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November 29, 2017


In this issue:

Tell us what you think about electric vehicles

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Please take a few minutes and tell us what you think about electric vehicles (EVs), why you would or would not want to own one, and where you’d like to charge it if you did. Feedback will be used to guide planning efforts and to support future funding requests and opportunities. Take this survey.

**All opinions are needed to establish successful planning efforts.

Show support for the existing KY Energy Codes

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The Louisville Energy Alliance (LEA) Board of Directors sent a letter to Commissioner Steve Milby expressing support for maintaining Kentucky's commercial energy codes at the current level of the 2012 IECC. The Kentucky State Department of Housing, Buildings and Construction is considering rolling back current energy codes, a move that would increase utility bills for commercial building owners and operators. Show your support for keeping existing energy codes by sending an individual or organization letter, too.

Register for the Kilowatt Crackdown

Kilowatt Crackdown Register you building for the 2017 Kilowatt Crackdown!

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The Louisville Energy Alliance recognizes building owners and operators that track, reduce and report their electricity and natural gas usage using Portfolio Manager. This year's competition will recognize the best performer in 2017 and the most improved from 2015 to 2016. Awards are distributed by building type. Register here by January 19, 2017.

Kilowatt Cup - Register your building for the Kilowatt Cup competition!

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The Kilowatt Cup recognizes superior achievement in energy efficiency.Winners are selected based on achievements in energy management, obstacles overcome and energy efficiency practices. Applicants may submit more than one building. The application includes a 500-word narrative and energy usage tracked in Portfolio Manager. Applications are due January 19, 2017. 

All awards are hand made by local artist, Devin French.

The Office of Sustainability is hiring

Louisville Metro Government's Office of Sustainability is hiring a sustainability project coordinator. Applications are due December 15, 2017. Apply today.

Rebates are still available

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Cool Roof Rebates

The Office of Sustainability's Cool Roof Rebate Program has funding available for properties located in Metro Council Districts 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 12, 14 and 15 (Find your Council District). The program aims to combat urban warming as identified in the Urban Heat Management Study. The rebate provides up to $1 per square foot of roof that is installed with an ENERGY STAR roofing product.

The incentive is available for new or replacement steep-slope and flat or low-sloped roofs on residential and commercial buildings. Rebates are first come, first served. Read more about the program and apply.

Shade Tree Rebates

Tree Rebate

Purchase a shade* tree and receive 40% off the purchase price up to $80. TreesLouisville is partnering with the Louisville Metro Division of Community Forestry. The program is open to all residents of Jefferson County.

*Shade trees are generally medium to large sized trees that have spreading canopies (e.g., oak, maple, linden, elm), though smaller species like redbuds and serviceberries also fall under this category. Dwarf ornamental varieties will not be eligible. If you have questions about whether your tree is eligible for a rebate, email

Funding is first come, first served.

Read more about how to participate.

Green Infrastructure Incentive

The Office of Sustainability offers incentives for green infrastructure projects. Funding is available for commercial (including businesses, nonprofit and houses of worship) installations. Funds are used to match MSD’s Green Infrastructure Financing Incentive program such that eligible projects approved by MSD qualify for additional incentives through the Office of Sustainability. Eligible projects include green infrastructure installations that keep at least 1” of stormwater out of the sewer and drainage system such as rain gardens, pervious pavement, green roofs, infiltration drains and water harvesting systems. Apply today.

Recycle your to-go food packaging at the curb

Louisville's curbside recycling program has been expanded to include takeout packaging for foods such as pizza, burgers, chicken, tacos and other to-go containers as well as drink cups. The Louisville Metro Public Works Division of Solid Waste Management Services also launched a new recycling outreach campaign. Read the press release.

Sustainability Summit Follow-Up

2017 Sustainability Summit

With over 200 people in attendance, over 20 exhibits, and dozens of speakers, the 2017 Sustainability Summit connected the community around the local human impact of climate change and what we can do to build our resilience. See photos and the event program.

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Watch a Metro TV interview with keynote speaker Vanessa Keith.

Partner Events & More

PEER Workshop

When: December 5, 2017; all day
Where: Harshaw Trane, 12700 Plantside Drive, Louisville
Cost: Free

The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet (EEC) is addressing energy resilience and security through a partnership with a new program called PEER, or Performance Excellence in Energy Renewal. Modeled after the LEED rating system for Green Buildings and run by GBCI and USGBC, PEER is a new tool to measure and improve power system performance in cities, commercial and industrial complexes, and developed campuses such as military installations. Kentucky is the first state to formally partner with this program and as part of this partnership is creating exclusive opportunities for Kentucky energy leaders. For more information, contact

Kentucky Energy Management Conference

When: January 18-19, 2018
Where: Lexington, KY (Hilton Lexington Downtown)
Cost: $595/Kentucky Chamber Members; $695/Non-Members

The Kentucky Energy Management Conference will give attendees timely information and practical advice to help navigate this challenging energy terrain.

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Experts from industry and government will share valuable insights on the forces affecting energy supplies and prices today, including the effects of increasingly stringent government regulations, ever more scarce natural resources and evolving global economic trends. Attendees will find information on achieving short-term budgeting goals for energy costs, as well as insights into the future cost and availability of energy sources such as coal, natural gas, wind, solar and nuclear. 

Apply for ENERGY STAR Certification by December 15th

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If you are applying for a new ENERGY STAR certification, or renewing your existing certification, the deadline to apply is December 15, 2017. Here are some helpful links:

Applications received by 11:59pm EST December 15th, and which require no significant follow-up or changes, will be guaranteed to receive a 2017 certification if approved. Applications received after this date may receive 2018 certification. 

ENERGY STAR certification is free, but your application will need to be verified by a professional engineer or registered architect. The LEA, in partnership with the Office of Sustainability, offers a free verification program. Learn more about this program.

Read this article about the ENERGY STAR certification for museums.

Read Sustain Magazine

The latest issue of Sustain Magazine, published by the Kentucky Institute for the Environment and Sustainable Development, focuses on the political will for addressing climate change. The issue features articles by Bill McKibben, founder of, and Mayor Greg Fischer. Read the issue.

Kentucky Association of Manufacturers Recognized with Sustainability Award

The Kentucky Association of Manufacturers (KAM) has been selected as the Kentucky Pollution Prevention Center (KPPC) Douglas C. Griffin Environmental Sustainability Award winner for 2017.  KPPC created the award in 2009 to recognize Kentucky entities that have demonstrated a commitment to the principles of sustainability and environmental stewardship. The award is presented each year in conjunction with National Pollution Prevention Week.

Get Involved

The Office of Sustainability partners with the non-profit Louisville Sustainability Council (LSC). The LSC’s mission is to engage and collaborate with the community to facilitate the achievement of Louisville’s sustainability goals. The organization works to improve health and quality of life in Louisville by catalyzing community action to promote citywide sustainability. Everyone is encouraged to learn more and get involved.

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Louisville is rated as a 4-STAR Community for its sustainability achievements. The rating was awarded in August 2015 by STAR Communities.