Energy Savings

City of Seattle Benchmarking Update

A recent report released by the City of Seattle’s Office of Sustainability and Environment reveals that Seattle’s benchmarked buildings are reducing greenhouse gas emissions, saving money, and improving performance. Highlights of the report include a reduction in energy use by 3.7% and decreased total carbon emissions by nearly 5% in buildings that benchmark.

Updates to Energy Star metrics with new market data: See how this impacts you

As you know, in August the EPA updated performance metric for U.S. buildings in Energy Start Portfolio Manager. This update is part of EPA’s standard process to keep Energy Star metrics as current as possible, and reflective of current market performance. Currently, an additional review period has been implemented. See frequently asked questions below.

Six City buildings earn EPA’s Energy Star certification

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The City of Grand Rapids has announced that six of its buildings have earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star certification for superior energy performance. The buildings are the City/County Administration Building at 300 Monroe Ave. NW, a police administration building and police support building and the office buildings at 1120 Monroe Ave. NW, 201 Market Ave. SW and 509 Wealthy St. SE.  This is the first time any City-owned building has earned the Energy Star status. 

Dallas 2030 Lunch & Learn: The Importance of Water

Are you a building or a business that would like to save money on your water and energy bills? Join us on May 9th to learn how City of Dallas no cost programs can help you SAVE MONEY on your WATER and ENERGY BILLS. Also, learn about new technologies and much more. Register today, seats are limited.

Small Commercial Efficiencies Connect at EPIC

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Integral Group, and the San Francisco 2030 District showcased its Zero Net Energy Retrofits for Small Commercial Offices (ZNE) project goals and results to date at the 2018 Electric Program Investment Charge (EPIC) Symposium in Sacramento on February 7. The event, hosted annually by the California Energy Commission (CEC), assembled EPIC-funded project teams for a day of poster sessions and panel discussions on pressing issues facing the state’s energy market.


NYSDEC Designates City of Ithaca as a Certified Climate Smart Community

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation designated the City of Ithaca as a Certified Climate Smart Community on Wednesday because of its efforts in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and building climate resiliency.

According to the Department of Environmental Conservation, Ithaca supports Governor Andrew Cuomo's goal to reduce statewide emission's by 40 percent by 2030. 

Zero Cities Project aims to reduce Grand Rapids' carbon footprint to zero by 2050

The federal government may not be making climate change action plans a priority, but Grand Rapids is stepping up, despite the various hurdles associated with reducing greenhouse gas emissions. One of these is an energy efficiency standard for buildings. Alison Waske Sutter, the Grand Rapids sustainability manager, is leading the city’s participation in the Zero Cities Project, which aims to reduce net carbon in the city to zero by 2050.

On the meaning of “zero net carbon”