SSR Going Green Charleston

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environmental overview of the Charleston metro area, addresses GHGs, carbon biological sinks, renewable energy & tourism.

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SSR Going Green Charleston

  1. 1. SOUTHERN SUSTAINABLE RESOURCES Monday, November 10, 2008
  2. 2. INTRODUCTION Liz K. Pectol, co-founder /CEO   Michael M. Pectol, co-founder/COO
  3. 3. SOUTHERN SUSTAINABLE RESOURCES to preserving A nonprofit organization dedicated  natural resources in the southeast US “Adopt Today & Sustain Tomorrow”  Promotes and Installs Renewable Energy  Systems Illustrates total system cost, Return on  Investment, and Extended Operational Investment Confirmation 
  4. 4. PROGRAMS & SERVICES • Southern Sustainable Resources services its partners with environmental and energy conservation solutions. • Help businesses and governments through performance-based programs and services, training seminars, peer networking, education and tools, certification, and publicity • Deliverables include a project timeline, milestones, recommendations, and a SOW outlining “go live” date.
  5. 5. COMMITMENT TO SUSTAINABILITY We work with our partners to:  Conduct baseline energy consumption and GHG  emissions inventory; Design an emissions reduction target;  Develop an energy management plan;  Assist partners in implementing initiatives; and  Monitor, verify, and report results  Our policies follow principles established by EPA  Climate Leaders and Energy Star partnerships and policies
  6. 6. RECYCLING SERVICES Aluminum  Steel  Plastics  Glass  Styrofoam  Paper  Corrugated Boxes  Grease 
  7. 7. An increase in the vulnerability of the ice sheets to warming, increases future sea level rise. Charleston, SC Titus, J. G. and C. Richman, 2001, Climate Research.
  8. 8. ECONOMIC RISK OF CLIMATE CHANGE Charleston is a global tourist destination. Impacts of climate  change on the city’s weather-dependent tourism sector include: Damage to tourist infrastructure (e.g., water availability, greater electricity  demand) Reduced accessibility and scenic appeal due to extreme weather events.  Damage to infrastructure and historical buildings  Changing shape, size and location of markets for goods and services as  consumption patterns change Changing tourism patterns as vacationers avoid locations at higher risk for  extreme weather events, i.e. hurricanes, floods, heat waves A pole-ward shift in conditions favorable to many forms of  tourism is likely Stranded assets in former tourist regions  Obsolescence of destinations as they become too hot, water scarce or at risk  from severe weather events
  9. 9. GOING GREEN IN CHARLESTON Charleston 2000 is adopted to plan for climate change 1989 effects $3.9 million contract with Johnson Controls to 2001 implement mandates of US Climate Protection Agreement; saving the city at least $579,000 per year & guaranteed CO2 emissions reduction by 57,000 tons Mayor Riley signed the Mayors’ Climate Protection 2005 Agreement setting goals for Charleston to reduce CO2 emissions by 7% below 1990 levels by the year 2012 Charleston Green Committee & Staff Green Team 2007 established; creation of local action plan
  10. 10. CAP AND TRADE It’s coming… a National Cap and Trade Program to Reduce GHG Emissions  Carbon cap-and-trade programs are now under development in the Northeast under the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) and in early stages of development in the West and Midwest  Charleston can take the lead in the South
  11. 11. TARGETS ACHIEVED Charleston has committed a seven percent  reduction of CO2 emissions below 1990 levels by the year 2012 by committing to the US Mayors Climate Protection Agreement Partnership with Johnson Controls has “reduced  City’s energy and gas usage by 7% to date” (year 5 of the 15-yr contract) of Phase I project scope which has yielded “over $500,000 in annual savings that pays for the $3.9m in improvement measures.”* * Taken from Johnson Controls presentation to the City of Charleston Green Committee Energy Subcommittee, Feb. 20,2008
  12. 12. EMISSION TARGETS & OFFSETS President-elect Obama supports an  economy‐wide cap‐and‐trade system to reduce carbon emissions by 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050. Entities subjects to the cap must meet their obligations by purchasing verified emission offsets from a range of domestic sinks, domestic 130 Solar-PV- Powered Lighting sources of energy, and projects not subject to at the National Park Service Visitor Center in Atlanta, the cap (domestic & international). Georgia. Charleston has the natural resources and The Center features exhibits human capital ability to affectively produce CO2 about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., sinks and renewable energy systems. and the Civil Rights Movement.
  13. 13. BIOLOGICAL SEQUESTRATION • Biological sequestration presents an opportunity for further reduction of GHGs through projects such as reducing deforestation and reforestation; • Reforestation in natural ecosystems and plantations on degraded land… not on natural habitat. • Land suitable for restoration to natural habitat is a proven technology that can absorb significant amounts of carbon. •Biological sequestration parks are beneficial by providing green spaces, climate and ecological education, and recreation opportunities for the community
  14. 14. DOE FUNDING OPPORTUNITY quot;Qualified Energy Conservation Bondsquot; (QECBs) to  finance State and local government initiative’s capital expenditures incurred for: (1) Reducing energy consumption by 20 percent; (2) Implementing green community programs; and (3) Rural development involving the production of electricity from renewable resources QECBs bonds can also be used to finance  technologies to reduce peak use of electricity.
  15. 15. ENERGY SOLUTIONS & SAVINGS Opportunities for Solar in the State of Florida Energy Contribution Opportunity 250,000 systems installed x 8 kWh/Day1 x 365 days = 730,000,000 kWh/year Solar Opportunities in South Carolina 18 PV panels installed x 6 kWh/Day1 x 365 days = 39,420 kWh/year (savings) Total System Cost: $44,000 – 55% (federal & state tax rebates) = $24,200 ROI is based on $19,800 and is paid back within six years Opportunities for Solar in the State of Tennessee Banking/Financial: 10 properties x 18 PV’s = total of 180 solar panels kWh savings per branch/year: 39,420 x 12 = 473,040 kWh/branch/year 18 PV x 6kWh/day = 39,420 per branch/year 10 branches consuming 50,000 kWh’s/branch/month = 500,000kWh/year
  16. 16. RENEWABLE ENERGY BENEFITS Extension of the federal renewable energy investment  tax credits (ITC) Business or residential properties can receive a credit  for 30% of the total installed cost of a solar or wind energy systems Reduces GHG Emissions  Conserve natural resources, i.e. coal   Reliable Energy that lowers energy cost  Immune to Utility Price Increase  Environmental stewardship  Sustainable accountability
  17. 17. GREEN COMMITTEE NEEDS? Johnson Controls  Future needs  Community leaders  Degree of clean technology innovation, i.e.  wave/tidal energy Sustainability into 22nd Century 
  18. 18. IN CONCLUSION Southern Sustainable Resources works to  develop meaningful environmentally sustainable business practices. Our partners demonstrate serious commitment  and progress toward eco-friendly business practices and significant greenhouse gas emissions reduction. “Adopt Today & Sustain Tomorrow”
  19. 19. Thank you!

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