Local Energy Ordinance Resources and Toolkit

The California Codes and Standards (C&S) Reach Codes program provides technical support to local governments considering adopting a local ordinance (reach code) intended to support meeting local and/or statewide energy and greenhouse gas reduction goals. The program facilitates adoption and implementation of the code, by providing resources such as cost-effectiveness studies, model language, sample findings,…

Contribution Analysis Toolkit Launch Part 1 – July 18

Join ICLEI-USA and community team members to learn about the latest methodologies for measuring performance in greenhouse gas inventories by analyzing major external factors that determine year-to-year results. Supported by a financial assistance award from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Cities Leading through Energy Analysis and Planning (Cities-LEAP) project and led by the City of…

Drivers of Change Toolkit Launch! – July 18

Join ICLEI-USA and community team members to learn about the latest methodologies for measuring performance in greenhouse gas inventories by analyzing major external factors that determine year-to-year results. Supported by a financial assistance award from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Cities Leading through Energy Analysis and Planning (Cities-LEAP) project and led by the City of…

Drivers of Change Toolkit Launch! – July 18

Join ICLEI-USA and community team members to learn about the latest methodologies for measuring performance in greenhouse gas inventories by analyzing major external factors that determine year-to-year results. Supported by a financial assistance award from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Cities Leading through Energy Analysis and Planning (Cities-LEAP) project and led by the City of…

San Diego Regional Green Business Network Toolkit

The San Diego Regional Green Business Network (SDRGBN) developed this step-by-step Green Business Network (GBN) Toolkit as a blueprint for municipalities and other public agencies interested in establishing their own GBN. Section I presents three GBN case studies from public agencies around the country to provide examples of how agencies have successfully implemented their GBN…

Toolkit on Local Government Strategies for Achieving Energy Savings in Buildings

“The toolkit includes local government policy options for both new and existing buildings. Policies that target new buildings in the toolkit include building energy codes, building code compliance, and green building requirements and certifications. Policies for existing buildings include requirements for energy audits, retrofits, retrocommissioning, and benchmarking and transparency requirements.” Click here to see the…

Social Media Toolkit

“T his Better Buildings Residential Network toolkit can be used to help residential energy efficiency programs learn to engage potential customers through social media. Social media can build brand awareness concerning home energy upgrades and the entities working on them, which can lead to more energy upgrade projects taking place in the long run.” Click…

Evaluate and Learn As You Go to Strengthen Performance Toolkit

“This Toolkit provides practical guidance and resources for residential energy efficiency programs to expand their understanding of evaluations and incorporate learning as a critical component of their analysis. By embedding learning into the evaluation process, programs are able to create a continuous cycle of planning and improvement that leads to greater overall program impact.” Click…

Designing Incentives Toolkit

“This Better Buildings Residential Network toolkit addresses the challenges and opportunities of using incentives to increase the volume of home energy upgrades. The topic was chosen as a priority by Residential Network members, who also served on a working group that reviewed this toolkit. Residential energy efficiency programs offer incentives as a way to encourage…

Community-based social marketing toolkit

“This Better Buildings Residential Network Community-Based Social Marketing Toolkit strengthens residential energy efficiency program outreach and marketing efforts through data-driven, tailored efforts that change behaviors. One of the greatest challenges facing the residential energy efficiency market is engaging people to take steps to save energy. This Toolkit provides practical guidance, resources, and examples for applying…

Toolkit: Outdoor lighting accelerator

“Within the framework of the Outdoor Lighting Accelerator, we worked to help state and local governments move closer toward a clean energy economy using high performance technologies that reduce the cost of an essential public service–street lighting. While LED street lighting technology is gaining greater acceptance in some regions across the country, market perceptions and barriers…

Toolkit: Implement Energy Management Information Systems (EMIS) in your building portfolio

“Implement Energy Management Information Systems in Your Building Portfolio Energy Management Information Systems (EMIS) are a relatively new technology based on the old adage “you can’t manage what you don’t measure.” EMIS gives property owners and managers the ability to see their energy use and take action to reduce waste. This toolkit outlines a starting…

Toolkit: Energy Data Access: Blueprint for Action

The Better Buildings Energy Data Access Accelerator was a two-year partnership with cities and utilities to improve energy efficiency by making energy data more accessible to building owners. As a result of best practices developed by the Energy Defense Council (EDC), 18 utilities serving more than 2.6 million commercial customers nationwide will provide whole-building energy…
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