KPPC's Calendar of Events

Clean Energy Finance: Green Banking Strategies for Local Governments
Oct 1 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Local governments are pursuing innovative financing to support energy efficiency, renewable energy and other clean energy investments in their operations and communities. Join us to learn about exciting advancements in green banking in the United States and how these strategies can help local governments pursue their environmental, energy, and economic priorities.

Our speakers will provide an overview of green banks, the services and benefits they offer, other types of green banking opportunities, and important considerations for local governments interested in engaging in green banking. As part of this webinar, you will hear about experiences from the Connecticut Green Bank, which has worked extensively with local governments and is leading innovations in the field of clean energy finance, and the Montgomery County Green Bank in Maryland, the first U.S. green bank administered by a local government.

Register for this webinar.

Brought to you by the U.S. EPA State and Local Energy and Environment Program.

Behavior, Energy & Climate Change Conference
Oct 7 – Oct 10 all-day

The Behavior, Energy & Climate Change Conference (BECC) is the premier international conference focused on understanding human behavior and decision making and using that knowledge to accelerate the transition to a low-carbon future. Currently in its 12th year, BECC is associated with a growing set of allied conferences in Europe and Asia.

BECC draws a broad mix of attendees:

– Researchers (e.g., economics, psychology, sociology, anthropology, management, law, humanities, and interdisciplinary)
– Decision makers (e.g., from federal, state, and local agencies, as well as legislators, and regulators)
– Practitioners (e.g., utilities, planners, consultants, manufacturers, designers, architects, entrepreneurs, marketers, and purchasers)
– Influencers (e.g., community organizers, nonprofit leaders, media, religion, and entertainment professionals)

Behavioral research insights can help:

– Find real energy savings that will benefit the economy, security, and the environment
– Accelerate climate-friendly innovation via appealing, user-focused design, effective management, and fast social diffusion
– Increase the benefits and decrease the costs of energy-oriented policies and programs
– Improve the analytic models that guide our vision for the future

Visit the BECC conference website to find out more.

The Path to Holistic Energy Management
Oct 9 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

GreenBiz Research, in partnership with Siemens Building Technologies, will present the findings and recommendations from research that explores how large companies can effectively manage energy in a holistic manner. You’ll learn about the major drivers of strategies, the barriers to action and the opportunities to accelerate project adoption across energy efficiency, supply and generation.

The topics for this interactive session will include:

– An overview of the GreenBiz Research findings and top recommendations
– Strategies to comprehensively plan set targets and collaborate internally with stakeholders
– Ways to strategically use data and develop data-driven project approval guidelines
– Examples of real-world technology deployments across efficiency, renewables, the Internet of Things (IoT) and more

Moderator: Heather Clancy, Editorial Director, GreenBiz Group


– Rick Rodriguez, Sr. Director, Building Performance & Sustainability, Siemens Building Technologies
– Jerry Meek, Energy & Sustainability Manager, Genentech
– Ed Rubinstein, Director of Environmental Compliance, Risk and Sustainability, University Health Network

Register for this GreenBiz webinar.


Sponsored by Siemens

VERGE 18 conference – Where Technology Meets Sustainability @ Oakland Convention Center
Oct 16 – Oct 18 all-day

The VERGE 18 conference and expo is the platform for accelerating a clean economy. The event convenes a high-powered audience of more than 2,500 leaders — from companies and utilities, city and regional governments, policymakers, NGOs, solution providers and startups — to explore scalable solutions at the intersection of technology and sustainability within three dynamic and influential markets: clean energy, transportation and mobility and the circular economy.

This year, three concurrent VERGE 18 conferences are being offered: VERGE Circular, VERGE Energy and VERGE Transport. Each conference offers deeper, focused learning opportunities and networking experiences.

Find out more and register.

Minimizing Water Use in Mechanical/HVAC Systems
Oct 17 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Facilities with extensive heating and cooling requirements can still be water-efficient. Optimizing your heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) system efficiency will help save your facility water, energy, and money. EPA’s WaterSense program will teach you how to reduce water waste in cooling towers and steam boilers, optimize chilled water systems, and address equipment that uses single-pass cooling water.

Attend this webinar if you’re interested in:

• Water efficiency
• HVAC system efficiency

View this and other Energy Star webinars and to register.

Waste management: strategies for a successful recycling program
Oct 18 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Trying to reduce your waste stream contamination rates and improve the effectiveness of your recycling program? Join us for a brief overview of waste tracking in Portfolio Manager, and to hear recycling best management practices and strategies from The Recycling Partnership. They have been working to implement recycling best management practices in communities across the country for several years and recently have begun working with Multifamily buildings. Tips on how to audit your current waste stream, educate tenants, and increase your recycling rates will also be shared. In addition, Seattle Public Utilities will talk about Seattle’s approach to multifamily recycling and in particular about their work on multilingual outreach efforts to the multifamily community in Seattle.

Watch this webinar if you’re interested in:

–Waste Management
–Portfolio Manager

View this and other Energy Star webinars and to register.

2018 Sustainability Summit @ University of Louisville, Student Activities Center Ballroom
Oct 19 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Learning Together: Fostering a Culture of Sustainability

The 5th annual Sustainability Summit is hosted by the Louisville Sustainability Council and the Metro Louisville Office of Sustainability.

True sustainability comes from groups of individuals sharing common expectations, norms and habits that benefit our environment and community every day – a culture of sustainability. It happens where each of us lives, works, and learns.

Join us for the 2018 Louisville Sustainability Summit where we expect that over 250 members of our community will connect to discover successes, identify opportunities, and creatively learn from each other about real steps to create this culture at your place of work, worship, and learning. This is Louisville’s annual opportunity for everyone interested in sustainability to gather under one roof.

Our Keynote speaker will be David W. Orr, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of Environmental Studies and Politics (Emeritus) at Oberlin College, and founder of the journal Solutions, who will be addressing how the creation of a culture of sustainability leads to a revitalized local economy, elimination of carbon emissions, and restoration of local agriculture. The vehicle for this lesson is the Oberlin Project. Dr. Orr has authored eight books and is well known for his pioneering work on environmental literacy and ecological design.

University of Louisville will host the event in the newly renovated and expanded Student Activities Center and provide the unique opportunity to learn from their journey to establish a culture of sustainability.

Learn more and register here!


2018 Rural Energy Conference @ Georgia Tech Global Learning Center
Oct 22 all-day

Small towns and rural countryside make up three fourths of the land area in the United States and are home to 14% of the total US population. Rural America, defined as areas with a population of less than 50,000, is also a way of life with a proud and independent culture all its own. Just as rural and small-town America’s lifestyle is unique to its geography, so too are its energy, economic, and societal challenges.

The 2018 Rural Energy Conference, is a one-day, multi-track conference that will precede the two-day annual meeting of the Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance (SEEA). It will convene leaders from industry, utilities, cooperatives, non-profits, academia, and all levels of government to discuss how energy efficiency technologies and programs can help rural America leverage its unique characteristics for economic growth and social equity.

The inaugural Rural Energy Conference will feature plenaries and panels on the three tracks: Energy Efficiency Programs, Energy Burden & Equity, and Economic  Development.

To find out more about the conference and how to register, visit the ACEEE 2018 Rural Energy Conference website.


Sustainable Spirits Summit 2018 @ Angel's Envy Distillery
Oct 23 @ 8:00 am – 5:30 pm

Since 2011, the Division of Compliance Assistance, in collaboration with the Kentucky Distillers’ Association, has been bringing members of the distillery, brewery and winery industries together via an annual Sustainable Spirits Summit. In these summits, attendees discuss and share their experiences about current environmental issues and aspire to shape future opportunities for Kentucky’s spirits sector. Please join us at this year’s summit as we discuss the challenges of sustainable growth.

Topics that will be covered include:

– TRI Data and Related Tools
– Water Regulations Update
– Pollution Prevention
– PET Bottle Molds
– Zero Waste and Greenhouse Gas Reduction
– Energy Management and Conservation

Who should attend?

– Facility managers and owners
– Environmental, health and safety professionals
– Representatives of the winery, distillery and brewery industries.

Lunch provided by and location hosted by Angel’s Envy Distillery. After the summit, enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour provided by our host, as they share their hard work and unique efforts to treasure and preserve our environment.

Find out more, view the agenda and register for this event.

2018 NAEM EHS & Sustainability Management Forum @ Louisville Marriott Downtown
Oct 24 – Oct 26 all-day

The National Association of Environmental Management (NAEM)’s EHS & Sustainability Management Forum is the largest annual gathering for environment, health and safety (EHS) and sustainability decision-makers. This year’s program will offer attendees 5 tracks of breakout sessions emphasizing alignment of EHS and business strategy, leadership excellence, and tools and tactics for day-to-day EHS excellence.

If you are in charge of developing and integrating strategic environmental, health and safety programs within your company, this is the CAN’T MISS conference of the year. Join your peers from leading companies, get exposed to new ideas, and come away energized and ready to implement what you’ve learned.

You’ll benefit from:

– 700+ attendees from more than 300 companies across industry sectors
– A conference program developed by a committee of EHS&S peer leaders who are laser focused on providing actionable information to tackle your most pressing EHS&S management challenges and build – your leadership capacity
– Inspiring, engaging and informative keynote presentations designed to help you start each day refreshed and ready to learn
– Peer gatherings including community service, a golf outing, behind the scenes tours of local companies’ facilities that will ensure long-lasting professional connections

Find out more and register today!