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ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager Training – Register Today!
July 23, 2015 9-11 AM

The Louisville Energy Alliance, in partnership with Louisville Metro Government’s Office of Sustainability, will host a complimentary ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager training session on July 23, 2015 from 9-11 am. The training will be held at the Spalding University campus in downtown Louisville and will include a one-hour webinar hosted by ENERGY STAR followed by on-site assistance with entering data into the software. Attendees will learn the basic functionality of Portfolio Manager as well as how to set up an account, log energy and water use data and generate custom reports from the data. Following the webinar, participants will receive on-site assistance as they create Portfolio Manager accounts and enter energy usage data into the software. By the end of the session, attendees will have entered one year of energy data, have a basic understanding of the capabilities of Portfolio Manager and be one step closer towards ENERGY STAR certification.

Register now: here

More information is available at here, or contact Andrea Webster at

Portfolio Manager is a free, online software that enables building owners and managers to track and evaluate a facility’s energy and water consumption over time.  Buildings that perform in the top 25% of their peers, receiving a minimum score of 75/100, are eligible to receive the ENERGY STAR certification.

ENERGY STAR certification shows that a building meets strict energy performance standards set by the EPA. Buildings that are ENERGY STAR certified are seen as top performers in energy-efficiency when compared to other peer buildings.  Benefits of gaining ENERGY STAR certification include lower operating costs, higher marketability, fewer greenhouse gas emissions and higher rental rates.  

Past Events

Community Meeting with Louisville Sustainability Director Maria Koetter
On Wednesday, February 4 at 6:30 p.m., Beargrass Creek Alliance hosted a conversation featuring Louisville Sustainability Director Maria Koetter on Bellarmine University’s campus. The event was free and open to the public!

Local citizenshad an opportunity to learn about water issues in Louisville and discuss their sustainability concerns with Louisville’s Sustainability Director. The meeting took place in Hilary’s, on the middle level of Horrigan Hall on Bellarmine University’s campus.

Ms. Koetter is the first Director of Sustainability in the Louisville Metro Office of Sustainability created in 2012. She has extensive experience in the environmental field. The Office of Sustainability published the City’s first sustainability plan, Sustain Louisville, in 2013. 

This event was presented by Beargrass Creek Alliance, Bellarmine University School of Environmental Studies, and Louisville Metro Jefferson County.

This community event was part of a broader scope of work that BCA engages in throughout the year. See the website for more information about other projects: Visit us on Facebook to stay up to date:

The Beargrass Creek Alliance is a grassroots, action-oriented group seeking to preserve Louisville’s greatest natural resource through community involvement. Our mission is to raise awareness about Beargrass Creek and make it clean, safe, and accessible for all. BCA operates under the umbrella of the Kentucky Waterways Alliance, a state wide non-profit organization.

For Pete's Sake:  A Tribute and Celebration of Justice Making
Sunday, October 26, 2014, 11 AM to 4 PM  

Bellarmine University
2001 Newburg Road
Frazier Hall & Amy Cralle Theater
All events are free and open to the public
Food available on site

Bellarmine University, the Kentucky Alliance Against Racist & Political Repression and the Bluegrass Bioneers proudly present a day of activism in tribute to the legendary folk musician, Pete Seeger. 

This is a musical and educational tribute to honor Pete Seeger’s life and legacy, applying Seeger’s vision to today’s social justice issues. This event is designed to inspire, inform and enlist participants to take action for change, with focus on issues addressed in Seeger’s songs and actions, including the struggle for peace, civil rights, civil liberties, environmental justice and fair labor practices.

An Activist Information Fair will run from 11:00 AM until 3:00 PM in Frazier Hall. At least 32 social-justice organizations will be represented at the Fair. From 3:00 to 4:00 PM, a musical salute to Pete Seeger will be held in the Amy Cralle Theater on campus.

Contact: Dr. Curt Bergstrand, Chair
Bellarmine Faculty for Social Innovation


Polar Bears and Climate Change:The Future of an Arctic Icon

The department of Biology and the School of Environmental Studies, in conjunction with Melody Carriere of Global Languages and Cultures, invite everyone to join us in welcoming guest speaker Dr. Eric Regehr for the following presentation: "Polar Bears and Climate Change: The Future of an Arctic Icon." The talk will take place on Thursday, January 20, 2013 at 3:30 p.m. in Hilary's. Light refreshments will be served. Dr. Regehr is a polar bear biologist and researcher in Alaska with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. His research focuses on how climate change is affecting the survival and abundance of polar bears in the Arctic.

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