State of Connecticut Executive Order
Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont recently signed Executive Order No. 1 that, per the State’s website, “directs executive branch state office buildings and vehicle fleets to become greener and more energy efficient through an expanded ‘Lead By Example’ sustainability initiative aimed at reducing the state’s carbon footprint and reducing the cost of government operations.”
The Executive Order establishes specific energy efficiency and sustainability goals across state agencies to be met by 2030:
- 34% reduction in GHG emissions below 2014 levels
- 25% reduction in waste disposal below a 2020 statewide baseline
- 10% reduction in water consumption from a 2020 statewide baseline
The conservation effort will be led by a newly-created “Steering Committee on State Sustainability.” The Committee is tasked with meeting the reduction targets outlined in the Executive Order and positioning the State to achieve the long-term objective of net zero emissions by 2050. The State of Connecticut currently tracks more than 4,500 facilities in EnergyCAP.
University of California Atop Green Power Partnership
Kudos to the University of California System for coming out on top of the EPA’s most recent “Green Power Partnership Top 30 Colleges & Universities.” The UC System led other higher education participants with more than 273 million kWh of Annual Green Power Usage.
EnergyCAP has been at the core of the UC System’s energy management program for a decade. In total, eleven members of the EPA’s “Top 30” list are EnergyCAP licensees, and we greatly appreciate the opportunity to play a role in their energy conservation success.
Fulton County, GA Passes First Sustainability Plan
Fulton County’s Board of Commissioners unanimously passed the county’s first sustainability plan on June 5th. According to the County’s news release, the plan “sets six priority areas to preserve natural resources and improve the county’s resiliency.” The areas on which the plan will focus include the following:
- Climate change mitigation
- Social equity and smart transit
- High-performance county infrastructure
- Education, outreach, and green jobs training & placement
- Fostering partnerships for plan implementation
- Budgetary appropriation for implementation of the plan
Kenneth Darisaw, Fulton County’s Sustainability & Energy Manager, commented that some of the plan’s initiatives are already underway. Others, including reducing energy consumption in county buildings by 20% by 2025, will take up to six years to complete.
Dashboard Challenge—There’s Still Time to Enter!
Last month, we asked EnergyCAP users to enter our Dashboard Challenge by sharing their favorite custom-designed EnergyCAP dashboard(s) with other EnergyCAP users and EnergyCAP.com website visitors. The Challenge entry deadline—Friday, June 14—is approaching rapidly, so please submit your entries soon.
After your design is complete, enter the Challenge by emailing your dashboard link to DashboardChallenge@EnergyCAP.com by Friday, June 14, 2019. All entries received by the deadline will be shared on a public web page and will be eligible to receive the “Best Dashboard Award” and a $100 Amazon gift card.