ReEnergize Reno looks to improve efficiency of commercial buildings

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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) -- The City of Reno launched a program, Reenergize Reno, to improve the energy and water efficiency of commercial, industrial and multifamily buildings 20 percent by 2025.

The City of Reno formally launched ReEnergize Reno October 18, 2017.

In addition to reducing Reno’s carbon pollution, investments in cost-reducing building efficiency strategies are designed to have an economic impact by bolstering the economy and creating local, highly skilled jobs.

In August 2017, the Reno City Council adopted a Resolution to join the U.S. Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Challenge. This national program challenges building owners and facility managers to reduce energy and water use in existing buildings 20 percent over a 10-year period. Reno joins 45 other cities, states and counties that have committed to the Better Buildings Challenge.

To kick off this challenge, the city will track utility data for more than 1.5 million square feet in 38 municipal buildings using the ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager. ENERGY STAR is a government-sponsored program that rates the energy efficiency of products from appliances to buildings.

Tracking the efficiency of public facilities is designed to help the city reduce operational and maintenance costs and free up public funds for other priorities.

“ReEnergize Reno has the potential to change the future of Reno for the better,” Reno Mayor Hillary Schieve said. “I’m proud the City of Reno has decided to lead the charge, and I know other local business leaders will follow suit. It’s great to see carbon reduction and cost savings go hand in hand.”

“Conservation is a passion of mine, and that’s why I’m proud to be a part of the ReEnergize Reno initiative,” At-Large Reno City Councilmember David Bobzien said. “Our community is a place of natural beauty, and by reducing climate pollution, we’re preserving that beauty for the next generation.”

The City of Reno is inviting CEOs, higher education presidents, state and local government leaders, building owners and multifamily housing developers to join ReEnergize Reno. Participants will receive support from the City of Reno and ReEnergize Reno sponsors in the form of direct technical assistance, educational workshops and networking events and additional resources. Participants who demonstrate excellence in efficiency improvements will be showcased at an annual awards program.

Those who would like more information about this topic can contact Haley Folmer at folmerh@reno.gov or 775-334-2067. Also see the ReEnergize Reno Fact Sheet.