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EECS Framework

  1. 1. Energy Efficiency & Conservation Strategy City of Shreveport, Louisiana Gulf Geoexchange and Consulting Services, Inc. in collaboration with Morgan Hill Sutton & Mitchell Architects, LLC Chronicle of Numbers Consortium for Education Research & Technology Purdue University
  2. 2. Framework Document for Phase II Comprehensive Energy Efficiency & Conservation Plan City of Shreveport, Louisiana
  3. 3. 1.0 Purpose We propose that the City of Shreveport conduct a Comprehensive Energy Efficiency and Conservation Plan (CEECP) to guide long term decision making and investment. We want to position the City of Shreveport as a front runner in achieving the objectives outlined in the Energy Efficiency Community Block Grant (EECBG), going beyond the satisfaction of minimum requirements to pursue innovation. Reaching higher will allow the city to maximize long term benefits and develop the city’s competitive advantage in pursuing future funding. The CEECP would build upon the initial investments identified during Phase I, chart the course for future investments, and develop a long term strategy for the city to become more energy efficient. 1.1 Goals and Objectives Following the work of Phase I, the primary goals for the CEECP would be to provide a clear direction for achieving: • job creation • energy savings • reduction of greenhouse gases • provident use of local resources • renewable energy production • maximized leveraging of funds In addition to fulfilling these initial goals as outlined by the Department of Energy and the City of Shreveport for Phase I, the CEECP would be a: • means for the City to pursue future funding from state and federal sources • framework for regional collaboration amongst municipal and parish governments • process for cultivating local capacity, leadership, and advocacy 1.2 Achieving Balanced Sustainability Achieving Balanced Sustainability Environmental Quality Economic Prosperity Environmental Quality Economic Prosperity As our community strives to improve its energy efficiency, it is important to evaluate our opportunities not only from an environmental and economic point of view, but also from a social and cultural perspective. We have the ability to make decisions that can save money, generate income, improve our environmental quality, conserve our local resources, support and enhance our local cultural and heritage resources, and have positive impacts for all the citizens of Shreveport. Ultimately, the CEECP would aim to maximize benefits according to a multiple bottom line: • environmental quality • economic prosperity • social equity • cultural vitality Social Equity Cultural Vitality Social Equity Cultural Vitality These multiple bottom lines should provide guidance for metrics and indicators that will be used to determine preferred alternatives and evaluate progress during the implementation of these alternatives. A sustainable plan will successfully balance the indicators on this quadruple bottom line, offering a package of solutions that serves all aspects of our community. 3 Framework Document for Phase II: Comprehensive Energy Efficiency & Conservation Plan - City of Shreveport, Louisiana DRAFT
  4. 4. 2.0 Plan Focus Areas The CEECP will be structured around seven major focus areas that cover all of the fundable projects outlined for the EECBG. While each of these focus areas are strongly interrelated, these will serve as major categories for our work during the planning process. 2.1 Building Energy Efficiency Fundable projects: energy audits for commercial, residential, industrial, governmental, and non-profit buildings; financial incentive programs; building codes/inspections; energy efficiency retrofits Examples of best practices: LEED certification (sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, indoor environmental quality, innovation); low-income household retrofits 2.2 Clean & Renewable Energy Sources Fundable projects: Onsite renewable energy generation; energy distribution technology; reduction/capture of methane and other greenhouse gases Examples of best practices: solar, geothermal, wind, hydropower 2.3 Reduction of Waste & Pollution Fundable projects: recycling programs; reduction of greenhouse gas emissions; watershed management Examples of best practices: increasing tree canopy, bioswales, living machines, food reclamation programs, composting/ vermiculture, local food systems, native plantings/zero-scaping 2.4 Transportation & Land Use Alternatives Fundable projects: energy conservation in transportation Examples of best practices: LEED-ND; Smart Growth principles (mixed use, compact building design, housing choices, walkable neighborhoods, unique places, land preservation –open space/farmland/habitat, infill development, transportation choices, fair/predictable/cost effective development decisions, community and stakeholder collaboration); increased frequency of transit, sidewalks, bike lanes 2.5 Green Workforce/Business Incentives Fundable projects: related to any projects above Best practices: training programs 2.6 Energy Education/Outreach Fundable projects: related to any projects above Best practices: evaluation, monitoring, and reporting; GIS; web 2.0 tools 2.6 Other This focus area is for any innovations that do not fit in the other six categories. 4 Framework Document for Phase II: Comprehensive Energy Efficiency & Conservation Plan - City of Shreveport, Louisiana DRAFT
  5. 5. 3.0 Participants 3.1 Public The CEECP should be shaped around the vision of the Citizens of Shreveport. The plan should build upon the values identified by the Shreveport Caddo Master Plan, neighborhood and local advocacy groups, and other public forums. All citizens in Shreveport will be called upon to do their part to improve our energy independence. Roles: Seek information, education, & training Conserve within their own sphere Live providently within their means 3.2 Government Elected officials and department heads provide leadership, initiating and helping to shape the process to ensure the completion and implementation of the CEECP. Roles: Define the timeframe and jurisdictional area of the plan Direct the project team Adopt the plan Allocate and spend the funds, implementing the plan Evaluate progress Report on evaluations Amend the plan over time as needed 3.3 Steering Committee The steering committee formed in Phase I of the EECS will be invited to extend their involvement as stewards over the plan process and serve as leaders of the working groups. As jurisdictional boundaries are determined and partnerships are formed, others may be invited to join the steering committee or working groups. Roles: Oversee the plan process Direct the project team Provide leadership and advocacy in working groups Recommend the plan and its initiatives to government leaders for adoption/implementation 3.4 Project Team The project team, led by Gulf Geoexchange, is comprised of Morgan Hill Sutton & Mitchell Architects, CERT, Purdue University, and Chronicle of Numbers. Roles: Inventory potential working group members/stakeholders Teach ‘strategic doing’ and provide technical assistance to the working groups Provide a web 2.0 workspace for working groups that also provides a public interface Provide expertise and analysis of best practices and case studies within the six focus areas Convene and facilitate forums every 30-60 days --meetings that gather all working groups to link & leverage, share resources, look for opportunities for collaboration/innovation, growing local capacity and expertise around energy efficiency and conservation practices 5 Framework Document for Phase II: Comprehensive Energy Efficiency & Conservation Plan - City of Shreveport, Louisiana DRAFT
  6. 6. Formalize the ideas generated by the working groups into a plan document Set metrics for baseline, produce target projections and provide evaluation for initiatives Structure GIS database and procedures for monitoring trends Provide a format and procedures for regular reporting 3.5 Working Groups We recommend organizing a series of working groups around each focus area concentrated on EECBG eligible activities, as outlined by the scope of work. Each working group will engage an open network of public and private sector stakeholders. Building Energy Efficiency (potential stakeholders to be listed) Clean & Renewable Energy Sources (potential stakeholders to be listed) Reduction of Waste & Pollution (potential stakeholders to be listed) Transportation & Land Use Alternatives (potential stakeholders to be listed) Green Workforce/Business Incentives (potential stakeholders to be listed) Energy Education/Outreach (potential stakeholders to be listed) Roles: Determine goals and principles Set targets Publicize and promote the plan Generate potential initiatives Select preferred initiatives Develop prioritized/phased implementation strategy Identify obstacles to implementation and describe strategies to remove obstacles Review the plan Advise the project team 6 Framework Document for Phase II: Comprehensive Energy Efficiency & Conservation Plan - City of Shreveport, Louisiana DRAFT
  7. 7. 4.0 Plan Process The process for developing the CEECP will involve seven stages: 1. Framework 2. Baseline 3. Target 4. Opportunities/Options 5. Preferred Action Plan 6. Implementation & Evaluation 7. Plan Review & Adoption Stage 1. Framework During the first stage, the groundwork will be laid for the plan. Stakeholders will be engaged and organized. The process will be prepared and initiated. Activities Cultivate partnerships with institutions of higher education, state and neighboring local governments Engage steering committee established during Phase I Assemble working groups around six primary focus areas, led by members of the steering committee Teach strategic doing Use Web 2.0 tools to create a collaborative space for working groups and a public forum Agree on goals and principles Describe/define timeframe and jurisdictional area covered by plan Deliverables Training materials for strategic doing workshop Web 2.0 site with public side and work space for focus area groups Presentation/report describing goals and principles Map of jurisdictional area covered by plan Stage 2. Baseline Where are we in terms of our current energy use & carbon footprint? Where will we be if we follow a “business as usual” scenario? Potential metrics include jobs created, CO2 reduced, etc. Activities Establish metrics/indicators linked to goals/principles Collect and analyze data Establish baseline Produce forecasts and projections Deliverables GIS layers and analysis mapping for spatially relevant indicators Published presentation/report describing current indicator values, forecasts, and projections Stage 3. Target Where do we want to be? When? Activities Determine targets 7 Framework Document for Phase II: Comprehensive Energy Efficiency & Conservation Plan - City of Shreveport, Louisiana DRAFT
  8. 8. Deliverables Published presentation/report identifying the targets Promotional materials, public service announcements Stage 4. Opportunities/Options What could we do to improve our energy efficiency and conservation? What plans are already underway? What are other places doing? How could we be innovative? Activities Compile best practices Come up with potential actions/initiatives Generate and analyze initiatives Deliverables Published presentation/report identifying best practices for each focus area (case studies) Published presentation/report describing and analyzing initiatives Stage 5. Preferred Action Plan What should we do? What actions are going to be most successful in achieving our goals? What actions are most leverageable, sustainable, and feasible? Activities Evaluate initiatives based on metrics, sustainability, and feasibility Select preferred initiatives/projects Deliverables Published presentation/report outlining the preferred initiatives Stage 6. Implementation & Evaluation How should we prioritize actions? What preparations need to be made to accomplish these actions? How will we evaluate our progress? During this stage an reporting system will be created to evaluate and update the plan as needed. Who will gather data and prepare reports? Who will receive those reports? How can the plan be adjusted over time to achieve results? Activities Develop a prioritized/phased implementation strategy for each initiative Identify policies and/or administrative actions adopted or needed to support plan implementation Identify obstacles to implementation and describe strategies to remove obstacles Establish mechanisms for ongoing evaluation, accountability, and adaptation (reporting system) Deliverables Published implementation guidebook: the guidebook would include information about the resources and partnerships required to achieve the plan’s goals; it would detail the prioritized steps to take; it would describe who would do what, when, and how much it would cost. Stage 7. Plan Review & Adoption Activities Review preliminary and final drafts of the CEECP Deliverables Preliminary and final draft of the Comprehensive Energy Efficiency & Conservation Plan 8 Framework Document for Phase II: Comprehensive Energy Efficiency & Conservation Plan - City of Shreveport, Louisiana DRAFT