City of Fresno Recognized for Energy Audit-Retrofit Program

The City of Fresno received honorable mention for its robust residential energy audit and retrofit program as part of the national 2011 Mayors’ Climate Protection Awards, an initiative sponsored by The U.S. Conference of Mayors and Walmart.

Mayor Ashley Swearengin received the recognition during the U.S. Conference of Mayors’ annual meeting in Baltimore.

The City was recognized for the Fresno Regional Residential Retrofit Program, which provides no-cost audits for homes, provides training and support to develop a workforce for whole-house retrofits, and builds and engages a local infrastructure for building performance contractors and energy raters to provide energy audits/ratings and quality assurance of retrofits.

“This program helps to fill a crucial gap in the City’s efforts to reduce energy costs for residents, which are consistently higher than national and state averages,” Mayor Swearengin said. “In addition, it helps to improve air quality in Fresno and the San Joaquin Valley and also has created jobs in a high-growth, sustainable industry.”

Using data from the 1,300 homeowners that have had energy surveys completed in the last 20 months, it is estimated that more than 3,600 tons of carbon will be reduced annually.

The annual awards program recognizes mayors for innovative practices in their cities that increase energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. An independent panel of judges selected the winners from a pool of 130 applicants.

The U.S. Conference of Mayors is the official nonpartisan organization of cities with populations of 30,000 or more. There are 1,210 such cities in the United States.