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Media Advisory: EPA Officials to Attend Grand Opening of Merritt Crossing Senior Apt. Bldg.

Release Date: 10/02/2012
Contact Information: David Yogi,, (415) 972-3350

Bldg. first-of-its-kind in Calif. to receive green certification from EPA

SAN FRANCISCO – On Wednesday, October 3, EPA’s Regional Administrator for the Pacific Southwest, Jared Blumenfeld, U.S. EPA’s Headquarters’ Assistant Administrator for the Office of Administration and Management, Craig Hooks, and representatives from various local and state governmental and non-governmental agencies will participate in the grand opening of Merritt Crossing, California’s first multi-family residential high-rise apartment building to attain Energy STAR certification.

Merritt Crossing, an affordable-housing building, will provide apartments for 70 seniors, half of whom were homeless. EPA provided nearly $80,000 in grant funding to pilot EPA’s new Energy STAR and Indoor airPLUS standards in multi-family high-rise buildings, including Merritt Crossing, in San Francisco and Oakland, Calif.

Who: U.S. EPA Regional Administrator, Jared Blumenfeld
U.S. EPA Associate Administrator, Craig Hooks
Affordable Housing Associates Executive Director, Susan Friedland
City of Oakland Councilmember, Pat Kernighan
State of California Assemblymember, Nancy Skinner

      Merritt Crossing residents
      Representatives from the State of California, City of Oakland, Alameda County,, Union Bank
What: Grand opening of Merritt Crossing
Award presentation
Building tour
When: October 3, 2012, 9:00-11:00 a.m.
Where: Merritt Crossing Senior Apartments building, 609 Oak Street, Oakland, Calif.
What: 9:00-10:00 a.m. – Tour of Merritt Crossing
10:00 a.m. – Presentations, Remarks from Officials, Media Availability
Visuals: Top officials from federal and local governmental and non-governmental agencies
Merritt Crossing residential building