The city of Temple created the Sustainability Management Plan (PDF) (SMP) in 2011. This plan provides a current assessment of the city’s efforts to operate sustainably and provides recommendations to improve these efforts. The 2011 SMP identifies areas of efficiency and inefficiency within city procedures and enables the City of Temple to improve overall operations. This guidance benefits both employees and the entire community. In becoming more sustainable, we work to ensure high levels of economic vitality, social responsibility and environmental stewardship.

“The city of Temple is committed to creating a more vibrant, harmonious and sustainable city by building on existing strengths, exploring new opportunities, fostering regional partnerships and responding to change; in support of environmental stewardship, community responsibility and economic vitality.
Energy Audits
During the summer of 2012 the city partnered with Oncor’s Take a Load Off Texas program and participated in its Commercial Energy Audit Program. Energy audits were conducted at 3 city buildings:
  • Library
  • Mayborn Convention Center
  • Municipal Count/Utility Billing Office
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Through the Commercial Energy Audit Program the city realized that in general operations run smoothly and optimally. Items called out in the audits focused on items already being addressed or those that take a large amount of capital to improve. Through this audit and others like it, the city developed projects to improve energy efficiency by 5%. This is ideal because energy savings advance sustainability both in terms of the city’s long-term financial health and in terms of benefiting the environment through less energy consumption and pollution.

Fuel Conservation Program

A Fuel Conservation Plan for city departments happened in 2011. Fuel is a budget item that is used to complete and maintain necessary departmental operations; however, it is dependent on cost variables that are not controlled by the city. The one variable that is in each department's control is how much fuel is used. Each departmental Fuel Conservation Plan presents fuel saving strategies to decrease the cost of fuel to the city and the public at-large by decreasing use.

The plan recognizes 2 major variables when using fuel (including actual use/miles driven and cost per gallon).
  • First, all employees must strive to be conscious of their own fuel consumption and take actions that are expected to reduce the amount of fuel used, especially those actions that use fuel without furthering the mission of the city.
  • Second, the cost of fuel is not within the city’s control, therefore, can impact the fuel budget considerably without notice. Accordingly, both consumption and cost are considered independent variables that can trigger more aggressive conservation efforts within the plans.
Through the implementation of the Fuel Conservation Plan and the provision of monthly fuel reports to each department, the city decreased fuel use by 6% and cost by 1.1%.
Alternative Fuel Program
Realizing the need to take control of its own fuel costs, the city shifted to the use of more alternative fueled vehicles in 2012. The city has converted 16 vehicles to use bi-fuel propane systems. In order to fuel these vehicles the city built a propane fueling station at its service center, where the majority of the vehicles are housed. These projects were completed with a grant from the State Energy Conservation Office in the amount of $48,800, with a project total cost of $65,735. In order to complete propane conversions, the city received additional funding in the amount of $101,499 from the Texas Clean Start Program through Texas State Technical College. Over the 9-month period, the city saved $2,281 in fuel costs.
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Compressed Natural Gas
In December 2012 city staff presented the case for moving to compressed natural gas (CNG) as a fueling option. At that time City Council approved the purchase of 14 CNG-powered vehicles, which committed the city to furthering the CNG initiative, including the construction of a CNG fueling station. The city anticipates saving $143,582 annually on these 14 vehicles alone. The CNG Fueling Station was completed in winter 2013-14 and is currently operational.
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