of LADWP’s Community Partnership Outreach program.
“FAME is proud to have successfully partnered with LADWP for over two years to increase awareness of environmental conservation and provide more environmentally responsible apartment units for our tenants, while improving their quality of life. By reducing water usage at our properties and now installing these brand new refrigerators, FAME is able to serve both the greater good and local needs,” said CEO Denise Brown.
“We are grateful for partners like LADWP, ARCA and the Refrigerator Exchange Program which recognize that low income communities have an important role to play in conservation, and have enabled us to provide increased services to our tenants as well the many communities we serve with our programs.”
As an LADWP grantee, FAME has delivered conservation education on reducing energy and water usage to thousands of residents through its housing, transportation, and health services programs. Last year, new kitchen and bathroom faucet aerators and low flow showerheads provided by LADWP were installed in 252 FAME Housing units.
LADWP’s Chief Economic Development and Sustainability Officer Nancy Sutley said, “LADWP has a goal of achieving 15 percent cumulative energy savings through energy efficiency by 2020. Partnerships with community based organizations like FAME are critical to achieving this important goal while helping our customers save money.”
She added, “Energy efficient refrigerators use half as much electricity as older models. We are grateful to FAME for bringing more of these power-‐saving refrigerators to their properties, helping their tenants and our customers save up to $60 each year on refrigerator operating costs, while helping reduce greenhouse gas emissions.”