Southeast Sustainability Group - Agents of Change

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Southeast Sustainability Group - Agents of Change

  1. 1. Southeast Regional Initiative Sustainability Summit Knoxville, Tennessee August 22, 2013
  2. 2. 2 Sustainability Summit_1308 Southeast Regional Initiative Sustainability Summits: The starting place
  3. 3. 3 Sustainability Summit_1308 Southeast Regional Initiative Broader goals Lower costs for businesses, municipalities, universities, and consumers; less dependence on foreign oil; economic development; and a cleaner environment Mechanism Regional leadership team working with states, municipalities, NGOs, businesses, investors, and universities Primary goal Sustainability in energy use, transportation, low-carbon power generation, and waste and water management
  4. 4. 4 Sustainability Summit_1308 Areas of opportunity • Power generation • Energy efficiency • Transportation Tennessee Kentucky North Carolina South Carolina GeorgiaAlabamaMississippi Florida Southeast Sustainability Group focus: EPA Region 4 EPA: www2.epa.gov/aboutepa/about-epa-region-4-southeast
  5. 5. 5 Sustainability Summit_1308 Power generation Fossil, 73.3% Nuclear, 22.9 % Hydro, 1.5% Other, 2.3% Regional fuel mix Regional greenhouse gas emissions: 635 million metric tons per year of CO2 equivalent (~9% of U.S. total)* Opportunity: Shifting to non-fossil sources of power *EPA: In 2007, U.S. greenhouse gas emissions totaled 7,252.8 million metric tons CO2 Eq. **2009 EPA e-grid data
  6. 6. 6 Sustainability Summit_1308 Energy efficiency • Commercial and residential buildings represent ~40% of U.S. energy consumption • A 30% reduction in energy use in half of the Southeast’s buildings would create – 7,000 MW average reduction in power demand – Savings of $6 billion (at 10 cents/kWh) 18% 19% 25% 0% 20% 40% 60% 80% 100% Population Energy use Housing units Nation Southeast U.S. Census Bureau. http://factfinder2.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?pid=DEC_10_DP_DPDP1&prodType=table
  7. 7. 7 Sustainability Summit_1308 Transportation Drivers in the Southeast typically log more miles than the national average 10,045 11,561 11,595 11,433 14,848 11,332 11,791 11,294 13,270 U.S. Average Tennessee South Carolina North Carolina Mississippi Kentucky Georgia Florida Alabama Vehicle miles traveled per capita, 2007 U.S. Department of Transportation. RITA. http://www.bts.gov/publications/state_transportation_statistics/state_transportation_statistics_2009/pdf/entire.pdf
  8. 8. 8 Sustainability Summit_1308 Most workers in the region commute to work alone Commute to work alone Carpool to work Public transport Other Mean travel time (minutes) Alabama 83.0% 11.8% 0.5% 4.7% 24.0 Tennessee 82.7% 10.6% 0.7% 6.0% 24.0 Mississippi 81.7% 12.3% 0.4% 5.6% 24.1 Kentucky 81.2% 11.3% 1.2% 6.3% 22.6 South Carolina 81.1% 10.9% 0.7% 7.3% 23.3 North Carolina 80.0% 11.5% 1.1% 7.3% 23.4 Florida 79.4% 10.3% 2.0% 8.3% 25.9 Georgia 77.7% 11.9% 2.4% 8.1% 27.0 United States average 75.5% 10.7% 5.0% 8.7% 25.5 U.S. Department of Transportation. RITA., 2009 http://www.bts.gov/publications/state_transportation_statistics/state_transportation_statistics_2009/pdf/entire.pdf
  9. 9. 9 Sustainability Summit_1308 Except in Florida, we lag the nation in use of public transit Passenger trips (thousands), 2009 Mississippi 1,385.2 Alabama 6,957.9 South Carolina 8,566.4 Kentucky 25,934.1 Tennessee 31,672.3 North Carolina 61,573.2 Georgia 188,352.2 United States average 202,674.8 Florida 264,927.5 Total passenger miles, 2009 Mississippi 14,465.8 Alabama 41,242.9 South Carolina 48,017.0 Kentucky 105,288.0 Tennessee 162,086.1 North Carolina 288,174.2 Georgia 1,036,429.1 United States average 1,077,072.8 Florida 1,448,141.8 National Transit Database. Federal Transit Administration. Annual Databases, 2009. http://www.ntdprogram.gov/ntdprogram/data.htm
  10. 10. 10 Sustainability Summit_1308 Train service in the region is limited Midwest Northeast Southeast Amtrak. http://www.amtrak.com/servlet/ContentServer/Page/1237405732511/1237405732511
  11. 11. 11 Sustainability Summit_1308 Framework for the initiative: Southeast Sustainability Group • Nonprofit corporation, established in December 2012 • 6 founding members (organizations) in place • Officers elected • First projects being scoped Mission Advance sustainability through the understanding, development, and implementation of projects on a large and widely spread scale across the Southeast United States
  12. 12. 12 Sustainability Summit_1308 Why a non-profit structure? • Gives identity to the effort • Adds structure and direction to the effort (board of directors, officers, deliverables, and reporting requirements) • Creates an entity that can – Apply for grants – Enter into agreements • Allows us to speak in an organized way to local, state, and federal issues via forums, press releases, and public meetings • Provides a formal mechanism for multi-state initiatives Board members • Clark-Atlanta University • Indian River State College • Nissan North America • Oak Ridge National Laboratory • Tennessee Valley Authority • University of Tennessee
  13. 13. 13 Sustainability Summit_1308 Participation in Southeast Sustainability Group: Contacts Susan Ballentine, susan.ballentine@southeastsustainabilitygroup.org Allen Bottorff, allen.bottorff@southeastsustainabilitygroup.org Melissa Lapsa, melissa.lapsa@southeastsustainabilitygroup.org John Myers, john.myers@southeastsustainabilitygroup.org Olu Olatidoye, olu.olatidoye@southeastsustainabilitygroup.org Ken Srebnik, ken.srebnik@southeastsustainabilitygroup.org www.southeastsustainabilitygroup.org

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