One of the core missions of paleBLUEdot is to assist local governments, community organizations, and the public in understanding and improving their environmental impact, level of sustainability, and overall community resilience. Plans which look to improve these metrics frequently represent economic development potential, improved community livability, and a community more attractive to investment and growth. In support of that goal, paleBLUEdot offers the following programs and services to community groups and government agencies:
Climate Vulnerability and Adaptation Planning
BLUEdot provides services to communities to help them identify and plan for climate vulnerabilities in their community. A Climate Vulnerability Assessment begins with an identification of the current and projected climate changes specific to the community. The assessment then identifies the climate vulnerabilities in a community's region as well as specific vulnerabilities within the community itself. Vulnerabilities reviewed include risks associated with natural systems, the built environment, as well as an identification of vulnerable populations. Vulnerabilities are then mapped within the community. A Climate Adaptation plan can then be developed to identify a range of policies and strategies to help the community improve their resilience and climate risk preparedness.
Community-Wide GHG Inventories
BLUEdot provides services to local government agencies to develop a detailed Community-Wide Baseline assessment. This assessment establishes a detailed breakdown of community-wide greenhouse gas emissions which can be used to track community performance year over year. Our baseline assessments are rooted in ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability GHG Protocol and can be used by communities to focus dialogue and policies focused on greenhouse gas reduction. Baseline assessments include emissions from all sectors of your community including electricity and natural gas consumption, transportation, water use, and municipal solid waste.
Organizational Operation Baseline Assessments
This baseline assessment establishes a baseline for operations directly in control of a local government, agency, or organization. The assessment establishes a comprehensive baseline of the buildings, sites, and infrastructure owned or operated by the subject government body. Similar to the Community-Wide Baseline, this assessment collects data and establishes a total carbon footprint based on energy consumption, transportation, water use, and waste. Through this baseline assessment, an agency can assess their energy use and greenhouse gas emissions in comparisons with similar communities. Frequently generating a baseline assessment is the first step towards finding opportunities for energy efficiency improvements.
Community Climate Change Communication
Promoting and elevating the public discourse on Climate Change and solutions is a core aspect of the mission of paleBLUEdot. All of our community and organizational assessments and action plans include graphic elements to help communicate the complex concepts of climate science. paleBLUEdot also offers the development of supporting communication materials such as infographics and social media campaign content.
In addition to communication tools provided to our community clients, paleBLUEdot has established a "Speakers Bureau" in order to support our community partners in increasing dialogue and awareness of climate science and opportunities for individuals to make positive impacts. We have established both presentations as well as interactive formats to engage communities in dialogue. We are available to coordinate one of these engagements for you or to develop a customized experience supporting the needs of your community. Past collaborations include the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, the City of Maplewood, and MN350.org.
BLUEdot provides facility and campus assessments for local governments and agencies. The assessment process includes:
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- Systems and Utility data collection.
- Review and analyze data comparing against regional and national facility performance database.
- Calculate existing facility carbon footprint
- Conduct an on-site facility review of systems, operational procedures, and facility use efficiency.
- Identify actions to increase efficiencies which may include operational, equipment, control, or occupancy changes.
- Compile a report of findings, recommendations, projected reductions of energy use, cost and carbon footprint.
Facility assessments can include physical plant condition assessments as well as space efficiency programming and assessment. All assessments are led by Ted Redmond, registered architect, and engineer staff.
City-Wide Renewable Energy Potentials Study
Local governments who mobilize to advance renewable energy installations can help capture significant renewable energy potential for their communities as well as significant economic development and investment in their local economy. Conducting a Renewable Energy Potentials study provides a community with information, recommendations, and potential policies to engage in support of advancing renewable energy potential. Community-Wide Renewable Energy Potentials Studies provide the background and support needed for advancing solar renewable energy within a community.
Tree Canopy and Carbon Sequestration Study
The intent of this study is to support a community's understanding of the extent of City-Wide tree
canopy, grass, and impervious surface coverage. With this understanding, the community can establish appropriate goals and strategies to improve the environmental impacts and opportunities of land coverage within the City. As a visionary planning document, the goals established for the City should be a “stretch” while also being achievable.
Site Solar Potential Study
paleBLUEdot provides site-specific solar PV energy potentials studies. Site Solar Potential Studies will establish the total potential solar energy potential as well as the economically effective solar pv capacity. Site Solar Potential Studies assess the existing site and building configuration and condition, identify site specific solar insolation levels, identify site solar obstructions, determine the total solar array size possible, and calculate monthly and annual total solar energy production possible. These studies can be conducted stand-alone, or as a companion for City-Wide Renewable Energy Potential studies.
paleBLUEdot offers a range of community solar project feasibility and pre-development services. Our services are offered through a consortium of clean energy design, finance, marketing, and community engagement consultants supporting the advancement of community solar projects. Learn more here
Resilient Cities Support
paleBLUEdot offers a range of assessment, planning, and community engagement services supporting resilient cities. Our services are offered through a collaborative consortium with the Alliance for Sustainability.
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