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

We were unable to find information regarding Akron’s benchmarking practices.

Comprehensive Retrofit Strategy

We did not find information regarding a comprehensive retrofit strategy in Akron.

Public Workforce Commuting

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

Last update: July 2020

Building Benchmarking

Albuquerque benchmarks all municipal buildings using Energy Manager, Portfolio Manager, and GRITS for project analysis. 

Comprehensive Retrofit Strategy

Through the use of Energy Manager, Portfolio Manager, and GRITS, the city identifies facilities eligible for energy efficiency and renewable energy retrofits as directed by Albuquerque Ordinance 2-12-1. The ordinance mandates set aside funds from capital improvement to fund capital improvements and retrofits that result in energy conservation. Between 2009 and 2017, the city completed 115 energy conservation retrofit projects resulting in over $45 million and 220,178,020 kWh in savings. 

Public Workforce Commuting

Albuquerque does not have a city-wide flex schedule or telework policy.

Last updated: July 2020

Building Benchmarking

We were unable to find information regarding Tulsa’s benchmarking practices.

Comprehensive Retrofit Strategy

We were unable to find information regarding a comprehensive retrofit strategy for municipal buildings, but the city recently accomplished the multiple upgrades at multiple updates.

Public Workforce Commuting

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

Last update: July 2020

Building Benchmarking and Retrofitting

Arlington annually benchmarks 100% of municipal facilities in the Energy Star Portfolio Manager. Additioinally, the county seeks annual energy use intensity (EUI) reductions in its building portfolio of 2 percent per year. A new (2016) County Operations Energy Plan outlines enterprise-wide strategies for energy performance improvements.

Public Employees

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

Last updated: May 2017

Building Benchmarking

In the City of Atlanta, more than 90% of government building square footage has been benchmarked in ENERGY STAR Portfolio Management. Atlanta's benchmarking data can be found here.

Comprehensive Retrofit Strategy

The City’s Guaranteed Energy Savings Performance Contract (GESPC) Initiative evaluated 181 city buildings for energy and water usage. Phase 1 involved investment grade audits and phase two is currently underway implementing energy saving measures based on the recommendations in phase one. The GESPC is forecasted to save the City $10 million dollars annually.

Public Workforce Commuting

Atlanta has a telework policy for city employees.

Last updated: July 2020

Building Benchmarking

We were unable to find information regarding Augusta's benchmarking practices.

Comprehensive Retrofit Strategy

We did not find information regarding a comprehensive retrofit strategy in Augusta.

Public Workforce Commuting

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

Last updated: July 2020

Building Benchmarking

We were unable to find information regarding benchmarking practices in in Aurora.

Comprehensive Retrofit Strategy

We did not find information regarding a comprehensive retrofit strategy in Aurora.

Public Workforce Commuting

We did not find information on a policy aimed at reducing commutes of city employees, such as flexible schedules or telework.

Last updated: July 2020

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. Austin benchmarks municipal buildings through ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager.

Comprehensive Retrofit Strategy

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 Workforce Commuting

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

Last updated: July 2020

Building Benchmarking 

We were unable to find information regarding Bakersfield's benchmarking practices. 

Comprehensive Retrofit Strategy

We did not find information regarding a comprehensive retrofit strategy in Bakersfield.

Public Workforce Commuting

We did not find information on a policy aimed at reducing commutes of city employees, such as flexible schedules or telework. 

Last updated: July 2020

Building Benchmarking 

Baltimore has benchmarked 9.4 million square feet in ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager. Baltimore's 2019 Sustainability Plan lists an action item to develop and pass a benchmarking legislation and a annual disclosure ordinance for energy and water use. 

Comprehensive Retrofit Strategy

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. The City of Baltimore started energy retrofits on buildings with over 25,000 ft² in 2004. Since then, 60% of buildings have undergone efficiency retrofits. When a building is considered, the City conducts a comprehensive assessment of all energy usage and work to implement savings through the HVAC, building envelope, and lighting systems.  

Public Workforce Commuting

Baltimore has a telework policy for city employees. 

Last updated: July 2020

Building Benchmarking

We were unable to find information regarding Baton Rouge’s benchmarking practices.

Comprehensive Retrofit Strategy

We did not find information regarding a comprehensive retrofit strategy in Baton Rouge.

Public Workforce Commuting

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

Last updated: July 2020

Building Benchmarking

We could not find information regarding Birmingham's municipal benchmarking practices.

Comprehensive Retrofit Strategy

Through Birmingham's Energy Performance Contracting Project, 120 municipal buildings have undergone audits and retrofits. 

Public Workforce Commuting

We did not find information on a policy aimed at reducing commutes of city employees, such as flexible schedules or telework.  

Last updated: July 2020

Building Benchmarking

Boise benchmarks all municipal buildings. 

Comprehensive Retrofit Strategy

We did not find information regarding a comprehensive retrofit strategy in Boise.

Public Workforce Commuting

Boise allows teleworking for city employees. 

Last updated: July 2020

Building Benchmarking

In accordance with the 2013 Energy Reporting and Disclosure Ordinance, Boston uses Portfolio Manager to benchmark energy use in 100% of its municipal buildings. Boston makes all municipal utility billing data available through Analyze Boston, the city’s open data portal. Boston also makes real-time 5 and 15 minute interval data on the city’s largest facilities available publically through Analyze Boston.

Comprehensive Retrofit Strategy 

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, which replicates field-proven finance models for municipal, housing, commercial and institutional sectors. Renew Boston Trust has completed the audit of its Pilot Phase buildings and has selected approximately $10 million in work for 14 buildings and will begin a 14 month implementation in early 2019.  The ECMs will result in guaranteed annual savings of approximately 2,700,00 kWh of electricity, 49,000 Therms of natural gas, 2,500 k/gal of water, and 4,500 Mlbs of steam.  In addition, the city is installing renewable generation which is guaranteed to produce at least 335,000 kWh/yr.

Public Workforce Commuting

We did not find information on a policy aimed at reducing commutes of city employees, such as flexible schedules or telework.

Last updated: July 2020

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

Bridgeport benchmarks 100% of city buildings in ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager.

Comprehensive Retrofit Strategy

Benchmarking all municipal buildings allows the City to prioritize retrofits, project long-term funding needs, and incorporate retrofit needs into funding requests.

Public Workforce Commuting

We did not find information on a policy aimed at reducing commutes of city employees, such as flexible schedules or telework.

Last updated: July 2020

Building Benchmarking 

Buffalo is currently in the process of benchmarking all buildings above 1,000 square feet by putting the usage data on ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager. The City’s energy consultant is working toward 100% and scrubbing the data for accuracy. The City plans to make data publicly available when deemed accurate. Buffalo is also drafting legislation got pass a formal benchmarking mandate for municipal buildings.

Comprehensive Retrofit Strategy

Buffalo has relied on energy audits, specifically usage or cost per building, when prioritizing efficiency retrofits. 17 buildings have received comprehensive retrofits over the last 5 years yielding a 2,000,000 kwh energy savings. This accounts for 40% of the City’s owned building assets.

Public Workforce Commuting

We did not find information on a policy aimed at reducing commutes of city employees, such as flexible schedules or telework.

Last updated: July 2020

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

We were unable to find information regarding Cape Coral's benchmarking practices.

Comprehensive Retrofit Strategy

We did not find information regarding a comprehensive retrofit strategy in Cape Coral. 

Public Workforce Commuting

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

Last updated: July 2020

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

We were unable to find information regarding Charleston’s benchmarking practices.

Comprehensive Retrofit Strategy

We did not find information regarding a comprehensive retrofit strategy in Charleston.

Public Workforce Commuting

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

Last updated: July 2020

Building Benchmarking

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.

Comprehensive Retrofit Strategies

Charlotte's Strateic Energy Action Plan calls for deep energy retrofits to be performanced based on audit findings. 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. Through the American Cities Climate Challenge, Charlotte will focus on retrofitting nearly 30% of the building portfolio.

Public Workforce Commuting

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: July 2020

 

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 

Chicago benchmarks all buildings over 50,000 square feet under the City’s benchmarking policy. The City publicly discloses data of all private and public buildings with benchmarking requirements.

Comprehensive Retrofit Strategy

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 Workforce Commuting

We did not find information on a policy aimed at reducing commutes of city employees, such as flexible schedules or telework.

Last updated: July 2020

Building Benchmarking 

Chula Vista benchmarks facilities using ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager.

Comprehensive Retrofit Strategy

The City’s Municipal Building Energy Efficiency Policy (2005) states that existing buildings should be retrofitted with more efficient technologies as available. Currently, Chula Vista is undergoing LED lighting retrofits in all buildings. A large scale HVAC and controls improvement project is in progress through 2019.

Public Workforce Commuting

Chula Vista has an Alternative Work Schedule policy.

Last updated: July 2020

Building Benchmarking

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. 

Comprehensive Retrofit Strategy

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 Workforce Commuting

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

Last updated: July 2020

Building Benchmarking

Cleveland benchmarks 95% of the municipal buildings which is exported to ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager. 4.5 million square feet is reported publically through DOE’s Better Building Challenge.

Comprehensive Retrofit Strategy

The City conducts energy audits at more than 70 facilities to identify retrofit opportunities. A Building Automation Systems integration pilot is underway at 3 facilities for ongoing maintenance and tuning, with a goal of connecting more facilities to the same open source platform in 2019.

Public Workforce Commuting

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

Last updated: July 2020

Building Benchmarking 

We were unable to determine if Colorado Springs benchmarks municipal building energy use. 

Comprehensive Retrofit Strategies 

We could not find information regarding a comprehensive retrofit strategy in Colorado Springs. 

Public Workforce Communiting

Colorado Springs allows flex-scheduling and telework for city employees.

Last updated: July 2020

Building Benchmarking

We were unable to find information regarding Columbia's benchmarking practices.

Comprehensive Retrofit Strategy

We did not find information regarding a comprehensive retrofit strategy in Columbia.

Public Workforce Commuting

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

Last updated: July 2020

Building Benchmarking 

Columbus benchmarks 98% of municipal buildings through ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager.

Comprehensive Retrofit Strategy 

The City does not have a retrofit policy in place, but is exploring options to reduce energy consumption systematically. For 2020, projects are being developed to comprehensively retro-commission 6 city-owned buildings, totaling over 729,000 square feet.

Public Workforce Commuting

We did not find information on a policy aimed at reducing commutes of city employees, such as flexible schedules or telework.

Last updated: July 2020

Building Benchmarking 

The City participates in the Dallas 2030 District Initiative and submits data annually to the District-operated portal which links to the ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager database.

Comprehensive Retrofit Strategy

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 Workforce Commuting

Dallas offers alternative work hours and telework policies through the City’s Personnel Rules.

Last updated: July 2020

Building Benchmarking

We were unable to find information regarding Dayton’s benchmarking practices.

Comprehensive Retrofit Strategy

We did not find information regarding a comprehensive retrofit strategy in Dayton.

Public Workforce Commuting

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

Last updated: July 2020

Building Benchmarking 

The City of Denver has benchmarked 100% of public buildings in ENERGY STAR Portfolio manager, which amounts to approximately 10.5M square feet. Additionally, the city tracks the energy use of all of its buildings through EnergyCap. Energize Denver maps all benchmarked buildings.

Comprehensive Retrofit Strategy

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. Additionally, the City recently completed the implementation phase of its first Energy Performance Contract (EPC).  This contract totaled approximately $2M, covering 14 buildings of various functions, and has a projected payback of approximately 15 years. The City is currently evaluating the opportunity for more EPCs to be implemented in 2019.

Public Workforce Commuting

Denver allows both telecommuting and flexible schedules through Section 9-80 of the Career Services Rules.

Last updated: July 2020

Building Benchmarking

We were unable to find information regarding Des Moines’s benchmarking practices.

Comprehensive Retrofit Strategy

We did not find information regarding a comprehensive retrofit strategy in Des Moines.

Public Workforce Commuting

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

Last updated: July 2020

Building Benchmarking 

Detroit has benchmarked 120 buildings. The city estimates they benchmarking less than 75% of municipal buildings.

Comprehensive Retrofit Strategy

The City has conducted audits on 60 buildings and are working on implementing a comprehensive retrofit strategy. 

Public Workforce Commuting

We did not find information on a policy aimed at reducing commutes of city employees, such as flexible schedules or telework.

Last updated: July 2020

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 

El Paso is working towards benchmarking municipal buildings in ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager.

Comprehensive Retrofit Strategy

We could not find information regarding a comprehensive retrofit strategy for the city.

Public Workforce Commuting

We did not find information on a policy aimed at reducing commutes of city employees, such as flexible schedules or telework.

Last updated: July 2020

Building Benchmarking 

Fort Worth benchmarks 48% of City government buildings over 5,000-square feet on an annual basis as part of the Fort Worth Better Buildings Challenge – a community partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy (Data Source: 10100 0214013-Utilities folder file.)  Some buildings under 5,000 square feet are also benchmarked as they are included in the City’s energy savings performance contract. 

Comprehensive Retrofit Strategy

Fort Worth has energy savings performance contracts for over 100 facilities. Approximately 9% of municipal buildings have undergone comprehensive retrofits in the past 5 years.

Public Workforce Commuting

Fort Worth allows flexible schedules for its employees.

Last updated: July 2020

Building Benchmarking

We were unable to find information regarding Fresno's benchmarking practices.

Comprehensive Retrofit Strategy

We did not find information regarding a comprehensive retrofit strategy in Fresno.

Public Workforce Commuting

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

Last update: July 2020

Buildings Benchmarking

Grand Rapids benchmarks all municipal facilities.

Comprehensive Retrofit Strategy

The city's comprehensive asset management program manages energy efficiency upgrades. Over the past 5 years, Grand Rapids has implemented many efficiency projects. 

Public Workforce Commuting

We did not find information on a policy aimed at reducing commutes of city employees, such as flexible schedules or telework.

Last updated: July 2020

Building Benchmarking

We were unable to find information regarding Greensboro’s benchmarking practices.

Comprehensive Retrofit Strategy

We did not find information regarding a comprehensive retrofit strategy in Greensboro.

Public Workforce Commuting

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

Last update: July 2020 

Building Benchmarking 

Hartford tracks electricity, natural gas, and water consumption data on over 40 of its most energy intensive public buildings on the WegoWise platform. This amounts to 85% of the area of its public facilities over 5,000 square feet.

Comprehensive Retrofit Strategy

The City uses a three-part retrofit strategy for municipal facilities, including benchmarking, inputting historical energy performance metrics, and installing energy conservation measures. The Office of Sustainability regularly reports on energy projects to the Energy Improvement District Board, which meets regularly.

Public Workforce Development

Hartford does not have a telework or flexible schedule policy for city employees. 

Last updated: July 2020

Building Benchmarking 

We were unable find information regarding Henderson’s benchmarking practices.

Comprehensive Retrofit Strategy

We did not find information regarding a comprehensive retrofit strategy in Henderson.

Public Workforce Commuting

We did not find information on a policy aimed at reducing commutes of city employees, such as flexible schedules or telework.

Last updated: July 2020

Building Benchmarking

Honolulu does not currently benchmark municipal buildings, but the City and County are in the preliminary stages of benchmarking electricity usage for key facilities. The City plans to implement a community-wide benchmarking and disclosure program for private buildings by 2030. By mid-2019, the City will complete a city-wide energy feasibility and benchmarking study for its largest facilities.

Comprehensive Retrofit Strategy

Using the baseline study, the City will issue an efficiency performance contract that will include a prioritized set of energy efficiency retrofit projects, as well as renewable energy generation and storage opportunities, and EV infrastructure development. The Board of Water Supply (BWS) has entered into a 20‐year, $33 million Energy Savings Performance Contract (ESPC) with NORESCO LLC. This partnership allows the BWS to implement comprehensive energy efficiency, renewable energy, and operational improvements which guarantees enough energy savings over the next 20 years to pay for the contract. The project is being financed by a loan from the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund, managed by the State of Hawaii Department of Health.

Public Workforce Commuting

Honolulu offers public employees flexible schedules.

Last updated: July 2020

Building Benchmarking

Houston benchmarks 100% of municipal buildings.

Comprehensive Retrofit Strategy

In the City’s municipal energy efficiency program, 6 million square feet of municipal buildings are achieving guaranteed energy use reductions approaching 30% with average paybacks of less than 10 years.

Public Workforce Commuting

Houston does not have a telework or flexible scheduling policy for City employees.

Last updated: July 2020

Building Benchmarking

Indianapolis benchmarks energy use in 56 city facilities. By the end of 2020, all municipal buildings over 50,000 square feet will be benchmarked.

Comprehensive Retrofit Strategy

We did not find information regarding a comprehensive retrofit strategy for public buildings in Indianapolis. 

Public Workforce Commuting

Indianapolis does not have a telework or flexible schedule policy for City employees. 

Last Updated: July 2020

Building Benchmarking

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.

Comprehensive Retrofit Strategy

We could not confirm the existence of comprehensive retrofit strategies for public buildings in Jacksonville.

Public Workforce Commuting

Jacksonville does not have a telework or flexible schedule policy for City employees.

Last updated: July 2020

Building Benchmarking 

Kansas City benchmarks approximately 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.

Comprehensive Retrofit Strategy

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 Workforce Commuting

Kansas City has established a Personal Alternative Work Schedule. 

Last updated: July 2020

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

Knoxville benchmarks all municipal buildings using a combination of B3 Benchmarking platform and ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager. The City does not disclose individual building performance publicly, but does share overall building performance as a part of the Better Buildings Challenge.

Comprehensive Retrofit Strategy

Knoxville entered into an energy savings performance contract with Ameresco for municipal buildings. 

Public Workforce Commuting

Knoxville does not have a telework or flexible schedule policy for City employees.

Last updated: July 2020

Building Benchmarking

We were unable to find information regarding Lakeland’s benchmarking practices.

Comprehensive Retrofit Strategy

We did not find information regarding a comprehensive retrofit strategy in Lakeland.

Public Workforce Commuting

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

Last updated: July 2020

Building Benchmarking 

Las Vegas benchmarks all municipal buildings.

Comprehensive Retrofit Strategy

The city of Las Vegas adopted R-32-2017, a resolution adopting a strategy for net-zero energy, sustainability, and community resilience. A goal of the strategy, in addition to the LEED requirement is to ensure that 25% of existing occupied City buildings and facilities meet or be upgraded to a LEED or equivalent standard, pursuant to R-32-2017. Several new buildings have been built to LEED standards or are being replaced with a LEED rated building (a new municipal courthouse, a replacement fire station). All other upgrades are included in the annual Capital Improvement Planning process.

Public Workforce Commuting

Las Vegas allows four-day work week flexible schedules for City employees. 

Last updated: July 2020

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

We were unable to find information regarding Little Rock’s benchmarking practices.

Comprehensive Retrofit Strategy

We did not find information regarding a comprehensive retrofit strategy in Little Rock.

Public Workforce Commuting

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

Last updated: July 2020

Building Benchmarking 

Long Beach benchmarks all municipal buildings through ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager.

Comprehensive Retrofit Strategy

The City of Long Beach periodically goes through a Facilities Conditions Assessment process to identify the overall capital renewal, building integrity, deferred maintenance, code compliance and life safety deficiencies in each facility while providing cost estimates. City of Long Beach Public Works Department is in the process of a comprehensive efficiency retrofit of one of the City’s major health facilities. The scope of work will include upgrades to major systems (i.e. lighting, HVAC, windows, doors, roof, etc). Since 2006, the City of Long Beach has participated in Southern California Edison’s Energy Leader Partnership.  The program helps identify and address energy efficiency and Demand Response (DR) opportunities in municipal facilities, develop long-term energy and sustainability plans, and increase community awareness of Integrated Demand-Side Management (IDSM) opportunities. In addition, ELP supports cities in strategic initiatives and policy development in climate action planning, reach codes, benchmarking, and other longer-term objectives.

Public Workforce Commuting

Long Beach has a Telecommuting Program and alternative work schedules for City employees.

Last updated: July 2020

Building Benchmarking and Retrofitting

Los Angeles benchmarks all municipal buildings over 7,500 square feet through ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager as part of the Existing Building Energy and Water Efficiency Ordinance.

Comprehensive Retrofit Strategy

Los Angeles audits buildings as part of the Existing Building Energy and Water Efficiency Ordinance to retrofit whole buildings and implement specific interventions. The 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 Workforce Commuting

Los Angeles offers teleworking and flexible schedules for City employees.

Last updated: July 2020

Building Benchmarking 

Louisville uses EnergyCAP to evaluate building energy use and to identify and prioritize opportunities to increase energy efficiency in its buildings.

Comprehensive Retrofit Strategies

In 2013, Louisville signed an Energy Savings Performance Contract with Johnson Controls, which was designed to provide $27 million in energy-efficient upgrades and repairs in municipal-owned buildings. ESPC progress reports on facility improvement measures, which include energy and cost savings, help the city determine and prioritize retrofit opportunities. 

Public Workforce Commuting

Louisville has a telework policy for city employees.

Last updated: July 2020

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

Madison benchmarks all municipal buildings through EnergyCap. 

Comprehensive Retrofit Strategy

We did not find information regarding a comprehensive retrofit strategy in Madison.

Public Workforce Commuting

Madison has adopted a telecommuting policy for city employees.

Last updated: July 2020

Building Benchmarking

We were unable to find information regarding McAllen’s benchmarking practices.

Comprehensive Retrofit Strategy

 We did not find information regarding a comprehensive retrofit strategy in McAllen.

Public Workforce Commuting

We did not find information on a policy aimed at reducing commutes of city employees, such as flexible schedules or telework. 

Last updated: July 2020

Building Benchmarking

The Memphis-Shelby County Office of Sustainability currently tracks energy use for all Shelby County buildings and is working to incorporate City of Memphis buildings into their energy management software.

Comprehensive Retrofit Strategy

Shelby County requires that all capital improvement projects conduct cost analysis. The County recently completed large-scale retrofits for two office buildings downtown (Vasco Smith Administration Building in 2015 and Shelby County Office Building/157 Poplar in 2011) that incorporated upgrades to multiple systems (HVAC, replacement of electrical infrastructure, window replacement, boiler plant replacement). The City of Memphis is investing in LED retrofits for some fire stations and is working with an energy performance contractor to renovate City Hall to make it more efficient. The energy performance contracting approach may be applied to other city facilities in addition to City Hall.

Public Workforce Commuting

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

Last updated: July 2020

Building Benchmarking

We did not find information regarding Mesa’s benchmarking practices.

Comprehensive Retrofit Strategy

We did not find information regarding a comprehensive retrofit strategy in Mesa.

Public Workforce Commuting

We did not find information on a policy aimed at reducing commutes of city employees, such as flexible schedules or telework. 

Last updated: July 2020

Building Benchmarking

The City of Miami is a partner with Miami Dade County on the Building Efficiency 305 (BE305) initiative which is part of the City Energy Project. The program requires public and private buildings over 20K square feet to report and share publicly their energy usage data via EnergyStar Portfolio Manager. The program has a phased implementation plan but the City intends to have all City-owned properties 20,000 sq ft have their data publicly available by 2020. Miami is also working to pass a benchmarking ordinance which would require buildings to benchmark in 2021 and data would be publiclly disclosed in 2022. 

Comprehensive Retrofit Strategies 

We could not confirm if Miami has a comprehensive retrofit policy, the city has retrocommissioned most of its top energy users.

Public Workforce Commuting

Miami implements a flexible scheduling policy for city employees.  

Last updated: July 2020

Building Benchmarking 

In Milwaukee, all municipal buildings are benchmarked and then exported to Portfolio Manager.  

Comprehensive Retrofit Strategies 

Milwaukee has implemented HVAC and lighting retrofits in many public buildings. The city has contracted with Edison Energy and has completed work on a Preliminary Energy Reduction Study which provides the foundation of the Comprehensive Energy Plan. The city recently wrapped up a $2 million ESPC and has completed a comprehensive energy assessment of all municipal buildings.

Public Workforce Commuting

Milwaukee city departments allow telecommuting for public employees.

Last updated: July 2020

Building Benchmarking

Minneapolis has been using energy management software, EnergyCAP, since 2007. 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.

Comprehensive Retrofit Strategy

Using data from EnergyCAP, the city prioritizes retrofit opportunities. Most recent retrofits of buildings larger than 25,000 square feet have been extensive retrofits (all lighting, HVAC, etc.). This software’s dashboard allows the City’s energy manager to strategize comprehensive retrofits by prioritizing buildings consuming the most energy and operating the least efficiently. Through the software, the City has avoided energy costs of $8 million over the past 6 years - an annual savings of 13% of the total energy/utility costs.

Public Workforce Commuting

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

Last updated: July 2020

Building Benchmarking and Retrofitting

Montgomery County has benchmarked all county buildings using EnergyCAP software. The 2018 Green Government Report states that the county is implementing a multi-year plan to invest more than $120 million in facilities through energy performance contacting. The Green Government Report presents efficiency project data for both completed and planned projects. From fiscal years 2013 through 2018, energy use has dropped approximately 19%.

Public Workforce Commuting

Montgomery County offers a telework program for public employees.

Last updated: December 2019

Building Benchmarking 

Nashville’s Department of General Services (DGS) manages and benchmarks all facilities in the city's new Energy Management System. 

Comprehensive Retrofit Strategies

The City of Nashville is launching an energy revolving fund to assist with investing in funding facility retrofits targeting the lowest performing facilities to support the legislation requiring a minimum of 20% energy reduction in municipal facilities. 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 Workforce Commuting

We did not find information on a policy aimed at reducing commutes of city employees, such as flexible schedules or telework.

Last updated: July 2020

Building Benchmarking

We were unable to find information regarding New Haven’s benchmarking practices.  

Comprehensive Retrofit Strategy

We did not find information regarding a comprehensive retrofit strategy in New Haven.

Public Workforce Commuting

We did not find information on a policy aimed at reducing commutes of city employees, such as flexible schedules or telework.

Last updated: July 2020

Building Benchmarking 

New Orleans completed a three-year project to benchmark the city’s buildings and will implement upgrades starting in 2017. As of 2019, the City has benchmarked 100% of public buildings. The city is now using Wego Wise to continue to track this information.

Comprehensive Retrofit Strategies

New Orleans conducted 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. The City implemented no- to low-cost upgrades on dozens of public buildings, including operational optimization, in order to improve energy efficiency.  One building (new construction) saw a 50% reduction in its energy use after these changes.  Audits, workscopes and budgets were prepared on 17 high-priority buildings, and we are seeking private funding to cover the cost of the retrofits, in combination with accessing utility incentives.  The city also offers GPRO training for facilities staff. 

Public Workforce Commuting

We did not find information on a policy aimed at reducing commutes of city employees, such as flexible schedules or telework.

Last updated: July 2020

Building Benchmarking 

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.

Comprehensive Retrofit Strategy

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. Through the City’s Accelerated Conservation & Efficiency (ACE) program, the City invests in high-value energy efficiency retrofit projects in all its buildings. Since it launched in June 2013, ACE has awarded over $362 million for energy efficiency projects that are projected. These projects yield $49.5 million in avoided energy costs and approximately 125,800 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions reduced.

Public Workforce Commuting

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: July 2020

Building Benchmarking 

We were unable to find information regarding Newark’s benchmarking practices.

Comprehensive Retrofit Strategy

We were unable to confirm if Newark has implemented a retrofit strategy, but the city had listed efficiency retrofits through an energy service company as an action step associated with the city’s goal to reduce municipal energy consumption by 20%. The ESCO will perform an energy audit to develop a comprehensive Energy Savings Plan and will recommend energy conservation measures to the City.

Public Workforce Commuting 

We did not find information on a policy aimed at reducing commutes of city employees, such as flexible schedules or telework.

Last updated: July 2020

Building Benchmarking 

Oakland benchmarks 100% of buildings over 5,000 square feet.

Comprehensive Retrofit Strategies

The city’s Energy Group conducts energy consumption and costs analyses to determine which public buildings are best suited to receive comprehensive retrofits. As part of the Energy and Climate Action Plan, Oakland details several priority actions to improve energy efficiency in buildings via retrofits. Measure KK, passed in 2016, includes $25 million for energy and water efficiency upgrades in City facilities.

Public Workforce Commuting

We did not find information on a policy aimed at reducing commutes of city employees, such as flexible schedules or telework.

Updated: July 2020

Building Benchmarking 

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.  

Comprehensive Retrofit Strategy

We could not confirm the existence of comprehensive retrofit strategies for public buildings in Oklahoma City.

Public Workforce Commuting

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

Last updated: July 2020

Building Benchmarking 

We were unable to find information on Omaha’s benchmarking practices. 

Comprehensive Retrofit Strategy

We did not find information regarding a comprehensive retrofit strategy in Omaha.

Public Workforce Commuting

We did not find information on a policy aimed at reducing commutes of city employees, such as flexible schedules or telework.

Last updated: July 2020

Building Benchmarking 

The Building Energy and Water Efficiency Strategy requires municipal buildings 10,000 sq. feet and up to benchmark energy usage, this information was made public on September 1, 2018. The City of Orlando has brought their buildings online through ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager and Lucid BuildingOS to achieve greater visibility over their portfolio. This enables the City team to better benchmark and manage their facilities and turn what used to be speculative guesswork into data-driven decisions about energy improvements and building management. 

Comprehensive Retrofit Strategies

Since 2010, the City of Orlando has conducted ASHRAE Level II audits and retro-commissioning of all City facilities and identified more than 55 buildings as a priority for retrofits, based on a seven-year ROI. Utilizing a revolving energy loan fund established from a municipal bond, the City is pursuing these improvements by investing $17.5M in these facilities. Currently, the City is surpassing its Better Buildings goal of 20% savings, with those investments are tracking at $1.1M in savings and an average 31% reduction across 6.8 million square feet in energy use from the baseline in 2010.

Public Workforce Commuting

We did not find information on a policy aimed at reducing commutes of city employees, such as flexible schedules or telework.

Last updated: July 2020

Building Benchmarking

We were unable to find information regarding Oxnard’s benchmarking practices.

Comprehensive Retrofit Strategy

We did not find information regarding a comprehensive retrofit strategy in Oxnard.

Public Workforce Commuting

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

Last updated: July 2020 

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

Philadelphia benchmarks all municipal buildings through EnergyCAP. The Energy Office is currently developing a public-facing EnergyCAP portal to enable residents and advocates to see municipal energy usage across the entire portfolio.

Comprehensive Retrofit Strategy

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 Workforce Commuting

Philadelphia’s Mobile Workforce Policy allows teleworking and flexible schedules for city employees.

Last updated: July 2020

Building Benchmarking

All municipal buildings are benchmarked using the energy management tool, EnergyCAP, with each department tracking their monthly expenses and energy use. Of the City’s 171 owned and operated buildings, 161 buildings have been exported from EnergyCAP and are tracked in ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager.

Comprehensive Retrofit Strategies

The City has a dedicated energy efficiency staff in each department monitoring the City’s $65 million in annual energy expenditure via EnergyCAP software. A major $50 million energy upgrade of City facilities occurred in 2010-2012. In 2017, Phoenix awarded $30 million in contracts to five ESCOs to undertake further retrofits in all municipal facilities to reduce energy use 20% by 2020. All five ESCO advised projects will be completed by 2020. 

Public Workforce Commuting 

Phoenix has a telework policy for City employees.

Last updated: July 2020

Building Benchmarking 

Through the Building Benchmarking Ordinance, all municipal facilities will be benchmarked and publicly disclosed using ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager.

Comprehensive Retrofit Strategy

Pittsburgh has recently contracted with Massaro to develop a Facilities Optimization Study. The study looked at all municipal buildings to determine improvements needed. Pittsburgh is also working with the Rocky Mountain Institute to determine the best strategy and timeline for implementing the suggestions in the Facilities Optimization Study and to possibly take some City facilities to net zero.     

Public Workforce Commuting

Pittsburgh offers flexible schedules for its employees. 

Last updated: July 2020

Building Benchmarking 

The City of Portland requires eligible commercial buildings, including local government facilities, to benchmark 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. 

Comprehensive Retrofit Strategy

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 Workforce Commuting

Portland allows teleworking for all City employees and a flexible scheduling for some staff.

Last updated: July 2020

Building Benchmarking 

The City of Providence has been benchmarking and monitoring its energy consumption as part of its fiscal and environmental agenda since 2010. The FY2019 Municipal Energy Report will mark the fifth report released by the Office of Sustainability. 100% of Providence’s municipal building square footage is regularly benchmarked using ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager. The City has partnered with the Department of Energy, NBI, Maalka, and EcoEdge to develop a Strategic Energy Plan. The City is currently working to integrate these efforts with the City's five-year Capital Improvement Plan and the School Improvement Plan. 

Comprehensive Retrofit Strategies

A number of comprehensive whole-building studies have been completed on individual buildings, and as part of broader studies such as the Rhode Island Department of Education’s Schoolhouse Energy Report Card for which RIDE also provided detailed building energy strategies to every municipality for every school building in their district. In 2016, the City completed whole-building-approach energy efficiency projects at five City buildings using $1.2 million in funding from the Rhode Island Infrastructure Bank (RIIB), a quasi-State agency developed to help Rhode Island municipalities address their goals for energy efficiency. The project, covering 71,240 square feet of building space, will reduce energy consumption in the five buildings by greater than 40%. Between FY 2018 and FY 2019, 14 buildings increased their Energy Star scores. The average Energy Star scores of all City schools combined has risen 14.4% since FY 2014, largely due to energy efficiency upgrades and HVAC control retro-commissioning completed in the buildings.

Public Workforce Commuting

Providence allows teleworking for city employees. 

Last updated: July 2020

Building Benchmarking

We were unable to find information regarding Provo’s benchmarking practices.

Comprehensive Retrofit Strategy

We did not find information regarding a comprehensive retrofit strategy in Provo.

Public Workforce Commuting

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

Last updated: July 2020

Building Benchmarking 

The Engineering Services Department, Facilities and Operations Division utilizes Periscope, an energy management software and dashboard to internally present electric energy consumption and cost information in a comprehensible and comparative format for over 95 percent of the City’s electric utility bills. The Facilities and Operations Division is in the process of finalizing dashboards for internal stakeholders to view consumption and cost information.

Comprehensive Retrofit Strategy

The City's Capital Improvement Program analyzes major facility and equipment needs, establishes priorities, estimates fiscal resources, and schedules the development of funded projects.

Public Workforce Commuting

Raleigh offers telework options for city employees.

Last updated: July 2020

Building Benchmarking 

Reno recently approved an Energy Benchmarking, Reporting, and Transparency Ordinance, which is expected to be adopted in January. The ordinance requires city buildings over 10,000 square feet and fire stations to benchmark energy use. Public sector buildings may also be phased in.

Comprehensive Retrofit Strategy

We did not find information regarding a retrofit strategy in Reno.

Public Workforce Commuting

We did not find information on a policy aimed at reducing commutes of city employees, such as flexible schedules or telework. 

Last updated: July 2020

Building Benchmarking 

Richmond annually benchmarks 100% of municipal facilities over 5,000 square feet and discloses data through ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager.

Comprehensive Retrofit Strategies

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 Workforce Commuting

Richmond offers both telecommuting and alternative work schedules for employees.

Last updated: July 2020

Building Benchmarking 

Starting in 2018, the State of California requires building owners with buildings 50,000 SF and larger to submit the energy use of their buildings to the California Energy Commission Annually.  Riverside does report energy use in all municipal buildings 50,000 square feet or larger but does not complete the full energy benchmarking at this time. These data will be publicly disclosed by the State of California beginning in 2020.

Comprehensive Retrofit Strategy 

The City’s retrofit strategy is to identify buildings/equipment that are aging, in need of major repair, continually generating repair orders that are above industry normal standard, or typically energy inefficient.  After identifying these projects, staff makes the repairs and seeks energy efficient replacement components a funding becomes available.  The goal is to replace individual systems as they come up for major repairs with energy efficient and sustainable equipment and products.

Public Workforce Commuting

Riverside offers flexible schedules for City employees.

Last updated: July 2020

Building Benchmarking 

The City uses EnergySTAR Porfolio Manager to track energy use for municipal facilities, however we could not confirm the percentage of city buildings that have been benchmarked. 

Comprehensive Retrofit Strategies

Rochester is developing a study to identify municipal facilities that would be selected for energy efficiency upgrades which may include comprehensive efficiency retrofits. Rochester has committed to the US Department of Energy’s Better Buildings challenge (BBC) for its portfolio of buildings. The City has pledged approximately 4 million square feet of buildings in the BBC. The goal of the BBC is a 20% energy use intensity reduction in municipal infrastructure by 2020. So far, City has reached 14% reduction in energy use intensity. 

Public Workforce Commuting 

We did not find information on a policy aimed at reducing commutes of city employees, such as flexible schedules or telework. 

Last updated: July 2020

Building Benchmarking

Per statewide benchmarking mandates, Sacramento reports energy use for buildings over 50,000 square feet. The city reports 19 city facilities, which accoutns for 85% of square footage. 

Comprehensive Retrofit Strategies

Sacrmento's Climate Action Plan states that the city shall promote the retrofitting of existing structures with green building technologies and practices. The City’s Energy Efficiency Retrofits program for City facilities is designed to provide better facility systems performance with higher efficiencies, resulting in reduced energy costs and maximizing return on investment. The current and future program builds on past success and partnerships with SMUD in greening the City’s facilities. By identifying cost-effective improvements to existing facilities in heating/cooling, lighting, pumping systems, and other facility components, the City can both reduce energy usage and GHG emissions in a cost-effective manner. The City also has an Energy Reinvestment Program, which focuses on energy-reducing and clean energy projects at City-owned facilities. Measure U funding will be utilized to update current lighting with higher-quality LED lighting and controls that save energy, reduce maintenance costs, and will provide enhanced lighting quality at community centers, clubhouses, and Sacramento Libraries. The City of Sacramento contracted with Siemens to conduct an Investment Grade Audit of multiple city facilities.In 2017, the City secured $1.5 million to implement retrofit recommendations through a phased approach using a SMUD program. In 2019, Sacremento completed retrofits in over 40 municipal buildings. 

Public Workforce Commuting

Sacramento permits telework for some city employees.  

Last updated: July 2020

Building Benchmarking

Saint Paul has 113 sites entered into B3. Of those sites, 95 have complete data.

Comprehensive Retrofit Strategies

Since 2009, Saint Paul has had a $1 million internal revolving loan fund for several years. In January 2019, the revolving loan was increased to $5 million. The city has completed audits in facilities over 25,000 square feet. High energy use buildings are identified and prioritized through benchmarking and audits.

Public Workforce Commuting

Saint Paul has a telework policy for City employees.

Last updated: July 2020

Building Benchmarking 

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. 

Comprehensive Retrofit Strategy

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 Workforce Commuting

Salt Lake City’s policy 3.01.02 allows telework and flexible workplace arrangements for City employees.

Last updated: July 2020

Building Benchmarking 

Although a benchmarking policy is not in place, San Antonio benchmarks 75% of its municipal buildings. The city will soon release a municipal benchmarking report and municipal energy policy.

Comprehensive Retrofit Strategies

The City’s Energy Efficiency Fund allows the Office of Sustainability to analyze utility bills, engineering assessments, and historical facilities knowledge to select energy projects annually that will have the greatest impact on energy reductions. These project’s financial energy savings as well as utility rebates are rolled back into the fund to pay for future energy retrofit projects. To date, the Energy Efficiency Fund has completed 372 energy efficiency projects at 279 municipal facilities since 2011. These projects have resulted in avoided utility costs of over $6M and returned nearly $3M in utility rebates. In the past five years, the EEF has completed 76 energy efficiency projects at 92 municipal facilities resulting in $5m in avoided utility costs and $1.5M in utility rebates.

Public Workforce Commuting

San Antonio offers flexible schedules and telework options for City employees.

Last updated: July 2020

Building Benchmarking 

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 DOE’s Better Buildings Challenge requires the City to benchmark and report 80% of its building portfolio’s total square footage on an annual basis.

Comprehensive Retrofit Strategy

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. The Municipal Energy Strategy will be completed in 2018 and an Implementation Plan will be drafted in early 2019.

Public Workforce Commuting

San Diego has a flexible schedule and telecommuting policy for City employees in place.

Last updated: July 2020

Building Benchmarking 

San Francisco benchmarks 100% of municipal buildings. The Existing Commercial Buildings Energy Performance Ordinance (ECBO) 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 2017 Energy Benchmark Report for Municipal Buildings complies with the ECBO, and voluntarily includes all buildings with non-trivial energy use, regardless of size. The smallest benchmarked municipal building is the Cow Hollow Clubhouse at 675 square feet.

Comprehensive Retrofit Strategy

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. With the entire municipal portfolio benchmarked annually, the City uses this data to retrofit on the basis of capital budget, utility (SFPUC) efficiency budget, and maintenance status.

Public Workforce Commuting

San Francisco has a telecommuting policy for City employees in place. 

Last updated: July 2020

Building Benchmarking

San José currently benchmarks 25% of its municipal building square footage, but through the new Energy and Water Building Performance Ordinance, the City will be required to benchmark and disclose approximately 92% of municipal buildings that are 5,000 square feet or larger.

Comprehensive Retrofit Strategy

The current ESCO agreement scope of work will be completed in 2019. The passage of the Energy and Water Building Performance Ordinance will provide an opportunity to create a retrocommissioning strategy. Additionally, one- and five-year Capital Improvement Plans for city facilities managed by the Public Works Department are being developed and will include energy efficiency projects as appropriate. Facility energy and water audits have been performed at the City’s Animal Care Services facility and City Hall.

Public Workforce Development

San José has an alternative work schedule policy for City employees.

Last updated: July 2020

Building Benchmarking

We were unable to find information regarding San Juan’s benchmarking practices.

Comprehensive Retrofit Strategy

We did not find information regarding a comprehensive retrofit strategy in San Juan.

Public Workforce Commuting

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

Last updated: July 2020

Building Benchmarking

Seattle benchmarks approximately 90% of municipal buildings over 5,000 square feet. Data is disclosed publicly.

Comprehensive Retrofit Strategy

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. 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. Mayor’s Climate Strategy includes a commitment from the Mayor for the City to double its budget allocation from 2021 to 2025 and set a new target to achieve an overall 40 percent energy and carbon emissions reduction in municipal buildings by 2025. As of December 2018, 27% of buildings 25,000 square feet or larger have undergone a comprehensive efficiency retrofit, and 13% of buildings 25,000 sf or larger have undergone tune-ups.

Public Workforce Commuting

Seattle has a telecommuting policy in place.

Last updated: July 2020

Building Benchmarking

We were unable to find information regarding Springfield’s benchmarking practices.

Comprehensive Retrofit Strategy

We did not find information regarding a comprehensive retrofit strategy in Springfield.

Public Workforce Commuting

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

Last updated: July 2020

Building Benchmarking and Retrofitting

St. Louis currently benchmarks 19.5% of municipal buildings.

Comprehensive Retrofit Strategies

We were unable to find information regarding the City’s retrofit strategies.

Public Workforce Commuting

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

Last updated: July 2020

Building Benchmarking 

We were unable to find information regarding St. Petersburg’s benchmarking practices.

Comprehensive Retrofit Strategy

Funding was approved by Mayor and City Council in 2016 for energy efficiency retrofits, with projects underway in 2018. According to Sustainability & Resiliency website, a partnership with USF Clean Energy Research Center was created to conduct initial energy efficiency and retrofit analysis to result in immediate retrofit projects.

Public Workfoce Commuting

St. Petersburg allows telework options for all employees. 

Last updated: July 2020

Building Benchmarking

We were unable to find information regarding Stockton’s benchmarking practices.

Comprehensive Retrofit Strategy

We did not find information regarding a comprehensive retrofit strategy in Stockton.

Public Workforce Commuting

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

Last updated: July 2020

Building Benchmarking

We were unable to find information regarding Syracuse’s benchmarking practices.

Comprehensive Retrofit Strategy

We did not find information regarding a comprehensive retrofit strategy in Syracuse.

Public Workforce Commuting

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

Last updated: July 2020

Building Benchmarking 

We were unable to find information regarding Tampa’s benchmarking practices.

Comprehensive Retrofit Strategy

 We did not find information regarding a comprehensive retrofit strategy in Tampa.

Public Workforce Commuting 

Tampa allows telework for city employees on a case by case basis. 

Last updated: July 2020

Building Benchmarking

We were unable to find information regarding Toledo’s benchmarking practices.

Comprehensive Retrofit Strategy

We did not find information regarding a comprehensive retrofit strategy in Toledo, however Toledo is part of the Better Building Challenge and committed to a 20% reduction in energy use in public buildings. 

Public Workforce Commuting

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

Last updated: July 2020

Building Benchmarking 

We were unable to find information regarding Tucson’s benchmarking practices.

Comprehensive Retrofit Strategy

We did not find information regarding a comprehensive retrofit strategy in Tucson.

Public Workforce Commuting

Through Administrative Directive 2.01-9, Tucson allows city employees to use alternative work schedules.

Last updated: July 2020

Building Benchmarking 

We were unable to find information regarding Tulsa’s benchmarking practices.

Comprehensive Retrofit Strategies

We did not find information regarding a comprehensive retrofit strategy in Tulsa. 

Public Workforce Commuting

Tulsa allows telecommuting and flex-scheduling for city employees. 

Last updated: July 2020

Building Benchmarking 

The City uses EnergyCAP software to benchmark and review municipal facilities energy use.

Comprehensive Retrofit Strategy

Viriginia Beach uses a variety of retrofit methods, including in-house staff, contracting, and performance contracting. 

Public Workforce Commuting

Virginia Beach has a flexible workplace policy in place for City employees.

Last updated: July 2020

Building Benchmarking and Retrofitting

DC benchmarks all muncipal buildings. The District requires all privately-owned buildings over 50,000 square feet, and District-owned or District instrumentality-owned buildings 10,000 square feet and larger to benchmark their energy & water use annually. For more information on benchmarking requirements for private buildings, please see the Buildings Policies section of the Local Policy Databse. 

Comprehensive Retrofit Strategies

Sustainable DC 2.0 calls on District Government to “retrofit and maintain all buildings owned by District Government to reduce energy use by 50% and maximize the installation of renewable energy technology.” Action EB.9 in the Clean Energy DC plan (released August 2018 and beginning implementation in 2019) calls on District government to lead in an aggressive deep energy retrofit program, followed by a net-zero retrofit program. Specifically the plan recommends phasing in an aggressive governmental building retrofit program over time, beginning with a deep energy retrofit process that covers 9% of District Government-owned buildings by square footage between 2021 and 2024, striving for an average of at least 30% reductions in energy and emissions, recognizing that that circumstances will vary by building, and different levels of reductions will be financially feasible and technically viable for different buildings. Following this initial sweep of deep energy retrofits, the plan calls for net-zero retrofits across 12.5% of the District Government building stock between 2026 and 2032. The District’s Clean Energy DC Omnibus Act requires the District’s Department of General Services to complete the strategic energy management plan for reducing both energy & water use across their portfolio of government buildings by 2020, and codifies the 9% and 2.5% targets recommended by the Clean Energy DC Plan.

Public Workforce Commuting

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

Last updated: July 2020

Building Benchmarking

We were unable to find information regarding Wichita's benchmarking practices.

Comprehensive Retrofit Strategy

We did not find information regarding a comprehensive retrofit strategy in Wichita.

Public Workforce Commuting

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

Last updated: July 2020

Building Benchmarking

We were unable to find information regarding Winston-Salem’s benchmarking practices.

Comprehensive Retrofit Strategy

We did not find information regarding a comprehensive retrofit strategy in Winston-Salem

Public Workforce Commuting

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

Last updated: July 2020

Building Benchmarking 

Worcester benchmarks all municipal energy use through a MassEnergyInsight tool.

Comprehensive Retrofit Strategies

The City has been using an Energy Savings Performance Contract (ESPC) since 2010 to conduct comprehensive retrofits across its 92 buildings. From 2019 to 2020, the city's ESPC made upgrades to lighting, heating boilers, HVAC controls, and solar thermal systems, as well as other energy efficiency upgrades. The city was awared a 2019 Green Community Action Grant to complete lighting retrofits in a senior center and to replace distribution transformers in a school. In 2020, Worcester signed a Technical Energy Audit and Project Development and Energy Management Services Agreement for further energy conservation measures. 

Public Workforce Commuting 

We did not find information on a policy aimed at reducing commutes of city employees, such as flexible schedules or telework.

Last updated: July 2020