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Michigan Green Communities Challenge -
An Energy Efficiency and Conservation Strategy

Step 3: Collect all Energy Data for Governmental Operations

Collection of critical data is an important aspect of preparing an accurate and significant strategy.  It allows for establishing a baseline for future analysis of energy reduction efforts and also allows municipalities to benchmark themselves against similar-sized municipal entities.

Local government agencies spend more than $10 billion a year on energy to provide public services and meet constituent needs while grappling with tightening budgets. Yet nearly one-third of the energy used to run typical government buildings goes to waste.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) provides local and state governments, as well as federal agencies, a proven energy management strategy and no-cost tools to save energy and money and demonstrate their environmental leadership.  You may register with the EPA’s Energy Star Challenge and use its tools, or an equivalent system, to conduct a baseline emissions inventory of your governmental facilities.   

You should also explore the use of software prepared by the International Council for Local Environmental Initiative’s (ICLEI), i.e. CACP 2009 to create a comprehensive accounting of government and community energy use, energy spending, greenhouse gas and criteria air pollutant emissions.  It will also measure all types of energy use including buildings, vehicles and waste. 

Note:  The completion and preparation of an Independent Energy Evaluation through the Rebuild Michigan program will satisfy the requirements of Step 3.

Resources / Links:
Information on EPA Energy Star Challenge
(Track energy use and benchmark facilities using Portfolio Manager)
Rebuild Michigan
International Council for Local Environmental Initiative (ICLEI)
Portfolio Manager Factsheet


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