City of Los Angeles

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Government/Public Administration

Project Types

Commercial Energy Efficiency, Engagement and Behavior Change




Los Angeles, CA

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Net Present Value:


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Annual kWh Savings:

17,000,000 kWh

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Annual CO2 Reductions:

7,000 metric tons


Rob Youngs advanced a roadmap of initiatives to benchmark and disclose energy use in City of Los Angeles buildings.


Rob Youngs was enlisted by The Sustainability Office of Los Angeles Mayor, Eric Garcetti, to perform a comprehensive analysis of current energy management practices and new opportunities for energy efficiency in city-owned buildings.


Working closely with the Mayor’s Deputy Director of Sustainability, the General Services Department (GSD) and the Mayor’s Office of Budget and Innovation, Youngs analyzed a recent suite of energy efficiency projects funded by the federal government’s 2009 stimulus package. He then developed a roadmap to deliver 14 percent energy savings across the more than 500 buildings managed by the GSD.

Youngs recommended a series of initiatives building upon the recent effort to benchmark and disclose energy use in city buildings. These initiatives include “bottom-up” energy savings through employee engagement and energy competitions, along with increasing the use of building HVAC automation software to increase occupant comfort and save energy in LA’s largest buildings. Youngs also recommended a streamlined HVAC retro commissioning program based on remote data audits and targeted HVAC tune-ups.

Potential Impact

These projects could save the City of Los Angeles over $2 million in net operating costs in the first year, as well as 17 million kilowatt hours and over 7,000 metric tons of carbon emissions. Youngs presented his findings to the GSD, the Sustainability Office and the Mayor’s Office of Budget and Innovation.

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