December, 2014 – Volume 7, Issue 12
Louisville on List of U.S. Cities with the Most ENERGY STAR Buildings
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s 2014 list of the 25 U.S. metropolitan areas with the most ENERGY STAR certified buildings ranked the city of Louisville twenty-fifth. The list demonstrates the economic and environmental benefits achieved by facility owners and managers in America’s leading cities when they apply a proven approach to energy efficiency to their buildings.
Energy Star labeled buildings in Louisville achieved significant reductions in their energy bills and greenhouse gas emissions. These buildings represent more than 6 million square feet and will save more than $5 million annually in energy costs while preventing greenhouse gas emissions equal to the emissions of 6,655 homes a year.
“Not only are the ENERGY STAR top 25 cities saving money on energy costs and increasing energy efficiency, but they are promoting public health by decreasing greenhouse gas emissions from commercial buildings,” said Administrator Gina McCarthy.
Energy use in commercial buildings accounts for 17 percent of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions at a cost of more than $100 billion per year. ENERGY STAR certified office buildings cost $0.50 less per square foot to operate than average office buildings, and use nearly two times less energy per square foot than average office buildings.
Kentucky Receives EPA Awards Grant
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded funding to eight organizations throughout the United States to protect public health by reducing exposure to indoor pollutants, such as radon, and environmental asthma triggers commonly found in homes, schools, offices and other large buildings. Through a competitive grant process, EPA is providing $4.5 million in funds to ensure that Americans, especially in low-income, minority and tribal communities, are able to reduce their exposure to indoor pollutants and safeguard their families’ health.
Americans spend up to 90 percent of their time indoors, making indoor air quality an important public health issue. For example, radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States and asthma affects more than 25 million Americans, including 7 million children, with poor and minority children suffering a greater burden of the disease.
EPA will collaborate with the recipients of the three-year cooperative agreements to:
- prevent future lung cancer deaths by reducing public exposure to radon by mitigating risks in existing homes and schools and by constructing new homes and schools with radon-reducing features;
- prevent asthma attacks, emergency room visits, and other poor health outcomes by supporting delivery, infrastructure and/or sustainability of environmental asthma interventions at home and school, with a focus on populations disproportionately impacted by asthma; and
- prevent other poor health outcomes through expanded support of state and local efforts to improve indoor air quality by promoting best practices and policies.
Kentucky’s EPA cooperative award agreement is with the Conference of Radiation Control Program Directors in Frankfort.
For more information, visit the EPA Indoor Air Quality website.
IEA Report Explains Impact of Energy Efficiency
By Rodney Sobin — From the Alliance to Save Energy — Blog to Save Energy
The International Energy Agency (IEA) recently released its annual Energy Efficiency Market Report 2014. The report shows the overwhelmingly positive impact energy efficiency has had on a global scale. In 2012, global investment in energy efficiency was between $310 billion and $360 billion, which is an increase over the approximately $300 billion spent in 2011. IEA expects energy efficiency investment to grow as countries embrace the many benefits energy efficiency offers.
How Much Have We Saved? Although limited by available data, IEA calculated that the energy savings from energy efficiency in 2011 (most recent year available) for 11 IEA member countries equaled 53 quadrillion Btus. To put that in perspective, the savings from energy efficiency were greater than the 2011 total final consumption (TFC) of all energy sources combined for the European Union or equal to 87 percent of TFC for the United States.
Energy efficiency is the world’s cheapest, cleanest and most abundant energy resource, which has given rise to its designation as the “first fuel.” The amount of energy that was saved in 2011 due to investments in energy efficiency becomes even more impressive when compared to the amount produced by other sources. Energy savings actually exceeded the amount of energy supplied by oil (47 Q), electricity (22 Q) or natural gas (20 Q). The value of that avoided energy use is worth approximately $743 billion.
KPPC Offices Closed for the Holidays
The Shelby Campus offices of KPPC will be closed during the University of Louisville’s scheduled holiday break. You can leave us a voice mail message at (502) 852-0965 or use “Contact KPPC” to send an email message. The offices will open on Monday, January 6, 2015 . Have a safe and happy holiday!
Increase Profits/Reduce Pollution Conference
The Air & Waste Management Association and the National Pollution Prevention Roundtable are hosting the 2015 P2: Increase Profits Reduce Pollution Conference at the Kingsgate Marriott in Cincinnati, Ohio on January 12-14, 2015.
The Keynote speakers are: Kevin Butt of Toyota, and former KPPC Executive Director Cam Metcalf (retired) and Robert Pojasek, noted P2 consultants. KPPC Director Lissa McCracken will lead a plenary session at the conference. Mini courses are offered on January 12. The graduate poster session is on January 13. Dynamic speakers include consultants, lawyers, and representatives from industry, academia, and government. Sessions cover Air quality, Water conservation, Waste Reduction, Energy audits, Chemical substitutions, public-private partnerships and LEED applications.
More information about the conference agenda and registration are available at the Air and Waste Management Association website.
Shifting Lines – Kentucky’s Changing Energy Landscape
What do cars and coal have in common? Take a look at the Kentucky Department of Energy Development and Independence (DEDI) new mini-documentary which explores declining coal, expanding natural gas and what they have to do with the auto industry in our state.
View the mini-documentay on DEDI’s Facebook page.
See What’s New at ESRC
The Environmental Sustainability Resource Center (ESRC) is a member of the Pollution Prevention Resource Exchange (P2Rx™), a national network of regional information centers. The objective of the ESRC is to provide technical environmental sustainability information and training to industrial service providers in EPA Regions 3 & 4. The primary service area for the ESRC is EPA Region 3 & 4. Region 3 includes Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, D.C., Delaware and Maryland. Region 4 includes Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. ESRC resources and staff are available to users in industry, consulting and universities. Please visit the ESRC website or call toll free (855) 531-3772 for more information.
Read the Latest P2 Pathways Article in GreenBiz
Each month a contributing member of the Pollution Prevention Resource Exchange (P2Rx™) has an article about P2 sustainability initiatives published in GreenBiz.P2Rx™ is a national partnership of regional pollution prevention information centers funded in part through grants from EPA. They build networks, deliver P2 information, and measure P2 program results. The strength of the network lies in the expertise and diversity among the regional centers and the variety of audiences served including government and state environmental agencies, technical assistance providers, businesses, educators, nonprofit organizations and the general public. Read the latest article and past issues on the GreenBiz website.
Is This What a Renewables Revolution Feels Like?
Article by James Goodman – GreenBiz
A tipping point is easy to define. It’s when the momentum shifts, when a threshold is reached and previously piecemeal changes turn into something much more significant. But what does it feel like to actually experience a tipping point? How would we know if we were at a tipping point now?
There’s no certainty, and without doubt a huge number of very powerful countervailing forces are still at work. But there are many signals that the tipping point in renewable energy is with us. Three sets of signals broadly suggest this.
Upcoming Training, Events and Conferences
- Financing Energy Efficient Upgrades with ENERGY STAR
Attendees will learn about financing projects in the public and private sectors, the basics of performance contracting, and how EPA’s tools and resources can help you make the decision to improve your facilities now or later.
January 15 at 2:00 pm EST – View more training opportunities and Register for the Webinar.
- Increase Profits/Reduce Pollution Conference
The Air & Waste Management Association and the National Pollution Prevention Roundtable are hosting the 2015 P2: Increase Profits Reduce Pollution Conference at the Kingsgate Marriott in Cincinnati, Ohio
January 12-14, 2015 – Learn more and register.
To view these and other sustainability-related events, please visit the KPPC Events Calendar.