The St. Louis County Property Management Department promotes the social, economic, and environmental health of the St. Louis County community through the implementation of sustainable building methods and practices in existing County facilities and future projects. This commitment to sustainability is demonstrated by the St. Louis County Property Management Energy Conservation Program, which aims to achieve maximum facility operational energy efficiency, lowered energy related costs, and reduced maintenance costs. The program requires prospective architectural and engineering services to demonstrate their understanding and commitment to energy efficiency, energy conservation, renewable energy opportunities, environmental concerns, long life cycle, and low maintenance issues before being selected to work on county projects. Furthermore, building project proposals must meet certain energy saving and sustainability requirements. Below are some of the sustainable building practices and technologies that Property Management is committed to integrating with their work on County facilities. The following techniques are combined in effective ways to improve building efficiency and in turn create a more sustainable County through increased social health, economic stability, and environmental responsibility.
The purpose of developing a sustainability plan for the St. Louis County Property Management Department is to document the vision, goals, and actions that the department is striving to implement in an effort to promote sustainable practices in long-range planning, policies, construction projects, maintenance activities and daily operations. This document will record current efforts toward a more sustainable building portfolio, identify new projects and programs, and help to prioritize where the county should focus its efforts. This plan is a demonstration of the Property Management Department's commitment to implement energy efficient practices and systems in county facilities.
This sustainability plan was developed to function in line with previous County Board of Commissioners’ resolutions and initiatives. Energy costs constitute a large portion of the county's facility operational budget, and with utility costs increasing at least 5% annually (and in some cases as much as 25% annually), energy conservation is most certainly a cost effective area of focus. Energy efficiency and reduced consumption will have a significant impact on the county's budget, which has a direct impact on taxpayers, in the near and long-term.
St. Louis County Sustainability Plan