Local energy initiative meeting goals
A local energy initiative has surpassed two of its goals, and officials are hoping for even better results going forward.
Sixty-two buildings are registered for the Urbana-Champaign Energy Star Challenge, and 28 have submitted documentation of their benchmark energy performance. The goals for the competition were 50 buildings registered and 25 buildings benchmarked.
The challenge began in November and involves buildings benchmarking their 2013 energy use then tracking and improving energy use throughout this year and into 2015, all in an effort to be environmentally friendly.
City of Urbana Environmental Sustainability Manager Scott Tess said that having the benchmarks helps to measure energy performance in the area.
Tess added the challenge's goals in the next year are to achieve energy savings in 10 buildings and help five of those buildings achieve Energy Star certification.