Larry Porter (BCTC) and Wayne Wilson (LFUCG) have agreed to be co-leaders of the Green Buildings Team. Thanks to both of them for being willing to assume leadership roles in this important effort.
Mary Joyce Freibert opened the meeting with a summary of the progress of Louisville 's counterpart to BPGC, the Partnership for a Green City (Louisville Metro Government, Jefferson County Public Schools and the University of Louisville ). Collectively, the partnership organizations employ 30,000 people, occupy 25,900 acres of land and 500 buildings, enroll 120,000 students and operate 7,000 vehicles. That translates to about $33 million in energy use and 10 million gallons of gasoline and diesel fuel annually.
As with BPGC, Louisville 's partnership developed a series of committees to address different issues. Their Energy Use Partnership Committee is the one that corresponds most closely to the Green Buildings Team. Mary Joyce outlined the eight goals the EUP committee had developed and listed the progress to date on each of the goals. She also recommended that among the top priorities of the BPGC should be an energy accounting initiative that would accurately track the energy consumption of the partners and the adoption of a common software package that would allow partners to exchange energy consumption information in a consistent format.
The discussion then moved to the team's goals. They are:
1. Establish effective core team
· identify critical members from the partners
· establish meeting cycle (monthly)
2. Develop energy policy statement
· elements of best energy efficiency policies
· elements of assessment, sustainability
3. Identify and highlight successful energy programs
· share specific details for energy management improvements from the three partners as well as others ( e.g ., BCTC) through forums
· hear from representatives of the Energy Star program; Kentucky Clean Fuels Coalition; and the National Energy Education Development; JCPS energy manager, Kevin Stolz; update from Mary Joyce Freibert of Kentucky Pollution Prevention Center
· identify/implement successful energy performance service contracts
4. Implement training for facilities personnel
· technology demonstrations held to encourage installation of energy efficient products
( e.g ., occupancy sensors, watt stoppers, vending miser, etc )
· implement no cost/low cost stewardship practices
( e.g ., occupancy sensors; watt stoppers; vending misers; phase in T8 lights/ballasts)
· training in Energy Star Program, including national Portfolio Manager Database
5. Develop proposal for funding/implementation of an energy accounting initiative
· identify funding sources
· web-based software/service for tracking building energy use at each facility
( e.g., Energy Watchdog)
· talk to PSC about providing electronic downloadable services.
6. Promote green building principles in the construction of new buildings
· working with engineers to incorporate energy efficiency language into new building specifications
· education in LEED or similar certification procedures
· public education forums
--Greg Guess, Interim Team Leader