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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Green Globes certifies sustainable high-performance buildings while providing customized guidance throughout the process.
Advanced
The Green Infrastructure Funding Opportunities page provide information on federal funding opportunities and funding tools for green infrastructure projects.
Intermediate
The Green Infrastructure Modeling Tools model the impacts of green infrastructure on watersheds, air quality, and energy consumption.
Advanced
The Green Power Partnership (GPP) is a voluntary EPA program that encourages the voluntary use of green power as a means of accelerating the growth of the U.S. renewable energy market.
Intermediate
Home Energy Saver allows users to identify ways to increase energy efficiency at home.
Basic
The Home Energy Score helps homeowners to understand their home's energy performance and how to improve it cost-effectively.
Intermediate
The Home Energy Yardstick assesses a home's annual energy use compared to similar homes and offers recommendations on how to improve energy efficiency and lower utility bills.
Intermediate
The Institute for Market Transformation promotes increasing the energy efficiency of buildings through research, programs, and policies.
Intermediate
The International Sustainable Campus Network brings together colleges and universities from around the world to collaborate on integrating sustainability into all aspects of operations.
Intermediate
The InVEST software determines the valuation of ecosystem services and evaluates how impacts to ecosystems can alter the benefits they provide to humans.
Advanced
LEED certifies that any type of building (residential, commercial, industrial) is considered resource-efficient.
Advanced
The Local Energy Action Search provides a customized list of actions to inform community leaders' energy decisions.
Basic
The National Solar Jobs Census analyzes current employment, trends, and projected growth in the U.S. solar industry.
Basic
The National Solar Schools Census highlights schools that have already adopted solar technology in an effort to promote the sharing of ideas and best practices with those schools currently seeking to adopt solar energy.
Basic
The Natural Capital Project develops nature-based solutions to various problems and motivates natural capital investments.
Advanced
ParkSmart certifies sustainable parking structure design and operation.
Advanced
PEER certifies electricity providers that improve power system performance while minimizing environmental impact.
Advanced

The City of Plano's Green Business Certification (GBC) program recognizes businesses that have taken steps toward sustainability in the areas of general education, waste reduction, energy efficiency, water efficiency, pollution prevention, and sustainable purchasing.

The City of Plano's The Great Update Rebate program is designed to provide an incentive (rebate) to homeowners of older properties to update and maintain their homes. 

PACE provides low-cost, long-term loans to commercial, industrial, and multi-family residential property owners for the purpose of implementing water conservation, energy efficiency, and renewable retrofits.
Intermediate
The RCCC develops regional code recommendations and promotes the standardization of model construction codes for the North Central Texas Region.
Basic
The Rocky Mountain Institute develops market-based solutions that will accelerate the shift to energy efficiency and renewable energy.
Advanced

The development effort of the Market Square project involved historic renovation and adaptive use of the larger historic building and a complete renovation and recladding of the smaller building. The entire complex is located on a one-block site in the Mid-Market area of downtown San Francisco, a recently emerged location for tech tenants and new multifamily development.

SolSmart provides recognition and no-cost technical assistance to local governments in an effort to reduce local barriers to the growth of the solar energy industry.
Advanced
SPEER encourages the adoption of advanced building systems and energy efficient products and services in the South-central U.S.
Intermediate