The mountain paradise of Park City, Utah - best known for its sensational skiing and annual Sundance Film Festival - is quickly becoming a shining example of environmental sustainability. The city’s latest green endeavor: an 18 kW solar energy system on top of the historic Marsac Building.
By this winter, the 22 traffic signals within Topeka’s three major traffic corridors—21st Street, Wanamaker and Topeka Boulevard—will be resynchronized to help reduce driving time, gas consumption and emissions. These corridors see anywhere from 17,000 to 30,000 cars daily.
Naperville, Illinois is improving their long-term electricity distribution through the implementation of the Naperville Smart Grid Initiative (NSGI) -- to the tune of $3million in savings over a 15-year period.
St. Johns County, Florida is tackling its traffic-timing problem with a little help from an Energy Department Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block grant. The county will use the grant to improve traffic flow by re-synchronizing signals at five major road segments. In total, 23 traffic signals will be retimed and synchronized, resulting in lower fuel consumption, shorter travel times, increased travel speed, less stopping and less engine idling.
It is back to school time for the 513 students at Ring Factory Elementary School in Harford County, Md. And there's something new and cool -- beyond clothes and backpacks -- for these kids. The latest addition is the school's new ENERGY STAR-rated "cool" roof, funded in part through the Recovery Act.
The parking lot to the county courthouse and nursing home facility in Strafford County, New Hampshire needed new lights. And thanks to an Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant from the Energy Department, Strafford got what it needed and more.
Officials of PEEP, the Pinellas Energy Efficiency Project, will start handing out energy kits—filled with CFLs, weather stripping, low-flow shower heads and window insulators—over the next few months to residents who attend special classes. It's pretty straightforward: come to one of the classes, learn how to cut energy use and save money — and leave with the materials to make that happen.