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Green Building:Retrofit Working Group update

 |  05/27/10 @ 8:31am

The Green Building: Retrofit Working Group ("Group") held their monthly meeting on May 13. The Group is in the process of developing a plan ("Plan") to provide energy efficiency retrofits for the entire building stock of the City of Cleveland. The goal is to have the Plan finished and ready to present to Mayor Frank Jackson and other interested parties by the 2010 Sustainability Summit.

The meeting started with updates from Nicole Stika from the Council of Smaller Enterprises (COSE) concerning Ohio Senate Bill 221. The bill, which was passed last summer, mandates that Ohio electric utilities themselves mandate energy consumption and use renewable sources. While most utility companies in Ohio are meeting this requirement through a rider on customer's bills, COSE has been working with the FirstEnergy Corporation to assist the company in meeting these requirements through the development of rebate and incentive programs.

Next, Mark McDermott, co-chair of the Group and Vice President of Enterprise Community Partners, presented updates from the Working's Groups Goals Committee. In particular, McDermott posed questions to the group concerning the desirability of a variety of goals ? such as climate change-related (i.e. CO2 emissions), wealth creation, and job creation.

Following a brief recital of the group's current outline for the Plan, Paul Ettorre, co-chair of the Group and Regional Manager of KeyBank's Community Development Lending, introduced two consultants from Clean Energy Solutions (CES), a Massachusetts-based firm recently hired by the City of Cleveland to work on its Energy$aver program. The program, which has yet to be implemented, would target a group of single-family homes and provide energy efficiency retrofits to those homes that could be repaid through savings on utility bills. Following the introduction, the consultants presented their comments on the Group's Plan, and also offered some advice about handling city-wide retrofit programs. Through their work with other municipal clients like Cambridge, MA and Cincinnati, OH, CES has also helped developed business entities to handle the coordination of programs. Such entities are generally a public face for the retrofit effort, and serve as a focal point for financing from outside foundations and organizations.

The discussion of CES's past successes as developing single-entities spurred a new discussion on the benefits of implementing such an approach here in Cleveland. While arguments exist for and against such an approach, the consensus was that it was something that the Group should definitely look more in to. Thus, it will be further discussed at the Group's next full meeting, which is to be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday June 10th in the lower level conference room of the 3500 Lorain Ave. building.

  • For more info or questions about the Group, please contact Robert Stutzman at rstutzman.temp@enterprisecommunity.org.
  • For the minutes of this meeting, go here.
  • For the 2019 Green Building Work Group Page, go here.


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