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Making a City Energy Efficient Experiences from the City of Medford Medford’s Energy Efficiency History August 1999: ICLEI Cities for Climate Protection September 1999: Creation of Medford Energy Task Force October 1999: Solar Panels installed at City Hall and High School

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Making a City Energy Efficient

Experiences from the City of Medford


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Medford’s Energy Efficiency History

  • August 1999: ICLEI Cities for Climate Protection

  • September 1999: Creation of Medford Energy Task Force

  • October 1999: Solar Panels installed at City Hall and High School

  • October 1999-City Hall Retrofits and Conversion to Natural Gas heat


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Medford’s Energy Efficiency History (cont’d)

  • January 2001: Hire Energy Efficiency Coordinator (Environmental Agent)

  • October 2001: First City in Commonwealth with approved Climate Action Plan

  • March 2002: Join Rebuild Massachusetts/ Rebuild America Campaign

  • September 2002: Begin benchmarking building energy performance


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Medford’s Energy Efficiency History (cont’d)

  • October 2002: Receive 5 electric vehicles from Ford & convert cemetery to Biodiesel

  • April 2003: First Earth Month of Events, including Energy Efficiency Fair

  • July 2003: Creation of Energy & Environment Office

  • September 2003: Receive 2 Electric Vehicles from GM (EV-1) for 2 year use


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Medford’s Energy Efficiency History (cont’d)

  • October 2003: Medford is only MA City to receive Clean School Bus USA grant

  • October 2003: Development of schools maintenance plans

  • January 2004: Mayor McGlynn appoints 9-member Medford Clean Energy Committee

  • April 2004: Medford High School EIS online


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How Medford is doing it

  • Full-time staff & Energy Task Force

  • Interns/volunteers

  • Grants (over $500,000 to date)

  • Utility Rebates

  • Partnerships-Rebuild America, EnergyStar, Clean Cities Coalition, Clean School Bus

  • Press coverage


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Retrofits

Lighting Retrofits at City Hall, Public Safety Building, Library

New Windows at Public Safety Building

Conversions

Natural Gas Heat at High School, City Hall, Fire Stations

All new schools have natural gas heat

Building Retrofits/Conversions



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Solar Panels at Hormel Stadium

  • No money

  • Local Contractor donates time and expertise

  • Municipal Workers install

  • Panels will cover lights for all night home games


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Plan for Schools Maintenance

  • EIS in high school, 15 minute intervals of real time data

  • Working with State Division of Energy Resources and utilities-audits and inventories of all schools

  • Develop O&M plans for each building

  • Train current staff

  • Initiate energy education in schools


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Keys to Success

  • Helpful to have a plan

  • Need a champion, preferably elected official or decision maker

  • Partnerships

  • Utility Rebates!!

  • Publicity


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Contact Information

Kim Lundgren, Environmental Agent

Energy & Environment Office

City of Medford, MA

781-393-2137

[email protected]


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