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LINC Housing developed a replicable model that documents the steps low-income multifamily property owners can take to make whole building near-zero energy retrofits. The model has proven to successfully reduce energy and help overcome common barriers for energy efficiency in low-income housing.
Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation bundled a series of small energy efficiency upgrades together to cut administrative costs. This new organizational protocol has transformed the budgeting and planning process and allowed for more streamlined communication between building managers.
New York created BuildSmart NY, a state-led initiative to centralize state building energy management, set a blueprint for action, and provide project technical assistance and support. The initiative reported 4.3% energy savings statewide, representing a cost
Rhode Island established the principle of Least Cost Procurement, which requires their primary utility to invest in energy efficiency first; securing energy efficiency investments, reducing energy bills, and creating jobs as a result.
The City of Rochester partnered with the New York Power Authority to develop and implement a replicable Energy Plan aimed at reducing municipal energy consumption by 20%, advancing renewable energy generation, and decreasing greenhouse gas emissions.
The Housing Authority of the City and County of Denver (DHA) completed a traditional energy performance contract that has served as a vehicle for major capital improvements, facility upgrades, and in-unit energy upgrades resulting in $2.6 million in utility savings annually.
Lennox International realized that split incentives prevent energy efficiency progress at leased facilities and worked together with landlords to overcome this barrier resulting in energy savings of 650,000 kWh.
UC Berkeley's Energy Management Initiative (EMI) targets building occupants through building surveys and energy dashboards, and allocates energy cost responsibility to individual campus operating units to achieve savings of $6.5 million in just three years.
Atlanta's Emory University created WaterHub, an innovative on-campus solution designed to treat and reuse up to 400,000 gallons of water per day, decreasing potable water demand by over one-third. In addition to saving money, the WaterHub is creating scientific and educational opportunities on campus.
Philadelphia created the Energy Efficiency Incentive Program pilot to raise awareness and create accountability in city departments around energy use and conservation, while rewarding departments for energy-saving efforts.
Shari's Cafe and Pies developed custom trainings and tools to educate and engage staff at all levels of the organization in energy management practices, resulting in approximately $5.5 million saved over 7 years.
After completing a two-phase pilot project, Starbucks rolled out an energy management system (EMS) that enabled real-time visibility into store conditions and the ability to centrally adjust set points and schedules. This resulted in optimized space-conditioning and increased energy cost savings in over 5,600 company-operated stores.
Through an LED retrofit pilot program, Belk, Inc. demonstrated the benefits of an efficiency technology to company leadership and gained support for additional energy efficiency projects across the company’s portfolio.
Whole Foods Market sought to rapidly expand rooftop solar on stores and distribution centers as part of its long standing commitment to sustainability. Drawing on lessons learned from ad hoc solar installations to align landlord and tenant interests, the company developed a portfolio approach to install rooftop solar on 25% of its stores and warehouses.
The Wendy's Company provided franchisees with resources to support their energy reduction goals by focusing on eliminating barriers to collecting and analyzing energy data, and leveraging the data to capture energy savings opportunities.
The Economic Development Authority of Mankato, MN obtained funding to assess the health impacts of retrofitting 101 units of low-income housing for primarily elderly and disabled residents resulting in 44% less energy use and improved resident health.
Corcoran Management created a mandatory energy efficiency and building operations training module for its staff members, resulting in more frequent energy efficiency conversations more energy-saving opportunities identified.
Through its Energy Challenge, Retrofit Chicago leveraged public-private partnerships to deliver building owners customized Energy Road Maps with valuable strategic and tactical recommendations to help them meet a 20% energy reduction commitment. On average, the Road Maps identified opportunities for each building to cut energy use by 22%, for an annual savings of $254,000.
Eastman Chemical formed an Executive Steering Team to garner the support and cooperation needed to modify their existing energy management program, helping the company meet new energy efficiency targets.
In 2008, Victor Valley Wastewater Reclamation Authority (VVWRA) began planning plant upgrades to comply with new nitrogen permit limitations and an expected capacity increase. VVWRA also evaluated incorporating a waste-to-energy project to reduce future energy costs and eliminate natural gas purchases with the ultimate goal of becoming energy neutral.
San Diego upgraded its street lighting with LED fixtures and adaptive controls to measure and control energy use, and worked with the local utility to establish more favorable billing rate structures for efficiency measures. As a result, the City cut street light energy use by more than 50% from 2010 to 2015.
TE is encouraging and tracking the deployment of proven and broadly-applicable best-practice approaches by establishing "Centers of Excellence" teams that identify promising approaches and provides resources and a method for sign-up and project tracking.
Best Buy’s sustainability team identified plug loads as a significant source of energy consumption. To analyze efficiency opportunities with real consumption data, the company partnered with the Environmental Defense Fund Climate Corps program and uncovered $3M in potential annual energy savings.
Tampa Housing Authority (THA) incorporates resident education and training to strengthen the local workforce and maximize results of newly invested energy efficiency technologies, helping the city reach energy reduction goals.
Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority (CMHA) is leveraging new and existing partnerships to increase energy literacy and STEM education of its residents, helping to strengthen the local workforce and create jobs for residents.
The Housing Authority of the City and County of Denver (DHA) joined the SEED pilot program in 2014 to prepare public housing residents for technical jobs by increasing energy literacy, providing learning opportunities, and connecting residents to training so they may pursue energy careers.
To better understand resident energy use and efficiency behaviors, Lendlease piloted a Building Energy Management System (BEMS) at a military housing community, and has since installed BEMS in nearly 4,500 homes, anticipating 16% electricity savings.
Tower has taken its water management program to the next level with daily reporting, 15-minute interval data, real-time alerts, advanced data analytics, setpoint modifications, and internal water audits that have resulted in signifigant water consumption savings.
The City of Hillsboro formed the South Hillsboro High-Performance Building Partnership—a public-private partnership—to spur above-code development by packaging existing and new incentives and support services for developers and builders, so that they can contribute to the City's ambitious sustainability goals.
Metrus Energy's Efficiency Services Agreement structure funded 100% of critical facility improvements and equipment upgrades for Kuakini Medical Center, with a projected 25% reduction in its total annual utility bill.
Welltower, Inc developed a proprietary internal Green Arrow Building Certification (GABC) program that measures energy, water, waste, indoor air quality, and innovation. Most properties have seen a 1-12% energy use reduction. In 2016, GABC scores improved 22.5% and 29 additional buildings were certified.
Preservation of Affordable Housing (POAH) used a Basis of Design (BOD) tool to set requirements for quality materials and efficient system design to be implemented during development and maintenance of properties across their portfolio. This resulted in lower energy and water costs, improved maintenance procedures, and cost savings in bulk purchasing.
sustainNU is Northwestern University's comprehensive occupant engagement program that encourages sustainable behavior, builds leadership capacity, and removes barriers to sustainable practices by leveraging certification programs, social media, outreach events, and friendly competition.
Palatka Housing Authority employed Energy Performance Contracting to make quality-of-life improvements that "pay for themselves" through energy and water savings while enhancing the homes of residents.
Electrolux developed and implemented its own energy management certification program, called Green Spirit certification, which evaluates each Electrolux site annually on criteria such as energy performance, energy management, and implemented actions, resulting in $50 million annual cost savings.
Toyota established an aggressive water and energy efficiency supply chain program, resulting in $4.4 million in total annual energy reduction opportunities identified.
Johnson Controls continues improving energy efficiency after achieving the goal with their "Energy Hunt" program empowering local sites to continue identifying and implementing energy savings projects on a continuous improvement basis.
To advance its energy efficiency goals, Salt Lake City introduced an Executive Order requiring all City-owned buildings enact an energy management policy.
The District of Columbia's Department of General Services engaged Sol Systems to develop one of the largest onsite solar energy projects in the U.S. on a 12-month timeline using a unique power purchase agreement. The project spans 35 facilities, including schools, hospitals, police facilities, and more.
Orange Water and Sewer Authority (OWASA) leveraged a state revolving fund and technical assistance from a local university to implement energy efficiency improvements at the Mason Farm Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP), resulting in an energy use intensity reduction of more than 40%.
Food Lion's strong commitment to efficient operations and sustainability has incentivized them to incorporate energy reduction projects into a comprehensive approach for corporate project proposal and planning.
A commercial HVAC duct-sealing program, incentivized by Dominion Virginia Power, resulted in 5% energy savings and improved the ENERGY STAR score for Family Dollar across 150 locations.
Hempstead Housing Authority collaborated with community stakeholders and public health services to measure the impact of weatherization upgrades by using pre- and post-weatherization tenant health surveys.
Tampa Housing Authority successfully created a utility data sharing protocol and a process for regularly uploding property data into ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager to better manage energy performance across its 3.2 million square feet of multifamily housing.
University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) developed a Skilled Trades Apprenticeship Program to overcome the impending retirement of many skilled-trades workers and address the need for a new generation of trained professionals that are familiar with modern, energy-efficient technology.
Home Depot has taken advantage of the most appropriate market options to implement a variety of onsite and offsite renewable energy projects to help achieve its targets: 135 MW of energy through renewable and alternative sources by 2020.
At multi-tenant data centers, customers' needs and equipment vary, making the implementation of hot aisle containment complicated and potentially costly. Sabey requires hot aisle containment from their Intergate Quincy facility customers, while ensuring Sabey maintains ample flexibility in deploying the containment.
The New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) employed multiple large-scale energy performance contracts (EPC) through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to kick-start investment in energy efficiency and carbon reduction while developing a long-term strategy for energy-smart capital investments. This resulted in increased energy savings of Energy Performance Contracts from 8% to 18%.
Aurora Public Schools created an incentive-based energy conservation program to improve energy efficiency and student engagement district-wide, and has achieved a 12% energy reduction as of 2017 from a 2013 baseline.
Hartford, CT, financed a $1 Million project through Greenworks Lending's Commercial PACE structure to implement energy efficiency, renewable energy, and microgrid improvements for a mixed-use building.