|ENERGY & SUSTAINABILITY TASK FORCE
Energy & Sustainability Task Force Meeting
Task Force Members Tim Dimick for Steve Smith - SACE
Bob Hawsey for Dana Christensen - ORNL
Jim Keiffer - TVA
Matthew Sleeth - Blessed Earth
Chris Woodhull - City Council
Walt Brockway - ALCOA
Randy Gentry for Clif Woods - UT
Beth Eason - US Green Building Council
Mark Donaldson - MPC
Rikki Hall - Foundation for Global Sustainability
Susan Edwards - KUB
Krissy Gladders for Lynne Liddington - Knox County
Sam Hart - Knoxville Chamber
Jeff Galyon - PBA
Absent - Art Cate - KCDC
Ex-Officio Members Bill Haslam - Mayor
Bill Lyons, Madeleine Weil, Beth Reed - Policy Development
Boyce Evans, Janice McClelland - Purchasing
David Brace, John Homa - Public Services
Steve King - Engineering
Madeline Rogero - Community Development
Cindy McGinnis - KAT
Jeff Welch - TPO
Randy Kenner - Communications
Visitors Hayes Hickman - News Sentinel
David Reister - Sierra Club
Rachel Carlson - CH2M Hill
Joe Hultquist - City Council
Introduction - Bill Haslam
The goal is to see how we can use energy more efficiently and become
a more sustainable city.
Other cities are ahead of us - we can look to them for good ideas.
We have an advantage here in Knoxville because of the expertise
of organizations represented by task force members.
Good definition of sustainability means meeting today's needs without
compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs
We need to look at City energy usage first - the Ciity spends $10
million annually on energy, excluding fuel.
Ideas presented by task force must be implementable, realistic and
effectively communicated to the public.
We're expecting there to be disagreement within the group - some
will think a recommended policy idea goes too far, some will think
it doesn't go far enough. This back-and-forth will produce a strong
Project Framework - Madeleine Weil
Using ICLEI's (Local Governments for Sustainability) Cities for
Climate Protection Program.
Use ICLEI software to take an inventory of energy consumption
and the resulting GHG emissions.
Set reduction targets for city and community energy use / emissions.
Develop a local action plan.
Monitor and evaluate the result of the inventory from year to
Roughly 800 cities worldwide and 300 US cities have signed up
Look at City government's energy use first - buildings, fleets,
Lots of low-hanging fruit & potential for cost savings.
City can be in a position to lead by example.
Must develop partnerships with the community in order to implement
Baseline inventories for both the City and the community (within
Choose reduction targets.
Develop a strategic plan.
Real implementation of plan.
Will form working groups
Buildings, transport, waste, and energy services RFP.
Asked attendees to sign up themselves or others for work groups.
November 2008- Final Strategic Plan.
July 2008- Draft Strategic Plan.
City's budget analysis begins in February, so items that require
city investment need to be complete by then.
Inventory Summary & ICLEI software - Beth Reed (see
Buildings - electricity and natural gas
Vehicle Fleet - fuel and vehicle types
Streetlights - traffic signals and outdoor lighting
Waste - waste produced in city owned/operated facilities
Water/Sewage - electricity used to operate water treatment plant
Employee Commute - difficult to quantify, may create survey
Buildings - residential, commercial, industrial
Transportation - based on vehicle miles traveled
Waste - Landfill data
Clean Air & Climate Protection Software
- Quantifies GHG's (unit = CO2-equivalent) and Criteria Air
- Calculates emissions based on coefficients programmed in
software - regionally specific electricity mix
- Set target year with target reductions
- Quantify benefits of measures toward reduction goal, such
Switching to new energy source
Increasing public transit use, walking
Changing fleet-average fuel efficiency
Increasing recycling rate
Public Engagement - Bill Lyons
First Public Meeting September 12th at 5:30 in the small assembly
room, (**Note - the public meeting date has been changed to September
26 at 5:30 in the small assembly room**).
Process must be transparent to the public.
Public meetings will create a forum for public input.
Must be forthright about constraints - economic and political.
Chris Woodhull asked what are goals of task force?
Analyze and inventory energy use.
Create an agenda toward a greener city.
Madeleine Weil asked Task Force members, ex-officio members
and visitors to introduce themselves, their organizations, and
discuss what resources, perspectives they bring to this effort.
Madeline Rogero - City, Community DevelopmentDraft Project Goals
- Promote sustainability in Community Development
- Must look at renovations and new construction
- Cost of improving efficiency of housing
Bill Lyons - City, Policy Development
- Good policy for the City
- No negative to saving energy and making an impact on the community
Jeff Galyon - Public Building Authority
- Hoping to make new transit center LEED certified
- Operations and maintenance of buildings that they operate
- Justifying building retrofits through energy efficiency savings
Tim Dimick for Steve Smith - Southern Alliance for Clean Energy
- Can present case studies from other cities
- Interested in production side - renewable power
- Affordable housing
Sam Hart - Chamber of Commerce
- Learn how to take advantage/share benefits of new technologies,
- Mining & matching program
Bob Hawsey for Dana Christensen - Oak Ridge National Lab
- ORNL currently operates under a federal mandate to reduce emissions
by 30%, by the year 2015
- Will be able to offer some best practices
- New biofuels initiative - partnership with UT
- Has offered research and support for sustainable habitat for
humanity community in Lenoir City
- Austin, TX - Building code says by 2015, zero net emissions
Jim Keiffer - Tennessee Valley Authority
- New long term plan to be leader in energy efficiency - working
out what that means
- TVA has focused on new homes, need to shift focus to retrofitting
- Peak reduction program coming on line soon
- New program to help install LED traffic lights, heat pumps in
new & existing homes.
Matthew Sleeth - Blessed Earth
- Has spoken at 600 churches, many in Knoxville, about climate
change as a moral issue
Chris Woodhall - City Councilman
- Approaches the issue as a moral concern - cultural change necessary
- September 21st- Band together for good - civic engagement through
Walt Brockway - ALCOA
- Looks for global solutions
- ALCOA represents 1% of electricity used in North America
- Global Energy Efficiency Program - 400 industrial members
- Work to use less energy to do the same
Rangy Gentry for Clif Woods - University of Tennessee
- Going through a similar process at UT
- Adding sustainability to curriculum
- Most new campus buildings will be built in accordance with LEED
Beth Eason - U.S. Green Building Council
- LEED looks at more than efficiency
- Sustainable sites, indoor environmental quality, water quality
- Involved with Chattanooga's sustainability program
Mark Donaldson - Metropolitan Planning Organization
- Sprawl Index- Knoxville rates high on index, connection to affordability
- Need to establish both carrots and sticks
- Street trees
Ricky Hall - Foundation for Global Sustainability & Hellbender
- Background in ecosystems, concerned with effects on ecosystem
- Other FGS initiative to reduce environmental footprint of music
Susan Edwards - Knoxville Utilities Board
- Will provide assistance with data gathering
- Green Power Switch program
- Has seen an increased interest from customers in efficiency,
need tools to address volatile energy prices
Cindy McGinnis - Knoxville Area Transit
- Already using biofuel (B20 biodiesel) and propane
- Working on comprehensive transit development plan this year
- Interested in land use, and including KAT in initial development
David Reister - Sierra Club
- Has been with Sierra Club since 1970
- Working on SC's national climate program
Rachel Carlson - CH2M Hill
- EPA contractor for climate program
- Concerned with solar power potential
Jeff Welch - Transportation Planning Organization
- Responsible for emission budgets - addressing non-attainment
- Vehicle miles traveled on the increase
- Complete streets with sidewalks and trees, bike and pedestrian
Steve King - City, Engineering
- LED traffic lights - some intersections switched, more to go
David Brace - City, Public Services
- Responsible for many city facilities - will implement Task Force's
- Recycling markets great right now - great revenue source
- State starting construction & demolition recycling - this
is large part of municipal waste stream
John Homa - City, Public Services
- Worked to make Sundown and Earth Fest zero waste events
- Goals - 75% recycling from City offices, 30% city as a whole
Randy Kenner - City, Communications
- Get word out to public
Energy Performance Contracting Services RFP
Boyce Evans, City Purchasing (see
Purchasing Department's focus is on saving the City money
Developing RFP for Energy Performance Contracting Services - need
advice from work group about how to structure this.
- Reduce energy consumption and costs, maintain/improve comfort
conditions, replace/upgrade inefficient systems, develop long-term
plan, enhance personnel training.
Draft Project Phases
- Review of billings, energy audit and project development,
construction, implementation and financing, commissioning, guarantee
Draft Evaluation Criteria
- Qualifications, experience, and financial soundness of
the submitting organization, project team experience and expertise,
technical approach to this project, cost and pricing.
- Availability of RFP 10/1/07, Deadline to
submit site visit registration form 10/22/07, Mandatory site visit
10/30/07, Date to submit final questions 11/13/07, Proposals Due
Date 11/27/07, Selection process and interviews 11/27/07 to 12/18/07,
Recommendation of Contractor to City Council 1/1/08, Contract Start
Housekeeping - Madeleine Weil
Asked whether bi-monthly Task Force meetings seemed appropriate
Attendees reminded to sign themselves or others up for work groups.
Work groups will meet more often to develop sector-specific recommendations
with costs-benefits. Work groups will present work products to Task
Future Task Force and work group meetings will be scheduled via
Project Website: www.cityofknoxville.org/policy/energy
- to be developed.
Madeleine Weil - Energy & Responsibility Conference at UT,
April 10-12th (http://isse.utk.edu/energy_and_responsibility/)
Bob Hawsey -Southeast Solar Summit, October 24-25 at ORNL (http://www.ornl.gov/sci/solarsummit/)
John Homa - Compost bins available for pick-up October 20, 9-4
at Earth Fare at Turkey Creek for $40 each.
Tim Dimick - Consider adding third party certification for City
buildings as part of the RFP - i.e. EPA's Energy Star Program
for existing buildings.