Efficient Physical Infrastructure and Operations

These actions deal with the establishment of greener buildings and municipal fleets. Actions include registration of town buildings with ENERGY STAR, installing more efficient street lights, and partial or full energy usage of buildings from renewable sources.

Actions in Progress

6.1 Benchmark and Track Energy Use

  • Objective:
    • Identify your municipality’s energy use and track it over time, noting both your achievements and areas for improvement.
  • What needs to be done:
    • Keep your ENERGYSTAR Portfolio Manager, or equivalent third-party energy tracking management program account current within 6 months for 100% of municipal and Board of Education buildings, excluding wastewater treatment plants.

6.4 Increase Use of Renewable Energy in Municipal Buildings

  • Objective:
    • Increase the use of renewable energy in your municipal buildings.
  • What needs to be done:
    • Purchase or install Class I clean energy sources to power municipal buildings (including Board of Education). Points will be awarded in 10 points intervals when 10%, 20%, 30%, 40%, and 50% of your energy use is powered by renewable sources.

6.5 Develop a Municipal Energy Plan

  • Objective:
    • Manage your municipal energy consumption with the goals of efficiency, economy, environmental responsibility, and resiliency. Enable cooperative actions such as establishing microgrids and broad-scale adoption of renewable energy. Include the residential and business sections.
  • What needs to be done:
    • Adopt an energy use reduction pledge. You may use your Clean Energy Community pledge.
    • Develop a plan to fulfill your energy use reduction pledge or to set more ambitious energy goals for your community. Your plan must include energy tracking and management, energy reduction goals and actions, clean energy production goals and actions, and peak demand reduction goals and actions.