State and Local Climate and Energy Program
Hailey Community Climate Challenge
Federal Funding: $472,429
Project Timeline: February 2011 – May 2014
The City of Hailey continues to make progress on each of the six areas of the Community Climate Challenge. As of September 2013, 38 rebates had been issued under its Energy Audit and Retrofit Program called Save-A-Watt. The City is continuing to test the bike share system, which now requires participants to pay for the program. This change to a fully paid membership has helped Hailey understand who uses the bikes and for what types of trips they are used. The construction of the Green Building Demonstration building is well underway; the building has achieved LEED Silver certification by addressing several priority areas including energy performance, transportation, and solid waste management. A Sustainability Coordinator was hired to lead Hailey’s climate protection program and build capacity within the municipality. The City continues to promote solid waste diversion through the construction recycling pilot program and assist with the demolition of houses to salvage reusable items. Additionally, the Community Climate Challenge participated in the City’s Fourth of July parade, entering a float that was awarded first place among numerous other entries from the community. The City is continuing outreach activities, including organizing workshops, developing the project how-to booklet, and completing a documentary film.
Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions in a Small Community
Hailey, Idaho, is showing that any small community can reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from municipal and community sources by forming a strong alliance of community partners and implementing coordinated GHG reduction projects. All of the projects build upon current climate change mitigation efforts in Hailey and will contribute to significant and continued GHG reductions.
The Hailey Community Climate Challenge is building community and government capacity within to reduce GHG emissions, achieving many benefits, and is easily replicable by other small communities. The project elements include:
- Energy Audit & Retrofit Program with Renewable Energy Incentives
- Green Building Demonstration
- Solid Waste Management Capacity Building
- Downtown Bike Share System & Energy-Efficient Streetlight Upgrade
- Hailey Government Capacity Building
- Education, Outreach and Replicability
The City of Hailey is building on existing commercial and residential energy audits and an energy efficiency retrofit program funded by the Idaho Office of Energy Resources. Hailey is expanding funding for the program to provide additional audits and retrofits and is also funding renewable energy system rebates to three individuals per grant cycle. The project includes biannual community workshops on 1) ways to improve energy efficiency and information on existing financial incentives and 2) ways to implement small-scale renewable energy systems.
Hailey is also demonstrating the benefits of green building for the community by capitalizing on an approved plan for a LEED-certified interpretive center at the Hailey Rodeo Park, located at Hailey's city entrance. By working through perceived barriers about the cost and difficulty of building green, the demonstration project will help encourage higher building standards for future city and community development projects. This demonstration project involves extensive stakeholder outreach to enrich community understanding of green building concepts. Outreach includes: an interpretive exhibit at the new center on how the project achieved LEED certification and GHG reductions and why those reductions are important; newsletter updates; media releases; and on-site demonstrations and tours.
Hailey is alleviating landfill capacity pressures and encouraging better waste management by implementing the following:
- Deconstruction/Material Salvage – Hailey will increase the capacity of the Building Material Thrift Store to do the deconstruction and salvage work associated with big commercial or multifamily housing projects.
- Construction Material Recycling Pilot Program
- Plastic Bag Source Reduction – Hailey will continue the EPA materials management grant project focused on source reduction of plastic bags (called “Just Bag It!”).
This Challenge component includes workshops, brochures, fact sheets, websites, ads, media releases, and temporary public art installations.
Hailey is implementing a bike share system and upgrading to energy-efficient streetlights in downtown Hailey. The bike share system will ease congestion and reduce vehicle miles traveled, and will have 3 stations and 18 bikes located in close proximity to the City's major park and ride transit station, the Green Building Demonstration project (southside), and a northside location near affordable housing. The energy-efficient streetlight upgrade targeted retrofitting 70 downtown lights with energy-efficient bulbs (and completed 52 retrofits by the end of this portion of the project). This project also includes outreach: ads, a brochure, a web page, and a kick-off event.
Hailey is also creating a new Community Climate Specialist position to lead Hailey's climate protection program. The position supports implementation of the Challenge and builds municipal capacity to continue reduction of GHG emissions through city and community initiatives and projects.
Finally, Hailey is raising awareness and fostering a change in consumer behavior through education, outreach, and replicability. To do so, Hailey is:
- working with the local non-profit, ERC, to coordinate the outreach and education components of the project,
- producing a 30- to 50-minute documentary film about the Challenge, and
- producing a project how-to booklet, including all elements tackled by the Challenge, for other cities to use as a guide to how they can implement similar GHG reduction activities.
Public benefits of the Challenge are diverse and wide-ranging. Greenhouse gas reductions of 525 metric tons of CO2e/year (including portions of the project that are funded by the State of Idaho) directly address climate change and protect the environment, while robust public education and outreach will engage the community, raise awareness, and foster behavior change. The knowledge will be sustained and built upon by the creation of the Community Climate Specialist position, which assures continued public education and benefit.
|Area||3.2 square miles|
|Median Household Income||$51,728|
|Reported Results (as of September 2013)||Projected Cumulative Results|
|Annual GHG Reductions||359 mt CO2e||136 mt CO2e|
|Annual Cost Savings||$12,531||$12,763|