RePowerPVD report highlights Fogarty Elementary for energy reduction efforts

PROVIDENCE – The first annual RePowerPVD report, highlighting a voluntary energy-reduction program for large city buildings, has identified Mary E. Fogarty Elementary School as the first to reduce its energy usage by more than 20%, compared with a 2015 baseline.

The school reduced its energy use by 26% this year compared with the 2015 baseline.

Energy used in buildings accounts for roughly 70% of the city’s carbon footprint, according to a news release.

Launched in 2018, Mayor Jorge O. Elorza said the RePowerPVD program is part of the city’s goal to become carbon neutral by 2050. More than 1.7 million gross square feet of Providence building space has been enrolled.

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The report identifies $345,000 in total energy cost savings.