Indiana environmental company to work on energy audits, strategic plans for 18 Indiana communities
October 27, 2011
MERRILLVILLE, Ind. - Legacy Environmental Services Inc., a Purdue Research Park-based company, is partnering with four other Indiana firms to perform energy audits and create strategic energy plans for 18 communities through a state-sponsored program.
Legacy Environmental, which is owned by Lorrie and Carl Lisek, will assist its partners as a subcontractor to Schmidt Associates to list all elements of a community's energy usage and establish baseline usage for each element during the audits. Strategic energy plans that address short- and long-term energy efficiency goals will be unveiled later during community meetings throughout the state.
The communities chosen for the program are Clarksville, Connersville, Dublin, Gas City, Greensburg, Hagerstown, Linton, Monticello, Monroe County, New Castle, Paoli, Peru, Plymouth, Rushville, Scottsburg, Union City, Washington and Winamac. The communities were selected through a competitive process for which 63 Indiana communities had applied. Cities and towns with populations under 35,000 and counties with less than 200,000 residents were eligible.
Carl Lisek said mayors, town councils, town employees and the general public will attend meetings during which the energy plans are presented.
"The goal is that all community officials, who understand the importance of energy efficiency, will be on board with the plans," he said. "Everyone benefits when the nation reduces its dependence on foreign imports for energy. These efforts can be replicated not only throughout the state, but also in the lives and homes of private individuals."
The strategic energy plans are part of the state's Community Energy Program, which uses federal funds administered by the Indiana Office of Energy Development (OED). Other companies involved in creating the plans are Crowley Engineering Group LLC of Schererville; Engaging Solutions LLC of Indianapolis; Energy Solutions, which is owned by Schmidt Associates of Indianapolis; and Peerless-Midwest Inc. of Mishawaka.
Lisek said the OED has had a significant impact on the state's economic development.
"Through development of home-grown energy, including biofuels and wind, the Indiana Office of Energy Development has been fiscally responsible in providing solutions for energy throughout Indiana," he said. "Gov. Mitch Daniels, Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman and the OED have led Indiana to trade our current energy imports for future Indiana economic growth. We are inspired by their leadership to reduce Indiana's dependence on imported oil and look forward to our continued great working relationship with their team."
About Legacy Environmental Services
Legacy Environmental Services is a future-focused, full-service environmental company specializing in quality-of-life programs. The company built its foundation and fundamental core on sustainability and the adoption of environmentally responsible principles and practices. Legacy addresses the resources to identify environmental components - which include cost savings, exploration of conservation and efficient strategies - in tandem with conducting feasibility research, design and end-to-end management of renewable energy solutions. In addition, the firm provides grant/financial resources and makes recommendations for efficient and sustainable strategies.
About Purdue Research Park
The Purdue Research Park has the largest university-affiliated business incubation complex in the country in four locations across Indiana. The park network is home to about 200 companies that employ 4,000 people and are located in West Lafayette, Merrillville, Indianapolis and New Albany.
Purdue Research Park contact: Steve Martin, 765-588-3342, firstname.lastname@example.org
Source: Carl Lisek, 219-644-3690, email@example.com