Walt Tunnessen

28-Sep-2017, 2:30 - 4:30PM

Session: Striking Gold! Tales from the Treasure Hunt

Track I | Industrial Energy Management

Chair for Session

Walt Tunnessen
National Program Manager


Walt Tunnessen is the National Program Manager for the U.S. EPA’s ENERGY STAR program for Industry where he leads initiatives with manufacturing sectors to identify energy management best practices. He has led the development of the first sector-wide energy performance benchmarking tools for multiple industrial sectors that now provide the basis for ENERGY STAR certification.He has also created numerous ENERGY STAR energy management resources, contributed to ISO 50001 standard, and designed the ENERGY STAR Challenge for Industry recognition program. Walt earned a MS form the Lally School of Management at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, a MSEL from Vermont Law School, a BA from the University of Pennsylvania, and is a Certified Energy Manager (CEM) by the Association of Energy Engineers.

Energy Treasure Hunts are a very effective strategy for finding energy savings opportunities and engaging employees. This session will examine the treasure hunting strategies used by four companies and the bounty they have uncovered, including:

  • The crown jewels – the biggest energy saving opportunity found.
  • Pieces of eight – the most common and recurring opportunities found (and the plan address it).
  • The rum bottle – the most amusing or ridiculous thing found.



Track: I Industrial Energy Management | Session: Striking Gold! Tales from the Treasure Hunt


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