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Case Study: Creating a Cost-Effective and Energy-Efficient Douglas County and Lawrence, Kansas, with ENERGY STAR

Last Updated: 08-27-2020

Use this four-page case study to learn about the work Douglas County and Lawrence, Kansas, have done in partnership with ENERGY STAR over the last several years to improve the energy efficiency of their municipal buildings. Local governments can use these approaches and best practices to drive savings in their buildings and enhance their ability to invest in services for their communities.

Topic: Energy management guidance
Resource Type: Success stories
Market Sector: State & local government
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Case study: Creating a cost-effective and energy-efficient Kansas City with ENERGY STAR

Last Updated: 09-09-2016

Use this case study to learn about the work Kansas City has done in partnership with ENERGY STAR over the last several years to improve the energy efficiency of its municipal buildings. Local governments can use these approaches and best practices to drive savings in their buildings and enhance their ability to invest in services for their communities.

Topic: Energy management guidance
Resource Type: Success stories
Market Sector: State & local government
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Cost free ENERGY STAR verification for your state or municipal building

Last Updated: 01-15-2021

Find a licensed professional providing cost-free ENERGY STAR verification for your municipal building.

Market Sector: State & local government
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DataTrends: Energy Use in Courthouses

Last Updated: 11-18-2016

This 2-page factsheet summarizes the energy, operational, and property characteristics of courthouses benchmarking in Portfolio Manager. Other statistics are also presented in an easy-to-read format.

Topic: Portfolio Manager
Resource Type: Research and reports, DataTrends
Market Sector: State & local government
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DataTrends: Energy Use in Wastewater Treatment Plants

Last Updated: 11-18-2016

This 2-page factsheet summarizes the energy, operational, and property characteristics of wastewater treatment plants benchmarking in Portfolio Manager. Other statistics are also presented in an easy-to-read format.

Topic: Portfolio Manager
Resource Type: Research and reports, DataTrends
Market Sector: State & local government, Utilities/ Energy efficiency program administrators
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Des Moines Public Schools Financing Case Study

Last Updated: 09-09-2016

Learn how Des Moines Public Schools, a school district with more than 32,000 students and 70 facilities encompassing almost six million square feet of space, was able to improve its facilities and maximize energy savings by financing energy efficiency improvements through revenue bonds.

Topic: Financial
Resource Type: Success stories
Market Sector: Higher education, K12 schools, State & local government
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Did Your Energy Efficiency Project Get Lost in Translation? Financial Speak for Facility Managers

Last Updated: 06-20-2020

Do you have energy efficiency projects that have been postponed or rejected due to capital budget limitations, other projects with better returns, or lack of expertise? Yet, from your perspective the project should be a “no brainer” due to the immediate positive cash flows generated by the energy savings. Understanding your organization’s decision-making process, being able to effectively speak to the benefit of improved cash flow, and improving your financial literacy can greatly increase your probability of receiving approval for a project. The self-funding aspect of energy efficiency is often under-appreciated by senior management, and you want to be able to clearly address any questions, concerns, and benefits.

Topic: Energy management guidance, Financial
Resource Type: Research and reports, Financial value of energy efficiency
Market Sector: Restaurants, Retail, Senior care, Multifamily housing, Small business, State & local government, K12 schools, Corporate real estate, Congregations, Auto dealers, Commercial real estate, Federal agencies, Higher education, Hospitality, Healthcare, Grocery & convenience stores, General industrial/manufacturing
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ENERGY STAR Buildings Support for State and Local Governments Fact Sheet

Last Updated: 07-03-2019

The ENERGY STAR® Commercial and Industrial Branch is part of the U.S. EPA’s vision to capture and channel marketplace ingenuity to promote energy efficiency and prevent pollution. It is a proactive program that serves as a partnership among private and public sector organizations and the federal government. Through ENERGY STAR, EPA offers state and local governments a proven platform for saving energy, stimulating economic growth, and encouraging energy efficiency within the community. EPA provides off-the-shelf resources that are ready to be tailored to meet your energy and environmental goals.

Market Sector: State & local government

ENERGY STAR® Performance Contracting Best Practices

Last Updated: 01-22-2021

This 19-page primer is designed to establish best practices for energy service companies (ESCOs) that are implementing energy performance contract (EPC) projects by integrating several publicly available Web-based ENERGY STAR tools that the U.S. EPA has designed and provides free-of-charge through ENERGY STAR. EPA believes that the use of these tools will help make the results of EPC projects more actionable and understandable to building owners, tenants, policy makers, and the general public.

Topic: Financial
Market Sector: State & local government, K12 schools, Higher education
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Easy Access to Energy Improvement Funds in the Public Sector

Last Updated: 05-22-2017

This two-page primer provides an overview of two of the most popular mechanisms for financing energy efficiency projects in the public sector: performance contracts and tax-exempt lease-purchase agreements. Both mechanisms provide effective alternatives to traditional debt financing, and both may allow you to pay for energy efficiency upgrades by using money that is already set aside in your utility operating budget – allowing you to draw on dollars saved from future energy bills to pay for new, energy-efficient equipment and projects today.

Topic: Financial
Market Sector: State & local government
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