- Creation of an Energy Improvement District to promote the development of combined heat and power generation and renewable power.
- Construction of two large scale solar systems on the roof of the Rippowam Middle School and Highway Department Facilities – funded by $2 million in Clean Renewable Energy Bonds.
- Require LEED standards for private buildings. Site plans to be LEED certifiable by 2011. Reduce building fees by 10% for LEED silver, 20% for LEED gold, and 25% for LEED platinum.
- Green Lights Program – encourage residents to replace traditional light bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs. The City plans to supply 5,000 free bulbs to its residents.
- Tax relief for citizens who purchase hybrid cars. Reduce the assessed value of a hybrid vehicle by $2,000. This will result in a $68 reduction in car tax.
- Encourage residents to sign up for clean energy through their electric bill to support electricity generated by alternative energy sources. The goal is for Stamford to be number one in the State for enrollment and thereby the Cleanest & Greenest energy city in the State.
- Conversion of 20% of the City car fleet to hybrids, alternative fuels, or high fuel efficiency vehicles within five years.
- Increase solid waste recycling to 40% by 2010 by recycling of plastics numbered 3-7, more frequent electronics recycling, and broadening our composting system.
- Develop a list of the “top 10” green items or services that are routinely purchased by the City and implement a policy to ensure that the green items chosen are purchased, such as cleaners, computers, vehicle fleets, office electronics and paint. To-date the City has purchased nine hybrid vehicles for its municipal fleet.
The Stamford Cool & Green 2020 proclamation builds upon the success of city efforts since 1998. We have implemented over 50 energy efficiency projects within municipal facilities, saving over $2.4 million in cumulative energy costs and receiving over $2 million in utility rebates. On an annual basis this has resulted in a reduction of over 5,000 tons of greenhouse gas emissions (CO2).
We shed 1.5 megawatts of power over eight facilities when called upon by the electric grid operator – which is another resource that helps to defer or eliminate the need for power plant construction.
We installed the first municipal solar system in Connecticut in 2004 and sell kilowatt-hours back to the grid. We purchased our own street lights from the local utility company and are actively implementing reduced wattages and newer lighting technologies.
We have created a Mayor’s Sustainable Stamford Task force, made up of residents, representatives from businesses, educational and religious institutions, and city staff.
We have positioned ourselves as an environmental leader and we will continue to mitigate our impact on climate change.