Cleaner Greener Lincoln recognized that lowering the energy cost of the City's infrastructure would allow new ways of saving money in buildings, transportation, and other energy areas, in turn saving taxpayers thousands of dollars in annual energy costs.
Municipal Lighting Upgrades
Nine city buildings have undergone significant lighting upgrades aimed to reduce energy usage and improve the quality of light in the spaces. Cleaner Greener Lincoln has helped to replaced 8,000 lights and ballasts in these buildings to ensure saving taxpayer dollars.
Center Park Garage
Center Park Garage, located at 11th & N Streets, has undergone a lighting efficiency upgrade. All existing metal halide bulbs that draw more that 200 watts each were replaced with energy efficiency LEDs that draw only 73 watts each. The garage, which uses lighting almost all the time, will save about 66% of its energy usage - tens of thousands of dollars in one year alone.
Sherman Field's new outfield lighting is also funded through CGL, as a demonstration of new highly efficient ball field lighting, saving the City thousands.
Non-Profit Energy Upgrades & Continuing Education
By recognizing the value of reducing energy costs to non-profits, Cleaner Greener Lincoln contracted with an energy auditor who conducted audits on 13 local non-profits commercial/residential buildings. Subsequently, the grant also funded significant lighting efficiency upgrades for 11 of the 13 buildings. To further this Non-Profit Pilot Project, Cleaner Greener Lincoln looked to the assistance of additional community grant fund organizations. A partnership was created with Lincoln Community Foundation, Community Health Endowment, an oversight committee and the reEnergize program to help provide additional energy savings enhancements on some of the non-profit buildings. Through this Non-Profit Pilot Project, each building is expecting to see hundreds if not thousands of dollars a year in savings that is vitally needed in order for the non-profit to provide additional assistance to those that it serves.
The estimated value in energy savings from the lighting retrofits combined every year is $11,675.60 with approximately 155,338 kWh of energy saved per year. This is approximately 310, 676 lbs or 155.34 tons of carbon dioxide reduction per year.
Workshops & Education
An energy efficiency workshop was held at the Center for People in Need with speakers from LES and Black Hills teaching non-profit leaders that received energy audits and upgrades about how to maintain energy efficiency in buildings.
Cleaner Greener Lincoln, Architecture Etcetera, LLC and Ayars and Ayars, Inc hosted a facility management introduction was to make non-profits aware of building up-keep, service agreements, and to provide them with their own Energy Star Portfolio. The Energy Star Portfolio included prior and current utility data already input into the website allowing the power to be in the hands of non-profit for further tracking of savings received from their energy efficiency upgrades.
Cleaner Greener Lincoln has developed, along with the Community Health Endowment and other local foundations, a financing pool to complete the recommended energy upgrades for the "pilot" group of community non-profits and create recommendations for how to reach even deeper into the non-profit community.
Cleaner Greener Lincoln established an oversight committee to continue outreach to community foundations and to finish recommended retrofits, while also evaluating the projects.
Green Building Code Development
The City of Lincoln is developing a comprehensive set of local building requirements that lower barriers to the use of sustainable design and green building technologies, materials, and techniques; encourages developers and builders to utilize green practices in their day-to-day operations and plans; and, reduces any negative impact of buildings on the environment. The project is both doing original research and working within existing building and safety code task forces to identify clear paths for adoption of revisions.
Cleaner Greener Lincoln hired a green building practices consultant to help develop code revision ideas, sustainable building standards for the community, and work with task forces and community groups to better understand the role of the codes in lowering energy use.
New Permit Software
As new code requirements and standards for "online," it is important that the systems the City uses to review and issue building permits enables permit applicants to be regularly advised as to the sustainable design and green building options available to them.
Automated permitting software and online technology provide an excellent opportunity to orient and advise building permit applicants about these options, allows the inputting of sustainable design and green building information into the permitting system, and the system's features and functions can be used to penetrate the community more effectively and broadcast the benefits of such approaches to the local community. Such technology can also be used to enable "Green Build Permit"-type processes used in many cities to incentivize sustainable projects.
With these prospects in mind, the City of Lincoln used EECBG funds to help with the purchase and development of new ACCELA, Inc. automated permitting software.
Workshops & Education
A key component of this work has included a wide range of opportunities to further educate the community, including through the Home & Garden Show, Urban Development Department's Green Build Homes initiative (901 Garfield), through Wastecap construction waste and demo project training activities, NSHBA Certified Green Build workshops, and EcoStores' Think Green It's Thursday sessions.
In May 2011, Cleaner Greener Lincoln co-hosted, with the Development Services Center, a Sustainable Design Land Use workshop put on by the EPA for area developers, lenders, and land use professionals. Lincoln was one of just 32 capitals across the country selected by the EPA to hose one of these workshops.
Cleaner Greener Lincoln's green building efforts have resulted in a Home "Green" Specification sheet for builders, a Green Practices curriculum for builders, a compilation of Lincoln's sustainability standards, and a substantial amount of research determining where Lincoln is in regards to sustainable design.
This project works in collaboration with Lincoln Home Builders Association, City of Lincoln Building & Safety Development, Development Services enter, Mayor's Environmental Task Force, City of Lincoln Code Review Task Forces, Lincoln Real Estate Association, and EcoStores Nebraska.
Active Living Center
In March 2011, ground was broken at Union Plaza for a new $1.4 million center home to the Jayne Snyder Trails Center, the Community Health Endowment (CHE), a public meeting space, and future trail-related business. The 6,500 square-foot facility is scheduled to open in late summer 2012.
Cleaner Greener Lincoln is providing $268,000 in funds towards the building to insure a highly energy efficient facility with renewable energy provided for years to come. Energy efficient features in the new building include Photovoltaic cells, LED lighting, and energy efficient windows.
These energy features will be utilized in upcoming educational programs to show the public the value of cost-effective and environmentally friendly design and construction methods. The goal is to have people who use the center realize how simple energy sustainability can be.
This project is a collaboration of Parks and Recreation, the Community Health Endowment, Great Plains Trail Network, and Cleaner Greener Lincoln.