|Chicago Passes Energy Benchmarking Ordinance
On Sept. 11, the Chicago City Council voted 32-17 to adopt the Chicago Energy Use Benchmarking Ordinance. The ordinance requires approximately 3,500 commercial, residential, and municipal buildings over 50,000 square feet to track their energy consumption using the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's free Portfolio Manager web tool.
Covered buildings will report energy use data annually to the city, with the largest buildings (>250,000 square feet) being required to comply first, by June 2014, and buildings between 50,000 and 250,000 square feet reporting one year later. Residential buildings within each of those groups will have an extra year to comply. The ordinance allows the city to publicly disclose individual building energy performance starting in June 2015.
IMT congratulates Mayor Emanuel and the Chicago City Council on the passage of the bill, which makes Chicago the ninth U.S. city to require energy use benchmarking for large buildings.
IMT Welcomes Chuck Wilson As New COO
IMT is happy to announce Chuck Wilson as our new Chief Operating Officer.
Chuck comes to IMT as a nonprofit leader with 20 years of experience raising funds, developing strategy, and managing staff, programs, and communications with senior public and private stakeholders.
He has worked directly in the field of energy efficiency for over 15 years.
Prior to joining IMT, Chuck was the Director of the Small Town Energy Program (STEP) at the Alliance to Save Energy. STEP was a three-year program funded through the Department of Energy Better Buildings Neighborhood Program with the goal of reducing energy use by 20 percent in 20 percent of the homes within University Park, Md.
Chuck’s depth of experience and strategic vision are essential to IMT's mission of promoting energy efficiency in buildings. IMT's board and staff are delighted to welcome him.
Boston Tops City Efficiency Scorecard
Earlier this month, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) released its first-ever City Energy Efficiency Scorecard. Boston came first among the 34 cities ranked, followed by Portland, Ore.; New York City and San Francisco (joint third place); Seattle; Austin; and Washington, DC.
IMT Presents at EcoHome Vision 2020 Summit
This new companion to the group's annual state scorecard ranks Americans' largest cities on what they are doing to save energy in five key areas: local government; community initiatives; buildings; utilities; and transportation. Boston, which passed an energy benchmarking law earlier this year, not only topped the ranking overall but also led the buildings category.
To learn more, read the executive summary of the scorecard or see how the cities fared on this interactive map.
Earlier this month, IMT’s Bob Sahadi joined Dennis Creech of the Southface Institute, John Norquist of the Congress for the New Urbanism, and other distinguished speakers to present at Hanley Wood’s Vision 2020 Sustainability Summit in Washington, DC.
In addition to his presentation on energy efficiency finance, Bob recorded a webinar for Vision 2020 with Laura Reedy Stukel of Not YET Green Consulting and Sandra K. Adomatis of Adomatis Appraisal Service. Learn about measures to factor efficiency into mortgages and appraisals in the webinar, "Building the Foundation," available on demand.
New Energy Benchmarking Infographic
IMT's Visual Communications intern Michelle Rock collaborated with our building energy performance policy team to create a new infographic on benefits of benchmarking the energy use in buildings. You can view it on our website or download it in jpeg and pdf formats.
IMT Welcomes Finance Intern Lenny Kolstad
Lenny joins IMT after interning at the Energy Efficient Buildings Hub (EEB Hub) in Philadelphia over the summer. As a member of the EEB Hub’s Stakeholder Engagement team, his primary task was to design an academic survey addressing key building retrofit stakeholders to better understand their perspectives on the current market barriers and incentives for deep retrofits.
At IMT, Lenny has been researching and diagramming the various energy efficiency financing methods currently being used in the market. He is also creating a roadmap for introducing and integrating Green Physical Needs Assessments into the commercial building sector. Going forward, Lenny will be analyzing and reporting on CoStar data for cities.
Lenny graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in May 2013 with a Master of Environmental Studies and a Sustainability concentration. He received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Yale in 2009 and hails from Connecticut.
Lenny will be presenting his master’s thesis at this year’s World Resources Forum in Davos. It is titled “An Investigation of Water Conservation in Office Buildings.”