Facilities Management

Accomplishments

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Energy efficiency  

Energy Efficiency

A $32 million investment in energy efficiency upgrades at major County facilities will result in $64 million energy savings over the next 15 years. With these energy savings, the County will save 8,793 tons of greenhouse gas emissions annually. This is the equivalent of removing almost 2,000 cars from the road for a year or planting 1,828 Heinz football fields' worth of trees. Learn more about specific building improvements.


Green Roof

Green Roof  

The County Office Building green roof was designed as an educational model to demonstrate the benefits of green roofs and green roof technology. Construction started in April 2010 and was completed in June 2010. This project has reduced energy costs at the County Office Building by roughly $80,000 a year. 


Biking  

The County has activily promoted bike commuting, bike safety, and bike facilities for the past several years. Allegheny County achieved the first-ever Bike Friendly Employer Certification for a local government building in 2012. In 2013, the Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s Office also became certified, and now makes emergency bike repair supplies freely available to the public. Allegheny County also finished in 7th place in the Pittsburgh employers category of the 2013 National Bike Challenge competition. The County was instrumental in the completion of the Great Allegheny Passage bike trail linking the City of Pittsburgh to Washington, D.C. 


Green Workplace Challenge  

Allegheny County finished as the top scorer in our category for the 2012 Green Workplace Challenge and are currently strong participants in the Municipality category for the 2013 challenge.  


Employee engagement  

Energy Efficiency

Allegheny County convenes an active Green Team and has recruited 76 employees to serve as Green Champions who promote sustainability initiatives in their respective departments.  The County also maintains an internal online sustainability community for County employees to remain active in sustainability office initiatives. 


Carbon emissions reporting  

Allegheny County created a baseline report for carbon emissions using 2008 data.  The County is currently creating a procedure to prepare for the 2014 carbon emissions update.  In this process, the County has created a carbon emissions calculator tool and is expecting to make this tool freely available to other local government entities. The County’s carbon emissions reduction information will be released in late 2014 or early 2015. 


Events  

The Allegheny Green + Innovation Festival promotes awareness of regional sustainability initiatives. Approximately 8,000 – 10,000 individuals attend the festival annually to learn about sustainable initiatives from around 80 local nonprofits and green technology firms.


Other accomplishments  

In addition to the ongoing programs outlined above, the County has also:

 

Cleaned up more than 1,500 acres of brownfields

 

Purchased six hybrid buses for the Port Authority of Allegheny County 

 

Created a Green Building Sustainability License training program at the Community College of Allegheny County  

 

Replaced more than 805 incandescent light fixtures at the county jail with high-efficiency LED lights, which consume 83 percent less energy and will save taxpayers $178,000 a year  

 

Built the largest solar thermal array in Western Pennsylvania at the Ross Hill Senior Residence in 2008, reducing carbon emissions by 38 tons a year  

See even more Allegheny County sustainability accomplishments here: PDF Icon Allegheny County Green Accomplishments