The City of Toledo and Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority are leaders of economic development and job creation for Toledo and Northwest Ohio. Both the City and Port have led the effort in energy efficiency by becoming anchors for $30 million in energy improvement projects within the City and surrounding communities.
Through the Better Buildings Challenge, the City of Toledo (City) and the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority (Port) are committed to saving 20% of energy usage by 2015 to over 7.5 million square feet of public and private buildings. With the help of Better Buildings Northwest Ohio and the Toledo Ohio Advanced Energy Improvement Corporation, over 100 public and private commercial buildings are targeted to receive energy efficiency improvements and selected alternative energy integration. The City and Port will challenge building owners and leaders to implement energy efficiency plans in virtually every type of building, including commercial, industrial, educational, and municipal buildings throughout Toledo and 27 counties in Northwest Ohio. Expanding the Energy Improvement Corporation to all of Lucas County and surrounding communities will enable businesses to utilize special assessments to pay for energy efficiency improvements. By working collectively, the City and Port will seek additional partnerships and pool resources, best practices, and expertise to meet the energy reduction goals of the Better Buildings Challenge.
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