Ann Arbor property owners to start energy-saving 2030 District

Ann Arbor, Mich., is boarding the energy-saving train.

Local property owners and managers are seeking to join cities such as Seattle, Cleveland and Los Angeles by launching a 2030 District, a unique private-public partnership formed with the goal of a 50 percent reduction in energy usage, water consumption and transportation emissions.

"The 2030 District is a cooperative effort by commercial properties to voluntarily monitor their energy use," said Sean Reed, executive director of Clean Energy Coalition, told the Michigan website M Live.

"Understanding that individual buildings and those that occupy them have different opportunities and challenges for energy improvements, they agree to collectively report their energy use and work together to achieve a district-wide target."

Ann Arbor's 2030 District, currently categorized as "emerging," recently received a $15,000 grant from Architecture 2030 and Summit Foundation as a match to various local commitments, according to a release from the CEC.

The plan for the immediate future is to build the founding membership of property owners and managers, professional service providers and community stakeholders for an official 2030 District launch by the end of 2017.

CEC, which will be managing the initial phase of the project, said the district also will begin hosting events to showcase local and regional high-performing projects and the teams that made them happen, while also aligning buildings with the technical assistance necessary to set up tracking and monitoring of their energy use.

The new district will leverage the private sector in meeting the goals of the City of Ann Arbor's Climate Action Plan, according to the CEC, which includes reducing carbon emissions 25 percent by 2025 -- consistent with the University of Michigan's goal -- and 90 percent by 2050.

Bonnie Bona, a project manager with the CEC, said the Ann Arbor 2030 District will probably comprise all commercial buildings within city boundaries.


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