Energy

Texas ranks 6th in the nation for energy consumption per capita. The demand for energy use is growing across North Texas with the ever-increasing population. In order to reduce energy consumption and increase energy efficiency, entities must evaluate their energy usage. Below are tools, resources, and case studies to support local governments, educational institutions, and public and private entities’ efforts to implement programs to reduce energy use and increase energy efficiency in the public and private sector.

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2030 Districts designates urban areas across the country that are seeking to foster sustainability through the built environment.
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The Green At College Park is a 3-acre urban infill development on the southeastern border of the University of Texas at Arlington campus. The site celebrates a defined campus edge, gateway entrance treatments, an oval lawn for organized and informal events, pedestrian promenade, animated LED lighting, recycled glass pervious paving, a drainage garden, biofilters, rain planters, outdoor classroom and layers of seating.

The Better Buildings Accelerators demonstrate the success of innovative energy efficiency practices in an effort to accelerate investment in these areas.
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The Better Buildings Alliance connects commercial building professionals for the purpose of sharing and advancing solutions in energy efficiency.
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The Better Building Challenge is a voluntary program with the goal of improving the efficiency of commercial, institutional, and multifamily buildings and industrial plants by 20 percent or more over ten years.
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The Better Buildings Initiative is a voluntary program focused on stimulating innovation and leadership in energy efficiency in homes, commercial buildings, and industrial plants.
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The Better Buildings Residential Network connects energy efficiency programs and partners to share best practices in an effort to increase the number of homes that are energy efficient.
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The Better Communities Alliance facilitates the collaboration between public and private sector leaders who are committed to creating more sustainable communities by means of energy efficiency, transportation, and renewable energy.
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The Better Plants Program & Challenge is a voluntary program aimed at improving energy efficiency in the industrial sector with the goal of reducing manufacturers' energy intensity by 25% over a 10-year period across all U.S. operations.
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BREEAM USA certifies existing commercial buildings that make sustainable improvements to their asset performance, operating efficiency, and building management practices.
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The Carbon Footprint Calculator estimates an individual's carbon emissions based on provided energy, transportation, and waste information.
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The Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT) is a nonprofit research and advocacy organization that works to improve urban economies and ecosystems across the U.S. through initiatives in transportation, water, climate, and public policy.
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To help create a sustainable North Texas that is recognized nationwide as a center of development excellence.
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Cities - LEAP supports city energy programs by providing local energy data to inform policy and program decisions.
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The City Energy Profile tool provides energy use and activity data to help cities develop clean energy projects.
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The 16-block Cherry Creek North retail district was designed to be Denver's premier outdoor shopping area utilizing smart and efficient landscape techniques and sustainable features. The new streetscape preserves the district's history and character, improves identity, beautifies the area, provides new lighting, improves signage, and adds beneficial connectivity for residents.

The DOE SunShot Initiative accelerates the affordability of solar energy through research and development with public and private partners.
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ENERGY STAR makes energy efficiency simple by certifying energy-efficient products and new homes and by offering recommendations on how to save energy at home, in commercial buildings, and at plants.
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Energy Star Portfolio Manager measures energy usage, water consumption and greenhouse gas emissions of buildings.
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ENERGY STAR Score for K-12 Schools assesses the energy performance of K-12 schools relative to their peers.
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Energy Systems Laboratory provides innovative research on energy use, energy efficiency, and emissions reduction.
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The Environmental Defense Fund preserves natural systems through innovative solutions in the areas of climate & energy, oceans, ecosystems, and health.
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ECO Modern Flats is a 96-unit multifamily rental project on a 2.9-acre site in Fayetteville, Arkansas, home to the University of Arkansas. The rental project includes both sustainable design and wellness features and has been targeted to an underserved rental market of young professionals 20 to 30 years of age.

Go Solar Texas compiles key resources for Texans interested in learning more about going solar, and has Texas-specific resources on best management practices for local governments to increase access to solar.
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Green Globes certifies sustainable high-performance buildings while providing customized guidance throughout the process.
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