Archive for 2014

Partnership for a Green City marks 10th anniversary

Partnership for a Green City, a collaboration among four public organizations working to boost sustainable practices in the Louisville area, marked its 10th anniversary on December 10.

This partnership was launched in August 2004 between Louisville Metro Government (which includes Louisville Metro-Department of Public Health and Wellness), Jefferson County Public Schools and the University of Louisville to protect the environment and improve overall quality of life in the community.

During the celebration, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer was joined by JCPS Chief Operations Officer Michael Raisor, UofL Provost Shirley Willihnganz and JCTC President Tony Newberry in providing details about the partnership’s past accomplishments and committing to another 10 years as stewards of local sustainability.

Read more about the Partnership for a Green City 10th anniversary event.

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New EPA Rule Promotes Responsible Hazardous Materials Recycling

The U.S. EPA finalized new safeguards on December 10, 2014 that promote responsible hazardous secondary materials recycling. The final rule modifies the EPA’s 2008 Definition of Solid Waste (DSW) rule to ensure it protects human health and the environment from the mismanagement of hazardous secondary materials intended for recycling, while promoting sustainability through the encouragement of safe and environmentally responsible recycling of such materials.

An EPA Fact Sheet is available to view or download as a pdf.

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DOE Awards Grant to KY Energy & Environment Cabinet

In October, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Environmental Management Consolidated Business Center (EMCBC) awarded a $3.4 Million Grant to the Commonwealth of Kentucky, Energy and Environment Cabinet (EEC) for regulatory oversight of the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant (PGDP) located in Paducah, KY. This grant covers a single-year Base Project Period from November 1, 2014 to October 31, 2015 with an option for four, one-year extensions (approximately $680,000 per year).

The goal of the Federal Facility Agreement (FFA) grant is to have the Kentucky EEC work with DOE and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to find ways to best remediate contaminated environmental media as required by the FFA. Kentucky, specifically the EEC, is charged with the duty of enforcing the environmental laws/regulations of Kentucky relating to waste management, water and air quality, and protection of human health and environment that are applicable to DOE’s activities at the PGDP.

The mission of the Office of Environmental Management is to complete the safe cleanup of the environmental legacy brought about from five decades of nuclear weapons development and government-sponsored nuclear energy research.

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Introducing the Greening Sports Directory

The Greening Sports Directory (or GSD) is a comprehensive directory of local, regional, Greening Sports Imageand national contacts and resources to help sports facilities green their operations – whether professional, university-level, or recreational. The official roll-out of the directory was on October 6. Facilities looking to improve their energy efficiency or their green purchasing practices now have a rich list of contacts available to assist them. The directory is currently organized into 20 Green Topics. It includes 18 major metro areas in 16 states. With the support of the EPA, PPRC updates and adds to the directory on a monthly basis.

Learn more about the Directory on the Environmental Sustainability Resource Center’s website.

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ENERGY STAR Combined Heat and Power Award

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognized Eastman Chemical of Kingsport, Tennessee on September 30 with the ENERGY STAR Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Award for their highly efficient CHP systems—energy production systems that decrease energy costs and reduce carbon pollution which causes climate change. Eastman Chemical’s award-winning system demonstrates that CHP offers a promising strategy to help meet the goals of the President’s Climate Action Plan for a cleaner power sector and also boost the efficiency and competitiveness of the U.S industrial sector.

“CHP is part of a diverse clean energy mix,” said EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. “The companies recognized today are leading by example and using this technology to help manage their carbon emissions and benefit from the cost savings and energy efficiency CHP provides.”

CHP, also known as cogeneration, simultaneously produces electricity and useful steam or hot water from a single heat source, using traditional or renewable fuels. By recovering and using heat typically wasted by the conventional production of electricity, CHP gives U.S. manufacturers a competitive edge by minimizing production costs while also reducing carbon pollution.

With an operating efficiency of more than 78 percent, Eastman Chemical’s predominantly coal-fired system requires approximately 14 percent less fuel than grid-supplied electricity and conventional steam production. The system also avoids emissions of air pollutants, including an estimated 358,000 tons of carbon dioxide annually, equal to the emissions from the generation of electricity used by more than 44,000 homes. Moreover, by generating electricity on site, the system reduces demands on existing transmission and distribution infrastructure.

CHP is ideally suited for many industrial facilities as it provides reliable and cost-effective electricity and heat for a variety of manufacturing processes, including the production of specialty chemicals and pharmaceuticals, where energy costs can be a significant portion of operating costs.

Established in 2001, EPA’s voluntary CHP Partnership program seeks to reduce the environmental impact of power generation by promoting the cost-effective use of CHP. The partnership works closely with energy users, the CHP industry, state and local governments, and other clean energy stakeholders to facilitate the development of new CHP projects and to promote their environmental and economic benefits.

Check the Kentucky CHP partnership for information about how the Commonwealth could benefit from CHP technologies.

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Governor’s Conference on Energy and the Environment

The annual Governor’s Conference on Energy and the Environment will be held on October 7 and 8, 2014 atKY-Gov-Conference-Logo-jpg the Lexington Convention Center. This year’s theme is “The Changing Landscapes in Kentucky”.

The conference will feature speakers and panel discussions on a wide range of topics, including energy, water resources, business, cyber security, agriculture and the environment. The conference will also host an exhibit hall for vendors to display environmental and energy related products and services.

KPPC will have a booth at the conference to answer questions about the center and provide information about technical services and programs available to Kentucky businesses and organization. Be sure to stop by the KPPC booth if you are at the conference.

There is a charge to attend the conference. If you would like to register for the conference, visit the KPPC Calendar of Events.

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KPPC’s 2014 Environmental Sustainability Award Presented

A. Raymond Tinnerman Manufacturing, Inc. has been selected as the Kentucky Pollution Prevention Center’s (KPPC) Environmental Sustainability Award winner for 2014. KPPC created the award in 2009 to recognize those Kentucky companies that have demonstrated a commitment to the principles of sustainability by reducing waste, lowering energy use and practicing environmental stewardship. KPPC presents the award each year in conjunction with National Pollution Prevention Week.

KPPC Acting Director Lissa McCracken presents the Environmental Sustainability Award to Bill Breeze and Terry Royse at the A. Raymond Tinnerman manufacturing plant in Flemingsburg.

This year’s winner, A. Raymond Tinnerman Manufacturing purchased the plant in 2009, however the facility has been operating in Flemingsburg Kentucky since 1959. The company employs about 104 people and manufactures a variety of assembly components for the automotive industry. The company has been actively engaged in sustainability efforts at its facility for a number of years and has been working with KPPC since 2012.

KPPC’s Acting Director, Lissa McCracken, presented the award to plant manager Bill Breeze at the company’s facility on September 24. After receiving the award, Breeze said, “We’ve made energy management and waste reduction a priority, and KPPC has helped us find new opportunities to lower costs and improve our environmental performance. Protecting the environment is important to us, to our community and important to our parent company.”

There have been nine Kentucky companies that have won the Environmental Sustainability Award since KPPC created the award program: Akenbono Brake in Elizabethtown, Denyo Manufacturing in Danville, Fetter Group, Kindred Healthcare and Republic Conduit in Louisville, Sherwin Williams in Richmond, The United States Playing Card Company in Erlanger, Indelac Controls in Florence and A. Raymond Tinnerman manufacturing in Flemingsburg.

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P2 Week: Coffee Roaster Abuzz with Waste Prevention Strategy

Each month a contributing author through the Pollution Prevention Resource Exchange (P2Rx™) publishes an article on GreenBiz about P2 sustainability with perspectives and examples on putting it into action.

In the latest P2 Impact article, Justin Lehrer from StopWaste Business Partnership shares how America’s Best Coffee Roasting Company has been brewing a strategy to reduce waste and improve operational efficiency, realizing savings along the way.

Read more about the cost savings that America’s Best Coffee Roasting Company found through waste reduction and improved efficiencies at the GreenBiz website.

Explore the many insightful P2 Impact posts to improve sustainability through pollution prevention.

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University of Louisville Eco-Reps Program wins MVP2 Award

Eco-Reps, a University of Louisville sustainability training program, has received a top award from the National Pollution Prevention Roundtable, a nonprofit group based in Washington, D.C.

Eco-Reps was named winner of the organization’s 2014 Multimedia MVP2 Award for best video series with a major impact on preventing pollution.

The UofL program, created in 2012, offers free online video training, service opportunities and certification for faculty, staff and students who want to encourage others to adopt sustainable practices. Those seeking certification must watch six videos about energy, alternative transportation, healthy eating and other topics, read related material and take an exam.

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