Category: Local government

Webinar: Becoming ESPC-Ready

Jun 15, 2021 2-3 pm CDT
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Join this webinar to better understand the basics of Energy Savings Performance Contracting, or ESPC. This foundational training covers how state and local governments can facilitate energy efficiency investments through ESPC, and how facility managers can use ESPC to enhance their facility’s energy performance. Whether you are a stakeholder from a state or local government, university, K-12 school, or hospital, this webinar can help you become ESPC-ready.

This webinar is based on the Foundations of ESPC training offered by the National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO) and the Energy Services Coalition as part of the DOE-NASEO Return-to-Work Initiative.

Citizen science is helping tackle stinky cities

Read the full story at Next City.

Marta has lived with a bad smell lingering in her hometown in central Spain, Villanueva del Pardillo, for a long time. Fed up, in 2017 she and her neighbors decided to pursue the issue. “The smell is disgusting,” Marta says, pointing a finger at a local yeast factory.

Originally, she thought of recording the “bad smell days” on a spreadsheet. When this didn’t work out, after some research she found Odour Collect, a crowdsourced map that allows users to enter a geolocalized timestamp of bad smells in their neighborhood.

Massachusetts rolls out new tool to support ‘climate smart’ construction

Read the full story from WBUR.

Hoping to better prepare for the climate and environmental hazards of the future, the Baker administration launched a tool Wednesday to help cities and towns assess the climate change risk of planned projects and get recommendations to make the designs more resilient.

The Resilient MA Action Team Climate Resilience Design Standards Tool aims to get municipal leaders thinking about how climate change over the coming decades might affect developments that are still in the planning stages and for the state to share mitigation recommendations.

Webinar: Introducing EPA’s Benchmarking & Building Performance Standards Policy Toolkit

March 17, 2021, 11am-noon
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Are you a state or local decision maker interested in exploring policies to reduce the energy and carbon footprints of your existing buildings? Join this webinar to learn about EPA’s new Benchmarking & Building Performance Standards Policy Toolkit. This Toolkit aims to inform and support state and local governments who are exploring adopting policies focused on reducing energy use and greenhouse gas emissions from existing commercial and multifamily buildings in their communities. The Toolkit offers an overview of building energy benchmarking and transparency; an overview of building performance standards; opportunities for cross-jurisdictional coordination including between state and local governments; and strategies for ensuring solutions are in place that provide access to utility data. EPA experts will walk through the Toolkit, provide an overview of key considerations for policy design, and describe opportunities for EPA technical assistance and further resources, including information on using EPA’S ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager® tool as a backbone of program implementation.

EPA Speakers

  • Carolyn Snyder, Division Director, Climate Protection Partnerships Division
  • Cassandra Kubes, State and Local Energy and Environment Program
  • Caterina Hatcher, ENERGY STAR State & Local Government and Higher Education Team
  • Brendan Hall, ENERGY STAR State & Local Government and Higher Education Team

Webinar: Addressing Climate Risks in Your Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan

Mar 10, 2021, 11 am CST
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Hazard mitigation planning is important for reducing the impact of disasters and for receiving funding from FEMA following a disaster declaration. Attend this webinar to learn how to address climate risks in your Multi-hazard Mitigation Plan development process.

Following Google’s footsteps, Des Moines pledges 24/7 clean electricity by 2035

Read the full story at Smart Cities Dive.

The Des Moines City Council on Monday approved a resolution outlining a series of carbon emission goals, including a 24/7 clean energy by 2035 pledge modeled after Google’s round-the-clock energy plan.

Des Moines is already well on its way to 100% clean energy, according to the council resolution; 83% of the city’s energy came from clean sources in 2020.

While Des Moines may benefit from factors that enable it to pursue ambitious energy targets, environmental advocates hope the resolution will spur greater aspirations in similarly-positioned communities.

LI pols: Shift recycling costs from local governments to packaging producers

Read the full story in Newsday.

Producers of plastic, cardboard and paper packaging would have to help cover the costs of municipal recycling programs, under a bill proposed by two Long Island legislators.

With recycling markets changing, municipalities too often are socked with the costs of curbside recycling and left with no place to sell the materials, Sen. Todd Kaminsky (D-Long Beach) and Assemb. Steve Englebright (D-Setauket) said.

Modeled on recycling laws in Canada and elsewhere, their bill would shift at least a portion of recycling costs away from local governments. It would force companies to help fund what happens with packaging — much the way producers of tires, batteries and paint already do in New York, the lawmakers say. They call it “extended producer responsibility.”

The Town Of Asbestos, Quebec, Chooses A New, Less Hazardous Name

Read the full story from NPR.

The residents of Asbestos, Quebec, have selected a new name. Going forward, the town will be known as Val-des-Sources — valley of the springs — rather than the name of the carcinogenic mineral mined in the town until 2011.

Ameresco completes energy efficiency project for the city of Virginia, MN

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Energy conservation measures across municipal buildings, parks and public areas guarantee annual energy and maintenance cost savings of nearly $108,000.

Cities’ GHG emissions reduction efforts, by the numbers

Read the full story from Utility Dive.

A new Brookings report assessed the nation’s many climate action plans to check if cities are meeting their emissions reduction commitments.

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