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EPA ENERGY STAR

 

School is back in session and EPA is  here to help you get to the top of the class! Join EPA  for a series of free webinars to learn how to use EPA’s new Portfolio Manager tool and improve energy efficiency.


See the full list of upcoming trainings at  https://esbuildings.webex.com/mw0307l/mywebex/default.do?siteurl=esbuildings
 


How to Apply for the ENERGY STAR
Tuesday, September 10, 2013 at 2:00 pm EDT
Join us to learn about applying for ENERGY STAR Certification in Portfolio Manager. Understand the value of the ENERGY STAR certification, see the step-by-step process of applying, and gain tips to help your property get from application to award.

 

Data Center Energy Efficiency Opportunities: What Managers Should Know
Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 1:00 pm EDT
Through this easy to understand presentation on data center energy efficiency opportunities, gain an understanding of the drivers of data center energy costs; common energy savings opportunities; how to spot these opportunities and initiate changes; and available resources for further assistance.
 

Portfolio Manager 101
Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 2:00 pm EDT
Get started using EPA’s Portfolio Manager tool. EPA will introduce and demonstrate the core functionality of Portfolio Manager tool, including how to enter properties, enter energy and water data, share data with others, and generate performance reports.

 

Portfolio Manager 201
Tuesday, September 17, 2013 at 2:00 pm EDT
Take a deeper dive into the more advanced functionalities of Portfolio Manager such as managing changes in property uses over time, using spreadsheet templates to quickly upload data, setting goals, and creating custom reports.
 


Computer Power Management with ENERGY STAR
Tuesday, September 17, 2013 at 1 pm EDT
Realize substantial energy and financial savings available through ENERGY STAR computer power management offerings.

 

The Federal Guiding Principles Checklist in ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager
Thursday, September 19, 2013 at 2:00 pm EDT
Tailored to Federal energy and sustainability professionals, learn how to use Portfolio Manager to help ensure compliance with the Guiding Principles for High Performance Sustainable Buildings required by Executive Orders 13423 and 13514.
 


Portfolio Manager “Office Hours”
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 at 1:00 pm EDT
Get answers to your questions about Portfolio Manager’s features and calculations by joining this open office hours session. Even if you don’t have a question, join in to hear what others are asking.
 


Benchmarking Water/Wastewater Treatment Facilities in Portfolio Manager
Thursday, September 26, 2013 at 2 pm EDT
Learn how to track energy use and carbon dioxide emission reductions in wastewater treatment plants, set goals, assess the progress of energy efficiency efforts, and compare the energy use of wastewater treatment plants to other facilities across the country.
 


Happy Training!

EPA’s ENERGY STAR Commercial Buildings Program

For more information, visit: www.energystar.gov.  If you have any questions, please contact estraining@icfi.com.


 

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[This post is an update to Nov. 4, 2013 post "Do you have a story to tell?"]

The Center for Sustainability has received several informative and interesting case studies from across the country that demonstrates the benefits of incorporating sustainability into public works operations.  We are still collecting case studies and posting them on the Center for Sustainability’s webpages.  Consider sharing your sustainability story with your APWA colleagues today. 

 

 

Charlotte Old City Hall Renovation Case Study

The City of Charlotte’s Old City Hall, built in 1925, was energy‐inefficient and a challenge to maintain comfortable working conditions prior to extensive energy renovations. The work, funded by an Energy Efficiency & Conversation Block Grant, decreased building energy consumption by 43%, made the facility much more pleasant to work in, easier to control for maintenance staff and garnered EPA ENERGY STAR designation. Replacement of the control systems, major HVAC renovations, and interior lighting retrofits maximized energy savings and staff efficiencies. These renovations were carefully implemented while preserving the historical integrity of a facility listed in the Historic Landmarks Commission.

 

Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department Steele Creek Division Station
 

The new Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department Steele Creek Division Station opened in September, 2012. The 12,500 square foot facility, housing more than 100 personnel, was designed and constructed under the City of Charlotte’s Policy for Sustainable City Facilities, ensuring sustainable design features. These included insulated concrete foam walls, closed‐loop geothermal heating and cooling system, water‐efficient fixtures, landscaping not requiring irrigation, day lighting technologies, white roof and preliminary set‐up for building integrated photovoltaic. Green space exceeded requirements by 25%, with 53% of construction waste diverted from landfills. CMPD Steele Creek Division earned LEED Gold, with energy use 39% below baseline.

 

Pavement Sustainability Case Study – City of Arlington, Texas
 

The Public Works & Transportation Department for the City of Arlington, Texas published a case study that analyzes the changes they made to their maintenance plan for streets and roads in the city. The department’s goal was to revise their current plan to address the rising number of streets and roads that did not meet minimum overall condition index or OCI.

 

City of Gainesville Credit Basin Project 
 

The City of Gainesville’s Credit Basin Program is designed to recuperate capital costs associated with the purchase of land for master stormwater facilities. The City of Gainesville, in collaboration with the St. Johns River Water Management District, initiated the credit basin program in 2002. The program was created to facilitate redevelopment of properties within the City’s urban core, where land area is at a premium and thus on-site water quality treatment was an impediment to redevelopment. 

 

Urban Drainage and Flood Control District: Sustainability on a Large Scale – Denver Metropolitan Area 
 

In 1965, the Denver metropolitan area was hit with a devastating flood on the South Platte River. Following the flood, an organization of county engineers began meeting to find ways to address drainage problems that crossed jurisdictional boundaries. In 1969, the Colorado General Assembly passed the Urban Drainage and Flood Control Act. The legislation established the Urban Drainage and Flood Control District for the purpose of assisting local governments in the Denver metropolitan area with multi-jurisdictional drainage and flood control problems. The District operates four programs: Master Planning; Floodplain Management; Design, Construction and Maintenance; and Information Services and Flood Warning. The District Board made a commitment to develop a comprehensive floodplain management program to prevent new problems from being created by new development, while “fixing” existing problems. Since 1969 the population of the District has tripled, and yet there are 5000 fewer structures in mapped 100-year floodplains.

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On June 2, the Environmental Protection Agency released their Clean Power Plan proposal. This proposal aims to reduce carbon pollution from existing power plants, the largest sources of carbon pollution in the United States.  Power plants are responsible for approximately one-third of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States.  This proposed rule will amend the existing Clean Air Act and marks the first time that carbon pollution from power plants has been regulated at a federal level.

 

The Clean Power Plan aims to cut carbon emissions nationwide from existing power plants by thirty percent below 2005 levels by 2030. According to EPA’s proposal, this reduction in carbon pollution will also result in reducing particle pollution, nitrogen oxides, and sulfur dioxide emissions by more than 25 percent.

 

EPA will implement the Clean Power Plan through a state-federal partnership. States will have until June 2016 to create and submit a plan to EPA to comply with the new proposal.  Many states have already adopted energy efficiency/ renewable energy (EE/RE) programs to encourage energy conservation and reduce the amount of emissions produced by energy production.  The Clean Power Plan gives states the flexibility to build upon these existing conservation plans or create new ones to meet the Plan’s new pollution limits. States will have the option of partnering with nearby states to create programs that will comply with the new proposal. States will also have the flexibility to set differing pollution limits and use a variety of methods to meet the plans goals, as long as it doesn’t affect the nationwide limit.

 

The EPA is expected to finalize the rule next summer. After the rule is published in the Federal Register, interested stakeholders have 120 days to comment on the proposal.

 

This proposal is part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan. The President’s Climate Action Plan is the Obama Administration’s strategic initiative to cut carbon pollution; prepare the US for the impacts of climate change; and lead international efforts to combat global climate change.