Sustainable Annapolis Scorecard
The Sustainable Annapolis 2012 Annual Report, emphasizing more than $400,000 in energy efficiency cost savings, has been released. The report, overseen by the Department of Neighborhood and Environmental Programs (DNEP), serves as a guide to assess the City’s environmental and sustainability achievements over the past few years. It also identifies targets and strategies for future progress towards sustainability.
“We are attempting to make sustainability a standard in the City, while making Annapolis’ sustainable measures a model for others to follow,” Mayor Cohen said.
“We dramatically increased the energy efficiency at our water plant, implemented significant improvements at City Hall, created a bicycle master plan, installed geothermal wells at the market house, and increased recycling by more than 20% by implementing a new solid waste program in the city.”
The largest reduction in energy use came from the energy efficiency retrofits at the water plant and at City Hall, which contributed a total annual cost savings of $466,898.
“While we may have missed our goal of reducing government emissions by 50%, we recognize the goal was too aggressive during a time of fiscal challenges,” DNEP Director Maria Broadbent said. “The fact that we have saved more than $400,000 on our electricity costs is a significant achievement for us, and a real benefit to the taxpayer.
The City will consider the following measures when looking at options to reduce government emissions in the future:
1. Increase our purchase of renewable energy - Purchasing 25% of our energy from renewable sources will get us much closer to the reduction target. Maryland’s Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) requires that 20% of Maryland’s electricity be generated from renewable energy sources by 2022.
2. Additional energy efficiency upgrades at City Hall – HVAC upgrades will lower electricity cost considerably.
3. Performance contracting - A performance contract, where savings pay for the cost of installation of new energy efficient equipment and facility upgrades, can be pursued for comprehensive improvements.
Ever since the City’s green building legislation took effect in 2008, dozens of buildings have been constructed or renovated that meet green building standards, helping to reduce the overall energy usage of buildings in the City.
The Annual Report and the 2009 Community Action Plan both lay out targets for the government and community at large, and can be accessed at www.SustainableAnnapolis.com.