For questions and requests
Now is the time for local governments to act and secure stimulus funding for their climate and sustainability initiatives. With the passage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, local governments have new sources of funding to help further their climate action and sustainability goals. The Energy Efficiency Community Block Grant and State Energy Program top the list of climate and energy funding opportunities for local governments.
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The Office of Sustainability is receiving a large volume of interest from prospective vendors and service providers since the passage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Interested vendors and service providers should do the following:
- Register as a city vendor. Click here for the link.
- Submit information about your company, products and services, examples of projects for other municipalities, and any other relevant information such as references to in email format to
firstname.lastname@example.org or hard copy to the address to the right.
The Office of Sustainability will review and screen all information received. We will respond and request a meeting if the company's products and services meet our strategic priorities and planned projects.
Let the carbon footprint calculator be your coach on your green makeover. Determining your carbon footprint will measure the impact of your daily activities on the environment in terms of carbon emissions. Activities of commuting, sheltering our families and eating are calculated within the footprint. Personal daily changes can decrease your environmental footprint.
Solutions for your home and business
ENERGY STAR is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy. Energy efficient choices can save families about a third on their energy bill with similar savings of greenhouse gas emissions, without sacrificing features, style or comfort. ENERGY STAR helps you make the energy efficient choice.
Georgia Power’s Energy Check Up. Find out how energy efficient your home is and steps you can take to save money and energy. Using energy wisely not only saves you money, it helps lower emissions and conserve resources. If you're looking for personalized ways to lower your electric bill by improving your home and/or changing your habits, start here.
Solutions for commercial building owners and managers
BOMA International has launched the Market Transformation Energy Plan and 7-Point Challenge to reduce energy consumption in commercial buildings by 30 percent by 2012.
Since that time the response has been extremely positive, with 100 BOMA member companies and BOMA local associations endorsing the 7-Point Challenge and making improved energy performance a priority across company portfolios throughout the country. View the list of 7-Point Challenge Endorsers
The resources in this 7-Point Challenge toolkit will help you
- Learn more about the 7-Point Challenge and improving energy performance in commercial buildings
- Develop strategies for reducing energy and benchmarking energy performance in your building(s)
- Promote the 7-Point Challenge and the importance of energy efficiency in commercial office buildings to building owners and managers, the media and public officials.
Link this toolkit to your own Web site or use the tools and resources to create your own energy efficiency resource center
The 7-Point Challenge
- Continue to work towards a goal to decrease energy consumption by 30 percent across your portfolios by 2012 – as measured against an “average building” measuring a 50 on the ENERGY STAR® benchmarking tool in 2007.
- At least once a year, benchmark your energy performance and water usage through EPA's ENERGY STAR benchmarking tool (and share your results with BOMA);
- Provide education to your managers, engineers, and others involved in building operations, to ensure that equipment is properly maintained and utilized;
- Perform an energy audit and/or retro-commissioning of your building, and implement low-risk, low-cost and cost effective strategies to improve energy efficiency with high returns;
- Extend equipment life by improving the operations and maintenance of building systems and ensure equipment is operating as designed;
- Through leadership, positively impact your community and your planet by helping to reduce your industry's role in global warming; and
- Position yourself and the industry as leaders and solution providers to owners and tenants seeking environmental and operational excellence.
Energy efficiency and renewable energy tax incentives
The Tax Incentives Assistance Project (TIAP), gives consumers and businesses information on federal income tax incentives for energy efficient products and technologies.
DSIRE is a comprehensive source of information on state, local, utility, and federal incentives that promote renewable energy and energy efficiency.