Kentucky E3 Initiative

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Kentucky E3

A Unique Opportunity for Manufacturers and Local Economies

The Economy, Energy and Environment (E3) initiative is a collaborative effort to support sustainability, boost competitiveness and spur job growth and innovation in local and regional economies. E3 is a model for collaboration among manufacturers, local economic development organizations, utilities, local government, and federal resources intended to:

  • Invest in local communities
  • Provide valuable technical training and assessments
  • Address energy and sustainability challenge
  • Enable economic growth

E3 focuses on helping small- and medium-size manufacturers advance efforts to use lean, clean and energy-efficient practices to conserve energy, reduce environmental impacts, preserve jobs and enhance overall competitiveness.

There is strong support at the local, regional and national level for the E3 initiative through state and local governments, utilities, manufacturers and six federal agencies: Environmental Protection Agency; Department of Commerce; Department of Energy; Small Business Administration; Department of Labor; Department of Agriculture.

How E3 Can Help Your Community

The E3 partnership is seeking to bring together local resources, such as economic development organizations, businesses and government agencies to assist local manufacturers or businesses with on-site facility assessments, training, and partner resources available through participation in an E3 project. There are significant benefits that E3 can bring to your business.

To Get Started…

Please contact KPPC to learn more about the initiative and how you could help your business
and your local economy.

KPPC – Kentucky Pollution Prevention Center
J.B. Speed School of Engineering
University of Louisville
Phone: (502) 852-0965
Fax: (502) 852-0964
Toll Free: (800) 334-8635 ext. 8520965


Kentucky E3 Partners

  • KPPC – Kentucky Pollution Prevention Center is the project lead and facilitator for the Kentucky E3 initiative.
  • Advantage Kentucky Alliance (NIST-MEP Affiliate)
  • Kentucky Community and Technical College System
  • Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet – Office of Employment and Training
  • Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet
  • Kentucky Small Business Development Center
  • Duke Energy Corporation
  • East Kentucky Power Cooperative
  • LG&E and KU Energy LLC
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture – Rural Development Kentucky Office
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency –
    Region 4
  • U.S. Small Business Administration Kentucky District Office



E3-jpeg-WebpageIconView or download a pdf of the Kentucky E3 brochure





View or download a Case Study of a Kentucky E3 success story



Learn more about regional and national E3 initiatives at the

Environmental Sustainability Resource Center (ESRC) website.


KPPC participates in the Environmental Sustainability Resource Center (ESRC) E3 Alliance serving EPA regions III and IV.  The ESRC E3 Alliance initiative objectives are to create peer to peer networking to share E3 experiences, to facilitate dialogue incorporating common interest among E3 stakeholders, and to identify and share resources to support successful implementation of E3 projects.

The ESRC serves the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Regions III and IV with comprehensive online resources, news and information about pollution prevention. The center utilizes regional and national expertise to provide P2 information that is critical to state environmental agencies, businesses, educators, technical assistance providers and the general public. ESRC believes that helping organizations move toward environmental sustainability will reduce costs, minimize ecological impact and help conserve, protect and maintain our environment.

Or learn about federal E3 initiatives and national case studies at the website.

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E3 in Action

In 2011 alone, E3:North Carolina collaborated with 21 manufacturers, conducted 68 assessments, trained over 100 workers and identified $9.3 million in savings.

Being part of E3 has allowed us to network with suppliers and businesses in our area we didn’t even know existed. For instance, instead of getting charged to have our pallets taken away, we were introduced to people who actually paid us for those pallets.

Bill Fassnacht
Director of Operations
Draka Elevator Products, Inc.
Rocky Mount, NC