Green College Station Action Plan


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Green College Station Action Plan

  1. 1. OBJECTIVES Rationale for focusing on green initiatives Review history of College Station’s Green program Review proposed Green Action Plan
  2. 2. ORIGINAL RATIONALE FOR FOCUSING ON GREENINITIATIVES  Identified by residents through surveys, focus groups, neighborhood meetings for inclusion in Comp Plan - Save tax payer dollars ○ Low cost, low risk options ○ Quick return on investment - Improve and enhance quality of life ○ Providing open green space ○ Reducing carbon footprint ○ Conserving energy and water resources
  3. 3. HISTORY OF GREEN PROGRAM Jan. 2008 – Green College Station Resolution adopted - Established first Green Policy Statement ⁻ Directed CMO to develop Green College Station Master Plan ⁻ Established Technical Task Force ⁻ Authorized then mayor to sign US Conference of Mayors Climate Protection Agreement Jul. 2008 – Sustainability added as a Strategic Initiative Oct. 2009 –City awarded Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Nov. 2011 – Green Technical Taskforce dissolved Jan. 2012 – Council amended Green Policy Statement Feb. 2012 – Responsibility for developing Action Plan assigned to Asst. to the City Manager
  4. 4. GREEN COLLEGE STATION ACTION PLAN Support the Council’s vision for city operations - Environmentally conscious - Mindful of economic and community realities - Cost efficient / Return on investment Not a traditional “sustainability” plan Not affiliated or endorsed by any outside organization Focuses on the new Green Policy Statement College Station is committed to a comprehensive sustainability program that promotes and achieves conservation and environmental awareness that is fiscally responsible and results in a real and tangible return of investment to the City.
  5. 5. GREEN COLLEGE STATION ACTION PLAN Purpose of the plan - Coordination and continuity of existing efforts - Promote successes - Identify gaps - Plan for the future - Initiate coordination of roles Time frame of plan – two phases - Phase I – Evaluation period and implementation of “low hanging fruit” - Phase II – More extensive strategies and projects
  6. 6. GREEN COLLEGE STATION ACTION PLAN Focus areas – separated into four chapters - Chapter 1: Energy Conservation - Chapter 2: Water Conservation - Chapter 3: Solid Waste Reduction - Chapter 4: Preserving Natural Resources and the Environment Each chapter provides - Definition of what the subject matter means to our community - Overview of current programs and initiatives - Future opportunities - Cost analysis as available
  8. 8. ENERGY CONSERVATION – CURRENT INITIATIVES LED Traffic Signals and Parking Lot Lighting Selective Street Light Operation Energy Efficient Fixtures Energy Efficient Control Systems Hybrid Vehicles Retreated Tires, Nitrogen Tires and Synthetic Motor Oil Fleet Emission Reduction No Idle Policy Route Planning
  9. 9. ENERGY CONSERVATION – CURRENT INITIATIVES CFL Lighting Program Greenlight Commercial Lighting Program Sun Source Solar Program Good Cents and Energy Back II HVAC Program Energy Audits
  10. 10. ENERGY CONSERVATION – FUTURE OPPORTUNITIES City facility retrofitting /Performance Based Contract  Energy Savings: Depending upon program adopted  Cost: Estimated budget neutral Expanded LED parking lot lighting program  Energy Savings: 63% Reduction or $35,000 annually  Cost: $120,000 per lot Street light LED retrofitting  Energy Savings: 60% reduction or $280,944 annually  Cost: $5,057,000 LED conversion of Christmas at the Creek  Energy Savings: Approximately 60%  Cost: $75,000 – $100,000
  11. 11. ENERGY CONSERVATION – FUTURE OPPORTUNITIES Energy Star Policy  Energy Savings: 20% - 30% reduction  Cost: Dependent upon equipment and use Residential LED Rebate Program  Energy Savings: 50% less energy than CFL  Cost: $15,000 Fleet Utilization and Right-Sizing Study  Cost: $25,000
  13. 13. WATER CONSERVATION – CURRENT INITIATIVES Irrigation Retrofitting Rain Water Harvesting Direct Reuse Program Water Meter Replacement Inclined Water Rates Water Loss Management and System Audits Water Reuse Rainwater Harvesting Rebates HE Toilet Rebates
  14. 14. WATER CONSERVATION – CURRENT INITIATIVES High Water User Notification Irrigation Check-Up UDO Landscape Provisions Irrigation Efficiency Ordinance Brazos Valley Groundwater Conservation District Drought Contingency Plans Well Site Planning and Acquisition
  15. 15. WATER CONSERVATION – FUTURE OPPORTUNITIES Expand Effluent Reuse  Water Savings: Dependent upon design and scope  Cost: Dependent upon size and scope Commercial Conservation Program Expanded Rebate Programs  Water Savings Dependent upon program adopted  Cost: $10,000
  17. 17. SOLID WASTE REDUCTION– CURRENT INITIATIVES Residential, Commercial, Multi-Family Recycling Used Motor Oil and Filter Recycling Center Household Hazardous Waste Collection Brush Collection Council and Management Paperless Initiative Recycle Rewards Green Seminars Recycling Director My-Waste Application
  18. 18. SOLID WASTE REDUCTION – FUTURE OPPORTUNITIES Single Stream Recycling Program (Residential)  Waste Diverted: 50% diverted or 11,000 tons per year  Cost: $2,331,500 ($1.7 Cap. / $600k O&M) Multi-Family Drop-Off Center  Waste Diverted: 10% diverted or 3,800 tons per year  Cost: $1,093,500 ($885k Cap. / $208k O&M) Organic Recycling  Waste Diverted: 50% diversion or up to 3,521 tons per year  Cost: $2,391,500 ($1.7 Cap. / $671k O&M) Zero Waste City Policy
  20. 20. ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION AND LAND USE –CURRENT INITIATIVES Land Use Plan Bicycle, Pedestrian & Greenways Master Plan International Building Code International Energy Conservation Code Landscape Standards
  21. 21. ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION AND LAND USE –FUTURE OPPORTUNITIES Special Zoning Districts Promotion of Infill and Mixed-Use Development Tree Protection Standards
  23. 23. PHASE I Completion of fleet utilization and rightsizing study Adoption of an Energy Star equipment purchasing policy Expansion and modification of Electric and Water rebate programs Implementation of commercial water conservation program Creation of new Natural Areas Protected zoning
  24. 24. PHASE I Continued promotion of infill and mixed-use development Implementation of Zero Waste programming Christmas at the Creek LED Conversion Adoption of tree protection standards Implementation of Organic Recycling Program
  25. 25. PHASE II City facility retrofitting / PBC Expansion of effluent re-use Transition to single-stream recycling Conversion to parking lot LED lighting Conversion to street light LED fixtures Creation of multi-family recycling drop-off facility
  26. 26. NEXT STEPS Council feedback Make any necessary changes based on Council feedback Adopt final plan