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October is Energy Awareness Month

Since 1991, the federal government has set aside October as Energy Awareness Month to promote the wise and efficient use of our nation's energy resources. "POWERING AMERICA: We're on Target" is the theme for this year's Energy Awareness Month. The theme depicts how businesses, industries and other organizations continue to zero in on energy targets to stimulate the economy, lower operating expenses, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and achieve long-term energy and economic security.

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear issued an official proclamation naming October as Kentucky's Energy Awareness Month and is asking all Kentuckians to make a difference by reducing their energy use.

KPPC 'Lightens the Load'

Energy Awareness Web BannerTo follow suit with this theme, KPPC posted an Energy Awareness Month page on its website that provides information about energy-saving resources offered by KPPC and its partner organizations. KPPC's website offers several links to external resources in addition to the tools, training, technical assistance and information provided by the Environmental Sustainability Program, KEEPS and KREC.

For its part, KPPC developed a "Lighten the Load" Energy Awareness Month initiative, where KPPC staff members are encouraged to limit the use of small appliances (space heaters, fans, etc.) at their desks, bring lunches to work that don't require the use of a microwave oven, turn off lights in unoccupied rooms and other simple, no-cost actions that have a positive impact on the environment. KPPC is also participating in the University of Louisville's Campus Sustainability Day on October 20. The event is part of the university's Sustainability Week and showcases the benefits of responsible environmental stewardship.

"Energy efficiency is critical to the principles of environmental sustainability, and our staff believes in those principles," said KPPC Executive Director Cam Metcalf. "Their enthusiasm translates to the successes that our energy efficiency programs have realized."

2010 Environmental Sustainability Award - Kindred Healthcare
Kindred Healthcare team members accepting the 2010 KPPC
Environmental Sustainability Award

Businesses Embrace Energy Efficiency

Metcalf adds that, while KPPC offers numerous resources to help its clients develop their energy awareness initiatives, it's up to the clients themselves to take ownership of those initiatives in order to realize sustainable improved energy performance and reduced operating expenses. As examples, Metcalf points to Louisville-based FetterGroup and Kindred Healthcare, both winners of the Center's 2010 Environmental Sustainability Award. Since 2007, FetterGroup has implemented technologies  and practices that have reduced the facility's energy consumption by 32 percent. Kindred Healthcare has signed onto the Kentucky Save Energy Now initiative, pledging to reduce its energy consumption by 2.5 percent over the next 10 years. Kindred also supported Louisville's participation in the Louisville Energy Alliance and ENERGY STAR® Kilowatt Crackdown. Read more about their successes in the September edition of the KPPC Sustainable Solutions Post.

School Districts Answer the Call

Gloyd - Tobacco Festival
Richard Gloyd, an Energy Manager with the
Kentucky School Energy Managers Project,
his wife, Laurie, and their sons, Gunner (left)
and Hunter, talked about the importance of
energy efficiency in Kentucky schools at the
October 10 Logan County Tobacco and
Heritage Festival.

The continued success of KEEPS is seen in how school districts across Kentucky have embraced the idea of best energy management practices. On October 4, Knox and Bell County Public Schools as well as Barbourville and Pineville Independent Schools answered Governor Beshear's call and signed a joint Energy Awareness Month proclamation for their districts. The signing took place at a special ceremony, which was held at the Knox County Board of Education Annex Building. Students from each district as well as representatives from KEEPS were on hand for the event.

Richard Gloyd, an Energy Manager with the Kentucky School Energy Managers Project did his part to help raise energy awareness at the October 10 Logan County Tobacco and Heritage Festival, where he set up a booth and provided information about energy initiatives that are underway in Russellville Independent Schools as well as Logan, Todd, Allen and Simpson County Public Schools.

See the KPPC Energy Awareness Month web page for more information. Details are also available on the U.S. Department of Energy's website, the ENERGY STAR® website and the Kentucky Department for Energy Development and Independence website.

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