DEEP: 2003 Government/Institutional GreenCircle Award Recipients

GreenCircle Award Recipients
2003 Government/Institutional Related

Name of Government or Institutional Entity


Description Of Activity

The City of New Haven
New Haven, CT

Executing changes that reduce annual energy or water consumption rates by more than 15%; designing and developing building projects that fulfill Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification requirements; and converting or purchasing fleet vehicles that run on natural gas, electricity or other alternative fuels The City of New Haven continues to implement its long-term strategy for reducing its reliance on fossil fuels. To date, the City has reduced its electric and gas consumption by $12.9 million and reduced environmental pollution by 16 million pounds annually. Continued improvements in FY 2003/04 include: the installation of a 200 kwh fuel cell at the Water Pollution Control Plant which will generate 2% of the Cityís power requirements with clean, natural gas; the installation of a natural gas fueling station which will fuel a fleet of up to 30 vehicles; and the installation of real time electric power controls in over 70 facilities which will have the ability to control and reduce 65% of the Cityís electric power consumption and demand. Planned energy conservation installations for FY 2003 exceed over $3.8 million with estimated savings of over $800,000 annually. Improvements will include more efficient street lighting, power factor connection, boiler cycling controls, and use of landfill waste gas to generate power and hot water. In addition to the above, the City has implemented new construction standards for all new schools which includes meeting LEEDís standards and reducing energy consumption by a base minimum of 20% below building code requirements with a goal of up to 40% if economically feasible.

The Town of Hamden
Hamden, CT

Executing changes that reduce annual energy or water consumption rates by more than 15%; sponsoring a river, beach or neighborhood clean up day; and implementing a facility-wide integrated pest management program The Town of Hamden has made a substantial commitment to energy conservation. In 2000, the town converted all of its 1,840 incandescent-bulb stoplights to energy-efficient light-emitting diodes (LED's) resulting in a cost-savings of over 60%. In subsequent years, they have converted their crosswalk lights to LEDíS, resulting in additional savings. Through their unique partnership with the United Illuminating Company (UI) in 2001-2002, the town government benefited from over $500,000 in cost reductions through the adoption of energy saving measures. The town is continuing its energy conservation initiatives by partnering with the U.S. Department of Energy's Rebuild America program, completing comprehensive energy audit of its 26 town and school buildings, registering their new Middle School for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification, joining the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI), and hosting a summer intern who is conducting an inventory of greenhouse gas emissions. The town recently hosted a "Green Building" Symposium, and Mayor Amento has spoken at three statewide forums on Green School Buildings. The Town of Hamden regularly sponsors town-wide and location-specific citizen clean-up days in conjunction with the town's clean and green commission. In 2000, the town implemented a town-wide Integrated Pest Management program.

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