Local Government

Local Government

Local government buildings account for 64% of all government floor space, and have a savings potential of 260 trillion Btus. Through policies, regulations, and programs, local governments spur innovative energy efficiency solutions, and by adopting best practices in public buildings they lead by example. Their efforts are saving taxpayer dollars, freeing up funding for other public priorities, and driving energy efficiency across their communities.

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Check out the Recently Launched Local Government Accelerator: Zero Energy Districts
Chula Vista, CA, and Cleveland, OH, Share their Sustainability Successes: View Beat Blog
Better Communities Alliance

Collaborate with DOE's Better Communities Alliance to demonstrate successful models for furthering energy efficiency, sustainable transportation, and renewable energy in their communities.

Better Buildings SWAP

Watch the cities of Atlanta and Boston as they swap energy teams to improve the energy efficiency of the busiest airport in the world and one of the nation's oldest libraries.

Better Buildings Summit

City and county government officials are invited to join us for the Summit this May 15-17th. Sessions and workshops will be offered specifically for the public sector track.

Featured Solutions

Retrofit Chicago leveraged public-private partnerships to deliver building owners customized Energy Road Maps with strategic and tactical recommendations to meet their 20% energy reduction commitment while maximizing internal rate of return and utility incentives.
Arlington Initiative to Rethink Energy (AIRE) and Arlington Public Library system established an Energy Lending Library, which provides a suite of tools to help community members take a hands-on approach to evaluating energy consumption and identifying opportunities to save money on energy bills.
There are many ways to finance energy efficiency projects in buildings you own or occupy. The Navigator helps you cut through this complexity to secure financing that works for you. 
The Chattanooga Public Library was constructed in 1976, includes 108,500 square feet of conditioned space, and served over 285,000 patrons in FY2015. The city is executing a three-pronged approach to a major energy-efficiency and revitalization effort for the Library, including lighting, HVAC equipment, and digital control upgrades.
West Palm Beach retrofitted 6,800 streetlights to more efficient LED and induction technologies, reducing energy use 54% and helping achieve both their Better Buildings Challenge goal and reduce municipal GHG emissions 11%.
Milwaukee, WI created a PACE financing option that allows building owners to pay for energy improvements through a voluntary municipal special charge which is attached to the property, not the owner.
On the Georgia Tech Research Institute campus, the TSRB building team implemented a continuous commissioning program in June 2011 to maintain optimum HVAC performance. TSRB reduced it's annual energy cost by 23.5% and water costs by 8.5% compared to baseline years, saving more than $123,000. 

Other Resources

Additional Information

U.S. DOE State and Local Solution Center

The State and Local Solution Center provides resources to advance successful, high-impact clean energy policies, programs, and projects. By championing state and local leadership, addressing specific market barriers, and promoting standardized approaches, the Solution Center aims to help states, local governments, and K-12 schools take clean energy to scale in their communities.

The State and Local Energy Efficiency Action Network (SEE Action)

SEE Action offers resources, discussion forums, and technical assistance to state and local decision makers as they provide low-cost, reliable energy to their communities through energy efficiency. Developed collaboratively by state and local officials, energy efficiency experts, and real estate practitioners, the 2020 Leadership Agenda for Existing Commercial and Multifamily Buildings defines the baseline actions that states and communities can take by 2020 to demonstrate national energy efficiency leadership.

Better Buildings Accelerators

Accelerators demonstrate specific innovative policies and approaches, which will accelerate investment in
energy efficiency upon successful demonstration. Each Accelerator is a targeted, shortterm, partner-focused activity designed to address persistent barriers that stand in the way of greater efficiency. The most recent accerators especially pertinent to local governments include: Zero Energy DistrictsWastewater Infrastructure Clean Energy for Low Income Communities, and Combined Heat and Power (CHP) for Resiliency.

Energy Data Accelerator Toolkit

Through the Better Buildings Energy Data Accelerator local governments joined forces with their local utilities to make it easier for building owners to get access to whole-building energy usage data for the purposes of benchmarking their buildings. Visit the Toolkit for a suite of case studies and guides on how cities, states, real estate organizations, and utility leaders continue to develop innovative solutions. 

Energy Savings Performance Contracting (ESPC) Toolkit

The ESPC Toolkit is a collection of resources that will enable state and local communities to learn and benefit from the work of the ESPC Accelerator. It includes the best practices and innovative approaches that states, cities, and K-12 schools have used to successfully establish and implement performance contracting. Resources are grouped so that potential users of the mechanism can easily find the information they need at each stage of their ESPC decision-making process.

Outdoor Lighting Accelerator (OLA) Toolkit

While LED street lighting technology is gaining greater acceptance in some regions across the country, market perceptions and barriers still prevented municipalities from taking full advantage of the energy savings and cost benefits of high performance lighting, especially LED upgrades. A compendium of tools and resources to help municipalities with street lighting conversion planning and implementation can be found in the OLA Toolkit.


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