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EPA Names Metro Government ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year

Monday March 1, 2010

Mayor to accept award in Washington, D.C.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recognized Louisville Metro Government with a 2010 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Award for the city’s outstanding efforts to become more energy efficient and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Louisville has been an ENERGY STAR partner since 2007.

“I’m thrilled that Louisville is getting national recognition for our progress to go green,” said Mayor Jerry Abramson. “Our commitment to becoming more energy efficient has been city-wide. The affects of a few small changes are making a big impact, environmentally and financially.”

The EPA highlighted the inaugural 2009 Kilowatt Crackdown as a key accomplishment. The innovative competition challenged participants to utilize ENERGY STAR tools to track and reduce energy use in buildings large and small from all sectors of the community. A total of 240 building were enrolled in the program, ranging from schools to corporations, like Humana and UPS. The results of the competition are expected later this month.

The Louisville Energy Alliance, a partnership of Metro Government and several major commercial real estate associations, oversees the Kilowatt Crackdown. The EPA also sighted the non-profit group’s formation in 2008 and subsequent work uniting the private sector in the city’s green efforts as a major contribution in earning this national award.

“Louisville is leading the way in creating and implementing solutions to climate change through greater energy efficiency,” said Gina McCarthy, EPA Assistant Administrator for Air and Radiation. “Louisville has helped its citizens understand how they can help protect our environment while saving energy and money.”

Louisville’s accomplishments will be recognized at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. on March 18. Abramson has been selected to deliver the ENERGY STAR Partner keynote address to an estimated 800 attendees.

For more information about the Louisville Energy Alliance and the Kilowatt Crackdown, including a list of 2009 participants and how to get involved in 2010, visit http://www.louisvilleenergyalliance.com.

About ENERGY STAR

The ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Awards for Program Delivery are given to a variety of organizations to recognize their efforts to improve energy efficiency and reduce pollution, resulting in significant cost savings. Award winners are selected from more than 17,000 organizations that participate in the ENERGY STAR program.

ENERGY STAR was introduced by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 1992 as a voluntary market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through increased energy efficiency. Today, ENERGY STAR offers businesses and consumers energy-efficient solutions to save energy, money and help protect the environment for future generations. More than 17,000 organizations are ENERGY STAR partners committed to improving the energy efficiency of products, homes, buildings and businesses. For more information about ENERGY STAR, visit www.energystar.gov or call toll-free 1-888-STAR-YES (1-888-782-7937).