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New Orleans making strides toward energy efficiency

23 Oct 2014

New Orleans leaders are making huge strides to save money and energy in the city. The executive director of the Sewage and Water Board is making a presentation on the city’s progress during Greenbuild, an international green building conference that is in town this week.

For the first time, the city has measured energy use in each of its 92 municipal buildings. Officials say this is part of an effort to reduce energy use, save tax payers some money and overall make New Orleans a more sustainable city.

The city received funding and guidance from the Natural Resources Defense Council to collect the data for three years. Green Coast Enterprises, a development and consulting company, helped the city collect the data and documented building characteristics and utility costs.

According the city officials, the same software was used to find ways to reduce energy costs in the city’s public schools.

Cedric Grant, executive director of the sewage and water board, says since the city has been in a rebuilding phase since Hurricane Katrina, this was the perfect time to bring things up to international building codes.

“The goal is to build better than we were and to create the sustainable environment that allows us to survive in all conditions,” said Grant. “It was a prime opportunity for us to begin to rethink how we build and what we can do to be more sustainable.”

Grant says making this presentation during the Greenbuild conference was perfect timing. Greenbuild is the largest conference and exposition in the world dedicated to green building.