City Energy Project
What is the City Energy Project?
The City Energy Project is a national initiative to create healthier and more prosperous American cities by improving the energy efficiency of buildings. In most large American cities, buildings account for most of the energy use and carbon pollution. In Des Moines it is 35-40%.
Working in partnership, the City Energy Project and participating cities support solutions that:
- reduce pollution,
- boost local economies, and
- create healthier environments
The actions of the 20 leading cities involved in the City Energy Project are shaping and defining energy efficiency efforts in communities nationwide. Des Moines joined this project in 2016.
What is the City of Des Moines doing?
Des Moines is focusing on energy efficiency with efforts that include:
- In 2007, the City Council adopted the Energy Efficiency and Environmental Enhancement Policy.
- The City Council has committed to reducing our Greenhouse Gas Emissions 28% by 2025 in GuideDSM.
- In 2016 the City of Des Moines became part of the City Energy Project.
- The City of Des Moines is leading by example by:
- Benchmarking energy use in 30 of the largest and most often occupied city buildings
- Developing a municipal building energy efficiency plan to improve efficiency in underperforming buildings, and
- Continuing to measure and manage energy and water efficiency for ongoing improvements
How can you make a difference?
As the City of Des Moines rolls out programs under the City Energy Project you can participate in the ones that apply to you.
The City launched Energize Des Moines at the end of 2017, an energy and water efficiency challenge for buildings about 25,000 square feet with the goal of improving energy and water efficiency at least 10% by 2020.