SSP October 2018

October, 2018 – Volume 11, Issue 10

Biodegradable plastics manufacturer to locate fermentation facility in Winchester

UK’s conservation efforts pay off big time as Kentucky Utilities presents $1M rebate check

Haas eKentucky Advanced Manufacturing facility opens in Paintsville

The Environmental Sustainability Resource Center (ESRC) is no longer an active P2 resource


UofL’s Conn Center ready to harvest 2018 hemp crop

Von Allmen Center to co-sponsor sustainability pitch competition

Manufacturers are leaders in the green revolution

What to do with that old office furniture

GreenBiz: To make sustainability real, make it personal

Upcoming Training, Events and Conferences

2018 Louisville Sustainability Summit

2018 Rural Energy Conference

Sustainable Spirits Summit 2018

2018 NAEM EHS & Sustainability Management Forum

ENERGY STAR – Overview of CBECS Survey Used to Refresh ENERGY STAR Scores

ENERGY STAR – Benchmarking Water and Wastewater Systems in Portfolio Manager

ENERGY STAR – Demand 101 – Tracking and Benchmarking

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Biodegradable plastics manufacturer to locate fermentation facility in Winchester

Danimer Scientific expects to create 37 jobs in Clark County

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Sept. 25, 2018) – Gov. Matt Bevin today announced Danimer Scientific, a manufacturer of biodegradable and compostable plastic products, will locate a fermentation facility in Winchester with a $36.2 million investment and create 37 full-time jobs.

“Danimer Scientific is a true innovator within the plastics industry, and we are proud they have selected Kentucky for this exciting new venture,” Gov. Bevin said. “The company’s decision to locate here is a strong endorsement of the community of Winchester as well as the commonwealth’s overall business climate. We congratulate both Danimer Scientific and Clark County on this promising partnership, and we look forward to a bright future of shared success.”

Danimer Scientific’s leaders plan to purchase and revitalize the 88,000-square-foot former Alltech algae building on Rolling Hills Lane in Winchester. The company will use the fermentation plant to produce its proprietary Nodax™ polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA) material. Nodax™ PHA is a biopolymer that can be used to manufacture a vast array of versatile, biodegradable plastic products, including drinking straws, food packaging, cups, bottles, shopping bags, plates, trash bags, labels and more. The material is compostable, 100 percent bio-based and biodegradable in anaerobic, soil, fresh water and marine environments. Work could begin next month and company leaders aim to start operations in the fourth quarter of 2019.

The production of Danimer’s Nodax™ PHA begins with fermentation where canola oil is consumed by soil bacteria and converted into PHA, which is then processed into a powder form. The powder will be transported to the company’s Bainbridge, Ga. facility and combined with other biopolymers to manufacture biodegradable plastic resins.

“This facility marks a major milestone for our company,” Danimer Scientific CEO Stephen Croskrey said. “It will be the world’s first PHA commercial production plant, positioning us to provide our Nodax™ PHA biodegradable plastic material for a wide variety of applications, from food packaging to drinking straws and more. Kentucky’s state resources and strong local workforce have provided us with a significant leg up in getting this project off the ground.”

Danimer Scientific develops sustainable, eco-friendly methods to produce plastic products, including biodegradable and compostable materials, with its renewable biopolymers. Danimer Scientific and its team members offer a comprehensive selection of biodegradable plastics for residential and business use. The company and its subsidiaries currently own more than 125 patents in nearly 20 countries for a range of manufacturing processes and biopolymer formulations.

Sen. Ralph Alvarado, of Winchester, said the employment opportunities will benefit the local workforce.

“I’m pleased to hear that Danimer Scientific has chosen Winchester as the home for its new fermentation facility,” Sen. Alvarado said. “The creation of 37 new full-time jobs is welcome news to the people of Clark County.”

Rep. Donna Mayfield, of Winchester, said she hopes to see other companies follow in Danimer’s footsteps and locate in Clark County.

“Winchester welcomes Danimer Scientific with open arms,” Rep. Mayfield said. “The jobs the company will provide will be of great benefit to Clark County and I’m glad to see more businesses establish roots in Winchester.”

Winchester Mayor Ed Burtner said the company makes a great fit for the city, which will benefit from Danimer’s job creation and investment.

Read the full press release on the website.

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UK’s conservation efforts pay off big time as Kentucky Utilities presents $1M rebate check

After two years of conservation efforts throughout campus, the payoff came today for University of Kentucky as Kentucky Utilities Co. presented the university with a rebate check of more than $1 million.

Retrofitting new, energy-efficient replacement parts to the infrastructure of many of the aging buildings on campus made the difference, a million-dollar difference. UK received the rebates through the Commercial Rebate Program offered by KU and Louisville Gas and Electric Co., which gives qualified commercial customers cash incentives to replace aging, less-efficient equipment.

“These are ongoing savings due to our conservation program with KU,” said Bob Wiseman, executive vice president for Facilities Management. The savings continue to mount for the university, and we are very pleased with the results.”

More than three years ago, UK embarked on a plan to dramatically reduce its energy usage. On Dec. 1, 2009, the Board of Trustees approved the initiation of an energy savings performance contract with Ameresco, an energy service company based in Louisville.

An energy service company, such as Ameresco, provides comprehensive energy and water management analysis plans as well as energy and water-related capital improvement services. The project upgraded the infrastructure of 61 campus buildings, guaranteeing each year a savings of more than $2.4 million, nearly 14 million kilowatt hours and more than 37 million gallons of water.

“The university’s energy savings associated with this rebate equates to a reduction of about 10 megawatts of electric demand. To put that into perspective, 10 megawatts supplies enough energy to power about 2,200 typical residential homes at the peak period when electricity is being used most,” said David Huff, director of Energy Efficiency and Smart Grid Strategy with KU/LG&E. “Customer participation in energy efficiency pro­grams offsets part of our customers’ growing energy demand, which can help delay the need for constructing additional electric generating facilities.”

Schools across the state, including the University of Louisville who earned a $373,000 rebate in 2010 and Eastern Kentucky University who received $303,000 in 2011, have participated in the utilities’ rebate program. In total, Kentucky public and private schools from early childhood to higher education have earned more than $2.7 million in rebates.

The LG&E and KU Commercial Rebate Program was approved in 2008 to encourage qualified commercial customers to replace inefficient equipment with high-efficiency lighting, motors, pumps and air conditioning equipment, as well as customized facility improvements that reduce at least one kilowatt of peak energy usage. The program is funded through 2018 and is offered to KU and LG&E commercial customers who contribute to the Demand Side Management program as part of their monthly bills.

Read the original article on the KyForward website to learn more about eligibility requirements for the Commercial Rebate Program.

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Haas eKentucky Advanced Manufacturing facility opens in Paintsville

The Haas eKentucky Advanced Manufacturing Institute held its grand opening celebration Tuesday, complete with visits from Gene Haas, found of Stewart-Haas racing and Gov. Matt Bevin.

The ribbon-cutting for the 40,000 square-foot workforce training facility is a step towards making the “vision of a transformed Appalachian region” a reality, according to a statement released by eKAMI, which will offer 16-week training programs for positions in advanced manufacturing with the goal of “building a skilled workforce that will attract advanced manufacturing to the region.” The opening of the facility comes on the tail of an announcement by eKAMI that manufacturers worldwide are struggling to find qualified workers. The statement said 3.5 million jobs in the field would be unfilled by the year 2025, according to eKAMI’s projections.

“We’re thrilled to bring modern manufacturing to the mountains,” said Kathy Walker, director of eKAMI, who worked for 30 years in the coal industry before establishing the institute. “This is about diversifying the region’s economy and finding sustainable answers, about taking our hard-working Appalachian workforce of today and preparing them for the jobs of tomorrow.”

This sentiment is shared by Bevin, who said at the ribbon-cutting that he wants to see Kentucky become the engineering capital of the United States, and said he is grateful to Haas for providing our region with an opportunity.

“There was nothing here,” Bevin said. “(Haas) was willing to bet on the people of Johnson County. I truly am grateful to you for taking that bet.

“This is an exciting day,” Bevin said.. “For Kentucky to remain the center of excellence in America for engineering and manufacturing, we need a steady supply of the most qualified and highly trained workers. The opening of HAAS’ eKAMI, as well as its partnership with the Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing Institute (ARM), will provide the next generation of Kentucky’s skilled workforce with training opportunities in both HAAS CNC machines and robotics. Graduates of eKAMI will attract advanced manufacturers to Johnson County and the surrounding communities. Across the Commonwealth, in every region, Kentucky is moving forward and the future is very bright for our economy.”

Johnson County Judge-Executive R.T. Tucker Daniel echoed a similar sense of gratitude.

“It means so much to Johnson County,” Daniel said.

According to the statement, students at the facility will train using Haas’ state-of-the-art equipment in fields including computer numerical control (CNC) machinist and machine building and tool maintenance technicians in the aerospace and advanced manufacturing industries. The institute’s first class began 13 weeks ago, the statement said, with 12 students, including five Johnson County residents, ranging in age from 18 to 55 years. Tuition for the program totals approximately $11,000 and all of the currently enrolled students have received private and grant funding to cover these costs. The programs are open to any individual seeking advanced manufacturing training and is expected to draw students from multiple counties and surrounding states, according to the statement.

Read the full article with photos on the Paintsville Herald website.

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The Environmental Sustainability Resource Center (ESRC) is no longer an active pollution prevention (P2) resource

The Environmental Sustainability Resource Center (ESRC) along with the Pollution Prevention Resource Exchange (P2Rx™), formerly a national network of regional information centers, is no longer an active pollution prevention (P2) resource as a result of the U.S. EPA eliminating the funding for the Pollution Prevention Information Network (PPIN).

The Kentucky Pollution Prevention Center (KPPC) began to receive this funding back in 2011 to assume administration of the operational objectives of the ESRC from the North Carolina Department of Natural Resources.

The objectives of the ESRC have been to provide technical environmental sustainability information and training to industrial service providers in EPA Regions 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.

A key resource that emerged from the PPIN funding and has evolved over the years has been the ESRC website which represents and makes available a collection of sustainability and pollution prevention resources including links to P2 information and recorded webinars. This web content will remain available while KPPC works to evaluate and migrate valuable web content and products to the website.

Web content on the ESRC website will no longer be maintained as the site is now static as of October 1, 2018. A status of when the ESRC website will be shutting down will be provided on both sites once content migration to the KPPC website has been completed.

Visit the ESRC website while available to view useful P2 information and resources.

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UofL’s Conn Center ready to harvest 2018 hemp crop

The University of Louisville’s Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research, in its third year of growing industrial hemp and kenaf on campus as part of the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s Industrial Hemp Research Pilot Program, will harvest the 2018 crop at the end of October.

Industrial hemp and marijuana are two different strains of the Cannabis sativa plant. Industrial hemp seeds and leaves contain very low levels of delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive agent in Cannabis.

Industrial hemp is a highly renewable resource with applications for food, medicine, chemicals and energy. Stalks, seeds, flowers and oils all have potential uses with established markets.
“Hemp research for renewable energy technologies is highly useful for local and regional industry, even those not related to renewables,” said Mahendra Sunkara, director of Conn Center. “The theme of our biomass work is that we do not let anything go to waste.”

Conn Center scientists and engineers have harvested about 2,000 pounds of hemp and kenaf since the project began in anticipation of industrial hemp’s legalization in Kentucky. The UofL crop is one of eight at Kentucky colleges and universities grown as part of the state’s pilot program into field-scale industrial hemp, but the only one being used for energy research.

“Our students and faculty really enjoy working on this initiative,” said biology professor Mark Running, a faculty member of Conn Center contributing plant development expertise. “The opportunity to work on a timely challenge to improve our economy and society is exciting.”

“The growing plants have been embraced by students at UofL, who frequent the hemp patches next to the Eastern Parkway viaduct for selfies,” said Andrew Marsh, assistant director of the Conn Center. “We appreciate how passionately people support legalization and exploration of hemp as a renewable resource while also bumping up their Insta game.”

The Conn Center fosters the development of transformational concepts and accelerates transition from lab to pre-commercial scale. The center maintains unique, state-of-the-art facilities for advancing scalable manufacturing R&D of solar, energy storage, biofuels, value-added chemicals and energy efficiency solutions.

Read the original article on the UofL Today website.


Von Allmen Center to co-sponsor sustainability pitch competition

By Carl Nathe and Mariam Gorjian

LEXINGTON, Ky. — The Von Allmen Center for Entrepreneurship, part of University of Kentucky’s Gatton College of Business and Economics, is co-sponsoring the first-ever Sustainability Pitch Competition this fall. The online application is now open for teams interested in pitching their sustainable startup idea to a panel of judges.

The startup idea must be related to one or more of the three pillars of sustainability: environmental, economic and social. Business ideas can be for profit or nonprofit.

A total of $2,000 will be awarded to the top three finalists, with the first-place team receiving $1,000 to help make their startup a reality.

“The Von Allmen Center is excited to partner with the Student Sustainability Council on the first-ever Sustainability Pitch competition,” said the center’s Director of New Ventures Mariam Gorjian. “Combining sustainability and entrepreneurship is a great way to build a connected ecosystem that combines the two worlds. We’re very happy to be a part of this collaboration. Many thanks to our incredible students for all their hard work; Zoe Gabrielson (agricultural economics, agribusiness management and food marketing, Lewis Honors College) and Megan Van Son (business management and marketing; minor in sociology, Social Enterprise Scholar).”

Teams can be made up of a maximum of four people, with priority being given to teams having at least one member who is a current undergraduate or graduate student at UK.

Teams must complete their application and submit a video up to three minutes in length explaining their startup and how it relates to sustainability no later than midnight Saturday, Oct. 20.

Finalists will be announced on Monday, Oct. 22.

Read the full article and access the online application on the Lane Report website.


Manufacturers are leaders in the green revolution

As manufacturing facilities across the country open their doors to showcase the reality of modern manufacturing up close, these Americans are seeing manufacturing careers that are increasingly high-skill, manufacturing facilities that are increasingly high-tech and manufacturing impacts that are increasingly low-emission.

They’re discovering that, in the wake of strong economic optimism, manufacturers are not only keeping their promise to hire more workers, raise employee compensation and invest in new plants and equipment, but they are also keeping their promise to deliver responsible environmental stewardship.

We at the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) represent 14,000 companies of every kind – in all 50 states, in all industrial sectors and in every imaginable size classification. Earlier this year, the NAM partnered with the Department of Energy’s Better Plants Program to launch the Sustainability in Manufacturing Partnership.

This partnership helps manufacturers explore new sustainability technologies, address future energy problems and shine a spotlight on their deep commitment to sustainable growth. By sharing their stories, companies can learn from the best practices of industry peers.

Meanwhile, Americans can see how seriously manufacturers take their responsibility for our shared planet – such as by contributing 19-percent more value to the American economy over the past decade while releasing 10-percent fewer greenhouse gas emissions.

Manufacturers feel overwhelmingly optimistic these days, as the NAM’s most recent quarterly outlook survey revealed just last week, yet they remain focused on the future of the planet as revealed in another NAM survey of member manufacturers on sustainability practices.

Not only do 94 percent of these NAM manufacturers report tracking energy usage and 81 percent report tracking water consumption, but impressive majorities report taking action on these important issues as well.

For instance, 72 percent reported having a sustainability policy in place (another 8 percent are developing one).

Read this full opinion piece on The Hill website for examples of what the sustainability-focused industry is doing.


What to do with that old furniture

With sustainability and cost in mind, here are three ideas for unwanted office furniture.

Whether for remodeling an entire building or simply refreshing the lobby, most companies buy new furniture about every 10 years. In an effort to attract and retain tenants or satisfy employees, facility managers often are under pressure to incorporate the latest workplace trends and curate inviting and productive environments.

A donation of chairs, desks, workstations, and filing cabinets enabled nonprofit Mile High Health Alliance in Denver, CO to reorganize its office. Many nonprofit offices need updating, not just to keep their workplace looking fresh, but also to maximize their space.

While remodeling is exciting for all stakeholders, these projects can be challenging when a commitment to environmentally sound practices are part of the equation. A consideration to reuse, repurpose, or recycle existing furniture can help an organization adhere to sustainability guidelines that may exist for the project and the organization overall.

Everything Old Is New Again

The easiest and least expensive option facility managers can entertain is repurposing existing furniture to update a space. Small changes can make a big difference. Simply moving furniture to new locations in a facility can do the trick. Before embarking on a purchase of all new furniture, evaluate current inventory of product. Sometimes a fresh set of eyes is all it takes to find a new spot for furniture that will improve the facility dynamics.

If keeping furniture out of a landfill is a goal, refurbishing is also a good alternative to throwing away the old to buy new. While not always the most cost-effective option, recovering furniture with new fabrics, for example, can give an organization the update they need. If wear and tear is the issue, check with the manufacturer to see if parts can be purchased to refresh the product.

Furniture On a Mission

If repurposing or refurbishing isn’t a viable option, the old furniture isn’t necessarily destined for the local landfill. Finding a new home for used furniture can be as easy as asking tenants and other building occupants if they have a favorite nonprofit organization—one which might welcome a furniture donation for its offices. Donating old desks, chairs, and other furniture is not only an environmentally sound plan, it’s a way to give nonprofits new spaces they could otherwise not afford. It’s a win-win for everyone involved.

Facility managers should keep in mind, however, that their company may need to pick up the cost of transporting and installing the furniture in its new home. If a nonprofit doesn’t have a budget for new furniture, it’s likely that it won’t have the money for moving expenses either. These types of donations can pay off, however, through the good will they bring with current tenants, staff, and the community as a whole.

While most office furniture cannot be recycled in its current state, pieces can be deconstructed and recycled as parts (e.g., bolts and screws, frames or plastic wheels, arm rests). In fact, some manufacturers will help you identify parts that can be sold as “reclaimed” like wood and metal, which can be sold on the secondary market and avoid the landfill.

For Sale

Another option for handling used furniture is to sell it. Small businesses, startups, and nonprofit are often looking for an odd chair or table for their office space. With the ease of promoting events on social media, attracting potential buyers to a warehouse sale is simple. Alternatively, used furniture wholesalers will buy used furniture and sell it themselves, taking the hassle out of selling it directly to customers. One thing to keep in mind that wholesalers deal in volume, and a small mix-and-match furniture opportunity is a hard inventory to sell.

Maintaining up-to-date facility interiors can be a real challenge that can affect the bottom line. Balancing the need for current furniture with environmental stewardship can be tricky, but it’s achievable. In the end, whether choosing to repurpose, refurbish, recycle, or donate its used furniture, facility managers can rest assured that the furniture’s fate doesn’t have to be a lifetime in a landfill.

Read the original article on the Facility Executive website.


GreenBiz – Sustainability news and resources

GreenBiz advances the opportunities at the intersection of business, technology and sustainability. Through its websites, events, peer-to-peer network and research, GreenBiz promotes the potential to drive transformation and accelerate progress — within companies, industries and in the very nature of business. Since 1991, GreenBiz has chronicled and been a catalyst for thought leadership in aligning environmental responsibility with profitable business practices.

Currently on the GreenBiz website by Marc-Grégor Campredon:

To make sustainability real, make it personal

From the perspective of business, engaging employees is critical to developing and advancing a company’s sustainability goals. The feeling is mutual from the perspective of current, not to mention future employees: A company’s sustainability goals are important to the process of attracting and retaining the top talent.

But meaningful engagement across the entire spectrum of a company’s operations can be challenging. Many employees are often unsure how their job roles connect with a company’s sustainability programs and strategies, and many companies find it challenging to integrate — and inspire — leadership on sustainability in the day-to-day activities in their workforce. The net result: Employees often end up being an underused and undermotivated resource in a company’s sustainability journey.

Dow recognized these challenges early on and began to address them with its company-wide commitment to 2015, and now, 2025 Sustainability Goals, which have sought to redefine the role that business plays in society. A primary objective of the goals is to mobilize the human element — employees, suppliers, customers and the communities in which they live and work — to improve the well-being of people the world over.

To take the 2025 goals to the next level within the company, Dow collaborated with the Erb Institute of the University of Michigan in 2017 to design and launch the Dow Sustainability Academy. The Dow-Erb partnership has proven to be incredibly successful, productive, fun and, yes, sustainable. Dow brought to the table its decades of experience on making business sustainability real, and Erb brought its 20-year track record of being at the leading edge of research and teaching at the intersection of business, society and the environment.

The result of this partnership is a business-sustainability leadership and development program that provides Dow employees with the tools and insights they need to bring sustainability into their daily work. As part of the academy, Dow employees — selected as part of a competitive, application-based process — spend a week in training at the Erb Institute.

During this time, they learn from and interact with some of the world’s leading experts on a wide range of topics, from making the business case for sustainability and the policy backdrop against which business sustainability unfolds, to hands-on tools for implementing the elusive triple bottom line. When the in-class sessions come to a close, academy participants work on real-world projects related to one of the Dow sustainability goals and are given six months to use what they learned in Ann Arbor to complete them.

Recently, we had the pleasure of watching project teams from the second group of academy members present their project solutions to Dow leaders, as well as to the next contingent of employees chosen to be part of the academy. Each team passed along their advice to their successors in the academy, and it struck us while we listed to them that their learnings apply to not only academy participants but to anyone seeking to collaborate, stretch and grow at their company and in their career.

Here’s some of what we heard:

– Avoid solutions that are attractive only because they are obvious or easy.

– When you face challenges, remember that your vision and passion are your North Star.

– Make “change agent” part of your job description.

Read the full article on the GreenBiz website for details about these observations and how thinking critically and creatively can drive sustainable practices.

Find the latest articles, videos and resources on the GreenBiz website.

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Upcoming Training, Events and Conferences

  • 2018 Sustainability Summit @ University of Louisville
    Join us for the 2018 Louisville Sustainability Summit where we expect that over 250 members of our community will connect to discover successes, identify opportunities, and creatively learn from each other about real steps to create this culture at your place of work, worship, and learning. This is Louisville’s annual opportunity for everyone interested in sustainability to gather under one roof. The 5th annual Sustainability Summit is hosted by the Louisville Sustainability Council and the Metro Louisville Office of Sustainability.
    October 19 – Louisville, KY
    Learn more and register for the 2018 Sustainability Summit.
  • 2018 Rural Energy Conference
    The 2018 Rural Energy Conference, is a one-day, multi-track conference that will precede the two-day annual meeting of the Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance (SEEA). The inaugural Rural Energy Conference will feature plenaries and panels on the three tracks: Energy Efficiency Programs, Energy Burden & Equity, and Economic Development.
    October 22 – Atlanta, GA
    Find out more and register for this event.
  • Sustainable Spirits Summit 2018
    Since 2011, the Division of Compliance Assistance, in collaboration with the Kentucky Distillers’ Association, has been bringing members of the distillery, brewery and winery industries together via an annual Sustainable Spirits Summit. In these summits, attendees discuss and share their experiences about current environmental issues and aspire to shape future opportunities for Kentucky’s spirits sector. Please join us at this year’s summit as we discuss the challenges of sustainable growth.
    October 23 – Angel’s Envy Distillery
    Learn more, view the agenda and register for this event.
  • 2018 NAEM EHS & Sustainability Management Forum
    The National Association of Environmental Management (NAEM)’s EHS & Sustainability Management Forum is the largest annual gathering for environment, health and safety (EHS) and sustainability decision-makers. This year’s program will offer attendees 5 tracks of breakout sessions emphasizing alignment of EHS and business strategy, leadership excellence, and tools and tactics for day-to-day EHS excellence.
    October 24-26 – Louisville, KY
    Find out more and register for this conference.



  • Overview of CBECS Survey Used to Refresh ENERGY STAR Scores
    An overview of the Commercial Building Energy Consumption Survey (CBECS) data published by the Energy Information Administration. A representative from EIA will provide details on the survey such as what it is, the purpose for carrying out CBECs, methodology, data collected, and who uses the data. We’ll also discuss how EPA uses CBECS data, such as for refreshing ENERGY STAR scores.
    October 25 at 2:00 p.m. EDT
  • Benchmarking Water and Wastewater Systems in Portfolio Manager
    This webinar features EPA’s ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager, a powerful online tool that can help you track and manage your system’s energy usage and energy savings from efficiency projects. We will discuss how Portfolio Manager benefits water and wastewater systems, and demonstrate how you can create a no-cost account and benchmark your systems.
    November 8 at 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Demand 101 – Tracking and Benchmarking
    Join us to learn the basics of tracking and benchmarking electric demand in Portfolio Manager. We’ll review sample utility bills, tips to benchmark within Portfolio Manager, define commonly-used terminology, and share helpful resources.
    November 29 at 1:00 p.m. EST

Portfolio Manager Series

  • 101 – September 4 at 1 p.m. EDT – Attendees will learn how to: navigate the Portfolio Manager; add a property and enter details about it; enter energy and water consumption data; share properties; generate performance reports to assess progress; and respond to data requests.
  • 201 – September 11 at 1 p.m. EDT – Learn more advanced functionalities such as: managing and tracking changes to your property uses over time; using spreadsheet templates to update property data; setting goals and targets to plan energy improvements for properties; generating and using custom reports; and using the Sustainable Buildings Checklist.
  • 301 – August 30 & September 13 at 1 p.m. EDT – Learn about some advanced features, including: using spreadsheet upload templates to update property data; setting goals and targets to plan energy improvements for properties; creating custom reports; and using the Sustainable Buildings Checklist.


View these plus more ENERGY STAR training opportunities and to register.


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