It’s not every day that the eyes of the country – and the world – are focused on Charlotte, N.C., which is right in the backyard of Ingersoll Rand’s corporate center and North American headquarters in Davidson, N.C. So we tapped into the energy and excitement of Charlotte’s first national political convention by co-hosting an event on Sept. 4 in which we showcased our products, thought leadership and commitment to energy efficiency. The event drew nearly 100 elected officials, industry leaders, members of the media and Ingersoll Rand leaders.
Ingersoll Rand CEO Mike Lamach, U.S. Army General (Ret.) Wesley Clark and Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota spoke at the two-hour morning event, entitled “Building the Future of Energy Efficiency,” which was held on the grounds of the Charlotte Observer. The event also included a panel discussion featuring prominent industry leaders, including two of our own – Dave Regnary, president of Trane North America, and Scott Tew, executive director, Center for Energy Efficiency and Sustainability (CEES) at Ingersoll Rand.
In his welcoming remarks, Mike outlined the potential cost savings of energy efficient buildings for the group of about 100 people, which included local and national political leaders, industry experts, Trane customers, and Ingersoll Rand leaders from our Davidson campus. “The good news is that companies – like Ingersoll Rand – have technologies available right now to help us meet the challenge of energy efficiency,” he said.
Wesley Clark spoke about the role of energy security and energy efficiency within the U.S. Military. He said that energy savings performance contracts have saved the Department of Defense about $1 billion in energy costs, money that can be spent on mission critical items.
Remarks Prompts Senator to ‘Reinvigorate’ Energy Bill Talks
Mike’s remarks and those of other industry leaders impressed Sen. Klobuchar, who pledged to “reinvigorate” stalled discussions in the U.S. Senate for a bipartisan energy bill. “When you start seeing energy as a solution to the economy, then you start looking at it differently,” she said in a press release later that day.
The panel, moderated by Ben Geman, staff writer for the political newspaper, The Hill, included:
- Dave Regnery, president of Trane North America;
- Scott Tew, executive director, CEES at Ingersoll Rand;
- Dr. Chris Pyke, vice president of Research for the U.S. Green Building Council;
- Keith Pehl, founder, president and CEO of Optima Engineering, P.A.;
- William A. Rodgers, Jr., CEO and president of GoodCents Holdings, Inc.; and
- S. Liciardello, International Facility Management Association Board Chairman.
In addition to Ingersoll Rand, the event was hosted by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), and the International Facility Management Association (IFMA). The Echo Foundation, an education foundation that seeks to “promote justice and inspire hope through education, creative acts of service, and the development of leadership,” served as the event’s nonprofit partner.
CEO Mike Lamach and Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota
Scott Tew, executive director, CEES at Ingersoll Rand