State and Local Policy Database

Asset Management

Local governments make many long-term investments in terms of buildings, machinery, infrastructure and other assets. There are opportunities for additional or continued energy savings as existing assets are managed. Local governments can see significant energy and cost savings by systematically managing energy use, considering the lifecycle energy costs of their investments, and encouraging changes in employee behaviors. This sub-category includes information on three topic areas:

  • Building Energy Benchmarking and Retrofitting The percentage of municipal building square footage currently having its energy use benchmarked; the existence of a comprehensive retrofit strategy incorporating capital and operational improvements, including through a commitment as a Municipal Partners in the DOE’s Better Buildings Challenge, or significant efficiency investments in public buildings.
  • Sustainable Infrastructure Policies - Sustainable infrastructure policy for capital investments (i.e., lifecycle, fix it first, development impact fees); Percentage of the capital budget devoted to maintenance of existing assets.
  • Public Workforce Policies encouraging energy-efficient behavior of public employees such as flexible schedules and/or teleworking; City-provided incentives or benefits to public employees for carpooling or use of public transit.

Building Benchmarking and Retrofitting

Arlington annually benchmarks 100% of municipal facilities and publicizes the results in building report cards. Offices, libraries, community centers, and fire stations are required to show an Energy Performance Label, updated annually with energy use and a comparison to similar facilities.  We did not find information regarding efficiency improvements made thus far to the county building stock.

Public Employees

Arlington policy allows for 4/40 or 9/80 compressed work schedules and teleworking. 

Last updated: October 2015

Building Benchmarking and Retrofitting

In the City of Atlanta, more than 90% of government building square footage has been benchmarked in ENERGY STAR Portfolio Management. Additionally, this City has adopted an Energy Special Procurement Contract to retrofit public buildings.  

Public Employees

Atlanta has a telework policy for city employees.

Last updated: January 2017

Building Benchmarking and Retrofitting

In November 2008, the city council approved the Energy Conservation Audit and Disclosure Ordinance (Ordinance 20081106-047). It requires building energy rating and disclosure for nonresidential facilities and applies to municipal buildings. By 2014, 8.7 million square feet of city buildings were benchmarked, which is 97% of the total square footage owned by the city. The City of Austin city departments are responsible for identifying and assisting the energy manager, Austin Energy, to identify cost-effective retrofit projects in the department’s facilities and processes. Department management also must assure adequate funds are budgeted and available for the implementation of cost-effective retrofit projects. Commissioning has been completed at the city’s 14 largest buildings. The city has also developed baseline sustainability standards that guide retrofit projects.

Public Employees

Austin has an internal human resources policy on teleworking that has been in place since 2000.

Last updated: January 2017

Building Benchmarking and Retrofitting

Baltimore benchmarks City facilities in the ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager. The City has benchmarked a total of 9.4 million square feet.  The City of Baltimore, through the Office of Sustainable Energy, in the Department of Public Works, engages in a comprehensive analysis of all energy used by city functions. Those facilities that exceed the benchmark for its type are then prioritized by worst to best scores.  After this, the city identifies best candidates for improvements and locate funding to undertake retrofitting projects. Since 2011, over 100 facilities have been improved with $5.93M in energy improvement investments, saving $307K annually;

Public Employees

We could not confirm if Baltimore has a teleworking program for city employees in place.

Last updated: January 2017

Building Benchmarking and Retrofitting

We did not find information regarding municipal building benchmarking or the city’s energy performance strategy for municipal buildings. We could not confirm if the city implements any type of retrofits strategy for public buildings.

Public Employees

We did not find data on teleworking policies for city employees.  

Last updated: January 2017

Building Benchmarking and Retrofitting

In accordance with the 2013 Energy Reporting and Disclosure Ordinance, Boston uses Portfolio Manager to benchmark energy use in 100% of its municipal buildings, which is 321 buildings and 17,751,655 square feet. The city’s integrated energy management plan, developed in 2004, laid out a retrofit plan for Boston’s top ten municipal energy users, and the plan is currently being implemented. Boston secured nearly $10 million in commitments from Eversource and National Grid to support the acquisition and installation of energy efficiency measures in city properties. In August 2014, the City announced completion of a $66.7 million energy efficiency rehabilitation of 13 public housing properties owned by the Boston Housing Authority (BHA). The work completed by project contractor, Ameresco, includes millions of dollars in energy savings, capital upgrades to BHA’s public housing portfolio, and the first-in-the-nation, public housing project-labor agreement, which provided an opportunity for BHA residents to embark on careers in the building trades through the Building Pathways Program. Based on the BHA success, the City developed an energy efficiency project finance program, called the Renew Boston Trust, that replicates field-proven finance models for municipal, housing, commercial and institutional sectors.

Public Employees

We did not find data on policies aimed at reducing the commutes of city workers, such as flexible schedules and teleworking.

Last updated: January 2017

Building Benchmarking and Retrofitting

While a benchmarking policy is not in place, Boulder still benchmarks 28 facilities that make up 80% of the city’s total energy use.  Boulder’s Facilities and Asset Management Division monitors energy use in city facilities and is tasked with ensuring that new facilities and reconstruction projects are designed to minimize overall capital, maintenance, and energy costs.  Since 2009, Boulder has completed several energy-efficiency upgrades at municipal facilities, including switching to energy efficient lighting and installing efficient HVAC systems.

Public Employees

Boulder permits its city employees to telework at the discretion of their city departments.  

Last updated: October 2015

Building Benchmarking and Retrofitting

Burlington benchmarks its municipal buildings, but we do not know what percentage of their buildings the city benchmarks. Burlington has also made substantial efficiency investments, including boiler replacements, upgraded lighting systems, and the installation of heat recovery units.

Public Employees

Burlington is aiming to develop a commute reduction program that may include flexible work schedules, but this program has not yet been enacted. 

Last updated: October 2015

Building Benchmarking and Retrofitting

Carrboro does not regularly benchmark its municipal buildings and the town has not adopted a comprehensive retrofit strategy, but Carrboro has begun to plan for retrofits in capital budgeting.

Public Employees

Carrboro does not have policies to reduce the commutes of city workers, such as flex schedules and teleworking.

Last updated: April 2014

Building Benchmarking and Retrofitting

Charlotte benchmarks all of its municipal buildings (approximately 4 million square feet of floor space) across various metrics, including energy consumption. EASY software provides energy use intensity metrics for the portfolio. Charlotte retrofits facilities based on two to three annual audits, in accordance with its formalized energy management plan. The audit results act as a framework and driver for various retrofit projects.

Public Employees

Charlotte implements a flexible work schedule policy that provides regular full-time and part-time employees with the opportunity to request flexible work arrangements.

Last updated: January 2017

 

Building Benchmarking and Retrofitting

Charlottesville tracks the energy use of all municipal facilities and imports it into Portfolio Manager.  A Comprehensive retrofit strategy is part of Charlottesville’s ongoing energy management program.  In 2008, the city entered into an energy performance contract for its municipal buildings.  By November 2012, seven schools and several local government buildings had achieved Energy Star certification. 

Public Employees

Charlottesville allows city employees to telecommute and although there is not a city-wide policy, some departments permit employees to have flex schedules.  

Last updated: October 2015

Building Benchmarking and Retrofitting

According to government staff, the majority of city buildings are benchmarked. The Sustainable Chicago 2015 Plan has a goal to improve energy efficiency in municipal buildings by 10%. The city has three contracts with energy services companies to retrofit Chicago's municipal projects. Initial savings associated with these contracts appear to be approximately $9.4 million in energy costs for 2016, a portion of which comes from the energy efficiency upgrades.

Public Employees

We could not confirm if Chicago has a flexible work schedule policy or other policies, such as teleworking, to reduce the commutes of city workers.

Last updated: January 2017

Building Benchmarking and Retrofitting

The City of Cincinnati has entered half of its government owned buildings in ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager. The buildings represent 50-60 percent of the city’s total square footage. Additionally, the City of Cincinnati has completed over $22 million in efficiency improvements through performance contracting and retro commissioning. The improvements have impacted over 50 percent of public buildings.

Public Employees

We could not confirm if Cincinnati has policies to reduce the commutes of city workers, such as flex schedules and teleworking policies.

Last updated: January 2017

Building Benchmarking and Retrofitting

In the City of Cleveland, 95% of all municipal buildings are benchmarked and then exported to ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager. There is no retrofit strategy in place for public buildings in this City.

Public Employees

Cleveland's HR policies allow for employees, with approval from supervisors, to establish flex time and alternative work schedules.

Last updated: January 2017

Building Benchmarking and Retrofitting

The city benchmarks 98% of its municipal buildings in ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager. There is no retrofit policy in place, but the city is exploring options to reduce energy consumption systematically.

Public Employees

We could not confirm if Columbus has a telecommuting policy.

Last updated: January 2017

Building Benchmarking and Retrofitting

According to municipal staff, Dallas benchmarks electricity usage for approximately 60% of its municipal building stock. The City implements the Green Dallas Initiative with support from the Energy Department’s Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) Program. This program uses EECBG funds, to improve the energy efficiency of city-owned buildings, so far 248 buildings, totaling 3.3 million square feet have been retrofitted.

Public Employees

We could not confirm if Dallas has a telecommuting policy or flexible schedule policy.

Last updated: January 2017

Building Benchmarking and Retrofitting

The City of Denver has benchmarked 100% of public buildings in ENERGY STAR Portfolio manager, which amounts to approximately 10.5M square feet. . Near the end of 2014, the City had completed a Facility Condition and Assessment Program to review the overall condition of every City facility and determine where appropriate improvements should take place.  These recommendations were prioritized by cost and urgency to determine applicable sources of funding.  Throughout 2015 and currently, the City has been moving forward with completing these recommendations. The City has also entered into the implementation phase of its first Energy Performance Contract (EPC).  This contract will total approximately $2M, cover 14 buildings of various functions, and has a projected payback of approximately 15 years. 

Public Employees

The city allows both telecommuting and flexible schedules (Section 9-80 of the Career Services Rules) although these options must be approved by the employee’s agency.

Last updated: January 2017

Building Benchmarking and Retrofitting

We did not find information regarding municipal building benchmarking or the city’s energy performance strategy for municipal buildings. We could not confirm the existence of comprehensive retrofit strategies for public buildings in Detroit.

Public Employees

We did not find data on policies aimed at reducing the commutes of city workers, such as flex schedules and teleworking.

Last updated: January 2017

Building Benchmarking and Retrofitting

We did not find information regarding municipal building benchmarking or the city’s energy performance strategy for municipal buildings.

Public Employees

We did not find information on policies to reduce the commutes of city workers, such as flex schedules and teleworking.  

Last updated: October 2013

Building Benchmarking and Retrofitting

The city benchmarked energy use in 124 city properties (5,951,506 square feet of floor space) and entered it into Portfolio Manager, but we could not confirm what percent of total public building square footage this represented.

Public Employees

The city uses a "4-10" compressed work schedule for most city employees, with some employees working Mondays and others working Fridays.

January 2017

Building Benchmarking and Retrofitting

Fort Worth benchmarks approximately 60% of municipal building space through Portfolio Manager and monitors it on a monthly basis. The city’s conservation program acts to regularly retro commission and retrofit buildings to improve energy efficiency when submitted projects are deemed cost-effective.

Public Employees

We could not find data on policies that reduce the commutes of city workers, such as flex schedules and teleworking policies in Fort Worth.

Last updated: January 2017

Building Benchmarking and Retrofitting

Hartford benchmarks the energy use of all its public buildings in DOE's Portfolio Manager.  We could not confirm the existence of comprehensive retrofit strategies for public buildings in Hartford.  

Public Employees

We could not find data on policies that reduce the commutes of city workers, such as flex schedules and teleworking policies in Hartford.

Last updated: January 2017

Building Benchmarking and Retrofitting

100% of Houston’s municipal buildings are currently benchmarked. The City has undergone a comprehensive retrofit strategy using Energy Savings Performance Contracts. 6 million square feet of municipal buildings have been retrofitted, with energy reductions approaching 30%. Nearly $70 million have been invested.

Public Employees

The city participates in Flex in the City, a program implemented by the city to encourage employers to try alternative scheduling options such as compressed work weeks, telecommuting, and using flexible start and end times.

Last updated: January 2017

Building Benchmarking and Retrofitting

Indianapolis benchmarks the energy use in 56 city facilities, including the 731,000 square foot City-County Building. The city could not determine the percentage of city-owned square footage these facilities represent. We could not confirm the existence of any current comprehensive retrofit strategies for public buildings in Indianapolis.

Public Employees

There is not a citywide flexible schedule policy in Indianapolis, but rather each department sets its own policies which are dictated by their work and schedule demands.

Last Updated: January 2017

Building Benchmarking and Retrofitting

Jacksonville regularly enters energy use for municipal building space into the ENERGY STAR program. However, we could not confirm the percentage of overall city-owned square footage that the benchmarked square footage represents. We could not confirm the existence of comprehensive retrofit strategies for public buildings in Jacksonville.

Public Employees

JEA, the city's municipal utility, has a teleworking policy, but Jacksonville does not have policies to reduce the commutes of all city workers, such as flexible schedules or a citywide teleworking policy.

Last updated: January 2017

Building Benchmarking and Retrofitting

Kansas City benchmarks between 80%of its public building square footage through ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager.  and is in the process of extending an automated tracking and analysis system to all its buildings. Although we could not confirm if Kanas City has adopted a comprehensive retrofit strategy for its municipal buildings, this City has implemented retrofits in several public buildings. While data on funding invested in this retrofits is not readily available, energy costs avoided is reported at almost $1.5 million over a 3-year period. Overall, the city has reduced its electricity usage by 21%, including all uses, between 2000 and 2013.

Public Employees

We could not confirm if Kansas City has policies to reduce the commutes of city workers, such as flexible schedules and teleworking policies.

Last updated: January 2017

Building Benchmarking and Retrofitting

Knoxville benchmarks 100% of municipal buildings and has done so since 2007.  The city entered into an energy performance contract with Ameresco in 2010 for municipal buildings.  Ameresco has since completed all retrofits under the scope of the 2010 contract.

Public Employees

Knoxville is a partner in Smart Trips, a commuter incentive program that encourages teleworking and flexible schedules.  

Last updated: October 2015

Building Benchmarking and Retrofitting

Las Vegas uses ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager to benchmark 24 facilities. These facilities account for 53% of the local government’s total floor area. This City includes public building retrofits in its annual 5-year capital improvement plan. Specific energy efficiency upgrades over the last years have included major interior lighting upgrades, efficient pool pumps, building HVAC, motion controls/sensors, and mechanical improvements at City Hall, the City’s Development Services Center, five community centers, and the City’s Detention Center.

Public Employees

The City allows a four-day work week for all non-emergency personnel.

Last updated: January 2017

Building Benchmarking and Retrofitting

Lawrence benchmarks all municipal building space using EnergyCAP and uses the benchmarking data to identify opportunities to save energy.  The city has contracted energy professionals to conduct energy audits of some key facilities.  Once the contractors determine projects with the best savings potential, Lawrence has prioritized the most cost-effective retrofits.

Public Employees

Lawrence does not have government-wide policies for teleworking or flex schedules, but individual department have implemented these. 

Last updated: October 2015

Building Benchmarking and Retrofitting

The City of Los Angeles currently has nearly 13 million square feet of municipal buildings benchmarked in Portfolio Manager. This represents a large percentage of the generally funded departments, and 100% of the buildings that are 7,500 square feet and above. This City is currently using the benchmarking data and energy audits to best allocate resources. To date around 10 public buildings have gone through or are undergoing retrofits.

Public Employees

The City of Los Angeles allows city employees to telecommute through an application process, additionally the City implements a flexible scheduling policy.  

Last updated: January 2017

Building Benchmarking and Retrofitting

Louisville Metro Government works towards tracking 100% of its buildings in Portfolio Manager. We could not confirm the existence of comprehensive retrofit strategies for public buildings in Louisville.

Public Employees

Louisville has an alternative work schedule policy for city employees.

Last updated: January 2017

Building Benchmarking and Retrofitting

Madison benchmarks 53 large buildings out of 300 total facilities; the 53 buildings represent the majority of the government’s energy use.  In terms of an energy performance strategy, it is the part of the maintenance staff’s tasks to look for building retrofit opportunities.  If projects are estimated to have a 10 year payback, Madison may pursue the project. 

Public Employees

Madison has policies in place permitting both teleworking and flexible schedules.

Last updated: October 2013

Building Benchmarking and Retrofitting

The City of Memphis currently tracks energy use in 52 public facilities and 38 county facilities using ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager.  This City tracks energy use in 99% of the square footage of building space owned by Shelby County Schools. There is no comprehensive retrofit strategy in place in Memphis.

Public Employees

We could not find data on policies to reduce the commutes of city workers, such as flex schedules and teleworking.

Last updated: January 2017

Building Benchmarking and Retrofitting

We did not find information regarding the existence of municipal building benchmarking or a comprehensive retrofit strategy for public buildings. 

Public Employees

Miami implements a flexible scheduling policy for city employees.  

Last updated: January 2017

Building Benchmarking and Retrofitting

In Milwaukee, all municipal buildings are benchmarked and then exported to Portfolio Manager.  Although Milwaukee has no comprehensive retrofit strategy for its municipal buildings in place, this City has implemented HVAC and lighting retrofits in many public buildings.

Public Employees

We could not find data on policies to reduce the commutes of city workers, such as flex schedules and teleworking.

Last updated: January 2017

Building Benchmarking and Retrofitting

Minneapolis Ordinance 47-190 requires benchmarking of city buildings of 25,000 square feet or more. 100% of the square feet of City-owned buildings is benchmarked in EnergyCAP, buildings over 25,000 square feet are also benchmarked in Portfolio Manager. Although Minneapolis has no comprehensive retrofit strategy for its municipal buildings in place, this City meets with the electric utility, Xcel Energy, multiple times per year to talk about upcoming new construction and renovation projects, in an effort to ensure the most efficient systems are installed and mechanical system rebates are maximized. The City has implemented several retrofits in many public buildings.

Public Employees

The City’s telework policy authorizes departments to consider alternative work schedules.

Last updated: January 2017

Building Benchmarking and Retrofitting

Nashville’s Department of General Services (DGS) has entered 46% of the total square footage of its public buildings in the ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager. DGS retrofits buildings by doing pre and post commissioning followed by test and balance. Typically, retrofits include lighting, HVAC, and other electrical and mechanical upgrades.      

Public Employees

We could not find data on policies aimed at reducing the commutes of city workers, such as flex schedules and teleworking.

Last updated: January 2017

Building Benchmarking and Retrofitting

The City of New Orleans and Green Coast Enterprises, thanks to funding and guidance from NRDC, benchmarked 100 percent of the energy used by the 92 city owned buildings in the fall of 2013. The city is now using Wego Wise to continue to track this information. In addition, they did ASHRAE Level 1 audits of 17 facilities to advise the city on next steps for an overall energy management strategy. The findings of this report were released publicly at Greenbuild in New Orleans in October of 2014.

Public Employees

We could not find data on policies aimed at reducing the commutes of city workers, such as flex schedules and teleworking.

Last updated: January 2017

Building Benchmarking and Retrofitting

In December 2009, the city council passed four laws, collectively known as the Greener, Greater Buildings Plan, that require energy efficiency upgrades to and energy transparency in large existing buildings. In compliance with Local Law 84 of 2009, benchmarking results are reported for all city buildings that are more than 10,000 gross square feet that are owned by the city or for which the city pays all or part of the annual energy bill. In 2015, there was a total of 3,649 benchmarked facilities (288 million square feet), As a result, 95% of local government building square footage is benchmarked in ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager. The city conducts energy audits and retro-commissioning studies to measure the energy performance of its portfolio and identify opportunities for retrofits. The city then prioritizes buildings with the greatest opportunity for energy savings through a comprehensive retrofit targeting city buildings with the largest energy demands and most complex energy consuming systems. The city’s building retrofit program has completed over 190 comprehensive building energy efficiency retrofit projects to date, with annual energy cost reductions of nearly $10.5 million. In addition, through the City’s Accelerated Conservation & Efficiency (ACE) program, the City invests in high-value energy efficiency projects in all its buildings. Since it launched in June 2013, ACE has awarded over $362 million for energy efficiency projects that are projected to yield $49.5 million in avoided energy costs and approximately 125,800 metric tons of CO2e emissions reduced. 

Public Employees

New York City has a policy allowing municipal employees to use flexible schedules, but there is not a policy to allow for teleworking.

Last updated: January 2017

Building Benchmarking and Retrofitting

California law AB-1103 requires benchmarking of medium and large sized commercial buildings that are greater than 5,000 square feet in size via the ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager or MyEnergy tools. Over 90% of city buildings are benchmarked using these benchmarking tools.  As a part of their Energy and Climate Action Plan, Oakland details several priority actions to improve energy efficiency in buildings via retrofits.

Public Workforce

Teleworking/flex schedules are allowed for certain employees. The city is currently advocating for greater access to flex scheduling/teleworking policies. 

Updated: February 2016 

Building Benchmarking and Retrofitting

Oklahoma City does not use ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager to manage energy use in local government buildings. The City is currently benchmarking energy consumption from municipal buildings in EnergyCAP, but we could not find information regarding the percentage of public buildings that the City has benchmarked so far.  We could not confirm the existence of comprehensive retrofit strategies for public buildings in Oklahoma City.

Public Employees

We did not find data on policies to reduce the commutes of city workers, such as flex schedules and teleworking.

Last updated: January 2017

Building Benchmarking and Retrofitting

Orlando benchmarks energy use in 90% of its municipal portfolio, totaling 6.15 million square feet.. In 2010, Orlando invested $1.76M in energy efficiency improvements for 28 buildings. Currently, those investments are tracking at $1.1M in savings and a 31% reduce in energy use from the baseline in 2010. Since then, Orlando has rolled out an additional $17.5M in energy efficiency improvements to an additional 100 municipal buildings.

Public Employees

Orlando does not have policies to reduce the commutes of city workers, such as flex schedules and teleworking.

Last updated: January 2017

Building Benchmarking and Retrofitting

Park City benchmarks 79% of its total municipal square footage in Portfolio Manager.  The city entered into an energy assessment and retrofit contract with Johnson Controls in 2009 that covered all major municipal facilities.  Park City is currently working on an RFP to complete a follow-up assessment along with procuring additional technical training for the city’s building maintenance staff who maintain mechanical and other energy systems.

Public Employees

Park City allows city employees to telework; managers approve teleworking arrangements on a department-by-department basis. 

Last updated: October 2015

Building Benchmarking and Retrofitting

Philadelphia has benchmarks 63% of municipal square footage in Portfolio Manager, and 100% of facilities in EnergyCAP. to benchmark all facilities of more than 10,000 square feet (slightly less than half of the city's floor space) and has publicized its results in a benchmarking report. The City of Philadelphia implemented Greenworks, which aimed to raise the portion of the city’s infrastructure in a state of good repair to 80% by 2015. The City is currently planning to incorporate model plans for high-efficiency investments across public buildings through an energy master plan for municipal buildings.

Public Employees

The City implements the Mobile Workforce Policy, which provides teleworking and flexible schedule arrangements to city employees based on the needs of City departments.

Last updated: January 2017

Building Benchmarking and Retrofitting

In the City of Phoenix, 171 municipal building of over 5,000 square feet have been entered into Portfolio Manager.  This represents over 95% of city facility square footage. Additionally, this City commits energy management funds ($500,000/yr) for energy efficiency upgrades on municipal buildings, and it is currently undertaking a procurement/bid process to select energy services/ESCO vendors to accelerate energy efficiency upgrade activities to meet the city’s absolute goal of 20% energy reduction by 2020. 

Public Employees

Phoenix allows city employees to telecommute and have flexible schedules in accordance with the city’s Memorandum of Understanding with 5 local government employee groups.

Last updated: January 2017

Building Benchmarking and Retrofitting

Pittsburgh currently benchmarks 1.77 million square feet of their municipal buildings through Portfolio Manager. However, starting in 2017, this City will be benchmarking all of their municipal buildings in accordance to the Building Transparency Ordnance.  Over the past years, the City of Pittsburgh has made a number of efficiency investments, now through an executive order, the City will formally focus on upgrading additional public facilities including fire, police, EMS stations (phase I and II) and senior/ community centers phase III.  Additionally, the City has invested in a new asset management software, Cartegraph, to stay on track of the condition of all physical City assets.

Public Employees

Pittsburgh offers its employees flex schedules, but the policy is not specific on restrictions and limitations.

Last updated: January 2017

Building Benchmarking and Retrofitting

The City of Portland requires eligible commercial buildings, including local government facilities, to benchmarking and report energy performance through ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager.  To comply with the policy, the City benchmarked all covered buildings exceeding 50,000 square feet in April 2016; approximately 15% of the local government square footage is currently benchmarked.  The City's Bureau of Internal Business Services has a Strategic Planning Group that manages a project prioritization process for major maintenance that prioritizes projects that improve energy efficiency.  Additionally, Portland has a policy aimed at undertaking any identified energy efficiency project with a simple payback of 10 years or less. The City has implemented more than 100 significant energy efficiency investments in the last 20 years.

Public Employees

Portland implements a teleworking policy for city employees.

Last updated: January 2017

Building Benchmarking and Retrofitting

10% of Providence’s municipal building square footage is being regularly benchmarked using ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager. In January 2016, the City partnered with the State of Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources (OER), National Grid, and the Rhode Island Infrastructure Bank (RIIB) in an ongoing strategy to target energy reduction in schools and municipal buildings. Last year the RIIB unveiled its new lending program, the Efficient Buildings Fund, which offers low interest rates for municipal projects that demonstrate a twenty percent energy savings, or better. 

Public Employees

Providence does not have policies to reduce the commutes of city workers, such as flex schedules and teleworking policies.

Last updated: January 2017

Building Benchmarking and Retrofitting

Raleigh does not benchmark public building energy use through ENERGY STAR or a similar tool. There is no comprehensive retrofit strategy in place in this City.  

Public Employees

We did not find data on policies to reduce the commutes of city workers, such as flex schedules and teleworking.

Last updated: January 2017

Building Benchmarking and Retrofitting

Richmond annually benchmarks 80% of its municipal facilities. Richmond has audited approximately 40 of its worst performing buildings, which are currently undertaking improvements. Significant energy efficiency investments have been made in the City Jail, which was renovated into a LEED Gold Justice Center.  In addition, City Hall, court buildings, city libraries, and city fire stations have also been renovated for efficiency.

Public Employees

We could not confirm if Richmond has policies to reduce the commutes of city workers, such as flex schedules and teleworking.

Last updated: January 2017

Riverside does not benchmark public building energy use through ENERGY STAR or a similar tool. Although Riverside has no comprehensive retrofit strategy for its municipal buildings in place, the City’s General Services Department is currently working on a city-wide asset management plan for all facilities to identify and address building deficiencies and establish a comprehensive retrofit/replacement strategy.  

Public Employees

The city’s flex schedule policy recommends modified or flexible work schedules in order to increase organizational efficiency.

Last updated: January 2017

Building Benchmarking and Retrofitting

We could not find information regarding Sacramento’s public building benchmarking efforts.  percentage of public building square footage benchmarked. We could not confirm the existence of comprehensive retrofit strategies for public buildings in this City.

Public Employees

We could not find data on policies to reduce the commutes of city workers, such as flex schedules and teleworking, and we did not find information on transit benefits offered to city employees.  

Last updated: January 2017

Building Benchmarking and Retrofitting

Salt Lake City currently benchmarks 100% of all of its Tier 1-3 facilities, which the City defines as greater than 3,000 square feet.  This City’s Energy Management Executive Order, requires the establishment of an energy audit program to prioritize energy-saving projects as well as a strategic plan for retrocommissioning at least every ten years in addition to continuous re-tuning.

Public Employees

Salt Lake City’s policy 3.01.02 allows a supervisor to authorize telecommuting and flexible workplace arrangements, when it works to the mutual benefit of the city, the employee, and the city's customers.

Last updated: January 2017

Building Benchmarking and Retrofitting

Although a benchmarking policy for municipal buildings is not in place, San Antonio benchmarks 75% of its municipal buildings.  We could not confirm the existence of comprehensive retrofit strategies for public buildings in this City

Public Employees

The city allows for teleworking or flex schedules at the discretion of each city department.

Last updated: January 2017

Building Benchmarking and Retrofitting

In the City of San Diego, energy use is monitored and benchmarked using a Smart Energy Management and Monitoring System, the City is in the process of compiling municipal assets into Portfolio Manager. Currently, 747 properties have been entered into Portfolio Manager and are actively being updated. The Climate Action Plan directs the City to form a Municipal Energy Strategy, which will include a comprehensive retrofit strategy for public buildings along with opportunities to integrate renewable energy installations and other emerging clean technologies.

Public Employees

The city has a flexible work schedule and a telecommuting policy in place.

Last updated: January 2017

Building Benchmarking and Retrofitting

The Existing Commercial Buildings Energy Performance Ordinance requires the benchmarking of public and private (non-residential) buildings of more than 10,000 square feet, using ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager. The ordinance requires disclosure of the ENERGY STAR score or the energy usage intensity if a score is not available. The 2013 Energy Benchmark Report for Municipal Buildings includes 77% of the city's building square footage. Retrofitting is accounted for annually through budgeting for energy efficiency, by the SFPUC, with retrofits prioritized based on total energy use and other key factors.

Public Employees

The city has a telecommuting policy in place.

Last updated: January 2017

Building Benchmarking and Retrofitting

San Jose benchmarks less than 25% of their public building square footage. The city has contracted with an ESCO provider to help identify and implement energy efficiency efforts on municipal buildings.

Public Employees

San Jose’s teleworking policy authorizes departments to consider offering employees the option of alternative work schedules.

Last updated: January 2017

Building Benchmarking and Retrofitting

Council Bill 116731, enacted in 2010, requires the benchmarking of public buildings of more than 10,000 square feet. Of the 10 million square feet of city buildings, 8.1 million square feet have been benchmarked to date. This accounts for more than 80% of the city’s total building area. Since 2011, through a Mayor's announcement, Seattle has had a goal to achieve 20% energy savings in municipal buildings by 2020 from a 2008 baseline. A citywide Resource Conservation Management Plan (RCMP), adopted by City Council Resolution 31491 in December 2013, outlines strategies for achieving the goal. Municipal energy efficiency retrofits were completed on 19 buildings in 2011 through 2013 through an energy services contract. In 2013 through 2014, operations improvements were made on 19 facilities. The 2013 Resource Conservation Management Plan includes continued capital and operations improvement strategies, along with ongoing building analyses to identify future opportunities. As part of that plan, $3 million is dedicated to capital energy efficiency projects in 14 facilities in 2015-2016, with additional funding for operations improvements and measurement and verification.

Public Employees

Seattle has a telecommuting policy in place.

Last updated: January 2017

Building Benchmarking and Retrofitting

St. Louis enters data in Portfolio Manager and pursues ENERGY STAR certification for all eligible municipal properties. The city also retrofits municipal buildings through the implementation of their commercial PACE program.

Public Employees

We could not find data on policies to reduce the commutes of city workers, such as flex schedules and teleworking policies.

Last updated: January 2017

Building Benchmarking and Retrofitting

Tampa does not benchmark public building energy use through ENERGY STAR or a similar tool. Although Tampa has no comprehensive retrofit strategy for its municipal buildings in place, the City is currently undertaking energy efficient investments at the McKay Bay Waste to Energy facility.

Public Employees

Tampa allows city employees to use flexible schedules. 

Last updated: January 2017

Building Benchmarking and Retrofitting

Virginia Beach benchmarks 100% of local government buildings in ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager. The City reviews energy use in municipal buildings to identify those that are high in energy use, and makes investments based on return on investment.

Public Employees

A flexible workplace policy is administered in Virginia Beach.

Last updated: January 2017

Building Benchmarking and Retrofitting

80% of the 36.5 million square feet of district government property is regularly tracked in BuildSmartDC.com and/or ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager. Washington, D.C.’s Clean Affordable Energy Act of 2008 The Clean and Affordable Energy Act of 2008 requires that the energy and water performance of public buildings over 10,000 gross square feet and privately-owned commercial and multifamily residential buildings over 50,000 gross square feet be benchmarked using ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager® and the results reported annually to the District of Columbia Department of the Environment for public disclosure. Results from DC Government buildings, which have been benchmarked since 2010, are available on an online database called Build Smart DC. Results from privately-owned buildings are available on the District of Columbia Open Data Portal. The district is also currently exploring energy service performance contracts and is a DOE Better Buildings Challenge Community Partner, with 90 million square feet committed, including municipal buildings. Under the Sustainable DC Plan, the Department of General Services (DGS) is developing a strategic plan to reduce energy use in District facilities by 50% by 2032. DGS has begun retrofitting and optimizing the operations its most inefficient building, cutting energy use and saving millions of dollars.

Public Employees

The district has policies allowing local government employees to use alternative work schedules (D.C. Official Code §§ 1-612.01). 

Last updated: January 2017