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Case Studies Show Cities Save Money with Effective Energy and Resource Management

Report from AltaTerra Research presents case studies from three municipalities with leading sustainability programs and describes how these cities are saving money by integrating resource efficiency and greenhouse gas reduction into their operations with the help of new resource management information systems.

Palo Alto, CA, May 28, 2011 --( Cities can achieve $500,000 to more than $10,000,000 in savings per year by working to systematically reduce energy and resource use. This is one of the key findings in AltaTerra Research’s case study report, “Cities Govern for Green Savings: Case Studies from Leading Municipalities.” The full report is available for free download at

The report presents case studies from three municipalities with leading sustainability programs, Palo Alto, California; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and Las Vegas, Nevada. To achieve significant savings, these and other cities are finding that a system of record for day-to-day management of municipal resource use is critical. This report focuses on how new software applications for resource and greenhouse gas (GHG) management are being utilized in the municipal sector to achieve cost savings and drive environmental benefits. The case studies describe the experiences of Palo Alto, Philadelphia, and Las Vegas in implementing energy and environmental management systems from Hara. The discussion of their experiences to-date, including contrasts, benefits realized, and common lessons learned, results in key takeaways that are broadly relevant to any city seeking to realize measurable GHG reductions and financial savings.

“We take pride in our reputation as a green leader, which includes our work to increase resource efficiency, to identify related cost-saving opportunities, and to thereby reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” said Debra van Duynhoven, assistant to the City Manager for Sustainability for the City of Palo Alto. “With a goal to reduce our municipal operations emissions by 20 percent from 2005 levels by 2012, we believe prioritizing and tracking our resource and sustainability management initiatives is key to achieving our Climate Protection Plan goals, and we’ve found the Hara solution to be strategic to this process.”

“Although the three cities in these case studies are very different, they are strikingly similar in the way they are integrating sustainability into their municipal operations,” added Don Bray, President of AltaTerra Research and co-author of the report and case studies. “They are at different stages in their sustainability programs and in deployment of energy and resource management solutions, but each has taken a leadership role in resource efficiency and climate action because of similar marketplace, community, and political influences.”

The 22-page report presents original analysis based on interviews with the cities of Palo Alto, Philadelphia, and Las Vegas; interviews and materials from ICLEI; discussions with other customers; and general research on carbon regulations, standards, and markets. Hara provided support for the development of the report, which is available free-of-charge.

Further information and a link to download the full, free report are available at:

About AltaTerra Research

AltaTerra Research is a research consultancy specializing in sustainable business and the commercial marketplace for clean technology solutions. Through research reports, online conferences and advisory services, AltaTerra helps forward-looking organizations improve energy efficiency and environmental performance in their operations and capitalize on new 'green' market opportunities. From our headquarters in Silicon Valley, we have been serving a global base of major corporations, government entities, institutions, and clean-technology growth companies since 2007. More information is available at

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