The city of Peterborough is kicking off a community-wide initiative called ‘Sustainable Peterborough’ that is designed to improve the quality of life by reducing energy consumption, costs and environmental emissions.NEW YORK, New York, US, 2001-09-24 [SolarAccess.com] The city has a population of 70,000 has joined with Vestar of the U.S. in a Cdn$1.5 million project to renew the energy infrastructure of 20 city buildings. The project to be completed early next year will be the first step in the initiative and the city is expected to save $150,000 in energy costs each year, yielding a payback of ten years. Buildings to be retrofitted include city hall, recreation centres, police and fire stations, work yards, libraries and the waste water treatment plant. Improvements will involve new lighting systems and controls, new environmental systems, building envelope sealing, and heating, ventilating and air conditioning modifications. Vestar engineers will also investigate street and traffic lighting systems for energy savings, and will analyze the use of alternate fuels in the city’s bus fleet. The potential use of methane gas from the municipal landfill to generate electricity will be reviewed to determine its economic feasibility. Mayor Sylvia Sutherland says Peterborough spends $100 million a year on energy and adds that the project may be the first of many under the ‘Sustainable Peterborough’ initiative.