WEBINAR: Learn How to Track Energy and Water Use and Save Money with Portfolio Manager
It is a commonly repeated phrase in the business world, that we can’t manage what we don’t measure. The Environmental Protection Agency created the Energy Star Portfolio Manager with exactly that thought in mind. Portfolio Manager is an online tool organizations can use to help manage energy and water consumption, waste production, and greenhouse gas emissions. Please join the Sustainable Community Development Network (SCDN), facilitated by Sustainable Pittsburgh, and Local Government Academy for a webinar that will discuss the benefits of tracking your building’s energy, water use, and waste production and lead you through the process of how to set up your organization’s information.
The presenters, Kathy Hrabrovsky, Allegheny County’s Sustainability Manager and Autumn Secrest, Sustainable Pittsburgh’s Sustainable Business Program Manager, will show viewers how to set up a profile, enter buildings and track costs. By adding your buildings to ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager®, you’ll be joining 40 percent of U.S. commercial building space that is already benchmarked using this industry leading tool. By using this tool an organization will also be joining more than half of the Fortune 100, half of the largest U.S. healthcare organizations, major league sports teams, colleges and universities, and cities. The City of Pittsburgh has enacted its own benchmarking law that requires all building over 50,000 square feet to track their energy use.
About the Presenters:
Kathy Hrabovsky joined the Office of Sustainability in Allegheny County as Sustainability Manager in 2014 and is working with the Department of Facilities Management to increase: energy, water and waste conservation; air and water quality; use of alternative forms of transportation; human health and productivity; sustainable purchasing; economic efficiency; and employee engagement in County facilities and operations. Kathy began her career as an architect, receiving her Bachelor of Architecture, BARCH, and Master of Science in Sustainable Design, MSSD, from Carnegie Mellon University (CMU). Her coursework at CMU included Environmental Policy and Sustainable Community Development in the Heinz College. During these studies, Kathy developed a passion for sustainability, which led to her current position as Sustainability Manager. Kathy is a LEED AP, GPRO and Sustainable Landcare Accredited Professional.
Autumn Secrest serves Sustainable Pittsburgh as its Business Program Manager, overseeing the Sustainable Pittsburgh Challenge and the Small Business Designation. She encourages organizations to use ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager as part of the SP Challenge to track and measure improvements in energy, water and waste. Autumn holds a B.S. in Environmental Studies from Chatham University and a Master of Public Management from Carnegie Mellon University. She has held various roles in public service since 2005, and has dedicated her career to making positive change in the Pittsburgh region.