Community Energy Planning

Community Energy Plans

 

WHY DO WE NEED COMMUNITY ENERGY PLANS?

 

  • To reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions in communities
  • To inform public officials during goal setting and budget decisions
    • Focus is on reduction strategies over which local governments have control

 

HOW DO WE DO COMMUNITY ENERGY PLANS?

 

  • International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI) Regional Membership
    • ICLEI is the leading global network of local governments dedicated to sustainability, resilience, and climate action
  • ICLEI Regional membership gives local governments access to ICLEI’s extensive tools and resources through the University of Northern Iowa Conservation Corps
  • ICLEI’s ClearPath software – a powerful, advanced web application for energy and emissions management
    • Government Track: Energy use in the local government’s operations
    • Community Track: Energy use for the entire community

 

ICLEI’s 5 STEP COMMUNITY ENERGY PLANNING PROCESS

Leadership commitment needed to start process

  1. Develop GHG Emissions Inventory (Community, Government, or Both)
    - Includes a “business-as- usual” forecast
     
  2. Set sustainability goals including a reduction target
    - Example: Reduce emissions 50% below 2015 baseline levels by 2030
     
  3. Develop Community Energy Plan
    - Stakeholder meeting(s); brainstorm possible reduction strategies
    - Develop reduction strategies and plan implementation for strategies
    - Write the plan

     
  4. Implement the Plan
     
  5. Monitor and Evaluate Implementation Progress
    - Annual progress reports, update GHG emissions inventory

 

  • Cassie Sonne
    Cassandra Sonne
    Energy Program Manager

    Cassandra Sonne oversees the Iowa Sustainable Communities program at CEEE and assists communities with greenhouse gas inventories and climate action planning. Her background and degrees are in environmental policy, communication, and governance.

    AT THE CEEE: Community Energy & Climate Action / UNI Conservation Corps
    ON FACEBOOK: Center for Energy & Environmental Education

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