The August session of the Hive Orlando focused on Energy Efficiency in response to the challenge of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Clean Power Plan. Last June, EPA signed new regulations which will force existing coal-fired power plants to reduce their carbon emissions by 30% below 2005 levels by 2030.

Guest speaker Nate Boyd, Energy Manager for the City of Orlando, shared with Central Florida leaders how computerized energy monitoring of buildings helped reduce energy consumption by 31% on average. Boyd said ‘You have to do this in your own home in order for this to make a big impact state wide and globally.’ He explained how he reduced his own power bill by using smart power strips and by installing reflective tint on the windows of his house. The smart power strips also reduced the nightly usage of his 500 square feet work space from 3000 to 750 watts by implanting them in all the offices.

Video by Karine Guilbert

Date & Time: Wednesday, August 6, 2014 6:45pm to 9:00pm
Location: East End Market, APEX, second floor

The Hive is a monthly meeting within the community that features presentations, open forums, and breakout sessions on a designated topic. The Hive encourages members of a given community to find sustainable solutions to global environmental issues at the local level. Think Global. Act Local.

The Hive Orlando meets the first Wednesday of every month on the second floor of East End Market at 6:45pm.