City of Reno Launches ReEnergize Reno

Overview of downtown Reno looking at buildings and river during a purple and orange sunset

Did you know the average commercial building wastes 30 percent of the energy it uses? That’s why Mayor Schieve and our City Council are taking action to cut energy waste in large buildings while expanding economic growth and improving our competitiveness as a forward-thinking city.

The City of Reno is launching an ambitious program— ReEnergize Reno —to improve the efficiency of commercial, industrial, and multifamily buildings 20 percent by 2025. Investments in cost-effective, building efficiency strategies will stimulate innovation, bolster our economy and create local, highly skilled jobs.

“I’m so excited to see that Reno keeps moving into the future. ReEnergize Reno is going to make our community a better, healthier place to live. I think that’s something we can all get behind.”- Reno Mayor Hillary Schieve

The City of Reno will formally launch ReEnergize Reno on October 18, 2017 at 5 pm at the Marguerite W. Petersen Athletic Academic Center. RSVP for the free event.

In August, the City Council passed a resolution to join the U.S. Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Challenge. This voluntary 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 and counties nationally that have committed to the Better Buildings Challenge.

As part of this challenge, the city has pledged to benchmark and track utility data for more than 1.5 million square feet in 38 municipal buildings using the ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager. ENERGY STAR is the popular government-backed program that rates the energy efficiency of everything from appliances to buildings. Benchmarking public facilities will help the city to reduce operational and maintenance costs, prioritize capital investments and chose improvement projects that will have the greatest cost savings over time and free up public funds for other city priorities.

The city is inviting our community’s leading CEOs, university presidents, state and local government leaders, building owners, and multifamily housing developers to join ReEnergize Reno.

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

Utilities represent 29 percent of the average company’s operating budget.  Fortunately, improving the energy efficiency of buildings will produce real financial benefits including lower operating costs, increased property values and enhanced competitive advantage. Intangible benefits are also significant, from enhanced corporate image and customer loyalty to improved productivity and employee satisfaction. Participants will have opportunities to share their cost-effective solutions and success stories to highlight proven strategies and demonstrate leadership that others can follow.

Nationally, 345 leading companies have taken the Better Buildings Challenge and saved $1.9 billion—that’s $1.9 billion reinvested back into local economies. In Nevada, 267 buildings representing 79 million square feet are participating in DOE’s Better Buildings Challenge, and 37 of those buildings have already exceeded their goal to improve energy performance by 20 percent.

The City of Reno and program partners will support the efforts of participants to achieve 20 percent energy and water savings. Participants will receive direct technical support, educational workshops and networking events, and additional resources. Participants who demonstrate excellence in efficiency improvements will be showcased at an annual awards program.

To learn more or attend the launch event, contact Haley Folmer at folmerh@reno.gov or 775-334-2067.

Also see: ReEnergize Reno Fact Sheet

Program Sponsors

The ReEnergize Reno program is generously supported by our donors and sponsors, including: City Energy Project; Nevada Governor’s Office of Energy; Renown Health; Truckee Meadows Water Authority; NV Energy; Barrick; Basin Street Properties; Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada; GAIA Development; McDonald Carano; and, Technical Designs.

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