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Lt. Gov. Abramson Receives General Electric’s Energy, Environmental Award

Thursday, 03 21, 2013

Kerri Richardson
Terry Sebastian
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Honor recognizes his support of Governor’s energy plan, accomplishments as Louisville Mayor

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Lieutenant Governor Jerry Abramson is the recipient of the 2013 Public Leadership in Energy and Environmental Stewardship Award, a nationwide recognition of his work on energy and the environment.

Abramson is the third recipient of this annual award presented by General Electric in partnership with the National Lieutenant Governors Association (NLGA).

“Lt. Gov. Abramson has been a longtime supporter of both U.S. energy resources and our environment,” said Trey Paris, of GE, who presented the award to Abramson today at NLGA’s Federal-State Relations meeting. “He has been a vocal supporter of his state’s seven-point energy plan that recognizes the importance of both energy and the environment and encourages both renewables and energy efficiency,”

As the keynote speaker at the 2012 Kentucky Governor’s Conference on Energy and the Environment last fall in Louisville, Abramson told audience members that it’s necessary for states to balance energy production with environmental stewardship.

Abramson promotes clean energy and is an advocate and spokesman for Gov. Steve Beshear’s seven-point energy plan, which calls for a quarter of the state’s energy to come from renewable energy and efficiency measures by 2025.

Abramson has also worked with the federal ENERGY STAR program across Kentucky, announcing winning schools and promoting energy awareness among the younger generation.

In 2012, Kentucky was awarded the ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year for its delivery of exceptional efficiency-related programming that allows Kentucky residents, schools, businesses, agriculture, industries and other sectors to save energy.

“Jerry Abramson has been an ally and strong supporter of Kentucky’s energy and environmental programs as Mayor of Louisville and currently as Lieutenant Governor,” said Gov. Beshear. “I appreciate his hard work and advocacy and congratulate him on this honor.”

As mayor of Louisville, Abramson was honored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as an ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year. He also helped Louisville cut energy use in its public and commercial buildings, while raising the community’s consciousness about other environmental issues.

Examples include: Creating Louisville’s Kilowatt Crackdown to encourage energy efficiency and improvements among commercial and industrial buildings; maintaining Louisville’s successful recycling program and downsizing the city’s fleet of vehicles. Abramson even traded in his Lincoln for a Ford Escape hybrid as mayor.

Also under Abramson, Louisville added 4,000 acres of parkland, one of the biggest park expansions in the nation.

Abramson said he is pleased to accept the 2013 Public Leadership in Energy and Environmental Stewardship Award on behalf of Gov. Beshear and the Commonwealth.

“In the area of energy efficiency, Kentucky is becoming a national leader in multiple sectors. Our administration has a clear vision to integrate energy and environmental policy issues, knowing we must use our energy resources in an environmentally sound manner to grow our economy,” he said. “As a state, we will continue to address our current energy and environmental challenges, while implementing the many aspects of our energy plan for the future of our citizens.”

“NLGA partners in this recognition process to assist in bi-partisan identification of established and up-and-coming leaders committed to effectively tackling the current and future challenges of our nation,” said NLGA Director Julia Hurst. “By recognizing Lt. Gov. Abramson, attention is brought to his accomplishments in Kentucky in a way that can bring new ideas to other states.”

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