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U.S. Mayors Name Kilowatt Crackdown as Best Practice

Tuesday June 16, 2009

Yearlong contest among buildings to improve energy efficiency

Louisville’s Kilowatt Crackdown, a yearlong contest to improve energy use in buildings, has been named as a Best Practice by the 2009 Mayors’ Climate Protection Awards, sponsored by the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

The program recognizes mayors for innovative practices in their cities designed to increase energy efficiency and curb global warming. Kilowatt Crackdown was among a dozen large-city finalists; Denver was named the winner for its light rail project.

“To be named as a best practice in our first year of sponsoring the Kilowatt Crackdown is a major accomplishment,” said Mayor Jerry Abramson. “This contest shows the power of public-private partnerships to achieve community goals – in this instance, using energy more wisely throughout our city.”

“These leading mayors are great examples of the local action taking place within our cities to become climate friendly,” said Conference President - Miami Mayor Manuel Diaz.

The Louisville Energy Alliance, a consortium of professional real estate and building management associations as well as state and local government, sponsors the contest. 240 buildings have signed up for this year’s challenge.

The Kilowatt Crackdown uses ENERGY STAR tools and resources to help building operators improve energy efficiency, reduce operating costs, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. ENERGY STAR estimates that as much as half of a community’s greenhouse gases are emitted by buildings.

The Louisville Energy Alliance will host a trade show at the Kentucky International Convention Center on Thursday, June 18, for business owners and building managers interested in improving their business’ energy use. The trade show is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free.

For more information visit www.usmayors.org/climateprotection/ or www.louisvilleenergyalliance.com.