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General Services

Energy and Sustainability Division

Resources for Public Facilities

The Energy and Sustainability Division offers a suite of comprehensive resources and services to assist local governments, public facilities, and K-12 schools aimed at evaluating energy use, reducing usage, reduction of costs and ensuring continuity of operations and services.

Reduce costs while meeting climate action goals

Design a Path to Energy Efficiency for Your Staff and Buildings.

Benchmarking of energy use

You can't control what you don't measure.  Establishing a baseline for a building's energy consumption is critical in understanding both behavioral and mechanical usage.  Benchmarking also allows you to compare the energy performance of a building with a database of similar buildings.  This comparison identifies underperforming buildings as well as those that are operating at peak performance which will assist in determining needed improvements to be made over time.  

Sustainability best practices and training

The Energy and Sustainability Division has created a convenient and personalized approach for staff to learn more about sustainability. ESD provides access to resources and programs to assist employees with moving toward sustainability goals and supporting those who want to do more.

The program includes opportunities for those who want to implement a sustainability plan throughout their Department. The objective is to have Energy and Sustainability staff provide resources, access to programs, and facilitate discussions regarding how to improve our sustainability.

Green Business Certification

Sonoma County Green Business Certification is a part of the California Green Business Network, whose mission is to assist businesses to operate sustainably.  To be certified, participants must be in compliance with all environmental regulations and meet program standards for saving water, conserving energy, preventing pollution, and minimizing waste.

Report and presentation preparation assistance

As a local government agency, we recognize the time and effort that it takes for staff to put together board presentations and resolutions.  Our experienced staff can customize a presentation packet to assist when needed.