Energy Conservation Block Grants
With funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the city is significantly reducing operating costs, energy consumption and carbon dioxide emissions. In October 2009, $1.2 million in Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grants from the U.S. Department of Energy facilitated the following projects.
Recreation Facility Lighting Upgrades
Robinswood Tennis Center Court Lighting- Project Complete
Estimated annual energy savings of 39 percent and estimated annual cost savings of $10,639. New fixtures allow users to turn off the fixtures during the times when no one is present, which is not feasible with the present lighting system due to cool down requirements and restarting.
South Bellevue Community Center Gymnasium Lighting- Project Complete
Estimated annual energy savings of 64 percent and estimated annual cost savings of $5,870. The existing fixtures at this facility were not originally scheduled for replacement; however, efficiencies available in lighting systems available today will reduce lighting use by approximately 1400 hours annually and the grant-funded investment will pay for itself in less than six years.
Newport Hills Sports Fields- Project Complete
Estimated annual energy savings of 64 percent and estimated annual cost savings of $3,143. While new synthetic turf is expected to result in increased year round scheduling (from 170 hours to 400 hours per year), new system design requires fewer fixtures to sufficiently light the field and is designed to significantly minimize glare and spillover to surrounding areas while providing enhanced lighting to fields.
Highland Center Sports Fields- Project Complete
Estimated annual energy savings of 57 percent and estimated annual cost savings of $3,816. New system design requires fewer fixtures to sufficiently light the field and are designed to significantly minimize glare and spillover to surrounding areas while providing enhanced lighting to fields.
City Fleet Upgrades 96 Gas Vehicles to Hybrid & Electric- Project Complete
Expected annual savings from the replacement of 96 gas vehicles with hybrid and electric models is nearly $80,000 in fuel costs, 250 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions and 31,000 gallons of gasoline.
Home energy reports for residents, in partnership with Puget Sound Energy and the C-7 New Energy Partnership - Project Complete
2011, Over 35,000 Bellevue residents received free Home Energy Reports that showed how their energy use compared with similar-sized homes in their neighborhood, along with personalized tips and overall recommendations on how they could save on their next bill. Bellevue partnered with 6 Eastside cities and Puget Sound Energy on this program, ultimately saving homeowners $4.2 million, an average of $45 per household!
Carbon dioxide emission reductions from energy savings were over 15 million pounds or the equivalent of taking 1,360 cars off the road for a year.
Electric Vehicle Charging Stations - Project Complete
The city has installed a total of 22 electric vehicle charging stations, with 16 available for public use at City Hall and various community center and park locations.
Environmental Performance Dashboard - Project Complete
In 2012, the city began capturing data from all of its sources of greenhouse gas emissions, combining the information into a single dashboard that provides a nearly real time update of the city's carbon footprint. The tool allows the city to analyze resource consumption in terms of costs, energy, and emissions across different facilities, departments, and projects. The city aims to use this software and analysis tool to better analyze opportunities for greenhouse gas reductions and financial savings, improve marketing of our efforts, and engage the organization and community in challenges and other efforts.
Online Engagement Web Portals - Project Complete
The city is engaging residents and businesses in sustainability initiatives that improve the financial, environmental, and social conditions throughout Bellevue. Visit SustainableEastside.org to become a part of the Eastside Sustainable Business Alliance. Visit GreenWA.org to interact with a wide variety of sustainability assets throughout the community. GreenWA features interactive maps, videos, and information, including opportunities for extensive public participation in our efforts.
Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory and Citywide Strategic Planning - Project Complete
The city updated its greenhouse gas emissions inventory in 2012 and embarked on a new 5-year strategic planning process for the improvement of community-wide environmental performance. Find the full greenhouse gas emissions inventory online here. Contact us for more information about our Environmental Stewardship Initiative 2013-2018 Strategic Plan.