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Conservation Successes and Projects

Green Team: Environmental Sustainability Plan for Town Operations and Facilities
The Green Team consists of representatives from all departments and various divisions. The team is working to integrate sustainable thinking and goals in the management and operation of all Town Departments.

Greenhouse Gas Inventory
Staff and the Pima Association of Governments are currently working on a Greenhouse Gas Emissions study. This study will address Town facilities and the entire community.

Rainwater Harvesting Ordinance
Rainwater harvesting is currently being addressed as part of a landscape code update. Many commercial and residential sites are designed to divert rainwater away rather than safely infiltrating it into our landscapes, waterways and aquifers. Systems of landscaped swales, depressions and/or cisterns to collect roof water, parking lot drainage, etc. can be utilized to reduce water consumption. 

Graywater Plumbing Ordinance
Recycled water – or ‘graywater’ – is a viable tool to significantly offset potable water use. Once graywater ordinances are implemented, regional savings will be exponential through water use reductions in Oro Valley. 

Solar-Ready Measures Ordinance
This is an opportunity to establish a reasonable standard to further the Town’s goal of resource conservation. The aim of this ordinance is to reduce the cost of post-construction solar applications for homeowners.

Town Facility Energy Audit
A Request for Proposals has been published to garner an Energy Audit of all buildings and facilities. Use of high efficiency facilities and equipment is also a significant step to achieve energy and budgetary savings.  The Town is committed to make the most of gains in energy efficiency technology to reduce our carbon footprint.

Energy Efficiency & Conservation Block Grant
As part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009, a broad array of funding opportunities has been planned to advance the goal of economic recovery and energy independence. An Energy Efficiency & Conservation Block Grant Request for Proposal has been drafted in preparation for an Investment Grade Energy Analysis of Town facilities, to identify energy saving upgrades to Town facilities. It will be utilized as a short and long range planning tool to insure all future expenditures provide an appropriate return on investment. 

Environmentally Sensitive Lands Ordinance
Work has commenced on development of an Environmentally Sensitive Lands Ordinance to address comprehensively the preservation of key habitat, riparian areas, as well as visual and cultural resources.
EPA Climate Change Showcase Communities Grant
The Town has partnered with other regional jurisdictions to apply for the EPA Climate Showcase Communities Grant. This Grant looks to fund efforts that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, while linking climate change initiatives with broader environmental, economic, health, and social co-benefits, that are measurable and replicable.

US Council of Mayors Climate Protection Agreement
At the July 15, 2009 Town Council meeting, Town Council authorized Town membership to the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM). The primary roles of USCM are to promote the development of effective national urban/suburban policy, strengthen federal-city relationships, ensure that federal policy meets urban needs, provide mayors with leadership and management tools, and create a forum in which mayors can share ideas and information.

At the July 15th, 2009 Town Council meeting, Town Council authorized Town participation in the U.S. EPA ENERGY STAR Challenge to reduce energy consumption in all Town facilities by 10%. A key component of all sustainability efforts is the process of benchmarking, the act of setting measureable and achievable goals based on a standard. The ENERGY STAR Challenge is a goal setting tool specific to a participant’s building/facility energy use.

Please direct any questions or comments to Bayer Vella.