Steering Committee Meeting Minutes October 15, 2009
ENERGY EFFICIENCY & CONSERVATION STRATEGY
MHSM # 0907.00
October 15, 2009
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• Jeff Welborn firstname.lastname@example.org
• Lee Jeter Sr. email@example.com
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Kim convened the meeting at 4:10 P.M. He presented the draft “framework
document.” Bruce stated that this document will form a part of the EECS submission.
Kim suggested that the mayor and council members also be invited to the Near-time
website, to be able to monitor the committee’s work online and review ideas being
discussed should they wish to do so. Mike said he endorsed this idea so the Mayor and
Council can stay informed.
The Minutes of the October 8th meeting were approved as drafted.
Mike reported on questions from the city council at the last council meeting. He
reviewed with them the leveraging strategy to use the $1.7 million. The council
supports process. Mike requested that the committee attend the next council meeting
on Tuesday, October 27, 2009 at 3:00 P.M., or to have a spokesman for the committee
attend. Committee members unanimously agreed with the suggestion.
Lee Jeter noted that all the time and effort being put in by the committee would be for
naught if its report and recommendations were to be rejected by the City, and that
continuing to keep the mayor and council apprised of its work should help allay any
concerns that anyone might have.
Jeff encouraged the entire committee to attend.
It was noted that the deadline for submitting the EECS is December 8 and not
December 22 as was earlier indicated by the DOE.
Ian suggested that the presentation to the council illustrate how an example project
will be leveraged. He suggested that before an EECSport invitation for the Mayor and
Council goes out, it would be a good idea for the recipients to know it was coming, to
keep them from offhandedly discarding/ignoring an e-mail that might appear on its
face to be confusing or spam. Mike offered to send an advance note to the mayor and
council letting them know it was coming.
Bruce expressed his desire for the committee to develop a wish list of projects and that
the city submit a wish list to him.
Ian mentioned the need for an energy code enforcement and adoption. He also
mentioned the need to provide information to the public for how to achieve savings
from energy efficient methods or where to locate energy audits.
Sankovision is organic farming, water harvesting and is developing a learning center.
Concept plans are being developed by LA. Tech Architecture. This is a non-profit
organization. This organization is entering into a fund raising for approximately
Bruce mentioned that a community foods program is an opportunity for up to
$300,000. He said we need to outreach to the community to find out what is going on.
The strategy is to build coalitions.
Steering Committee Notes
The following notes are the result of discussions during the 10.15.09 Steering Committee
Meeting to explore potential projects for each focus area:
Reduce Waste & Pollution
Outreach program to promote not using plastic bottles.
Incentive programs to encourage Commercial/Government recycling
Outreach/public education on benefits of recycling. Especially lower income
citizens (need funding for this activity.)
Educating individuals about E.E.C. should address all focus areas of
The education process should move in tandem with the network building
Waste oil recycling program for fuel
Reduces problems with grease contributing to sewer system overflow.
Caddo Schools should be included
City Composting Program
Yard waste (green)
Food waste (brown)
Get schools involved as education/entrepreneur initiative
Connect to community garden program or urban farming program.
Good opportunity to make a model for surrounding communities
Leverage parish recycling program.
Clean & Renewables
Wind, Solar, Geothermal heat pumps initiatives should be explored-possibility to
assist projects like the Center for Community Renewal.
Look at Government Plaza for alternative energy project connected to roof
project. (Tax credit strategy could pay for approximately 50%) Blocker
companies are use to place tax credits.
Could we develop a working group to develop project strategies for using tax
credits for smart projects related to energy efficiency and conservation.
Natural Gas-how can we leverage this local natural resource for energy
efficiency and conservation initiatives.
C02 capture projects we would like to develop a list of possibilities.
Can we leverage industry investments of companies? Jeff to follow-up on
investments private companies are making that could possibly be leveraged.
Building Energy Efficiency
Consider (micro-enterprise) lean program related to audits and energy retrofits.
How do we work with the weatherization program? We might incorporate
outreach activities that get the word out.
The city should adopt new energy codes with city possibly offering rebates for
exceeding code. We should explain the benefits of incentives we suggest.
Residential solar system program-tax credits pay for panels (Bruce)
The following Audits are needed and should be separate pieces of work:
3. Water Efficiency
There are funds available for energy audits for low income. We need audit
programs for other income levels. “The current state Hero” program with offset
of initial cost by city is a possibility.
The city program could be a public/private initiative (e.g. utilities could pay for
outreach developed by CERT.)
CNG fueling station for garbage truck fleet. Project was previously described by
COS and a leveraging strategy is already developed.
Replacing traffic signals with LED- +/- $300 K investment could save $25K
per year. Ian commented that this investment does not at first glance appear to
produce a significant R.O.I.
Urban Forestry Program
Need tree ordinance (current proposal tabled by council?)
G.I.S. should be an underlying tool for tracking all initiatives-part of maximizing
resources that enhances energy efficiency. Public access to add layers and
produce/use G.I.S. is important for engaging our citizens and supporting their
Urban Agriculture-taking urban gardening to scale
Food supply by local
Residential/small business energy efficiency demonstration projects.
Small efforts add up-Educate to save $20/month/household= $20 million/year
EECS STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING
DATE: Thursday, October 22, 2009
TIME: 4:00 – 6:00 P.M.
(Note: Consultants will be available to the Steering Committee
from 3-4 P.M. to continue discussions of committee project ideas)
LOCATION: 333 Texas Street, Suite 1200
1. Review comments on minutes.
2. Bruce to present projects and evaluations.
3. Committee consideration of projects, priorities and selection.
4. Review of EECSport website and use to review project progress (e.g.,
5. Next step