May 2013 Archives
Don't forget to register for the GoGreenET Business After Hours event at the UT Gardens from 5-7 p.m. tomorrow. The Greater Knoxville Business Journal will recognize companies who have earned Green Achiever status.
Additional recognition will be given to organizations -- large and small -- that have made notable achievements in recycling/waste reduction; energy efficiency; renewable energy; and community outreach.
Come and support East Tennessee organizations that are improving their business -- and the bottom line -- by being more environmentally friendly.
The GoGreenET.com Business After Hours event recognizing Green Achievers will be 5-7 p.m. May 14 at the UT Gardens. Register at the Knoxville Chamber website.
KUB small business customers averaging 50 kw or less can still take advantage of a free lighting assessment program with grants contributing toward energy efficient upgrades.
English: Compact fluorescent light bulb (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Since the MainStreet Efficiency program's launch in January, more than 500 KUB small business customers have signed up to implement recommended lighting upgrades, and 285 have been installed as of April 17, according to data from EnerPath.
Funding for the program is provided by TVA, which has set aside $1.5 million to be used through September 30.
Customers receive a free lighting assessment from TVA contractor EnerPath showing how much they could save on energy costs with more efficient lighting. The program will pay up to $2,000 to offset the cost of energy efficient upgrades if they decide to implement suggested changes.
To see if your business qualifies for the lighting program, visit the Enerpath website.
According to TVA, lighting consumes nearly 35 percent of the electricity used in commercial buildings in the country. Lighting also impacts other building systems through its use of electricity and through waste heat.
Most upgrades in the program have cost an average of $1,310, less than the max grant amount, so most customers have no out-of-pocket costs, a KUB spokesperson said.
Projected energy savings from the committed projects is more than 2 million kilowatt hours, with an average per-customer savings of $482 per year.
Under MainStreet Efficiency, lighting upgrades could include replacing fluorescent fixtures with higher-efficiency lamps and ballasts, changing regular bulbs to compact fluorescent lights or light-emitting diode lights, or upgrading "Exit" signs to LED technology.
May 17 is National Bike to Work Day and Knoxville-area bike commuters are invited to participate by stopping by Market Square on their way to work. Celebrate with free coffee and biscuits from 7:30-8:30 a.m. with Mayor Rogero.
Jim Hagerman, director of engineering for the city of Knoxville, pauses on his daily bicycle commute to work earlier this month in South Knoxville. The city is teaming up with Knoxville's regional Transportation Planning Organization to begin the process of finding ways to improve bicycle infrastructure within the city. (Paul Efird/News Sentinel)
Can't get downtown? Even if you have a different destination or start time, several businesses around town will also participate independently. See the full list of where to snag a free cup of coffee for biking to work.
Bike to Work Day is a way for people who have considered biking to work, whether to save money on parking and gas or to improve their health, to try it out.
A two-day conference on electric vehicle policy, market issues and infrastructure will be at the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy on the University of Tennessee campus Thursday and Friday of this week.
Electrifying the Vehicle Market in the Southeast will explore the potential of all electric drive vehicles (battery electric, hydrogen fuel cell, plug-in hybrid, and hybrid) to help address problems with national energy security, climate change, and local air pollution.
Sales of electric vehicles were at record highs in 2012, but still below expectation for many automakers. This workshop will bring together industry, policy makers, researchers, stakeholders and practitioners to share knowledge and experience, and explore strategies that could advance the market for electric drive vehicles in the US in general and in the Southeastern region, in particular.
During the conference a free display of electric vehicles will be available and open to the public. Cars are on loan from the Tennessee Valley Authority and GM.
Prospective benefits and costs of electric vehicles, both public and private
Assessment of the current market and supply and demand challenges
Effectiveness of incentives, infrastructure investments and public information
Dialogue on future policy initiatives
The keynote speaker is David Green, a senior fellow with the Howard Baker Center and Oak Ridge National Lab. He will present "Achieving Sustainable Transportation by 2050: The National Research Council's Transitions to Alternative Vehicles and Fuels."
Other experts include representatives of Nissan and Ford and state and local governments already implementing zero emission vehicle plans.
The conference is sponsored by FedEx, Nissan, the U.S Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the University of Tennessee College of Engineering, and the University of Tennessee's Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy.