Greening Your Business and Climate Wise CREW – Northern Colorado Chapter Kathy Collier, LEED AP Climate Wise – City of Fort Collins Natural Resources Dept 3 June 2009 Why Green? • Reduce environmental impact • Business efficiency • Cost $aving$ • PR • Tenants/employees: Greater productivity, recruitment, retention, healthy employees, employee morale, energy savings, water savings • Owners: Greater value, greater marketability, higher rents, higher occupancy, risk of obsolescence, energy savings, water savings, lower insurance costs • Community: Peak demand, water treatment, storm water, landfill, energy dependence Greening Business • Energy • Water • Materials and Resources • Transportation The Balanced Low-carb Diet Offsets Green Power On-Site Renewables Energy Efficiency; Waste reduction, etc. Energy Top 10 • Conservation • Lighting retrofits • Thermostats • Retro-commissioning • HVAC equipment • Economizers • Building envelope • Appliances and office equipment • Green IT • People Energy Conservation Conservation: behavior based savings • Turn it off, turn it down, tighten the schedule, etc. • Applies to everything • Culture based is most successful • Competition seems to help Lighting Retrofits Lighting retrofits: replacing old fluorescent, incandescent and metal halide with more efficient technology • Most common opportunity in business • Typical payback, 2-4 years • Clear and obvious quality improvements • Opportunity to re-design for current needs Technology types • T-12 T-8 fluorescent • Incandescent CFL (compact fluorescent) • Exit lights LED • Metal halide high-bay fluorescent Appliances and Equipment Appliances and office equipment: don’t forget the refrigerator, television, dishwasher and copy machine • Buy a new refrigerator and recycle the old one • Look for ENERGY STAR label on everything Green IT Green IT: reducing energy use and environmental impact of IT equipment with hardware, software and operational solutions • Largely untapped opportunity • Specify high efficiency desktops and servers • Start server consolidation and virtualization • Optimize setpoints, airflow and cooling for data centers • Network based power management • Equipment made with less toxic materials • Easy to dismantle or recycle at end of life Water Top 10 • Baseline, benchmark, assess! • Behavior • Upgrade end-use fixtures • Irrigation improvements • “Once-through” water use • Heating/cooling equipment blowdown controls • Dishwasher upgrades Upgrade End-Use Fixtures • Aerators: 2.0-3.0 gpm 1.5 gpm • Pre-rinse spray valves: 2.5 + gpm 1.6 gpm • Showerheads: 2.5-3.5 gpm 2.0 gpm • Paybacks =< 1 year • Toilets: 3.5 - 5+ gpf 1.6 gpf or lower – Options: ultra-low, dual flush • Urinals: 3.0 gpm 1.6 gpf or lower – Options: waterless, ultra-low • Paybacks = 3 -10+ years Irrigation Improvements • Sprinkler Audit Program: FREE sprinkler system assessment for homes & homeowner associations Sign Up: fcgov.com/sprinkler-audit Email email@example.com Call 416-2666 Materials and Resources Top 10 • “Green” purchasing • Source reduction • Material reuse • Recycle • Optimize trash service • “Green” meetings and events • “Green” cleaning program Source Reduction • Reduce junk mail: write DMA, join Green Dimes, etc. • Reduce use of consumables (e.g., paper) • Use PDF writer as default printer • Use backsides of paper before recycling • Duplex (double sided) printing • Reusable cups and plates preferable • Choose minimally packaged items or buy in bulk • Eliminate use of polystyrene foam cups, plates (compostable or recyclable alternatives also exist) • Choose products with recyclable packaging • Eliminate use of bottled water: opt for water pitchers and glasses Recycle Develop recycling program • Self-haul – Rivendell Recycling Center or Larimer County Recycling Center • Add recycling pick-up to trash service – Broker large volumes directly – Larimer County Recycling Center, paper mills, etc. • Hire recycling company – Accepts more materials, rebates possible for high value materials – Reporting options? Recyclables Standard recyclables (variable, based on business type): • ** Mixed paper $$ • ** Glass containers • ** Plastic containers (including plastic containers, #1 - #7) • ** Metal containers $$ • ** Corrugated cardboard $$ • ** Paperboard • Organics (or compostable / degradable materials) ** Materials included in single-stream recycling $$ = rebate possible depending on vendor / volumes generated Optimize Trash Service • Frequency of trash pick up function of capacity and volume • Ensure container appropriately sized and full when emptied • Ask hauler about “on demand” collection • Optimization = $$ cost savings $$ Recycling on a Different Scale at Intel May 9, 2011 18 Transportation Top 10 • Telecommute • Carpool / vanpool • Bike • Walk • Bus • Drive efficiently, vehicle maintenance • Alternative fuels, hybrids & electric vehicles Drive Efficiently • “Trip chain” • Reduce or avoid idling (diesels too) • EPA: 1% fuel efficiency loss for every 2 PSI under maximum tire pressure level • Slow down: each 5 mph over 60 mph = paying additional $0.20 / gal for fuel • Car maintenance: 4% increase in fuel efficiency or $0.12/gal Climate Wise: Business Outreach Program Fort Collins folk Aaaaah! can just call What do I Climate Wise do? Climate Wise: Business Outreach Program Promotes voluntary GHG reduction through: • Energy efficiency • Pollution prevention • Waste reduction • Water conservation • Transportation reduction Climate Wise provides: •Technical assistance • Public recognition • Peer networking opportunities • Carbon quantification • Cost savings • …and much more! The Climate Wise Team! Climate Wise: Business Outreach Program • A business plan with new tiered partner levels of Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum • Partner Advisory Committee provides input into the business plan and Climate Wise operations • Last year, committee members asked staff to build in strict requirements for Platinum partners to “continually raise the bar.” Climate Wise, Business Smar Examples of what Partners are doing Some of the 650 projects or measures of 2008 partners: Recycling/Waste Reduction Transportation • Start solid waste/recycling program • Alternative Transportation • Internal materials reuse program • Hybrid vehicle use • Purchase in bulk • Trip optimization • Use Silverware instead of plastic • Biofuel use • Construction and demolition recycling • Hold “Zero Waste” meetings and events Energy Conservation Water Conservation • Upgrade to ENERGY STAR® appliances • Xeriscaping • Lighting projects • Aerator replacement • Utilities LightenUP! • Sprinkler audit/optimization • Cooling Tower • Indoor fixture replacement • Turn off computers/lights • Efficient HVAC upgrade Climate Wise, Business Smart. The effects of reducing 100,511 tons CO2e are similar to: …planting 8 million trees …reducing 1,260,000 car trips from Fort Collins to Denver and back …saving 108,000 round-trip flights from Denver to NYC Climate Wise, Business Smart. Cumulative savings through 2008 Climate Wise Partners saved: • nearly 4 billion gallons of water • more than 280 million kWh of electricity • more than 6.5 million therms of natural gas • 83,200 tons diverted from the landfill • total cost savings among partners are nearly $24.4 million Climate Wise, Business Smart. Climate Wise Provides: Support Climate Wise technical assessment at The Vineyard Church Climate Wise, Business Smart. Climate Wise provides: Support Tools and resources to help partners: Data Collection Tool Greenhouse Gas Baseline Tool Self Assessment Checklist Climate Wise, Business Smart Climate Wise Provides: Public Recognition Climate Wise, Business Smart Climate Wise Provides: Peer Networking Climate Wise, Business Smart Climate Wise Provides: Carbon Quantification and Cost savings Climate Wise, Business Smart What Businesses are Saying About Climate Wise “Climate Wise helps us with structuring and maximizing our solid waste recycling and natural resource use reduction programs. This results in a feeling of positive contribution by Odell Brewing employees, as well as measurable cost savings.” Doug Odell, Owner Odell Brewing Company What Businesses are Saying About Climate Wise “Through owning shopping centers in other municipalities, we have never come across a program that has been so forward thinking and forthright in helping to identify ways to not only be green, but help businesses to see the bottom line benefit of being green.” Luke McFetridge, NewMark Merrill Mountain States – Fort Collins Marketplace Web Information Climate Wise www.fcgov.com/climatewise Contact Information Kathy Collier 221.6312 | firstname.lastname@example.org John Armstrong 416.2230 | email@example.com Climate Wise, Business Smart. Fort Collins Resources 1 • Energy and water programs: Fort Collins Utilities: 221.6700 fcgov.com/utilities • Recycling and waste reduction: Fort Collins Natural Resources Dept: 221.6600 fcgov.com/recycling Fort Collins Resources 2 • Bike and transit programs: Fort Collins Transportation Dept: 224.6058 fcgov.com/transportation • Technical assistance for all areas for businesses (including property owners / managers/tenants): Climate Wise: 221.6312 fcgov.com/climatewise Resources outside of Fort Collins • Greeley’s Environmental Awards Program: Ruth Quade, Ruth.Quade@Greeleygov.com (awards, free indoor/outdoor water audits) • Regional carpool/vanpool programs: Metropolitan Planning Organization (800) 332.0950 Questions? Thank you!
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