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O FFICE OF S USTAINABILITY : D ESIGNING WITH N ATURE Tessa LeSage, MPA LEED AP BD+C Sustainability Programs Manager County Administration (239) 533-2240.

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1 O FFICE OF S USTAINABILITY : D ESIGNING WITH N ATURE Tessa LeSage, MPA LEED AP BD+C Sustainability Programs Manager County Administration (239) 533-2240 Tlesage@leegov.com http://www.lee-county.com/gov/dept/sustainability

2 Objectives Define Sustainability Lee County’s Sustainability Initiatives Benefits to local residents Energy saving opportunities

3 What motivates you? What brings you to this workshop?

4 Sustainability: What is it? The ability of the county and its residents to meet the needs of the present population while ensuring that future generations have the same or better opportunities Society Environment Economy

5 Synergy The interaction of two or more agents or forces so that their combined effect is greater than the sum of their individual effects Society Environment Economy

6 Office of Sustainability Purpose  Identify goals and realize Lee County’s commitment to conducting the most efficient, responsible, and coordinated operations  Provide leadership in the cultivation of a livable and resilient community where there is an unmistakable balance between social well-being and equity, economic prosperity, and environmental resource conservation

7 How do we get there? 1.Institutionalize the Office of Sustainability 2.Engage in a systematic process to create a comprehensive and measurable sustainability plan Steps to achieve these goals will run concurrently.

8 Institutionalize Sustainability Set Vision & Direction 2010-2011 Engage/Empower Stakeholders 2010-2012 Capture in Performance Management System 2010-2013 Embed in Continuous Improvement 2014- on-going Source: Stages created by Urban Sustainability Director’s Network

9 Sustainability Planning What is a Sustainability Plan? – Sustainability is not an end goal, but a journey to improve the social equity, environmental, and economic conditions of a community. – A Sustainability Plan provides a common framework Guides efforts Ties together community goals, strategies, implementation plans, and metrics for improving sustainability Source: ICLEI USA Local Governments for Sustainability. What is a Sustainability Plan? Retrieved on 25 October 2010 from http://www.icleiusa.org/programs/sustainabilityhttp://www.icleiusa.org/programs/sustainability

10 Sustainability Planning Milestone 1: Conduct Sustainability Assessment Milestone 2: Establish Sustainability Goals Milestone 3: Develop Sustainability Plan Milestone 4: Implement Policies and Measures Milestone 5: Evaluate Progress and Report Results Source: ICLEI USA Local Governments for Sustainability. STAR Community Index: Sustainability Goals and Guiding Principles. October 2010.

11 Pre-milestone Planning: Commit and Organize a Team June 2010 – Board of County Commissioners establish the Community Sustainability Advisory Committee (AC-1- 14) (Foundation created by the former Smart Growth Committee/Department – est. in 2001) August 2010 – County Manager hires a Sustainability Programs Manager, creating the Office of Sustainability October 2010 – Identification of members of the Lee Green Team Completed: December 2010

12 Organizational Chart - Sustainability Initiatives Board of County Commissioners County Manager Department Managers Lee Green Team County Staff Office of Sustainability Community Sustainability Advisory Committee

13 STAR Community Index Sustainability Goals Economy – Economic Prosperity – Employment and Workforce Training Society – Education, Arts, and Community – Health and Safety – Affordability and Social Equity Environment – Natural Systems – Planning and Design – Energy and Climate Source: ICLEI USA Local Governments for Sustainability. STAR Community Index: Sustainability Goals and Guiding Principles. October 2010.

14 Lee County Highlights Weatherization Assistance Program Public Safety 54.28 kW Solar Panel Project & E-lighting Award-winning Waste to Energy Facility Single Stream Recycling Complete Streets Resolution Community Sustainability Advisory Committee Community Gardens Ordinance Carpool Program Fertilizer Ordinance Lee County Wellness Program Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment and Resiliency Strategy Inaugural Climate Adaptation Community (ICLEI) Renewable Energy and Research Diamond Signal Re-timing Project Conservation 20/20 Program Pet Pantry Building Automation System 100% Non-generating Status for Hazardous Waste (Fleet Management) LeeTran’s hybrid buses OrganicLee Compost TDC Beach and Shoreline Capital Improvement Program

15 Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emission Reduction Targets from 2007 Levels (tentative) By 2012, reduce GHG emissions by 5% By 2017, reduce GHG emissions by 15% By 2020, reduce GHG emissions by 20% By 2030, reduce GHG emissions by 40% By 2050, reduce GHG emissions by 80% By reducing GHG Emissions, Lee County will reduce energy consumption, which saves money.

16 What is the benefit of these targets to residents? Money in your pocket! Increased comfort Increased home value More convenience Increased protection during storm events Protection/conservation of resources Reduced pollution

17 Start saving today! Reduce water heater temperature to 120 Install water efficient fixtures Heating and Cooling – Set thermostat to 78/82 in the summer – Set thermostat to 68/65 in the winter – Check/change/clean your air filter monthly – Tune up your HVAC equipment annually – Use a programmable thermostat – Seal and insulate air ducts

18 Start saving today! Turn off ceiling fans when you leave a room Use a full dishwasher and don’t pre-rinse dishes Limit pool pump to 6 hrs/day in summer & 4 hrs/day in winter Adjust washing machine water level to match load size & always use cold water to rinse Clean the lint filter on dryer before every use

19 Start saving today! 1 Energy Star CFL bulb Can save over $40 in electricity costs over its lifetime Uses about 75% less energy than standard incandescent light bulbs and lasts up to 10 times longer Produces about 75% less heat, safer and reduces home cooling costs If every American home replaced just one light with a light that's earned the ENERGY STAR, we would save enough energy to light 3 million homes for a year, save about $600 million in annual energy costs, and prevent 9 billion pounds of greenhouse gas emissions per year, equivalent to those from about 800,000 cars.

20 Other energy saving strategies Home Energy Assessment Air Conditioning upgrade – A/C can account for 50% of home energy costs – Assess your current equipment Recommend minimum 14.0 Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) – Evaluate your options Check for rebates with FPL/LCEC – Pick the system that is right for you

21 Home Certifications Energy Star – new home certification, home improvements Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design – new construction Florida Green Building Coalition – new construction

22 Questions? Tessa LeSage, MPA LEED AP BD+C Sustainability Programs Manager County Administration (239) 533-2240 Tlesage@leegov.com http://www.lee-county.com/gov/dept/sustainability


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