City of Atlanta Energy and Climate Initiatives ICLEI Regional Workshop. Mandy Mahoney Director of Sustainability 9/16/09. BaCkground. Learnings From Other Cities About How to Structure Our Process. Get own house in order first
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Director of Sustainability
Economic Development Rationale: Use Sustainability Leadership to Increase Atlanta’s “Competitive Advantage” by positioning Atlanta as a model for the region and a magnet for talent
Quality of Life Rationale:
Prepared for the City of Atlanta by the Rocky Mountain Institute
City of Atlanta’s Options for Addressing Sustainability
Lead By Example
City Sponsored Programs
City Guidelines Attached to Receiving City Funds
General Education & Advocacy
Lobbying at the Metro, State & Federal Level
Internal Changes to City Government
Future Focus Area
Current Focus Area
*Governor’s Energy Challenge: Reduce energy consumption per square foot in government facilities 15 percent below FY2007 levels by 2020.
Electricity use remains largest source of emissions ~72% of total
Total CY07: 542,082
Total CY08: 511,713
Metric tons of CO2e
*Georgia Power shift in fuel mix to less carbon intense fuel sources resulted in a reduction of 1.47% in the city’s ghg footprint
Note: Refrigerants and waste water treatment emissions measured but not shown here. They compose 1.2% of total footprint.
City Hall No Cost Efficiency Improvements
Expected Annual Savings
Results to date
*ESCO leverage is a preliminary estimate. Actual savings to be determined after audits. Assumes participation by DWM and Airport.
**Note: (1) DOE Transportation Electrification (20 Plug-in Hybrid Nissan Minivans) and (2) Clean Cities (13 Hybrid Vehicles for the Fleet) grants will create demonstration projects that will drive reduction in municipal GHG emissions but reductions will be minimal.