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Sustainable Manufacturing training series starting November

In today’s competitive marketplace, leading organizations recognize that in order to succeed, sustainability must become an essential part or their business strategy. Understanding the intersection of sustainability and the business of manufacturing will enhance environmental performance as well as business operations, product development and competitiveness.

The Kentucky Sustainable Manufacturing Initiative (KSMI) is designed to assist manufacturers with learning how to integrate sustainability, into day to day manufacturing operations and new product development, from a life cycle perspective, in order to drive efficiency, reduce costs, and spur innovation and new product development across the enterprise.

KSMI Training Series

A series of three webinars and three workshops are being offered to demonstrate how sustainable manufacturing principles and practices can drive a strategy to enhance environmental performance and help achieve business goals and objectives into the future.

Hosted at manufacturing sites, the major themes of the initiative include sustainable value stream mapping, incorporating a life cycle perspective, implementing aspects of the new ISO 14001:2015 standard, sustainable product development, and developing a culture for sustainability and innovation. Throughout emphasis will be placed on economic competitiveness.

Kentucky environmental challenges and successes will be presented, and opportunity will be provided to connect with University of Louisville engineering research capability to help address key challenges and opportunities.

Professional development hours (PDH) will be available for all workshop attendees. KPPC will also provide no cost technical assistance for Kentucky manufacturers.

The training series will begin in November with a webinar that precedes the first workshop:

Webinar 1: Sustainable Manufacturing Initiative
– What is sustainable manufacturing, role of the initiative?
(Wednesday, November 8, 2017 11am EST)

Workshop 1: Evaluating the Current State
– KY Environmental Challenges
– Sustainable Value Stream Mapping
– Business Case for Sustainability
(Thursday, November 16, 2017, 9am-4pm EST, GE Appliance Park, Louisville, KY)

The learning experience through attending the webinars and workshops will provide a way to look at your manufacturing processes from the perspective of sustainability with an ability to take action specific to your operational strategy.

Sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Kentucky Pollution Prevention Center (KPPC) is working with the Advantage Kentucky Alliance (AKA), the University of Louisville Speed School of Engineering, the Kentucky Association of Manufacturers (KAM), the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet, the Louisville Office of Sustainability and the University of Kentucky Institute of Sustainable Manufacturing (ISM) to encourage green engineering practices in Kentucky.

Find out more about the training series, sustainable manufacturing resources and download the Sustainable Manufacturing Primer.

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Economic development forums bring together Kentucky agricultural and manufacturing interests

Meetings aim to expand ag’s role in economic development

Frankfort, KY (June 29, 2017)–Three economic development forums held across Kentucky this week aimed to expand the stream of agricultural products into Kentucky’s manufacturing sector, state Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles said.

The Linking Agriculture for Networking & Development (LAND) forums were held Tuesday in Owingsville, Wednesday in Shelbyville, and Thursday in Princeton. The Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA) and the Kentucky Association of Manufacturers (KAM) facilitated the forums with the financial support of the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund and other regional sponsors.

“These forums brought together various agricultural and manufacturing interests to talk about how they can work together,” Commissioner Quarles said. “We will continue this discussion going forward as we seek to expand agriculture’s role as an economic development tool that will generate income and jobs in all parts of Kentucky.”

“We are proud to be a part of this initiative,” said Greg Higdon, President and CEO, Kentucky Association of Manufacturers. “Using raw agricultural products to develop value-added products downstream can produce new economic opportunities to help support and grow both individuals and communities in Kentucky’s rural areas.”

Each forum featured presentations from Commissioner Quarles, regional agricultural leaders, and industry management to discuss successful collaborations and reference resources to foster additional development. Each program included a Kentucky Proud lunch with locally sourced farm ingredients.

About the Kentucky Department of Agriculture:
The Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA) is a consumer protection and service agency that affects every Kentuckian every day. The KDA administers Kentucky Proud, the official state farm marketing program, and other programs to help Kentucky farmers find new markets for their products. The KDA also performs numerous regulatory duties – inspecting motor fuel pumps, amusement rides, and eggs; testing motor fuel and price scanners; regulating the pesticide industry in Kentucky; calibrating scales used in commerce, and many others – to help maintain our quality of life.

About KAM:
Established in 1911, the Kentucky Association of Manufacturers is Kentucky’s most effective advocate for manufacturers. KAM’s mission is to protect and create a manufacturing-friendly environment in Kentucky. In addition to advocating, KAM connects, educates and provides cost-saving programs and products to members. For more information, go to:

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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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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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P2 Week: Benchmarking State Energy Efficiency Efforts

California, Massachusetts and Oregon continue to lead the state rankings for energy efficiency efforts. Every year, ACEEE ranks states on their energy efficiency policy and program efforts and provides recommendations for ways that states can improve their performance in a variety of policy areas.

Learn more about Kentucky’s energy efficiency effort from this perspective at the ACEEE website.

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