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Abramson to Accept ENERGY STAR Partner Award

Thursday March 18, 2010

Will also deliver partner keynote address during ceremony

Mayor Jerry Abramson travels to Washington, D.C. today to attend the 2010 ENERGY STAR Awards.

Each year, the US Environmental Protection Agency and the US Department of Energy honor organizations that have made outstanding contributions to protecting the environment through energy efficiency. This year Louisville Metro Government is being recognized as ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year.

The city is one of approximately 50 organizations honored with that distinction. There are more than 17,000 ENERGY STAR Partners. In addition to accepting the award, Abramson will address the estimated 800 attendees present with the partner keynote address.

“I’m proud to put ‘Go Green Louisville’ in the national spotlight,” said Abramson. “This will be a chance to not only celebrate what we’ve already accomplished but also to get inspired about what else we can do to take energy efficiency to the next level.”

In considering Metro Government for the award, the EPA noted the inaugural Kilowatt Crackdown as a highlight of Louisville’s Go Green initiatives. A total of 240 buildings were enrolled in the program, including schools, major corporations and small businesses. The goal was for each participant to make strides in energy efficiency using ENERGY STAR tools to track progress. The results will be announced in an awards ceremony later this month.

The EPA also highlighted the work of the Louisville Energy Alliance. The alliance, which oversees the Kilowatt Crackdown, is a partnership between Metro Government and several major commercial real estate associations.

The alliance formed in 2008 and continues to work to join the private sector with the city’s green initiatives. Alliance Chairman Chris Cieminski will also attend the ENERGY STAR Awards ceremony. Abramson will travel to Washington, D.C. Thursday, March 18th. He will return to Louisville Friday afternoon.

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 www.louisvilleenergyalliance.comAbout ENERGY STAR

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).