initiative, first rolled out by the City of Eden Prairie in December 2006, calls for the City to improve energy efficiency
in all of its facilities by 20 percent
, increase the fuel efficiency
of its vehicle fleet by 40 percent
, and accomplish these goals by the year 2015
The City is working closely with McKinstry Company, a firm touted by President Barack Obama as a “model for the nation” for its work in retrofitting schools and office buildings throughout the country to make them more energy efficient.
The City’s partnership with McKinstry Company guarantees the estimated savings from the projects it recommends will pay for the cost of implementing those projects as well as the firm’s consulting fees. If the savings fall short of the costs the
City incurs, McKinstry Company will make up the difference.
It’s a win-win arrangement for the City and its taxpayers.
The City is implementing the projects in phases. Some of the actions the City has taken include replacing standard stop lights with light-emitting diode (LED) lights that use 90-percent less energy
. The City has also added motion sensors to control lighting in meeting rooms
, adjusted the timers which control lighting and HVAC after hours
, and re-lamped several light fixtures and signs to utilize energy-efficient LED bulbs
. Repairs to City buildings have helped reduce the amount of heated and cooled air that escapes to the outside
The City encourages Eden Prairie residents and business owners to become more energy efficient and embrace environmental stewardship. The January 2009 issue of Life in the Prairie
includes some great tips to get started, as well as other resources to help in this effort.
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