Brown-Forman picks up EPA climate change award

Screen Shot 2015-02-27 at 10.54.35 AMLouisville’s Brown-Forman Corporation has earned a rare distinction from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The firm was one of 16 winners for the EPA’s Climate Leadership Award, which recognizes corporate leadership in reducing greenhouse gases.

Brown-Forman was noted generally for its management of GHG emissions and for setting an absolute GHG reduction goal of 15 percent between 2012 and 2022 for its global operations. B-F says it plans to achieve that goal by switching from fossil fuel to biomass in its steam boilers at distillation operations. It’s also changing the processing of byproducts from grain distillation operations to reduce energy consumption, and switching from steam boiler fuel to a less GHG-intensive fossil fuel at one production operation.

Previously, Brown-Forman’s first generation goal was intensity-based — 30 percent metric tons CO2 per unit ton of production from 2009 by 2020. The firm hit that mark in 2012.

“I am proud to recognize our Climate Leadership Award winners for their actions to reduce the harmful carbon pollution that’s fueling climate change,” said EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. “Our winners are demonstrating that a healthy environment and a strong economy go hand in hand. These organizations are providing the leadership, commitment, and solutions needed to cut greenhouse gas emissions and meet head on the challenge of a changing climate.”

Five-year snapshot of Louisville real estate market: Things are looking up

Matthew Hoagland, a realtor with Coldwell Banker McMahan in Louisville, has taken it upon himself to trace the movements of the River City real estate market of the past five years. He posted the results on his real estate blog, and they’re worth a look.

The IL crib sheet: Prices are modestly up, more homes are being sold, and they aren’t sitting on the market as long as they used to.

Hoagland crunched the numbers himself using local MLS data. He measured housing data from 2010 through 2014, and he created some handy graphics to illustrate what’s happening.

“It shows a trend toward a lot more activity, and higher prices,” he says.

Have a look at a couple slides demonstrating those trends:

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Also, homes are sitting on the market for fewer days than at any time in the past five years, an extremely bullish sign for sellers:

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Hoagland also said he believes the busiest markets currently are Middletown, Douglas Hills and St. Matthews.

If you want to geek out even more, we encourage you to check out his blog.