A study by the U.S. Department of Energy found that each dollar spent on energy efficiency generated approximately $2.23 for the local economy. Last year, the City of Reno joined the U.S. Department of Energy Better Buildings Challenge. Launched in 2011, the Better Buildings Challenge is a voluntary leadership program designed to improve the efficiency of commercial, institutional, and multifamily buildings by 20% over ten years. The City of Reno joined over 50 communities nationwide that have initiated a Better Buildings Challenge in their communities and committed to a reduction in energy and water use.
Through this voluntary program, participants are saving billions of dollars on energy bills, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and creating thousands of jobs nationally. More than 900 public and private sector organizations have made the commitment, representing more than 13% of the total U.S. commercial building space and 125 state and local governments. Nationally, the Better Buildings Challenges has reduced energy use by 240 trillion British Thermal Units (BTUs), reduced water use by 4 billion gallons, saved participants $1.9 billion in costs, and avoided 15 million tons of CO2 emissions. Additionally, 37 financial partners have committed $7 billion in efficiency projects.
The Success of ReEnergize Reno
The City of Reno has established goals to reduce climate pollution. In 2015, the Mayor and City Council joined the Global Covenant of Mayors on Climate and Energy, advancing a long-term vision of a low-emissions, resilient future.
One major effort to achieve this goal that is currently underway is ReEnergize Reno, our locally-branded, voluntary Better Buildings Challenge program. Participants pledge to pursue a 20% reduction in energy and water consumption by 2025. Energy efficiency in Reno is more labor intensive than electricity generation. This means that a dollar spent on energy efficiency will lead to greater employment opportunities within the city.
Since launching ReEnergize Reno less than a year ago, the City of Reno has engaged community leaders and industry professionals through this program. To date, nearly 8 million square feet of space has been committed, representing 123 buildings. The ReEnergize Reno program provides participants with technical assistance, valuable workshops, on-going support, marketing materials, and recognition.
In May, in front of an audience of 100 people, ten entities were recognized for their participation and efforts. These entities not only received public appreciation, but were also thanked by City Manager Sabra Newby, Council Member David Bobzien, and Senator Catherine Cortez Masto’s office. The following industry leaders have committed to conserving energy and water 20% by 2025 under ReEnergize Reno and deserve a “thank you!”
- City of Reno
- Airport Gardens Office Complex
- Atlantis Casino Resort Spa
- Coral Academy of Science High School
- JCPenney Logistics Center
- Method Art Corp.
- Nevada Highway Patrol, Northern Command
- Reno Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority (RSCVA)
- The Glenn Group
- University of Nevada, Reno–Lawlor Events Center
- Washoe County School District
Are you next? For more information, contact Suzanne Linfante.