Tuesday April 21, 2009
Nine buildings earned energy-efficient label
More Louisville businesses are improving their energy efficiency – a move that can help budgets as well as the environment. Today, Mayor Jerry Abramson congratulated 11 Louisville businesses and buildings that made enough energy improvements to earn an ENERGY STAR award.
“As an ENERGY STAR partner, our city has a vested interest in encouraging energy efficiency,” Abramson said. “We’re beginning to benchmark our own government buildings in an effort to better manage our energy use. But these ENERGY STAR award winners have already taken steps to become energy efficient, and we are pleased to recognize their work.”
Abramson joined representatives from the Kentucky Office for Energy Development and Independence, EPA and ENERGY STAR to recognize the award winners.
Increasing concern about the financial and environmental risks associated with climate change is driving more organizations to strive for the ENERGY STAR label for their buildings, since it is recognized as an indication that an organization is working to reduce global warming and its impacts.
Nine Louisville buildings earned the ENERGY STAR label in the past year, up from five in 2007. The federal program recognizes buildings that rate among the top 25 percent of facilities of similar use across the country for energy performance.
“Energy Star buildings typically use 35 percent less energy and emit 35 percent less greenhouse gases than average buildings,” said Leslie Cook, EPA ENERGY STAR Program Manager. “EPA commends the owners and managers of these buildings, who are protecting our environment while reducing operating costs and improving the bottom line.”
Two other businesses earned special accolades: GE Consumer and Industrial won a Sustained Excellence award for long-term leadership in energy efficient technologies, marketing and education. Fetter Printing Company was recognized for Excellence in Program Development. In 2008, Fetter significantly reduced energy usage throughout its factory, developed an energy management program and promoted energy efficiency to its clients and employees.
The nine Louisville buildings recognized are:
· Aegon Center
· E-ON Center
· Jefferson County Public Schools – Ballard High School and Myers Middle School
· Marriott Courtyard Louisville East
· The Presbyterian Center, national offices of the Presbyterian Church (USA)
· Shelbyville Road Verizon Wireless
· Yum Brands – YCC 1 and YCC 2
For more information about Louisville’s ENERGY STAR partnership, visit our website at www.louisvilleky.gov/gogreen.