Focus Team: Infrastructure/Sustainability Joint Meeting
Date and Location: Thursday, March 17, 2022 – 443 Oak Nonprofit Center and Zoom
Estimated Attendance: 32 including staff & consultants
Key Technical Information Shared:
Michelle Stewart, Exec. Director of Yampa Valley Sustainability Council (technical consultant to Brown Ranch) and Patrick Staib, Sustainability Team Co-chair, presented sustainability priorities at Brown Ranch and key intersections with the infrastructure team. See attached slides. Meeting recording is available upon request.
Overall – Analysis and Modeling
- Analyze community-scale energy and water systems to compare with more conventional approaches
- Analyze energy and water demand and systems for future climate scenarios (2050, 2080) • Evaluate life-cycle costs vs first costs in infrastructure cost analysis
- Prioritize the smallest carbon footprint that can provide long-term affordability and energy security for
- When modeling electricity needs, consider all-electric buildings, on-site electricity generation, and
- connected heating/cooling and/or ground source heat pump systems.
- Assume low-flow, minimal water use as baseline for modeling residences.
- Minimize impervious surfaces and manage stormwater runoff to support “natural” open space. “slow it, sink it, spread it.”
- Prioritize multimodal transit (public, biking, and walking) over vehicular transit. • When modeling electricity needs, consider increased use of EV and EVSE transportation Materials
• Consider a zero-waste community, with more centralized trash and recycling, when evaluating street widths and alleyways.