Hillsboro, OR

Hillsboro, OR

Located in the beautiful Tualatin Valley, Hillsboro is the 5th largest city in Oregon with a population of just over 100,000. The City has taken aggressive action on energy efficiency and distributed renewable energy generation. Their comprehensive sustainability program includes long term goals for City operations and the broader community, and numerous community partnerships have been developed around sustainability.

The City is a signatory to the U.S. Conference of Mayors Climate Protection Agreement and maintains a comprehensive inventory of greenhouse gas emissions for local government operations. In 2005, the City built the 2nd LEED Gold certified municipal building in the country and has completed two additional LEED-certified new buildings since. The City’s first Sustainability Plan, approved by the City Council in 2010, calls for a 60% reduction in City facility energy intensity by the year 2030. Energy efficiency projects completed to date include numerous and ongoing facility lighting retrofits, mechanical system upgrades, and lighting controls. The City has installed over 200 kW of solar generation on their facilities, with more planned, and a complete conversion of all 7,000+ City streetlights is underway and will include lighting controls for dimming during low-traffic times of day.

As part of the Better Buildings Challenge, the City of Hillsboro achieved the goal to reduce its building energy intensity portfolio-wide by 20% by 2020 four years early, in 2016. The new goal is to further reduce energy use 20% by 2025 over 2015 levels.

The City has also achieved an improvement of water use efficiency of 11% compared to 2012 levels.

Challenge Commitment
480Thousand Square Feet
Energy Goals
20%Reduction in Energy Intensity
Progress
Goal Achieved25%Cumulative (vs. Baseline)
Energy Goals
20%Reduction in Energy Intensity
Progress
7%Cumulative (vs. Baseline)
Water Goals
20%Reduction in Water Intensity
Progress
11%Cumulative (vs. Baseline)
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