Louisville Sets 80% Greenhouse Gas Reduction Target

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January 9, 2019


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Louisville Sets 80% Greenhouse Gas Reduction Target

On December 21, 2018, Mayor Greg Fischer announced that Louisville is joining cities across the globe by setting a goal of an 80% reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2050.

In May 2016, Mayor Fischer signed the Global Covenant of Mayors, committing Louisville to a three-step process including conducting an inventory, setting a reduction target and creating a strategy to meet that target. The 2016 Community Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory Report indicated a 10.1% reduction in emissions between 2010 and 2016.  

For Louisville, the next step is to develop a strategy on how we as a community will achieve the reduction target and support our goals for creating a more resilient, equitable and environmentally just city. Staff from the Office of Sustainability will meet with community groups in the coming months to gather feedback and further elaborate on next steps. The first of those meetings will be with the Rubbertown Community Advisory Council on January 10 and the 100 Resilient Cities Work Group on January 30. For more information on Louisville’s effort to reduce GHG emissions, click here.

Take the GHG Reduction Survey!

Please take this brief survey and share your ideas on the best and most effective ways for Louisville to reduce its GHG emissions and achieve its 80% reduction target. In less than 10 minutes, you can help us establish emission reduction strategies and be part of our city’s pledge to improve our environment.

Louisville’s First Energy Project Assessment District Project

The Office of Sustainability implemented its first Energy Project Assessment District (EPAD) project with partner Citizens Union Bank (CUB) in November 2018.

EPAD is a tool that encourages property owners to install energy efficiency improvements, renewable energy and water conservation measures at commercial and multi-family properties. Unlike traditional financing, EPAD loans can cover 100% of an energy project’s cost and is repaid by the property owner through an annual assessment administered by the Jefferson County Sheriff in the same manner as a property tax bill. The program allows property owners to extend the term of the loan up to 30 years.

The city’s first EPAD project was made possible through a loan from CUB and allowed property owner Tony Holland to construct a 15-unit apartment at 110 Weisser Avenue with high-efficiency heating and cooling controls, an exterior insulation system and cool roofing materials.

For more information on the EPAD program, click here.  

Register for the Kilowatt Crackdown!

Kilowatt Crackdown Register your building for the 2018 Kilowatt Crackdown!

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 2018 and the most improved from 2017 to 2018. Awards will be granted by building type. Register here by February 25, 2019.


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

The Kilowatt Cup recognizes superior achievement in energy efficiency. Winners are selected based on achievements in energy management, obstacles overcome and energy efficiency practices. The application includes a 500-word narrative and energy usage tracked in Portfolio Manager. Building owners and managers may submit more than one building. Only one Kilowatt Cup will be awarded per year. Applications are due February 25, 2019. Apply here today!

Free Webinar on Recycling

The Louisville Metro Green Team is hosting a webinar on January 15th from 12-1:00pm. Topics will include recycling at work, recycling at home and how Louisville is affected by China’s ban on recyclables. Presentation is by Kim Martinez from WestRock Recycling (formerly QRS Recycling). Email jody.duncan@louisvilleky.gov to register today.

four star community rating

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