​PSE, City of Bellevue launch program to help businesses take energy-saving actions

Urban Smart Bellevue unites business community around goal to become national leader in sustainability

BELLEVUE, Wash. (June 22, 2016) – Puget Sound Energy and the City of Bellevue announced today the launch of Urban Smart Bellevue – a collective effort to establish Bellevue’s thriving business community as a national leader in sustainable energy use.

 

The program aims to reduce the annual collective energy use of Bellevue businesses by five percent. Unlike most commercial energy efficiency campaigns that focus on long-term investments by building owners and operators, Urban Smart Bellevue emphasizes bringing together the entirety of the business community to achieve savings through simple, everyday actions.

“On average, 30 percent of the energy consumed in commercial buildings is wasted,” said Andy Wappler, Vice President of Corporate Affairs at PSE. “We believe that by unifying everyone that works downtown, giving them a few simple energy-saving actions, and showing them the real, cumulative impact of their choices, we can achieve huge energy savings that help our community operate cheaper and cleaner.”

Members of Urban Smart Bellevue receive free expert support, including a personalized energy-saving action plan, information on rebates, personalized tools to cut energy use, and online software to track progress. Participants also receive rewards and public recognition for participating in energy reduction challenges and hitting savings milestones.

“If just 200 businesses participate, Urban Smart Bellevue members will save enough energy to power 16 average commercial buildings per year,” said Bellevue mayor John Stokes. “Those savings will put over one million dollars back in the pockets of Bellevue businesses. That makes a lot of room for businesses to explore new investments.”

Urban Smart Bellevue is open to all businesses located in downtown Bellevue, and is kicking off with participation from Microsoft, Apptio, Urban Renaissance Group, Hines, Virginia Mason, City of Bellevue and PSE.

“We have studied the economic impacts of energy efficiency programs like the one being launched today,” said Stan Price, executive director of the Northwest Energy Efficiency Council. “We couldn’t be more pleased to be a partner on Urban Smart Bellevue, because we know firsthand that efforts like these are proven to benefit the local economy in addition to reaping easy energy savings for our businesses.”

 

Businesses interested in joining Urban Smart Bellevue can learn more about the program at pse.com/urbansmart, or by reaching out to program staff at join@urbansmartbellevue.com or 206-557-4172.

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