The City of Bloomington has published its inventory of energy in the 2010 Local Government Operations Energy Use & Emissions Inventory. The inventory tracks energy used by City-owned facilities, fleet vehicles and Bloomington Transit.
Sustainability Coordinator Jackie Bauer says the city is trying to set an example for the rest of the community and show how a big organization can conserve energy through low cost improvements.
“There’s a lot of the standard things that people are familiar with like getting people to turn off lights and computer monitors and just making sure we’re paying attention to the electricity and the energy that is used,” Bauer says.
According to the inventory, the largest energy users among city facilities are the water and wastewater treatment plants. Deputy Director of Bloomington Utilities John Langley says the plants are working with a team from the city to conserve energy.
“We’re really concentrating on getting smart about energy consumption because it’s one of our highest cost centers, and in this day in age you have to be that responsive to your customers,” he says.
On June 27 the city will host a facilities management forum for community members who manage large facilities, as a way of sharing ideas about ways to make area buildings more efficient.