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equipment are expensive to run and
fuel cost has been on the rise, " he
says. " For long-term sustainability,
reducing costs and environmental
benefits, electric checks all the
boxes across the board. "
However, while they are starting
to build out their charging infrastructure,
Rodstrom says it is important
that they do it strategically.
" Infrastructure costs and charging
stations have to be studied carefully,
and we are being very careful
that we are doing it right, " he says.
Nonetheless, retrofitting electric
power to outmoded or incompatible
systems can be expensive. " It
is a misconception to think that we
can retrofit and replace hydronic
systems [oil- or gas-heated hot water
systems] with heat pumps, " says
Andy Sheffer, deputy superintendent
of operations for Seattle Parks
and Recreation. " For example, we
may have to tear everything out,
such as hot water piping, and start
from scratch adding ducting. "
Sheffer says that when they are
looking at major maintenance repairs
and retrofits, such as new
roofs, electric upgrades or new
HVAC systems, they look at the entire
building and consider how they
can implement changeover to electric
power for all of the building's
systems, such as the replacement
of oil and gas heating with heat
pumps, or solar microgrids.
Some areas of the country are
better situated for early adoption
of electrification strategies.
For example, if there is already
a high percentage of electricity
generated from renewable energy
sources, such as hydropower, or
if electric power companies are
committed to partnering and implementing
aggressive clean power
plans.
Regionally, areas like the Pacific
Northwest that source some of
their electricity from hydropower,
or areas in the Southwest and West
that have excellent solar adoption
potential already are on a solid
path of generating much of their
electricity from renewable energy.
Many areas of the United States
have ideal climate conditions to
make use of heat pumps for primary
heating and cooling needs.
No matter where your agency is
located and no matter what the
inherent advantages or disadvantages
it may have, there will be opportunities
to choose electric power
over fossil fuels, and this choice
will result in substantial and sustainable
benefits.
Funding is a critical issue for every
agency. Denise Lanza, deputy
director of Morris County Parks
Commission in New Jersey, and
Bill Foelsch, director of parks and
recreation for Morris Township in
New Jersey, say that when they
have looked at replacing vehicles
and mowing equipment, the price
can be as much as twice as expensive
as traditional diesel or gasoline
power. They currently are looking
at an estimated 20 percent increase
in healthcare costs for their agencies,
which is driving budget decision
making. In addition, they
have a maximum 2 percent cap on
agency budget increases mandated
by state law. While they may be
very interested in switching tools
and mowers to electric power, " we
will make the changeover where
it is cost efficient, where it meets
the needs of the work program,
and where there is proof it works, "
Foelsch says.
Larger agencies have greater capacity
to seek matching funding
and grants, but it takes thinking
out of the box and forming creative
partnerships to bring such
funding in. Sheffer says as an example,
Seattle Parks and Recreation
has been successful in getting
Federal Emergency Management
Agency (FEMA) hazard mitigation
grants, which can be applied
to prevent urban heat island effects
by installing air conditioning
in centers that have none. These
centers can gain non-traditional
funding for air conditioning because
they now serve as cooling
centers in heat emergencies. Rodstrom
of Cleveland Metroparks
says, " We are constantly looking
for grants and matching funds. "
" Data collection is really important, "
says Phillips of M-NCPPC.
" Data informs decision making,
and the proof is in the numbers.
Start with a good baseline of needs
before you invest. You have to keep
your goals realistic. "
Why This Is So Important
" This is a race against time, " says
Sheffer. " First and foremost, this
is about climate change. We want
to protect and preserve the environment.
It's why we live here.
Our environment is changing so
rapidly - sea level rise, king tides,
heat island effects, loss of biodiversity.
We see the changes every
day in our park system. The public
is demanding it of us. It takes
everyone. If we lead, others will
hopefully follow. "
Phillips says, " Our mission statement
is to 'preserve, protect and
enhance.' We are all about preserving
the environment and reducing
greenhouse
gas emissions. We
want to lead by example, to show
our residents, our kids, that this is
what we can do. "
Richard J. Dolesh is NRPA's retired Vice President of Strategic
Initiatives and Editor at Large for Parks & Recreation magazine
(dolesh@gmail.com).
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