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City of Sun Prairie Receives Energy Efficiency Grant from U.S. Department of Energy

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Sun Prairie, WI 53590-2227
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – July 9, 2024
Jake King
Communications and Diversity Strategist
jking@cityofsunprairie.com
(608) 332-5397

City of Sun Prairie Receives Energy Efficiency Grant from U.S. Department of Energy

The City of Sun Prairie is pleased to announce that it has received funding through the U.S. Department of Energy's Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program, administered by the Office of State and Community Energy Programs. Sun Prairie is among over 2,700 eligible states, territories, local governments, and tribes selected to receive a portion of over $430 million in formula funding aimed at addressing the specific clean energy needs of communities serving more than 250 million Americans. The City has been awarded $76,190 in total, which will fund three interconnected projects aimed at reducing emissions.

Greenhouse Gas Inventory

The initial action step will involve developing two greenhouse gas inventories that focus on quantifying scope one (direct) and scope two (indirect) emissions and establishing measurements to gauge their impact on climate change.

The first inventory will concentrate on measuring emissions from the City itself and its municipal operations across different departments and divisions. The inventory will assess emissions from multiple sources, including fleet vehicles, fuel combustion in city buildings and facilities, as well as emissions from activities such as employee commuting, waste generation, and water use. The second inventory will have a broader scope, encompassing emissions from local businesses, residential properties, transportation, and various other sources within the community.

By systematically measuring and documenting greenhouse gas emissions from various sources, these inventories provide crucial data to establish emission reduction goals and develop effective mitigation strategies. Once established, inventories will be routinely monitored and updated to track progress.

2030 and 2050 Emission Reduction Goals

With measurements from the two inventories, the City will be able to advance its environmental commitments by adopting science-based emission reduction goals. The targets, based on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change recommendations and aligned with the Paris Agreement, will be formulated by considering multiple factors. These factors include data from not only the greenhouse gas inventories but also the City's current and projected population growth, assessment of the United States Human Development Index, and adherence to the planetary emissions carbon budget.

The City will collaborate with consultants to establish locally tailored goals aligned with global standards. The next step involves developing a climate action plan to achieve the City’s emission reduction goals.

Developing a Climate Action Plan

The creation of a climate action plan will outline strategies and initiatives aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions, enhancing resilience to climate impacts, and promoting sustainable practices within the community. A major component of this plan involves conducting reduction strategy modeling, entailing a comprehensive analysis of effective strategies proven to achieve substantial emission reductions. Additionally, community participation and engagement will play a pivotal role in shaping this plan, ensuring that it reflects the priorities and aspirations of the Sun Prairie community.

The process to develop and complete these projects will extend over a couple of years following the publication of the request for proposals, expected in late summer.

"Receiving this federal funding offers the City and community a chance to take significant steps in combating climate change," said Rose Daily, Sustainability Coordinator. "It will enable us to gather specific data and set targets, paving the way for a climate action plan that drives lasting change." To learn more about this award, please visit https://www.energy.gov/scep/energy-efficiency-and-conservation-block-grant-program

For more information on Sun Prairie’s continuing sustainability initiatives, please go to https://cityofsunprairie.com/1189/Sustainable-Sun-Prairie