NELEN Collaborative Toolkit: Municipal Facility Projects
Guidelines for Energy Management
"Continuous improvement of energy performance requires establishing effective energy management practices and processes to guide the energy program. Any organization, regardless of size, function, or mission can develop an effective energy program if they are willing to make the commitment. The US EPA’s ENERGY STAR Guidelines for Energy Management provides a proven strategy for creating an energy management program focused on continuous improvement of energy performance. The process builds on the commitment organization’s make when they become an ENERGY STAR partner."
Plan for Municipal Retrofit Projects
"Energy retrofit projects can have multiple benefits for municipalities in addition to resiliency preparation and climate change mitigation, including operational cost savings, reduced maintenance, and greater comfort. However, large retrofits in particular require significant oversight in order to identify the most effective projects to prioritize and the resources and timeframe needed to complete them. This strategy outlines how to create and maintain a plan for completing municipal retrofit work, including a list of priority projects, how projects will be funded, and how they will be completed." Read more...
Municipal Weatherization 101
Grassroot/Volunteer Project Examples
- West Hartford Clean Energy Task Force (CT)- has a mission to implement the Town's commitment to obtain 20% clean energy by the year 2010 and more broadly assist the Town on energy-related matters, including tracking energy use data.
- Bennington Energy Committee (NH) - hired an energy consultant to work with town committees with the goal of producing a close to net zero building at the old RR Station.The old RR station in Bennington is used as a community meeting space but is currently a huge energy user in winter. To keep costs down much of the work on the old RR station will be done by volunteers.