Sustainable City Network White Papers

  1. Crescent Electric Releases White Paper on LED Parking Ramp Lights

    Crescent Electric Supply Co. has released a white paper that examines an example of a parking deck lighting revamp with an annual savings of $170,000 in energy and maintenance costs. The project replaced 150-watt HID lights with GE Lighting LED lights. Sustainability, safety and economics are the objectives when evaluating and upgrading to LED lighting. The process for municipalities and businesses begins with a lighting assessment to determine the current light and needed upgrades to provide better uniformity, better minimum levels and eliminate “hot spots.” An economic analysis then evaluates capital costs, energy costs, maintenance costs and replacement costs over the life of the LED lighting. This case study examines a project commissioned by Spectrum Health, one of Michigan's largest not-for-profit health systems. Spectrum was looking for a way to revamp the parking decks surrounding its facility. There were three goals in mind: improve security, reduce maintenance costs and save energy.
  2. City of Las Vegas LED Streetlight Retrofit Case Study

    Crescent Electric Supply Co. has released a white paper that features a case study of the LED streetlight retrofit recently completed in the city of Las Vegas, Nev. The project involved the upgrade of more than 42,000 high-pressure sodium streetlights to LED technology. This white paper features interviews with city officials and members of the planning & implementation team. As a result of the retrofit, the city expects to save more than $2 million per year in energy and maintenance costs.
  3. Wireless Leviton Submeters Help Conserve Electricity

    Leviton Manufactuing Co., Inc., Lighting & Energy Solutions, based in Tualatin, Ore., has released a white paper on its Series 2000 and Series 3000 Three-Phase Meters - a case study of an installation at an office complex in Newton, Mass. Leviton submeters take the load off office complex managers by providing a revenue-grade, real-time reporting and energy management solution that redirects accountability for electrical usage directly to tenants. This case study reveals how the Chapel Bridge Park Office Complex in Newton saved money and improved the marketability of its 250,000 square foot property by offering a convenient way to monitor electrical usage for energy savings, providing web-based access to real-time usage data and reports, and enabling third-party billing, among other benefits. Download this free white paper (PDF) by clicking the "Add to Cart" button below.
  4. Biorestor Asphalt Rejuvenator/Sealer

    BioBased Spray Systems, LLC of Sidney, Ohio, has released a white paper about its asphalt rejuvenator/sealer, called Biorestor. This patented formulation has been proven to extend the lifespan of asphalt. When applied at the right time – soon after a road is paved and when it is still in good condition – Biorestor (pronounced BYE-o-rih-STORE) is formulated to restore the durability and flexibility of asphalt that is lost through the hot mix process and oxidation – the wearing effects of sun, rain and traffic. As it preserves and extends the life of asphalt on roads and other paved surfaces, it saves the cost of expensive road repairs. This white paper explains how Biorestor works and how it benefits the environment and human health. Download this free white paper (PDF) by clicking the "Add to Cart" button below.
  5. Sustainable Development Analytical Grid

    An English version of a sustainable development analytical grid has recently been issued under the direction of Mr. Claude Villeneuve, director of the Chair of research and intervention in eco-advising from University of Québec in Chicoutimi (UQAC). This is the user guide that goes along with the grid, which helps stakeholders analize the strenghts and weaknesses of a current project, or one being designed, in relation with the application of sustainable development principles. The contents of this document, while it is the propriety of its authors, is the result of the work of numerous volunteers and university students in the Saguenay‒Lac-Saint-Jean region (Québec, Canada), Strasbourg (France) and elsewhere around the world. Distribution is not restricted. Anyone wishing to use the analytical method described herein shall be allowed to do so as long as they give the source reference: Villeneuve, C. et Riffon, O. (2012). How to realise a sustainable development analysis? Chair on Eco-advising evaluation grid: User’s guide. Département des sciences fondamentales, Université du Québec à Chicoutimi.
  6. Using Google Apps for Government

    Daston's Cloud-First professional services team has helped many state and local governments move away from on-premise solutions to enjoy the productivity and cost-savings provided by Google Apps for Government. Daston has released a pair of white papers describing two case studies: 1) The city of Pittsburgh has migrated its 3,000 employees to Google Apps for Government, an enterprise-ready suite of applications that includes Gmail, Google Calendar (Shared Calendaring), Google Docs which includes Spreadsheets, and Presentations as well as Online Document Hosting and Collaboration), Google Sites (Team Site Creation, Web Site Creation and Publishing), and Google Video (Easy, Secure Sharing of Video Content).
  7. Sustainability Metrics

    Download this white paper that details 60 specific measurements of sustainability developed by a partnership between the city of Dubuque, Iowa and a team of students at the University of Iowa. The city of Dubuque requested a set of performance indicators for its 11 Sustainability Principles from graduate students at the School of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Iowa, to be developed over the 2011-2012 academic year. This report provides a detailed overview of the work completed, building upon an initial report in September and a draft report in May, 2012. This final report includes an updated project statement, a review on the methodology process, and the identification and justification for all sustainability indicators. Throughout the report the students are referred to as the sustainability indicators team.
  8. Carbon Footprint Comparison of Recycled Asphalt

    This study presents the comparative carbon foot print analysis for Gallagher's Hot-in-Place Asphalt Recycling processes and Traditional Asphalt Paving. Download this free white paper. The study covers the rehabilitation of existing asphalt surface roads. Gallagher has two Hot-in-Place Asphalt Recycling Processes; these are Recycled Hot Emulsified Asphalt Treatment (Re-Heat) and Heater Scarification (a.k.a. Surface Recycling). These processes recycle existing asphalt surface roads on site.
  9. A.Y. McDonald on the Unmeasured Flow Reducer

    Download this white paper entitled "UFR: The Solution for Slow Steady Revenue Leaks in Your Water System." The Unmeasured Flow Reducer (UFR) by A.Y. McDonald is an innovative water meter coupling that allows previously unmeasured low-volume water to be measured by changing the way water flows through the meter. Studies have shown that UFR installations can increase billable water revenue by between 5 and 10 percent! Download this free white paper now, by clicking the Add to Cart button below.
  10. Investing in Wastewater

    Projects that improve wastewater treatment infrastructure can, increase operating efficiency, help the local environment, provide economic benefits, improve the reliability of compliance, and enhance a community’s quality of life. Cities and water authorities can attain these benefits without investing their own capital up front and yet earn immediate long-term guaranteed cost savings. This white paper by Johnson Controls consultant Peter Cavagnaro explains how. Download this white paper by clicking on the "Add to Cart" button below.
  11. Johnson Controls Issues White Paper on Smart Grids

    Johnson Controls, Inc., recently released a white paper entitled, "Smart Meters, Smart Grid, Sustainable City," which describes how cities like Cumberland, Md., and Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, are using automated meter reading systems, some of which also provide citywide WiFi service and other periphery advantages. The white paper was written by Arif A. Quraishi, director of local government energy solutions, and Dennis Siegert, manager of municipal utility solutions for the company. In the white paper, the authors trace the history of the term "Smart Grid" to the electric utility industry, which coined the phrase to refer to "a system in which intelligent controls and automation tie the power grid together in an automated network that makes delivery of electricity more secure, reliable, economical, efficient, and environmentally friendly." The term was later expanded to include "intelligent" systems that deliver gas and water as well as electricity.

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