Compete, save energy, succeed. Better Plants® shows you how.

What do 14 other Wisconsin companies know that could help you cut energy waste by 25%? Join us for an introduction to the Better Plants program and discover:

  • Free, proven tools that empower you to save energy – in your building, and in your processes.
  • Success stories from companies who’ve overcome the same challenges you face.
  • How to earn recognition for your energy savings. Make your company a national environmental leader.

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Better Plants program partners with leading manufacturers and water utilities to improve energy efficiency and competitiveness in the industrial sector, saving money in the process. Through Better Plants, partners voluntarily set a specific goal, typically to reduce energy intensity by 25% over a 10-year period across all their U.S. operations.

We’ll introduce you to proven technical guidance to help you save energy in these systems: 

  • Building envelope
  • Combined heat and power
  • Compressed air
  • Fans, pumps and motors
  • Lighting
  • Process heating and cooling, HVAC
  • Refrigeration
  • Renewables and microgrids
  • Steam

We’ll show you free resources for manufacturers and other industrial organizations, and how to use them to achieve energy, cost saving and sustainability goals. Learn more about how Wisconsin manufacturers have participated in the programs, what they have done to reduce energy use, and how their leadership has been recognized.

As a result of this webinar, you will be able to: 

  • Explain how resources from the U.S. Department of Energy will strengthen your manufacturing competitiveness and save energy and money 
  • Identify no-cost tools you can leverage to identify savings opportunities
  • Explain to your company’s leadership why setting a public goal, committing to continuous improvement, and communicating success are vital tools on your sustainability journey
  • Identify ways that the U.S. DOE’s Industrial Assessment Centers can help tackle workforce development challenges

Who should view?
Manufacturing business owners, CEO’s, CFO’s, production directors and managers, sustainability managers and leaders, facility managers, utility representatives, process engineers, and anyone interested in the connection between productivity, sustainability, and energy management. 

If you need continuing education credits for this webinar, you will need to pass a quiz with a score of 80% or higher. You will be able to view the course on-demand, take the quiz, and complete the evaluation in Coassemble (Slipstream’s Learning Management System). Create an account (you only need to do this once) or go directly to the on-demand webinar. This link will not be functional until AFTER the live broadcast. The quiz will be available immediately after the live broadcast ends and the on-demand recording will be posted within a few days of the live broadcast ending.

All credits have different expiration dates, so it is to your advantage to take the quiz as soon as possible.

AFE This program supports a topic within the body of knowledge outlined by the Association for Facilities Engineering CPE/CPMM/CPS Certification Programs, and should count as 0.1 CEU (1.0 hour) toward re-certification. 

BOC This course offers up to 1 point for BOC certified operators.

BOMI This webinar is approved for 1 continuing professional development point toward renewal of the professional designations offered by BOMI International.

WI-PE This course is geared towards professional engineers in the State of Wisconsin and offers up to 1 professional development hour (PDH). The course participant must decide if this is a qualifying course as defined in the relevant Wisconsin Administrative Code

This course will not be pre-approved for GBCI credits; however, if you believe the content is applicable to your credential, you can self-report credits.

  • DOE’s Better Plants Program 
  • 50001 Ready, Combined Heat and Power and Industrial Assessment Centers 
  • Energy System Tools 
  • Discussion 

Eli Levine photo

Eli Levine, Department of Energy 
Eli Levine leads the Department of Energy’s Better Plants Program and Challenge (Better Plants). With nearly 250 corporate partners, Better Plants works with leading manufacturers to set and achieve ambitious energy, water and waste reduction goals. Eli also leads the Technologist in Residence (TIR) program, which strengthens long-term strategic relationships between industry and the National Labs.

Before taking on the Better Plants responsibilities, Eli served as the Acting Director of the DOE’s Clean Energy Manufacturing Initiative (CEMI), increasing U.S. competitiveness in manufacturing by boosting energy productivity and leveraging low-cost domestic energy resources and feedstocks. Eli also worked on energy issues in the Obama White House, at the Council on Environmental Quality and the Office of Management and Budget. Eli joined the Energy Department as a Presidential Management Fellow to help stand up the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) in 2010. He is a graduate of Washington University School of Law and Cornell University and is a Certified Energy Manager from the Association of Energy Engineers. 

Thomas Wenning photoThomas J Wenning, Department of Energy 
Thomas Wenning is a program manager for industrial energy efficiency at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the University of Tennessee. Thomas manages ORNL’s domestic and international industrial energy efficiency technology assistance and deployment activities. He supports the DOE’s Better Buildings, Better Plants program and the Federal Energy Management Program by providing industrial sites with technical assistance activities, energy assessments and training, and energy management guidance. 

In addition, Thomas manages the student activities for DOE’s Industrial Assessment Center program and is also leading the DOE’s effort to modernize their energy-system software tool suite and associated training resources. Thomas has led numerous international industrial energy efficiency workshops, trainings, and assessments on behalf of the DOE. 

Free to view and to receive continuing education credits. 

Thursday, Oct. 29, 11-noon Central 


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