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State and Local Climate and Energy Program

City Green: The District

Columbia, Missouri

Federal Funding: $285,547
Project Timeline: February 2011 – March 2013

Latest Update

As of September 2012, 115 participants were enrolled in the City of Columbia's City Green initiative, exceeding the initial goal of 100 participants. Utility consumption datasets have been collected for each participant, and entered into the ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager database. Eighteen ASHRAE Level II energy audits have been completed, all of which have energy efficiency projects well underway. The audits included eight commercial kitchen ventilation energy assessments for several restaurants. In addition, the program completed 22 energy conservation projects, including lighting retrofits, air sealing, insulation, and HVAC units and water heater replacements. In the coming months, the program plans to complete the current energy conservation projects, create fact sheets and testimonials on the different projects, develop stories to present to local and state media, and evaluate the program results.

Project Summary

Reducing Energy Use in Existing Downtown Buildings

The City of Columbia launched the City Green initiative to improve energy performance in Columbia's downtown, known as The District, and to remove barriers to greenhouse gas measurement. The initiative's energy reduction measures are improving economic competitiveness, strengthening community values, and providing greater access to energy and greenhouse gas reduction resources.

Over the course of the project, the City is using EPA's ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager software to establish building baseline energy consumption and track building energy consumption over time. Approximately 70 buildings selected for the project are undergoing energy audits to identify potential energy savings measures. Any measures that are implemented will be logged, and the savings from those measures will be tracked over time.

The City is also working closely with the Special Business District, a collective of downtown business and property owners, to incorporate stakeholder needs. Project managers are also educating residents and tenants in The District about the importance of reducing energy consumption by using the information and data collected about the project's energy improvements as evidence. The City is updating Columbians about the project through forums, videos, bill inserts, the City website, and the City Channel TV, which is broadcasting energy audit procedures and project success stories.

The City Green initiative will encourage strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from local government operations and community-based programs by raising awareness, showcasing how changes can be implemented, and documenting the impacts of those changes.

Community Characteristics

Population 98,831
Area 53 square miles
Government Type City
Community Type Small Urban
Median Household Income $41,381

Program Results

  Reported Results (as of September 2012) Projected Cumulative Results
Annual GHG Reductions 866 mt CO2e 1,003 mt CO2e
Annual Electricity Reductions 1,031 MWh 1,241 MWh
Participating Businesses 115 100
Completed Efficiency Projects 42 52
Annual Cost Savings $116,230 $139,090

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