Jersey city first to use Sustainability Dashboard
CHERRY HILL, NJ — Town Council has approved the creation of a two-year pilot program that will allow the Township to track the way municipal resources are used, and in turn, identify ways to cut costs and increase efficiencies, according to a press release.
The Township has partnered with Indiana-based Sustainability Dashboard Tools LLC to become the first municipality in the nation to use the web-based data management tool to track the way resources such as electricity, water, fuel and consumables like office supplies are used in Town Hall and other buildings, the release stated.
According to the release, the dashboard's interactive nature will give Township staff the ability to determine exactly — in some cases, down to the square foot — how much it costs to heat, light and otherwise operate Township facilities, and how best to cut those expenses; users will also be able to track the impact of improvements that have already been made.
"The Dashboard's interactive display makes it easy for us to collect and analyze data across all our municipal facilities, and compare those facilities side-by-side so that we can maximize our potential savings," said Mayor Chuck Cahn.
"By understanding how our resources are being utilized, we can more effectively target our reduction efforts and maintain those results. Quite simply, this is a good business plan that will help protect our future while keeping my promise to run Cherry Hill efficiently," Cahn added.
Similar programs can cost companies upwards of $150,000; by partnering with Sustainability Dashboard, the Township was able to secure the same service funded entirely by $10,000 in grant money from U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the release noted.
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