The City is a signatory to the U.S. Conference of Mayors Climate Protection Agreement and has established a comprehensive inventory of greenhouse gas emissions. In 2005, the City built the 2nd LEED Gold certified municipal building in the country and has completed two additional LEED-certified new buildings since. The City’s first Sustainability Plan, approved by the City Council in 2010, calls for a 60% reduction in City facility energy intensity by the year 2030. Energy efficiency projects completed to date include: facility lighting retrofits, installation of high efficiency LED traffic signal bulbs, boiler process optimization, HVAC replacement, and lighting controls. In addition, the City has installed nearly 200kW of solar generation on their facilities, with more planned.
As part of the Better Buildings Challenge, the City of Hillsboro committed to reducing its building energy intensity portfolio-wide 20% by 2020. Since 2009, the City has achieved energy savings of 26% surpassing its original goal. In 2018, a new goal was established to achieve an additional 20% in energy savings by 2025.
The City has designated a Showcase Challenge Project – a complete renovation of one of the Hillsboro Shute Park Branch Library. The City also created a "High Performance Building Partnership" for new development that encourages construction standards above city code requirements which could help reduce energy costs for homeowners.
Visit the Better Buildings Challenge website to enroll your commercial, institutional, industrial or multifamily building and become a Better Buildings Partner.
In its 2018 Better Building Progress Report, the Department of Energy highlights the City of Hillsboro’s achievements for reducing its energy footprint by 26 percent since 2009 — the greatest improvement among all public agencies in the nation — as well as the City’s work to reduce water use by 11 percent since 2012.
The report also highlights the Hillsboro School District’s work to reduce energy consumption by 16 percent since 2014 as ranking among the top 14 energy-saving school districts and colleges in the United States.