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Win $5 MM for your County or City through the Georgetown University Energy Prize

by christinaashtary Oct 07, 2013

What if communities across the country came together, in the spirit of friendly competition, to significantly raise the bar on energy efficiency?

That’s where the Georgetown University Energy Prize comes in. This multi-year, $5 million prize was born of a mission to tap the imagination, creativity, and spirit of competition between communities across the country to develop sustainable energy-saving innovations.
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Cut Residential Energy Use with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Home Energy Score

by christinaashtary Sep 03, 2013

Until recently, homebuyers did not have a standardized way to evaluate a home’s energy use.  With the launch of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Home Energy Score,  states and local governments can now encourage homeowners and homebuyers to improve the energy efficiency of their homes. By providing reliable information about home energy use, the Home Energy Score will help homeowners and point-of-sale homebuyers to better assess the energy usage for any home in the Unites States.

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Travel Scholarships: Exercise your Voice on Energy Codes

by christinaashtary Jul 07, 2013


 

International Code Council (ICC) travel scholarships are available to attend Final Action Hearings in Atlantic City, NJ, October 2-10.

 

 

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How to Encourage Energy Upgrades in Multi-Family Buildings

by Don Knapp May 28, 2013

Photo credit: avrene via flickr. Text source: Text pulled directly from report,  Getting to Scale:
Recommendations for Stimulating Investment in Energy Upgrades in Existing Multifamily Buildings

 

For the cities of Berkeley, Emeryville, and Oakland, CA one clear and largely untapped opportunity for making meaningful progress toward local sustainability goals is unlocking energy savings in existing multifamily buildings (i.e., buildings with three or more attached dwelling units). But energy programs for tenants and property owners may struggle to succeed and overcome barriers.

The big question for local government policymakers: How can you motivate property owners to invest in energy upgrades?

In a new report, "Getting to Scale: Recommendations for Stimulating Investment in Energy Upgrades in Existing Multifamily Buildings," the three cities outline three recommendations based on research and extensive on interviews with local multifamily property owners and managers, close examination of the conditions that catalyzed past energy upgrades locally and in other cities, and research into existing multifamily energy efficiency programs throughout the U.S. and beyond.

View the Report (pdf)

Effectively motivating property owners to invest in energy upgrades requires achieving three main objectives, outlined below.

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Retrocommissioning Program Toolkit for Local Governments

by California Sustainability Alliance May 12, 2013

In its Long Term Energy Efficiency Strategic Plan, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) established a strategic framework for helping local governments advance sustainability within their jurisdictions. The Plan calls for local governments to influence the community, leverage local authority and lead by example by improving resource efficiency, reducing carbon emissions and cutting energy bills in their own facilities.

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New Year, New Guide to Evaluating Impacts of State and Local Energy Efficiency Programs

by EPA State and Local Climate and Energy Program Jan 03, 2013

The State and Local Energy Efficiency Action Network (SEE Action), an effort facilitated by the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, has released a new guide to evaluating the impact of energy efficiency programs at the state and local levels. This guide updates the 2007 National Action Plan for Energy Efficiency Model Energy Efficiency Impact Evaluation Guide.

The new Energy Efficiency Program Impact Evaluation Guide covers key issues, practices, and steps for calculating energy savings, avoided emissions, and other non-energy impacts of efficiency programs. The primary audiences for this guide are state regulators, public and private energy efficiency portfolio administrators, program implementers, and evaluators looking for guidance on:

  • Planning evaluation efforts, and approaches for determining and documenting program impacts
  • Improving the efficacy of energy efficiency portfolios
  • Comparing demand- and supply-side resources.

Download the guide (PDF, 180 pp, 2.8MB).

 

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New Milestone: 1,000 Businesses Use ICLEI's Green Business Challenge Web App

by Don Knapp Oct 17, 2012

More good news on ICLEI’s Green Business Challenge program: One thousand businesses across the country have now used our Green Business Challenge Web App to accelerate their environmental performance, saving incredible amounts of energy, money, water, and waste.

Local Governments Help Businesses Win

The Challenge is the nation’s most exciting and innovative green business program. This fun and friendly competition between local businesses rewards those who make the biggest gains in environmental performance over the course of a year. The Challenge is one of the most successful and cost-effective ways that any local government can help its local businesses go green—and make progress toward community-wide climate and energy goals.

ICLEI’s Web App is the centerpiece of any successful Challenge program—from Chicago and Houston to Bellevue and San Diego—and 1,000 users shows that this is a proven tool.

Ready to Learn More?

Explore our Green Business Challenge web pages for details about the Web App, keys to success for running a Challenge program, and success stories from local governments across the country. Then contact ICLEI to learn about Web App pricing and get a live tour of the App.

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Energy Code Resources to Pass on to Your Community

by Kelly Guhanick, Alliance for Saving Energy Sep 29, 2012

For every kilowatt hour of electricity that is consumed, roughly a pound to a pound and a half of GHGs are released into our atmosphere. Many carbon emissions are due to home energy use – around 25%. If homes are built efficiently from the beginning by complying with the state or locality’s energy code, homes will save over the life of the building.

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Success Story: The Greening of Grand Rapids

by Heidi Stukkie Aug 18, 2012

Photo credit: ADAM BIRD, reposted from the Rapid Growth website.

 

Reposted with permission from the Rapid Growth website:

Recent national awards have positioned Grand Rapids as an environmental leader known for its commitment to sustainability, energy efficiency and climate protection. The city’s focused efforts to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions began a few years ago and are already showing significant cost savings and numerous social and environmental benefits.   

Earlier this summer, the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) awarded Mayor George K. Heartwell first place in the large city category of the 2012 Mayors’ Climate Protection Awards. The award recognizes mayors for their innovative practices to increase energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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New Residential PACE Launch Is a Success in Southern California

by PACENow Aug 13, 2012

Guest blog post from PACENow:

The Home Energy Renovation Opportunity (HERO) Financing Program, sponsored by the Western Riverside Council of Governments (WRCOG), was launched in Riverside County (CA) in September 2011 for commercial projects and three months later in December for homes.  HERO is shaping up as a success on both residential and commercial fronts.

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