The City of Lincoln recognizes that there are multiple long term projects and ideas that, if implemented today, would save money over time. Additionally, Cleaner Greener Lincoln recognizes the importance of research to aid in policy decisions that will be made in years to come with regard to energy use, sustainability, and environmental stewardship.
Water Use Study
The City of Lincoln's water system pays over $3 million every year for electricity to power the pumps that bring residents clean and healthy water. This project aided with the funds of a feasibility study to determine how, through a few changes in pumping protocols and additional software, the City could save hundreds of thousands of dollars through the use of substantially less energy.
Member of ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability
Lincoln's membership in ICLEI provides the city with access to a wide range of sustainability software, tools, trainings, and other resources. This membership also adds Lincoln to a national group of local governments facing similar challenges of making communities more sustainable, livable, and efficient. The group of local governments provides a network of ideas and resource sharing.
Energy Star Partner
Energy Star was introduced by the EPA in 1992 as a voluntary, market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency. On February 23, 2012 Mayor Beutler announces that the City joined the EPA's Energy Star program as a partner.
This partnership allows the City of Lincoln to measure and track the energy performance of city facilities using energy star tools, resources, and the Energy Star portfolio manager software program to track energy use throughout all city buildings and facilities.
EPA's Greening America's Capitals
Lincoln was one of five cities chosen to be part of the EPA's Greening America's Capitals program. The project area is 11th Street from "A" to "J" streets.
The project team included local experts, EPA, City staff, Community ReDesigned, BNIM (a team of architects and planners), and Everett Neighborhood participants. The workshop developed a re-design plan for the area, including plans for complete streets, community gardens, and festival space.
Sustainable Lincoln Plan
The Sustainable Lincoln "targets" will be approved in the fall of 2012. With the dedication of the Sustainable Lincoln Blue Ribbon Leadership team, the Sustainable Lincoln Plan will include measurable community-wide sustainability indicator "targets" for the use of our city’s air, water, land, waste, transportation, and energy and community resources. Stay tuned to find out the final decision of the Blue Ribbon Leadership team.