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American Recovery & Reinvestment Act (ARRA) - Energy







Residential and Commercial Facility Audits

EPA Portfolio Manager Training


This Project was completed in December 2011.


Energy Efficiency  Retrofits for Municipal Facilities

1. Replacement of aging Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning (HVAC) system at the Lakeview Senior Center

2. Replacement of aging chillers and upgrade of energy management system at Irvine Civic Center

1. $284,554



2. $575,647 

These Projects were completed in January 2011. 


Web-based tracking and monitoring for municipal utilities

Web-based Monitoring


This Project was completed in April 2011.


Sports Field Lighting Retrofits at Harvard and Heritage Community Parks

Replacement & upgrade of sports field lighting with energy-efficient lamps and a computer-controlled scheduling system.


Project was completed in August 2010.


Irvine Sustainability Strategy

Sustainability Framework for General Plan, Sustainable Operations Plan and CEQA Guidelines Update


Drafts of the Sustainable Operations Strategic Plan, the Environmental Quality Act guidelines and the General Plan Sustainability Framework are completed and will be available for public review in June 2012.






1 Residential and Commercial Facility Audits

EPA Portfolio Manager Training

Location: Citywide
Allocation: $68,100
Total Federal Funds Expended through 3rd QTR 2011: $ 51,299
Start Date: May 2010
End Date: May 2012



Working together with the local chapter of Building Owners and Managers Association(BOMA) and the Environmental Protection Agency, the City will provide technical support and training on EPA's Portfolio Manager. Participants will be given hands-on training using actual data from one of their own buildings in order to encourage them to benchmark all their buildings in Portfolio Manager.  They will then have access to the other technical assistance opportunities offered by EPA through ENERGY STAR, including: Guidelines for Energy Management, Building Upgrade Manual, Financial Calculators for Project Evaluation, Online Training Resources, etc.

This training will allow property owners and managers to comply with Assembly Bill 1103 which becomes effective July 1, 2011 for buildings over 50,000 sq ft and requires a disclosure of a building’s energy use (preferably its Energy Star Rating) at time of sale or lease.

2 Energy Efficiency Retrofits for Municipal Facilities

Retrofit HVAC; Install New Controls

Location: City Hall and Lakeview Senior Center
Allocation: $860,201
Total Federal Funds Expended through 2nd QTR 2011: $ 860,201
Start Date: City Hall – Aug 2010; Lakeview – Dec 2010
End Date: City Hall – January 2011, Lakeview – January 2011



The Heating Ventilating and Air Conditioning (HVAC) systems and related energy management systems need to be replaced and upgraded at Irvine City Hall and Lakeview Senior Center.  The replacement program involves the following:  Replace existing HVAC systems to optimize operation and energy efficiency; convert from pneumatic to digital controls to optimize operation and energy efficiency; update existing building management systems to improve operations efficiency.

3 Web-based Tracking and Monitoring for Municipal Utilities

Web-based Monitoring
Location: Citywide
Allocation: $170,000
Total Federal Funds Expended through 3rd Quarter 2011: $161,336
Start Date: July 2010
End Date: June 2012



This program will develop a web-based tool for City staff that will organize, and communicate performance information about City facilities and track actual savings for retrofit projects.

4 Sports Field Lighting Retrofits

Sports Field Lighting Retrofits
Location: Harvard/Heritage Parks
Allocation: $789,699

Total Federal Funds Expended through 2nd Quarter 2011: $789,699
Start Date: June 2010
End Date: November 2010



This project will upgrade lighting systems at Heritage Park and Harvard Athletic Park sports fields to more energy efficient lamps and computer controlled scheduling for lights.  Two baseball/softball fields will be upgraded at Heritage Park.  Fields, 1, 2 and 6 and Soccer fields A & B will be upgraded at Harvard Athletic Park.

This system approach reduces the amount of time the lights are operating and employs more efficient lights.  The system saves maintenance costs by indicating when it is time to re-lamp in unison.  The infrastructure has already been installed at Harvard Park; therefore, the City will be leveraging the funds expended to install the system at this park less expensively.

5 Irvine Sustainability Strategy

Sustainable Framework for General Plan, Sustainable Operations Plan and CEQA Guidelines Update
Location: Citywide
Allocation: $400,000
Federal Funds Expended through 3rd Quarter 2011 : $259,831
Start Date: November 2009
End Date: November 2011


The Sustainability Strategic Plan (SSP) will serve as an internal roadmap for institutionalizing sustainability practices in the City’s operations.  The SSP will examine environmental impacts (e.g. amount of energy and water saved, solid waste reduced, vehicle trips avoided) as well as evaluate the costs, benefits, and economic development potential associated with sustainable practices.  The SSP will also identify new programs and describe the appropriate mechanisms for City departments to use in tracking and monitoring progress toward the City’s sustainability goals.

Revising the City’s CEQA procedures and guidelines now is an important step toward providing both City staff and the development community with the certainty and flexibility required to process project applications.  The new CEQA Manual will consist of specific procedures, updated methodologies, and new thresholds to reflect changes in state and local regulations and to facilitate the environmental review process.

The Sustainability Framework will serve as a guide to incorporating sustainability as the overarching theme in the anticipated update of the City’s General Plan.  The Framework will identify the opportunities and constraints to integrate an ethic of environmental stewardship, economic prosperity, and social equity into the General Plan’s vision, goals, and policies.