Building & Energy solutions
Replace fossil fuels with renewable energy resources for energy that is supplied to the community
Increase amount of electricity generation by solar power
Promote the installation of renewable energy projects with the City via a) adopting appropriate zoning allowances; b) encouraging and supporting state legislators to sponsor appropriate bills; and c) creating financial assistance programs.
Improve efficiency of existing buildings and infrastructure
Reduce electricity consumption and energy intensity of existing buildings by sector
Promote a building retrofit program for improving energy efficiency to reach a long-term goal of 55% per capita reduction in energy consumption by a) creating a financial-assistance program operated by the City alone or jointly with utilities and energy companies to provide the incentive for overcoming upfront installation costs; b) developing a program for contractor certification; and c) updating the permitting procedures and methodology to streamline the process.
Improve efficiency of wastewater treatment plant
Improve energy efficiency of municipal operations and public infrastructure. Continue to make improvements to wastewater treatment plant.
Improve of efficiency new buildings
Encourage meeting at least Silver-level LEED standards or equivalent for all new residential and commercial buildings, including landscaping, as well as any major commercial remodeling projects. Increase the LEED-level requirement as technology and economy dictates.