The City recognizes the importance of transitioning to a renewable energy future and the enormous energy and costs savings potential in energy-efficient buildings and facilities. The City is leading the way by implementing energy-efficiency improvements in City buildings and securing renewable energy sources.
- The City has completed energy audits on City buildings leading to more than 800,000 kilowatt-hours of energy savings. These efforts include:
- New, efficient boilers that use 30% less fuel
- Retrofitted temperature controls and automated buildings systems that increase comfort levels while reducing energy and water use
- Updated air conditioning compressors that require 50% less energy
- Lighting upgrades and occupancy sensors
- In 2005, the City began replacing 400-watt streetlamps with 250-watt lamps, saving an estimated $53,000 per year. The City has also replaced traffic signal light bulbs with energy saving LED lights.
- In 2009, the City achieved LEED Certification from the United States Green Building Council for the construction of the 11th Avenue Head Start.
- In 2014, the City purchased 274 kilowatts of solar energy through a community-owned solar garden.