Day: December 11, 2012

7 steps to effective energy management

For the month of December, Cam Metcalf, Executive Director, Kentucky Pollution Prevention Center, wrote an article for GreenBiz’s P2 Pathways Column on the seven step process for implementing an energy management system in organizations to systematically get to P2 and E2 outcomes.

Here is the link to the P2 Pathways landing page:

Lessons from Wells Fargo’s green team program

Read the full story at GreenBiz.

Because employee engagement programs increase employee satisfaction and ultimately drive business value, organizations increasingly see employee engagement as a necessary part of sustainability. But getting everyone on board, with so many competing priorities, presents challenges. Wells Fargo has a comprehensive employee engagement program with sustainability-focused employees organized into “green teams.” This program was highlighted here on GreenBiz in January of 2011.

In a recent conversation with Krista Van Tassel, vice president for team member engagement at Wells Fargo, we discussed some hurdles involved with employee engagement programs, ways to trouble-shoot and overcome these issues, and lessons learned from specific examples of green team successes.

What’s your vampire load costing your business?

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When businesses are cutting energy use, energy bills don’t give much insight into the costs from individual energy sappers, whether from a bank of computers or printers that are always on.

The new Consumer Electronics Energy Calculator, a tool from the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), aims to give a peek at the costs of those typical products.

Illinois Energy Efficiency Potential Study

The Energy Resources Center (ERC) is conducting an Energy Efficiency Potential study for the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO). ERC is currently seeking partners who have or are able to obtain information on HVAC, lighting, motors, and operations of public sector buildings. The collected information will be used to inform future incentives and ensure they are optimized to meet the needs of the Illinois public sector.

If you have any questions about the study or would like to join as a partner to aid in collecting the necessary information, please contact Andrey Gribovich at or (312)413-4056.

Cincinnati plans to bolster green building incentives

Read the full post at the CincyBizBlog.

The city of Cincinnati will announce proposed amendments to its tax abatement program for buildings built in adherence to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, standards. Sponsors of the changes say the amendments will further incentivize developers to reach for higher LEED certifications.