May 4, 2007 - Greensburg, Kansas in the aftermath of an EF5 tornado.
Greensburg, Kansas is now THE town setting the green standard in building a sustainable community. When the town was ravaged by the tornado, who knew Greensburg would end up with that distinction. Now as they’ve “risen from the rubble,” we see in Greensburg a green city hall, a green local hospital, plans for a K-12 green school and even a green bank. When I say “green”, I’m referring to buildings designed for sustainability. For example, the town’s city hall is rated LEED platinum, has solar panels and a green roof. The hospital is energy efficient, uses heat recovery strategies and natural light throughout 75% of the building. The school which will be completed later this year will have geothermal heating and a wind turbine. The bank features a high efficiency HVAC system and an ICF frame. (Insulated Concrete Form)
Community leaders, businesses and residents of Greensburg have pulled together with a forward thinking goal of building a better, stronger and greener town.
And this is their vision for a greener Greensburg.
Your town or city can also be a model community of structures built with sustainable and affordable green design, construction, and practices. GOING GREEN DOES NOT REQUIRE A KANSAS TORNADO.
This workshop will offer solutions and suggestions for the possibilities of ways to transform our communities into more environmentally friendly places - disaster or not.
Today’s workshop is designed to be fun and interactive yet useful and informative. My hope is that you’ll leave here with “three green nuggets” that will sprout in the fields of your hometown. In today’s session, we’ll…
So what is sustainability?
… according to the USGBC. And besides that, they consume a large portion of resources and produce megatons of waste.
Employee productivity Green jobs Energy/cost savings Environment/people
The federal government is leading the way on sustainability.
Prez O has set energy targets for efficient and sustainable buildings & reduced petro consumption in vehicles. 30% reduction in vehicle fleet petroleum use by 2020 26% improvement in water efficiency by 2020 95% of all applicable contracts will meet sustainability requirements 50% recycling and waste diversion by 2015
In doing so, the local government has
...to further sustainability and climate protection practices.
With Federal and local governments leading the way, companies and businesses are realizing the value of green building too. An Aberdeen Research Group study found that top performing companies value environmental stewardship and this is driving their sustainability policies.
Before we get started with ideas about what’s going on where you live, I’d like to share with you some INTERESTING, COOL and EXCITING ideas that are underway in communities across the country. For example, in Phoenix, Arizona…
In Tallahassee, Florida initiatives that led to award by the Florida Green Building Coalition (FGBC) are
In Chicago, Illinois… Chicago Transit Authority Chicago Public Schools
In Portland, Oregon… www.sustainableportland.org
Now let’s discuss what’s going on in your community. I’m interested to hear what’s new where you live. Would anyone like to share with us some of the green projects, developments or practices in their area?
We all know that natural weather occurrences can wreak havoc on our long established and developed communities. I’m from coastal Florida where hurricanes and their aftermath can be like Ivan the Terrible! We love our way of life and the weather. But, we also recognize that when weather devastation occurs and we rebuild, we need to rebuild more efficiently and incorporate green design principles. And remember, there are still a few U.S. cities struggling during these economic times to recover and rebuild.
Like Greensburg, Cedar Rapids, Iowa is also currently rebuilding.
Speaking of connections, these three cities all have one thing in common. They are incorporating efficient green building initiatives.
Austin is green ya’ll!
* Develop a strategy for the installation of solar technology throughout Boston , including mapping feasible locations, preparing a project-labor agreement, and planning the city-wide bulk purchase, financing, and installation of solar technology. * Work with local organizations to maximize Boston's participation in state incentive programs and innovative financing initiatives. * Create a successor non-profit organization to implement the long-term goals of the partnership in cooperation with the Boston Energy Alliance.
San Jose, what can I say? - You are here!
What I’d like to do now is have you join together in groups. For this exercise, each group is going to discuss and plan ways to green a project. Each group will have a folder containing details of the project. There are additional instructions inside the folder. We’ll work on this in groups and then take some time to discuss and share what each group came up with. BUILD GREEN! Teresa, switch to other PPT!
O.K., so let’s take a few moments to discuss those wonderful implementations you all came up with.
As a reward for all your efforts, I’d like to present each group with an award - A Green Building Award!
Well, that was wonderful. We’ve heard some great ideas on green designs, construction and practices. These are the types of green nuggets we can take away to benefit our communities. I applaud you all for your out-of-the-box creative ideas. So, how much green is all this “going green” going to cost?
In analyzing the costs and benefits of green building, it’s important to realize that there are INNOVATIVE ways to approach the issue. One way is by examining some of the BEST PRACTICES developed and realized by other cities. For instance, in Alexandria, Virginia, the City will see LONG TERM BENEFITS from its energy conservation projects with positive results in energy savings.
Insulation Lighting Heating & Air systems and with efficient water heating systems
For instance, according to researchers at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California… Something to keep in mind when planning ways to reduce cooling costs.
While I’m not an environmental economist or financial analyst, I can tell you that the possibilities of going green can be more beneficial than you might expect. Just take a look at how Portland benefited from retrofitting traffic signals. Reduced energy consumption by about 80%
If your city, educational institution or community wants to implement green design, operations or practices, it is possible.
And if that’s not enough, some cities, schools and communities are coming up with creative financing strategies as they’ve done in Los Angeles. American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, particularly the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) funds, Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grants (EECBG), and Qualified Energy Conservation Bonds.
Earlier, we talked about how Chicago was taking advantage of its share of ARRA funding. Billions of dollars have been doled out from other sources as well. Boston has…
COST SAVINGS IS THE NAME OF THE GAME. Let’s look at a few saving strategies… Fairmont hotels work diligently to minimize waste stream and conserve natural resources, particularly through energy and water conservation. They also offer eco-meetings and conferences that encompasses eco-accommodation, eco-cuisine, eco-service and eco-programming that encourages minimum waste diversion and environmental awareness. Their Green Partnership Program, a company-wide stewardship program, strives to minimize their properties’ operational impact on the environment through resource conservation and best practices. This is one company with a great focus on environmental initiatives. For example:
We are on the cutting edge of the possibilities of green development and sustainable building.
I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time with such a wonderful group. Believe me, the exchange of information and ideas has been so rich. Don’t just keep all this information to yourself - Share! And let those green nuggets sprout.
Changing Our Communities: The Possibilities of Going Green
Changing Our Communities: The Possibilities of Going Green <ul><li>Presented by Teresa Shumate </li></ul><ul><li>LEED Green Associate </li></ul><ul><li>April 12, 2010 </li></ul>
Geothermal heating Wind turbine Regional/reclaimed materials High efficiency HVAC system Insulated Concrete Form (ICF) frame LEED Platinum Solar Panels Green Roof Energy efficient Uses heat recovery strategies Natural light throughout 75% of the building
Workshop Objectives <ul><li>Learn what communities across the country are doing and discuss what’s new where you live. </li></ul><ul><li>Participate in an interactive exercise to learn how we can implement green solutions in our government and community buildings. </li></ul><ul><li>Discuss the short and long-term economic impact of green building. </li></ul>
WHAT is Sustainable Design? Design which seeks to reduce the negative effects on the environment and maximizes social and economic benefits. SUSTAINABILITY Environment Social Benefits Economic Benefits
WHY develop using Sustainable Design? SUSTAINABILITY U.S. buildings account for 38% CO 2 emissions 39% energy use 72% electricity consumption
SUSTAINABILITY HOW can we benefit from Sustainable Design?
The Federal government occupies nearly 500,000 buildings… SUSTAINABILITY Leading the Way
SUSTAINABILITY and operates more than 600,000 vehicles. Leading the Way
Phoenix, Arizona “ Living Like it Matters” Recycled 63 percent of construction waste. More than 80 percent of the lighting takes advantage of natural sources to save energy and improve occupant well-being. Incorporates 100 kW of solar power.
Certified Green City <ul><li>Energy conservation </li></ul><ul><li>Government employee education program </li></ul><ul><li>Green projects within schools </li></ul><ul><li>Transportation/Public Works (Green Fleet) </li></ul><ul><li>Waste reduction & recycling </li></ul><ul><li>Water conservation </li></ul>
<ul><li>Chicago is taking advantage of its allocation of Recovery Act funds. </li></ul><ul><li>Retrofit public and residential buildings to be greener. </li></ul><ul><li>Implement the Chicago Climate Action Plan. </li></ul><ul><li>Reduce diesel fuel used by City departments, CTA and CPS. </li></ul><ul><li>Install alternative fueling infrastructure </li></ul>
“ So green you could serve it as a side dish.” Outside Magazine (Aug 2005) Voted: One of the greenest cities in the world Most bike friendly Best places to retire Most livable Best arts city PORTLAND, OREGON Popular Science (Feb 2008) Reader’s Digest (July 2005) Frommer’s (Jan 2007) “ Greenest city in America” “ America’s cleanest city” “ Top travel destination”
Rebuilding On Jun 13, 2008, the Cedar River crested to its highest level in Cedar Rapids history, over 31 feet . The previous record reached only 20 feet .
Rebuilding Flood waters spread to 14 percent of the city.
Rebuilding Incorporates more than 40 green measures to enhance building’s energy efficiency. ~ Solar hot water system ~ 12,000 gallon water cistern for irrigation ~ Wetland habitat for 90% native species - outdoor classroom Katrina - Aug 29, 2005 A.H. Wilson Elementary School
Rebuilding L.B. Landry School * Irrigation system Gentilly High School * Reduces energy consumption by 30% J.A. Craig School * Hurricane proof windows
A recent $1.7M energy upgrade project at the airport will reduce the electrical consumption by 12% annually. An increase in green buildings in 2007 resulted in savings of 16.5 tons of CO2 and other pollutants = Taking 3,625 cars off the road in Austin. Austin devotes 15% of its land to parks, open spaces and has 32 miles of bike trails.
(25 MW by 2015) Boston currently generates 1/2 MW of solar power. Solar Boston Initiative encourages widespread adoption of solar energy. Austin, TX (AUS) Boston, MA (BOS) Austin, TX (AUS) Boston, MA (BOS)
Formulated 15-year Green Vision in October 2007 <ul><li>Alternate Fuel Vehicles </li></ul><ul><li>Ensure that 100% of public fleet vehicles run on alternative fuels </li></ul><ul><li>Reduce fleet’s annual fuel consumption </li></ul><ul><li>Reduce GHG emissions </li></ul>
Dark roofs reflect about 10 to 20 percent of sunlight. Cool roofs send about 70 to 80 percent of sunlight back into the atmosphere.
Buildings with green methods can reduce energy consumption by 26% and GHG emissions by 33% when compared to conventional buildings.
Return on Investment (ROI) The Project Retrofit traffic signals with LED lamps The Cost $2.2 Million The Result More than 13,300 signals retrofitted to LED The Benefits Annual Energy Savings of $335,000 per year PORTLAND
Funding www.recovery.gov BILLIONS OF DOLLARS AVAILABLE
Funding City finances retrofit loan through public utility. Buildings operate more efficiently. City repays through energy savings.
Funding Boston has received nearly $240 million in ARRA funds for numerous housing, school, community development, transportation and environment and energy projects. It also received a Department Of Energy (DOE) grant of over $1 million dollars as one of the Solar America Cities under the DOE's Solar America Initiative.
$250,000,000 provided for energy efficient retrofits for multifamily housing
250,000,000,000 Square feet of buildings to be retrofitted
<ul><li>On December 1, 2006, The Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa completed an extensive lighting retrofit. It replaced 4,440 bulbs with energy efficient compact fluorescent ones. As a result, the hotel has saved over 203,000 kwh of energy. This retrofit will prevent the release of 317,165 lbs of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere. How much did they save in annual energy costs? </li></ul>$44,000 $31,700 $61,000
<ul><li>Clark County Public Service Center is a consolidated office space for approximately 500 County employees in various departments for Clark County Washington. What percentage of construction and demolition debris was reclaimed and recycled when building this project? </li></ul>50% 95% 20%
The Tompkins County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) in Ithaca, NY is designed with pets in mind. It is registered as the nation’s first “green” animal shelter for its environmentally minded sustainable design. What types of trees and grasses did they exclusively use in the landscaping? adaptive invasive native Photo credit: Paul Bonacci “ Good for people, good for animals, good for the planet.”
<ul><li>Appliances and lighting earned the government's Energy Star label. </li></ul>Cherry Gardens Senior Apartments - Charlotte, NC
Gish Apartments - San Jose, CA Energy efficient windows Common area receives 30% of its electricity from a rooftop photovoltaic system.
<ul><li>Geothermal heat pump system </li></ul><ul><li>Rainwater harvesting </li></ul><ul><li>Recycled and local materials </li></ul><ul><li>Low Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) products </li></ul>Summerfield Elementary School - Neptune Township, NJ waterless urinals
<ul><li>Compost bins provided in all kitchens. </li></ul>Carleton College Residence Halls - Northfield, MN
Oberlin College - Oberlin, OH Wastewater-purification system in a greenhouse.
<ul><li>Preferred parking for alternative fuel vehicles. </li></ul>John J. Duncan Federal Building - Knoxville, TN Exceptional Water Efficiency
<ul><li>Green housekeeping policy – low environmental impact pest management. </li></ul>Byron G. Rogers Courthouse - Denver, CO
<ul><li>Wooded pathways provide employees with refreshing places to walk and eat lunch. </li></ul>California EPA Headquarters - Sacramento, CA Over $600,000 annual savings from green features
<ul><li>Uses nontoxic calcium chloride instead of magnesium chloride for snow melting. </li></ul>Wellington E. Webb Municipal Office Building - Denver, CO
Review <ul><li>Learned about ways to incorporate green building by looking at what communities across the country are doing. </li></ul><ul><li>Interactive exercise has shown us that it doesn’t require a Kansas tornado to incorporate green building practices into our buildings. </li></ul><ul><li>Seen examples of some economic benefits that can be gained in adopting green principles. </li></ul>
Changing Our Communities: The Possibilities of Going Green <ul><li>Teresa Shumate </li></ul><ul><li>LEED Green Associate </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>