Emissions History Print

Leonardo Academy Work on Climate Change and Emissions
Leonardo Academy staff has been working on emission issues since before Leonardo Academy was founded in 1997.

2008 

U.S. Green Building Council Greenbuild #7 in Boston, Massachusetts, Certified Cleaner and Greener®.Leonardo Academy calculated the emissions of this event.

2007 

U.S. Green Building Council Greenbuild #6 in Chicago, Illinois, Certified Cleaner and Greener®. Leonardo Academy calculated the emissions of this event and gathered offsets to make it a climate neutral event.

CB Richard Ellis World Conference in Montreal, Canada, Certified Cleaner and Greener®. Leonardo Academy calculated the emissions of this event and conducted a competitive procurement to purchase the emissions offsets to make it a climate neutral event.

2006 

U.S. Green Building Council Greenbuild #5 in Denver, Colorado, Certified Cleaner and Greener®. Leonardo Academy calculated the emissions of this event and gathered offsets to make it a climate neutral event.

Leonardo Academy Launches the Development of an ANSI Standard for Emissions Inventories, Reduction Credits and Offsets

2005 

U.S. Green Building Council Greenbuild #4 in Atlanta, Georgia, Certified Cleaner and Greener®. Leonardo Academy calculated the emissions of this event and gathered offsets to make it a climate neutral event.

2004 

U.S. Green Building Council Greenbuild #3 in Portland, Oregon, Certified Cleaner and Greener®. Leonardo Academy calculated the emissions of this event and gathered offsets to make it a climate neutral event.

2003 

U.S. Green Building Council Greenbuild #2 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Certified Cleaner and Greener®. Leonardo Academy calculated the emissions of this event and gathered offsets to make it a climate neutral event.

2002 

Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City Certified Cleaner and Greener®. Leonardo Academy calculated the emissions of this event and gathered offsets to make it a climate neutral event. 

U.S. Green Building Council Greenbuild #1 in Austin, Texas, Certified Cleaner and Greener®. Leonardo Academy calculated the emissions of this event and gathered offsets to make it a climate neutral event.

2001

Market Transformation to Sustainability Organization Meeting Certified Cleaner and Greener®. The Institute for Market Transformation Meeting in Austin, Texas, in September 2001 was the first event to earn Cleaner and Greener® certification. Since that time the Cleaner and Greener® program has audited the emissions of more than 50 events. Particularly notable events include all the U.S. Green Building Council’s Greenbuild Conferences from 2002 to the present, the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, and the 2007 CB Richard Ellis World Conference. All of the certified events can be seen on Leonardo Academy’s Cleaner and Greener web site at: http://www.cleanerandgreener.org/

Resource Guide to Creating a State Emissions Allowance Set Aside Program to Reward the Emission Reductions Delivered by Energy Efficiency Improvements. In 2001, Leonardo Academy prepared and released the report, “Resource Guide to Creating a State Emissions Allowance Set Aside Program to Reward the Emission Reductions Delivered by Energy Efficiency Improvements” for the Energy Services Coalition funded by the U.S. Department of Energy.

2000  

NOx State Implementation Program (SIP) Set Asides for Energy Efficiency. In 2000 Leonardo Academy worked with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on the preparation of the EPA Guidance on the NOx State Implementation Program (SIP) Set Asides for Energy Efficiency. Leonardo Academy also provided comments during the public comment process for the U.S. EPA guidance on this issue and in numerous SIP public comment process in numerous states.

Founding of Leonardo Academy’s Cleaner and Greener® Emission Reduction Certification Program. Leonardo created the Cleaner and Greener ® program dedicated to “Taking Care of Health and Climate” in 2000. The purpose of this program is to promote an understanding of emissions inventories, emissions offsets, emissions training and the benefits of taking a multi-pollutant approach to emissions reductions. This program addresses quantifying emissions caused by events, buildings, and organizations, offsetting these emissions, and certifying the emissions offset achievements.

1999 

Consumer Guide to Green Energy Choices. In 1999, Leonardo Academy prepared and released a report evaluating green energy choices for consumers, “Consumer Guide to Green Energy Choices,” funded by the Joyce Foundation. This report evaluated the environmental impacts, including emissions, of the energy choices available to consumers.

1998  

Developed a Multi-Pollutant Emission Reduction Reporting System. In 1998 Leonardo Academy, with Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency funding, Leonardo Academy prepared a report on multi-pollutant emission reduction reporting: “The Multi-Pollutant Emission Reduction Reporting System.” This report includes a guide and emission factors for calculating the emission reductions from energy use and the emission reductions from energy efficiency and renewable energy.

The Energy Savings and Environmental Benefits Delivered by the Energy Savings Performance Contracting Industry. In 1998 Leonardo Academy conducted an analysis and prepared a report on the benefits of the energy efficiency delivered by the energy savings performance contracting industry: "Emission Reductions, Energy Savings, and Energy Cost Savings."

1994 to 1998

State of Wisconsin Greenhouse Gas Inventory and Reduction Cost Study. From 1994-1998 Michael Arny, President of Leonardo Academy, was the co-chair of the Steering Committee for the State of Wisconsin Greenhouse Gas Inventory and Reduction Cost Study funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy. This study prepared an inventory of all emissions from fossil fuel use in the state of Wisconsin, evaluated reduction options, developed a reduction strategy, and evaluated the costs and economic benefits of greenhouse gas reductions in the state of Wisconsin to 1990 levels.

This study showed that the emissions from all energy use in the state of Wisconsin could be reduced to 1990 levels with the energy savings covering the implementation costs. This study also showed that reducing emissions would have a positive impact on the state economy.  The study included four reports:

•Â Report 1: WI Greenhouse Gas Emissions - Estimates for 1990
•Â Report 2: Projections of Greenhouse Gas Emissions for Wisconsin
•Â Report 3: Emission Reduction Cost Analysis
•Â Report 4: The Economic and Greenhouse Gas Emission Impacts of Electric Energy Efficiency Investments, A WI Case Study

This study and it results motivated the founding of Leonardo Academy as a non-profit organization in 1997 by Michael Arny to help put the competitive market to work on improving the environment.