In May, the Kentucky U.S. Green Building Council recognized The Nucleus, the University of Louisville Foundation’s new downtown office building, for achieving Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification. The recognition makes the building the eighth to achieve the designation at the university.
During a ceremony at The Nucleus, 300 E. Market St., Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO and founding chairman of the U.S. Green Building Council, presented a LEED silver plaque to University of Louisville president James Ramsey and Vickie Yates Brown, president and CEO of Nucleus: Kentucky’s Innovation Center. Nucleus is an arm of the UofL Foundation.
Mr. Fedrizzi praised the university’s commitment to building “Green”, “We started to look at things that matter: energy, water, waste, materials, site issues,landscaping issues, the kinds of technologies that are associated with this; air quality,thermal comfort, all of the design attributes that make a building an important place to be. I want to personally thank Dr. Ramsey and the University of Louisville because of the commitment that they’ve made.”
Another two UofL buildings are expected to receive LEED certification.
“Responsible growth continues to be our goal at UofL and having these buildings achieve LEED certification shows the university’s commitment to long-term sustainability, carbon footprint reduction and environmentally friendly development,” Ramsey said.
Read the article in UofL Today.
Watch a video of the LEED announcement.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) presented the Kentucky Pollution Prevention Center (KPPC) with a 2014 Energy Star AwardEnergy Star Partner of the Year—Sustained Excellence Award. KPPC was selected for its continued leadership in helping commercial and industrial facilities build self-sustaining energy management programs. The award was presented to KPPC acting director Lissa McCracken at the annual Energy Star awards ceremony held on April 29 in Washington D.C.
“We are very pleased to receive the Energy Star award again this year, said Ms McCracken, “I’m especially pleased that we’ve been recognized for “Sustained Excellence”, which acknowledges our continuing commitment to helping Kentucky businesses, industries, and other organizations become more sustainable, efficient and competitive. At KPPC we realize that while sustainability is about the health of our environment, for today’s industries and businesses, it is also about achieving financial success.”
KPPC’s application for the award stood out among a highly competitive pool of submissions, said Jean Lupinacci, Chief, Energy Star Commercial and Industrial Branch. “Your outstanding accomplishments prove that improved energy performance is good for the environment and good for business. Your dedication to saving energy, your commitment to measuring and tracking progress, and your efforts to communicate the importance of energy efficiency to a broad audience distinguishes your organization as an industry leader.”
The 2014 Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Awards are given to a select group of organizations that have exhibited outstanding leadership year after year. These winners have reduced greenhouse gas emissions by setting and achieving aggressive goals, and employing innovative energy efficiency approaches. Award winners are selected from the nearly 20,000 organizations that participate in the Energy Star program.
An Energy Star partner since 2005, KPPC won the prestigious Energy Star Partner of the Year Award in 2011 and 2012, and the Sustained Excellence Award in 2013 and again in 2014.
A list of all the 2014 Award recipients can be found on the EPA’s Energy Star website.