December 17, 2009
ALACHUA COUNTY, FL -
Recently Alachua County Manager Randall H. Reid participated in a webcast hosted
by the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) with
the support of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The subject
of the webcast was, "How do we make an energy efficient, resource
resilient, and sustainable local community?" The webcast's
focus was the need for sustainable communities and Alachua County's and
Austin Texas' best practices were highlighted in the presentation.
The webcast discussed how
currently local governments have unprecedented funding opportunities to
implement energy efficiency programs through the American Recovery and
Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009. A wealth of no-cost, easily
accessible resources, tools, and leading practices are available from the
EPA ENERGY STAR program and local government practitioners to assist local
government to measure, track, finance, develop policies and implement their
energy efficiency programs.
The webcast also pointed out
that typically, 30 percentof the energy consumed in commercial and
industrial buildings is wasted. Tools such as ENERGY STAR's Portfolio
Manager can help local governments identify how to reduce energy in
existing buildings by 10% with little or no investment costs. The ENERGY
STAR Cash Flow Opportunity Calculator is another unique tool that helps
address three critical questions about installing energy efficiency
much new energy efficiency equipment can be purchased from the anticipated
this equipment purchase be financed now or is it better to wait and use
cash from a future budget (i.e., avoid paying interest)?
money being lost by waiting for a lower interest rate?
Some visitors may have to install "WebEX Client" to
view the presentation.
For more information on this subject, visit the following
For more information, contact the Alachua County
Communications Office at 352-374-5226.