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Walt Tunnessen

National Program Manager, ENERGY STAR


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Walt Tunnessen is a National Program Manager for the U.S. EPAs ENERGY STAR program, a voluntary government program that works with hundreds of businesses and organizations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through improved energy efficiency. In 2007, Americans, with the help of ENERGY STAR, prevented 40 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions and saved more than $16 billion on their utility bills

Through ENERGY STAR, Walt leads initiatives with manufacturing sectors to identify energy management best practices and develop energy performance benchmarks. He is responsible for the EPAs ENERGY STAR initiatives with the Pharmaceutical sector and to develop an energy performance rating for laboratories. Walt oversees partner-networking programs and has been instrumental in developing energy management guidance and resources for ENERGY STAR. Most recently, he played an instrumental role in the development of the Energy Strategy for the Road Ahead report, developed in partnership with leading corporate energy programs. Building on one the recommendations of that report, Walt formed a working group of ENERGY STAR partners to identify best practices in supply management.

Prior to joining the ENERGY STAR Program, Walt worked in the area of strategic environmental management, corporate environmental policy, and sustainability as a consultant, director of an NGO program, and at the Presidents Council for Sustainable Development. Walt holds a MS form the Lally School of Management at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, a MSEL from Vermont Law School, and a BA from the University of Pennsylvania.

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Wednesday, March 30, 2011
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Cutting Costs by Being Energy Efficient: Case Studies on Meeting the ENERGY STAR Challenge for Industry
Room: 1E16 ~ 11:15 am - 12:15 pm (Wednesday, March 30, 2011)
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR program has challenged manufacturing sites to reduce their energy intensity by 10% or less within a 5 year period. Launched in the spring of 2010 and announced at last year’s INTERPHEX meeting, today over 200 sites have taken the Challenge for Industry and over 30 sites have achieved the Challenge. Over 1.8 Trillion BTUs in energy savings has been achieved by the manufacturing sites that have achieved the Challenge for Industry.
Many pharmaceutical manufacturing sites have signed up to take the Challenge and several have already achieved a 10% or greater reduction in energy intensity. This panel session will examine the measures that were taken to reduce energy intensity and have resulted in both cost savings and lower greenhouse gas emissions. Presentation will be made corporate energy directors from pharmaceutical companies who sites have achieved the Challenge for Industry. The panel session will be moderated by Walt Tunnessen, National Program Manager for the U.S. EPA’s ENERGY STAR program.
Vance Merolla - Director, Environmental Affairs and Energy , Colgate Palmolive
Thomas Pagliuco - Director, Energy, Global Services/Facility Management Merck
John Rohlf - Energy Services Manager, Medtronic
Walt Tunnessen - National Program Manager, ENERGY STAR, US EPA
Reed Exhibitions
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Biologics
  • Generics
  • Contract Services
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