Louisville Metro Government has hired Zachary Tyler to serve as the city’s first Energy Manager, responsible for helping the city work toward the goals laid out and approved by Metro Council in February 2020 to shift metro operations to 100% clean renewable electricity by 2030 and 100% clean energy by 2035.
“As our city works to reduce its carbon footprint and combat climate change, it’s important for Metro Government to lead the way. We need to be intentional about the work, which is why I am excited to welcome Zach to our team,” said Mayor Greg Fischer. “In this newly created role, he will focus on identifying ways that Metro can improve its operations, resulting in not only reduced energy consumption but also cost savings. Welcome, Zach!”
As Louisville Metro’s Energy Manager, Tyler will review and consolidate energy consumption data to assess baseline energy performance of Louisville Metro Government as a whole and, where available, analyze building-level data to identify and prioritize the areas of greatest opportunity.
His initial focus will be on optimizing the performance of central mechanical and HVAC systems, which are responsible for most energy consumption within Metro buildings, and looking for potential upgrades to lighting systems to reduce utility consumption and lower costs for the city. Tyler also will work with the Advanced Planning and Sustainability team within Louisville Forward to advance the city’s progress toward its 100% clean energy goal.
“I want to help promote an energy-conscious culture through this role, so that everyone knows how they can participate and make a positive impact on sustainability initiatives through their individual efforts,” Tyler said. “A successful energy program celebrates the contributions from the many individuals and departments which, cumulatively, will carry the city and society at large into a more sustainable future.”
Originally from Winchester, Kentucky, Tyler graduated with a degree in Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering from the University of Kentucky and with certification from the Power and Energy Institute of Kentucky. Since then, he has worked as an energy consultant for UK, implementing an energy conservation program across the campus and at its medical center, and helping the university realize its emissions reductions commitments.
As a Fulbright Scholar, Tyler also spent a year in Amazonas, Brazil conducting research regarding reforestation techniques.
This article was provided by LouisvilleKy.gov.