Local Knowledge Global Reach
Arezza develops, manages and funds economic development projects in collaboration with local partners in selected communities in the areas of sustainable tourism, energy efficiency and water quality. The word is from the dialect for a fisherman casting a net over places and people working together; it translates into Italian as rete, the word for network.
Main Streets and Historic Districts develop and implement commercial strategies, identify and apply capital and human resources to manage and market Tourism and Environment Projects.
Objective achieve some measure of economies of scale in small towns and rural communities through the application of a team effort across multiple communities that share in the marketing and sales effort as well as revenue generating and sharing. More
Business Philosophy develop, fund and manage sustainable tourism, environmental and community economic development projects in selected communities in collaboration with local partners.
A Commercial Strategy with Economies of Scale Revenue Based Funding and Sharing
Mission create new sustainable wealth and economic opportunities in a community by: improving local knowledge and expertise, ensuring accountability and responsibility by participants, educating clients about our communities to ensure respect for local values and traditions, utilizing market forces to achieve economies of scale and purchasing power, developing markets for products and services, focusing on sustainable projects in tourism, energy efficiency and water quality, generating capital resources for small enterprises, and partnering with local government and nonprofits to reach into a community.
Projects that Draw on Local History Traditions and Talents
Arezza is a local, collective, multidisciplinary, public and private, sustainable community economic development business that focuses on tourism + environment projects that create new entrepreneurial opportunities in your community and other local areas around the world:
Local projects made specifically for your community and unique to your town and region,
Collective a multidisciplinary approach that rests on the following income creating pillars: education and training, water conservation and management, energy efficiency and creation, travel related services and local typical products.
A Collective Multidisciplinary Approach Increases Wealth in a Community
Private and Public drawing on the resources, expertise and vantage points of both in a carefully constructed partnership that is unique to the culture, values and needs of your territory,
Entrepreneurial the freedom to be creative, to try something new, and to succeed,
Sustainable quality skills that empower individuals in the community and in respect of the environment,
Where history and culture, knowledge and learning, local citizens and visitors, the past and the future come together and, building on past achievements, create new opportunities.
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Managing Water Resources in Resilient Communities
Urban Flooding many small towns across the country lose drinking water because of aging pipes, in addition, asphalt and concrete prevent rainwater from soaking into the ground. The solution to inadequate storm water and drinking water management: green infrastructure like rain gardens and bios wales.
Aging Pipes and Outdated Systems Waste 14 percent of Daily Water Consumption
Water Losses from aging infrastructure and faulty metering lead to lost revenue for utilities and higher rates for water users. Also, increasing demand, maintenance and energy costs are responsible for a 90% increase in utility rates. This trend can be countered by best management practices BMP that include state-of-the-art audits, leak detection monitoring, targeted repairs and upgrades, pressure management, and better metering technologies.
Cost-effective Solutions for Homes Neighborhoods and Business
Your Home may be affected by water or sewage backup, basement seepage and flooding in your yard. A Full Service Strategy comprises yard landscaping to manage storm water and increase property values.
Coordinated Improvements are carried out by experts in landscaping, paving, plumbing, sewer and foundation repairs, waterproofing, gutters and downspouts.
Your Neighborhood flooding often affects multiple properties in a community, necessitating the participation of neighboring properties to improve local water management via risk mapping and low-cost flood reduction and mitigation. Solutions include: downspout disconnection and drywells, rain gardens and tree planting on parkways. Affordable improvements also address cracked or blocked sewer pipes and flooding from nearby creeks and ditches.
Benefits often include inclusion of storm water management into downtown improvement plans that lead to transportation amenities and economic revitalization, creation of pocket parks and wetlands to store and infiltrate storm water, restoration of tree canopies and river corridors, emergency planning and flood warning systems.
we all live inside a watershed a watershed is an area of land where water collects to flow into a river, a lake, or another large body of water. Training, work study and other professional enrichment, project development and implementation programs in watershed management.
Energy Efficiency and Your Community
Energy Management for Small and Medium-sized Commercial Buildings More
Small and Medium-sized Commercial Buildings account for 95 percent of building stock and consume half the energy in a sector of the economy responsible for 20 percent of the total energy consumption. Owners of smaller buildings are often unaware of the amount of energy wasted and the opportunity for savings that building automation systems provide. This sector hasn’t BAS for the following reasons: the high cost of tailoring software and acquiring hardware components is beyond the reach of most small- and medium-sized properties; the owner is not always the tenant that pays the utility bill, hence limited incentive to invest in the building’s energy efficiency.
Building Leases spell out how energy costs are divided between tenants and owners. Often, these leases are not structured in a way that promotes energy savings. Tenants have no incentive to save energy in their leased premises because energy costs are based on tenant square footage. Building owners have no incentive to invest in energy efficiency because the operating expenses are passed onto tenants.
Green Leases promote energy efficiency by creating lease structures which equitably align the costs and benefits of efficiency investments between building owners and tenants.
Energy Management Systems can be used to centrally control devices like HVAC units and lighting systems across multiple locations. EMS also provide metering, sub-metering and monitoring functions that allow facility managers to gather data and insight to make more informed decisions about energy activities across their sites.
LEED Neighborhood Development building technologies and advanced real-time energy smart meters allow business and residential energy users to verify consumption in workplaces and homes. Passive Solar Buildings take advantage of the local climate with window placement and glazing, thermal mass, insulation and shading. Walls, floors and windows are designed and located to collect, store and distribute energy without the use of mechanical and electric devices. Conservation and efficiency are energy reduction techniques; conservation implies sufficiency and is the key to sustainability as it lowers energy costs by reducing resource depletion.
Innovative Solutions for Your Neighborhood and Business
Digital Metering and Smart Grids smart meters enable two-way communication between the meter and the central system; unlike home energy monitors, smart meters can gather data for remote reporting. With the inception of electricity deregulation and market-driven pricing, utilities have been looking for a means to match consumption with generation. Smart meters provide a way of measuring site-specific information, allowing utility companies to introduce different prices for consumption based on the time of day and the season.
Sub-meters identify best practices to reduce energy and water consumption in a building allowing owners, property managers, condominium or homeowners associations to bill tenants for measured utility usage via individual water, gas and electric meters. Water Sub-meters promote conservation and help offset maintenance costs.
Distributed Generation occurs on a property site when energy is sold to the building occupants; here, commercial PPAs enable businesses and governments to purchase electricity directly from the generator rather than from the utility. Power Purchase Agreements PPA is a legal contract between an electricity generator and a power purchaser.
Financing Energy Efficiency Projects face several financial impediments, including information. Financial institutions often lack a full understanding of energy efficiency technologies which are almost always investments with long repayment terms. Small towns and rural communities require specific and unique knowledge, expertise and funding sources.
Power Purchase Agreements and Distributed Generation Projects
A Power Purchase Agreement PPA is a legal contract between an electricity generator and a power purchaser. Contractual terms may last anywhere between 5 and 20 years, during which time the power purchaser buys energy, and sometimes also capacity and services, from the electricity generator. Such agreements play a key role in the financing of independently owned electricity generating assets. The seller is typically an independent power producer - IPP.
PPAs Facilitate the Financing of Distributed Generation Assets
Distributed Generation occurs on a property site with energy is sold to the building occupants; here, commercial PPAs enable businesses and governments to purchase electricity directly from the generator rather than from the utility. The parties involved include a Seller, the entity that owns the project. In most cases, the seller is organized as a special purpose entity whose main purpose is to facilitate financing, and the Buyer, typically a utility or building occupants under the distributed generation scenario. More