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Registration is open for the 2018 Kilowatt Crackdown Awards

The Louisville Energy Alliance (LEA) has opened registration for the 2018 Kilowatt Crackdown Awards.

LEA challenges building owners and operators in Jefferson County and surrounding areas to realize the benefits of energy efficiency by participating in the Louisville Kilowatt Crackdown. It’s easy — all you have to do is benchmark your facility’s energy use with Portfolio Manager (for buildings) or Energy Tracking Tool (for industrial plants), EPA’s free online benchmarking tools; make improvements over the contest period; and submit your final benchmarking score. Top honors will go to the most efficient buildings and the buildings making the greatest energy improvements, but all buildings will be recognized for participating and striving to improve Louisville’s environment.

Award Categories

Winners will be selected based on data from the final Energy Performance rating or Energy Use Intensity (EUI) metric generated by Portfolio Manager. All participants that complete the competition will be awarded certificates of participation. Award categories are:

Best Performer (based on 2018 data only) – awarded to the building or plant with the highest energy performance rating for 2017
Most Improved – awarded to the building or plant making the greatest percentage gain in energy reduction from 2017 to 2018

These categories will be awarded for each building type entered into the competition.

Visit the LEA website for more information about the Kilowatt Crackdown and to register.

Registration closes February 25, 2019.

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Energy department recognizes Bullitt County Public Schools

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has recognized Better Buildings Challenge partner, Bullitt County Public Schools (BCPS), for the energy productivity advances made in its Mt. Washington Elementary School. Located in Shepherdsville, Kentucky and serving more than 13,000 students, the school district committed to improving its energy performance by 20% over a 10-year period across its two million square foot portfolio. The school district is well on its way to achieving this goal and has already reduced energy by 18% from a 2013 baseline.

Director of DOE’s Better Buildings Challenge Maria Vargas visited Mt. Washington Elementary School, the district’s Better Buildings Showcase Project, to congratulate the school on its significant energy savings achieved. The school was selected for a year-and-a-half long renovation that resulted in 32% annual energy savings and $28,000 annual costs savings.

The Bullitt County Public Schools District has engaged students and faculty in its commitment to energy management by implementing a district energy plan that encourages each person to take responsibility for using energy efficiently. The plan also includes guidelines on building operations and maintenance such as temperature controls, building resource management, lighting, space heaters, filters, holiday period procedures, new construction standards, and water conservation.
 
Find out more about the energy saving renovations made by Bullitt County Public Schools.

 

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City of Louisville receives national sustainability award

The Louisville, Kentucky, Metro Government was recognized as the 2018 Green Leadership City, a distinction awarded by the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC), a Washington, D.C.-based national non-profit organization. The award recognizes the city for its adoption of clean, propane-powered mowers, among other environmentally-friendly programs that support the city’s highly-regarded sustainability plan.

“The Green Leadership City Award highlights public agencies demonstrating a commitment to environmentally-friendly and sustainable practices, which the city of Louisville has shown by adding propane mowers to its municipal equipment fleet,” said Jeremy Wishart, director of off-road business development for PERC. “Louisville has set an incredible example for the rest of the region of what a municipality can accomplish when it decides that its environmental impact matters and takes necessary steps to reduce its carbon footprint.”

Find out more about how propane mowers help improve Louisville’s long-term sustainabilty goals.

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Domtar wins 2018 AF&PA Sustainability Award for water

The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) recognized Domtar with a 2018 AF&PA Leadership in Sustainability Award for Water for their Hawesville Water Conservation Project. The award was presented at AF&PA’s annual meeting on Friday, Nov. 9 in Dallas, Texas.

“Domtar showed that a number of small, focused projects can add up to a big impact, namely slashing their Hawesville mill’s water intake by a third,” said AF&PA President and CEO Donna Harman.

Domtar’s mill in Hawesville, Kentucky mill made 17 upgrades, repairs and process changes that conserved vital water resources for their operations and the mill’s surrounding ecosystem. These small, relatively inexpensive projects amounted to collective water savings of nearly 2,200 gallons per minute or 3.2 million gallons per day. The mill’s total water intake decreased 34 percent, contributing to cost savings to pump, treat and heat process water, boiler feed water and effluent.

Read more about Domtar’s award winning sustainability improvement efforts.

 

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Regional seminar on smart manufacturing – November 29th

A new industrial revolution is taking place. At the forefront is the Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute (CESMII) that is helping manufacturers of all sizes, and across all industry sectors, with bringing together information and operations technologies built on the open SM PlatformTM.

The goal is to create radically smarter, more productive, and energy-efficient production systems and domestic supply chains across American industry, while empowering workers from the plant floor to the C-Suite with actionable information for real-time decision-making. This transformation aims to unlock the true potential of our people, processes, and technology by transcending barriers of cost, risk and accessibility.

Attend this seminar on Thursday, November 29, 2018 from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. at the University of Louisville, Belknap Campus, to find out more about CESMII’s key strategic objectives and near-term technology road map.

Find out more about this seminar and view the agenda.

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Douglas C. Griffin Environmental Sustainability Award winners for 2018

The Kentucky Pollution Prevention Center  Douglas C. Griffin Environmental Sustainability Award recognizes Kentucky entities that have demonstrated a commitment to the principles of sustainability and environmental stewardship. The award is presented each year in conjunction with National Pollution Prevention Week.

This year’s award winners are Pine Mountain Settlement School in Bledsoe, Kentucky and Southeastern Kentucky Rehabilitation Industries (SEKRI) in Cumberland, Kentucky.

Read about each of these organizations and how they have moved forward with successful sustainability initiatives.

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UofL joins United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network

What does the University of Louisville have in common with the Columbia University, Princeton University and Oxford University? All are members of the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network.

UofL has joined 684 universities and research centers throughout the world to advise the United Nations on sustainable development. The announcement was made at the Louisville Sustainability Summit, which UofL is hosted for the first time.

“Inclusion in this international effort recognizes our efforts over the decades to impact our world in a meaningful way when it comes to sustainability,” said UofL President Neeli Bendapudi. “From the Conn Center looking for renewable energy sources and our university-wide efforts to reduce our carbon footprint to our recent creation of the Envirome Institute that focuses on health sustainability, we have a long history of trying to leave a better planet.”

Read more about the Sutainable Solutions Development Network.

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NPPR Briefing available for viewing

The National pollution Prevention Roundtable recently hosted an online briefing to highlight current activities and future plans for the organization. Over 70 people joined in on the discussion, which included an overview of the organization, advocacy efforts, workgroups, upcoming events, and membership. NPPR Workgroup leaders will be following up during September with individuals who attended the webinar and selected interest in specific workgroups.

The webinar recording, entitled “NPPR Briefing August 2018”, has been published and is available for viewing on the KPPC YouTube channel. A timestamped agenda is provided in the description below the video to allow navigation to agenda topics of interest.

View the recorded NPPR Briefing webinar.


Join NPPR today and your membership will be extended through December 2019!

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Building Operator Certification (BOC) Level I training begins August 16, 2018

Registration deadline is August 9th!

The Building Operator Certification training program second round of Level I classes has been scheduled to begin on August 16, 2018 in Winchester, Kentucky and will be hosted by the East Kentucky Power Cooperative.

Building Operator Certification (BOC) is a nationally recognized, competency-based program focusing on energy-efficient building operations and preventive maintenance procedures. The program will train facility personnel to understand how their building systems work together, and how to bring them to their most efficient level of operation.

The Kentucky Pollution Prevention Center (KPPC) and the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (MEEA) have collaborated to bring the Building Operator Certification (BOC) program to the Commonwealth of Kentucky through funding provided by the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet.

Building Operator Certification (BOC) training includes nearly 74 hours of classroom and project work (7.4 CEUs) in building systems operation and maintenance. Each class in the series is completed in one day, except BOC 1001 – Energy Efficient Operation of Building HVAC Systems, which is a two day class. To complete the series, participants must pass a test at the end of each training day and complete five assigned projects. Tuition must be paid prior to the first day of class.

KPPC will provide coaching assistance to training participants for course assignments and facility-level operations to enhance effectiveness and increase implementation rates.

Through funding support by the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet, the tuition fee has been reduced from $1695 to $895 per person!

Find out more about the Building Operator Certification training and how to register for classes beginning August 16th.

 

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Learn more about the National Pollution Prevention Roundtable (NPPR)

The National Pollution Prevention Roundtable (NPPR) will be hosting two webinars this summer to highlight current activities and future plans for the organization. The FREE webinars are open to anyone interested in learning more about the organization and how all stakeholders can work together to better advance and share our pollution prevention (P2) knowledge, successes and opportunities.

Is there going to be National P2 Conference? Do they still have their workgroups? Are there plans for P2 Week? Is NPPR doing anything to help secure P2 funding in the federal budget?

Learn the answers to these questions and more!!

The webinar session will be held on Thursday, August 9, 2018 from 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm EDT and is open for registration.

As the only membership organization in the United States devoted solely to Pollution Prevention (P2), NPPR acts as a window on the P2 community and offers a national forum for promoting the development, implementation, and evaluation of efforts to avoid, eliminate, or reduce pollution at the source.

NPPR’s members are comprised of the country’s preeminent P2 experts from state and local government programs, small business assistance networks, non-profit groups, industry associations, federal agencies and academia, along with representatives from industrial and commercial facilities and interested individuals. There’s a membership level for everyone!

Register now for the NPPR webinar on August 9, 2018 at 2:30 p.m. EDT!

 

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