Community Energy Challenge:
                  Promoting Energy Efficiency and Renewables in
                  New England Cities and Towns
                                    EPA challenges all New England communities to save money and reduce
                                    air pollution by assessing their energy use, taking action to improve energy
                                    efficiency, and seeking out renewable energy choices. EPA provides technical
                                    assistance to every community that joins the Challenge!

                                    Participants assess energy use in schools, municipal buildings and/or wastewater/
                                    watertreatmentfacilities. Reductions of 10% or more earn ENERGY STAR® recognition.
                                    EPA offers free training and technical assistance.

                                    The Community Energy Challenge is an opportunity for municipalities across New
                                    England to identify simple and cost-effective measures that increase energy efficiency
                                    and renewable energy use while reducing air pollution and saving money.
Why are Energy Efficiency and
Renewables so Important?
> Saves Money
New England has among the highest
energy costs in the nation.
• New England's 1500 cities,  towns
and associated  school districts to-
getherspend nearly one billion dollars
every year on energy for buildings.
•Our4500 public K-12 schools spend
more than  $500 million on energy
— more than on textbooks and comput-
ers combined.

> Cuts Pollution
Energy use is the number one source
of air pollution in New England and
the nation.
  Electricity generation alone emits
in New England.
48% of SO2 and 8% of NOx emissions
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• Nationally, electricity generation
accounts for 43% of mercury emis-
sions and 40% of carbon dioxide
• Energy from renewable sources
(renewables) emits fewer  pollutants
during production and use.

> Reduces Strain on
Limited Energy Supplies
Energy demand in New England is
growing at 2% per year.
• Energy efficiency can  dramatically
reduce the chances of price increases
and supply disruptions. It is also the
cheapest and most environmentally
sound way to slow this increasing de-
• Use of renewables helps diversify
energy supply and supports domestic

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Accessible and Achievable
Every community has opportunities
to  improve energy efficiency and
increase use of renewables cost-
effectively today.
• Numerous national studies agree
that, on average, 30% of the energy
used in commercial, institutional and
public buildings is wasted.
• Savings of 10% or more are well
within the reach of every community
and school district through sensible
management changes and cost-effec-
tive upgrades using  proven, existing
• A 10% reduction across New
England's  municipal and school
buildings could save $100 million,
prevent billions of pounds of carbon
dioxide  emissions, and save enough
energy to powertens of thousands of
homes for one year.
• New England already offers a
ety of renewable energy choices.


               United States
               Environmental Protection
               Agency New England
                                                                                          July 2007

Communities  that join the
Challenge will receive:
' Targeted training and  technical
support in the use of the ENERGY
STAR® Portfolio Manager benchmarking
software. Assessing performance is the
first step to ward identifying opportunities
to improve energy efficiency through
better facility management, upgrades
to lighting, HVAC, controls, and other
building systems and equipment.

• Assistance in efforts to increase their
use of renewable energy, through
renewable  energy credits and the
development of small scale renewable
energy projects.

Communities that take
the Challenge agree to:
• Make a commitment to improve
energy efficiency.
• Assess—benchmark—the energy
performance of all municipal buildings,
schools and/or drinking water/waste
water  treatment facilities in the
• Set a goal to reduce energy  use by
1 0% or more.
• Return a Community Energy Challenge
letter to EPA New England.
• Promote energy efficiency and
renewables to citizens, companies and
organizations in the community.

Why Benchmark?
• Using EPA's Benchmarking tool helps
a community establish an  energy
use baseline, making it easy to track
improvements in efficiency overtime.
• Benchmarking provides a uniform
tool  to compare progress across
• Buildings that are benchmarked and
achieve a certain level of performance
receive recognition from EPA.
•  It is easy to track further progress in
improving energy efficiency in buildings
that have been benchmarked, making
possible further energy and financial
•  These improvements can  help  a
community meet other environmental
goals,  such as a reduction in  local
air  pollution  and greenhouse gas

How will EPA help?
•  EPA New England and EPA ENERGY
STAR contractors will provide free, live
web-based training in benchmarking
and energy management, including
follow  up technical  support, to all
participating communities.
•  EPA  New England will  recognize
community  achievements under
the Challenge  and  track overall
•  Participating municipalities may be
eligible for national EPA recognition:

   • ENERGY STAR Leaders -  for  a
   demonstrated average reduction of
   1 0% or more across all  buildings.

   • ENERGY STAR Label - awarded to
   buildings performing in the top 25%
   according to  the National Energy
   Performance Rating System.

•  EPA  New  England will organize
additional  recognition activities,
including, but not limited  to: media
events  to highlight  progress;  case
studies  posted on the web; and articles
in general and trade publications.

•  EPA will encourage  members of our
extensive partner network, notably
regional utilities, and energy service and
product providers, to help  Challenge
participants implement their energy
efficiency plans.
For more information, contact:
Lucy Edmondson:
(61 7) 918-1004 or

Shubhada Kambli:
(617) 918-1584 or
                                                 United States
                                                 Environmental Protection
                                                 Agency New England