City of Charlotte, North Carolina Facility Energy Management and Energy Star

  • Laurie J. Sickles PE, CEM, PEM, LEED AP O+M Building Services Assistant Manager, City of Charlotte
Keywords: Facility Energy Management, Energy Star


This article provides an overview of energy management efforts for City of Charlotte facilities. It considers energy management program implementation for new construction and the continuous maintenance and improvement of existing facilities. Energy management and the pursuit of Energy Star for the City of Charlotte’s building portfolio is the responsibility of the Building Services Division of Engineering & Property Management (E&PM). This department oversees the maintenance of nearly 300 facilities and assets, including five million square feet of buildings, two million square feet of roof, and over four million square feet of parking. The diverse portfolio includes police stations, fire stations, administrative buildings, museums, fleet maintenance shops, parking decks and communication towers.

Energy management strategies are aligned, yet complex across the building portfolio. E&PM’s focus on energy management has reduced the city’s energy use intensity and energy costs. In 2016, the city readopted an updated Policy for Sustainable City Facilities, emphasizing energy efficiency and requiring a percentage reduction beyond ASHRAE 90.1 for new construction and major renovation projects. This article highlights efforts to promote energy efficiency through the city’s pursuit and achievement of Energy Star certification for its facilities


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Author Biography

Laurie J. Sickles, PE, CEM, PEM, LEED AP O+M Building Services Assistant Manager, City of Charlotte

Laurie Sickles is the assistant building services manager for Engineering & Property Management, City of Charlotte. Laurie oversees the maintenance and operation of numerous city facilities and assets, with a primary focus on museums, performing arts facilities, and Charlotte Area Transit facilities. She is responsible for capital planning efforts, energy, sustainability strategies, and benchmarking measures across the city’s portfolio of nearly 200 buildings. Laurie also works closely with various trade specialties to ensure superior maintenance of the city’s facilities. She has extensive project management experience in energy audits, projects, and renovations that focus on energy efficiency.

Laurie is a licensed professional engineer and a LEED certified professional, and holds the designations of certified energy manager (CEM) and professional energy manager (PEM). Laurie earned a bachelor of science degree in biology from Chatham College and a master’s degree in civil engineering from University of North Carolina, Charlotte. Email:


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