Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin declared March 19-25 as “Water Week in Kentucky” [PDF] to show how each member of the state is impacted by water in their daily lives and to connect water health to quality of life for each Kentucky citizen.
As part of this celebration, the Watershed Studies Institute at Murray State University, the City of Murray, Kentucky and the Jackson Purchase Foundation will co-host the inaugural Four Rivers Watershed Sustainability Summit [PDF] on Monday, March 27. The summit is free and open for the public to attend. Lunch will be available at the event for a small fee. Registration is requested, but not required.
The event is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. CDT in the Small Ballroom of the Curris Center at Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky. The goal of this event is to celebrate our abundant water resources that are so important to our history and region, and learn about local projects to improve and protect our water resources.
Seminars have been scheduled throughout the event, and will include information on water-related projects in the Four Rivers Region, including the science behind water quality and its effects on aquatic life and regional watershed management projects. Educational booths and demonstrations will include information about different activities that citizens can do to improve and protect our water resources.
The Four Rivers Region includes the parts of the Lower Cumberland River basin, Lower Ohio River Basin, the Tennessee River Basin and the Mississippi River Basin in the following counties:
- Kentucky counties: Ballard, Caldwell, Calloway, Carlisle, Christian, Crittenden, Fulton, Graves, Hickman, Livingston, Logan, Lyon, Marshall, McCracken, Simpson, Trigg, and Todd
- Tennessee counties: Henry, Stewart, Montgomery and Robertson
The most comprehensive environmental conference in the state! Find out about the latest information on Kentucky and federal environmental policies and regulations, as well as information on new environmental compliance mandates? The Kentucky Chamber of Commerce will provide this and more at their annual Kentucky Environmental Conference. You will leave this conference with a detailed, up-to-the-minute review of major environmental regulatory issues that may affect your facility. Register today to gain insights that will help your company improve its compliance practices and bottom line.
Join us as we introduce and demonstrate the core functionality of EPA’s new ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool. Attendees will learn how to:
- Navigate the new Portfolio Manager;
- Add a property and enter details about it;
- Enter energy and water consumption data;
- Share properties; and
- Generate performance reports to assess progress
The Kentucky Division of Compliance Assistance will host the “Distillers Grains at the Distillery” workshop on March 29 from 8:30 a.m. to noon.
With the bourbon and spirits industry booming, many distilleries have greatly increased capacity and production. As spirits production increases, so does the production of by-products, including distillers grains.
Distillers grains have, historically, been fed to livestock or applied to land as a soil amendment. However, with the increase in production and short shelf life of most forms of distillers grains as feed, an excess of distillers grains may be produced than can be utilized.
There are alternative ways distillers grains can be managed. Methods may include using distillers grains as a feedstock for an anaerobic digester, drying the distillers grains to maintain shelf life as feed for livestock, discharging to a permitted wastewater treatment plant, or disposing at a solid waste landfill.
Join us for a half-day workshop and discussion designed for the distilling industry on the options for managing distillers grains.
Presenters from the Department for Environmental Protection will break down what you need to know to keep the distillery in compliance.
What will be covered?
- Managing by-products at the distillery and beyond
- Water quality management options
- Land application and waste management options
Continue to learn about EPA’s new ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool, with a deeper dive into more advanced functionalities such as: managing and tracking changes to your property uses over time; using spreadsheet templates to update property data; setting goals and targets to plan energy improvements for properties; generating and using custom reports; and using the Sustainable Buildings Checklist.
With a good background on the basic functionality of EPA’s ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager® tool, learn about some advanced features including: using spreadsheet upload templates to update property data; setting goals and targets to plan energy improvements for properties; creating custom reports; and using the Sustainable Buildings Checklist.
The Kentucky Brownfield Redevelopment Program invites communities and those interested in brownfield redevelopment to an open house event that can assist you with your current and future projects.
The Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection and the Kentucky Division of Compliance Assistance will host a Technical Assistance to Brownfields (TAB) Open House on Friday, April 7, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. EDT. The event will put your community in touch with organizations that can help provide brownfield training, funding identification, grant and technical assistance, and project guidance.
The New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), the Center for Creative Land Recycling (CCLR) and the Council of Development Finance Agencies (CDFA) will all be on hand to talk about aspects of your project. Whether just an idea or something that is already in process, these experts can provide guidance.
TAB providers and CDFA receive grants from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to provide services, such as:
- Developing and assisting with community involvement regarding site cleanups;
- Providing guidance on remediation and redevelopment;
- Explaining health impacts;
- Explaining the science and technology of brownfield redevelopment at all stages;
- Developing grant management techniques;
- Reviewing brownfield grants;
- Developing strategies for brownfield redevelopment;
- Identifying funding and resources;
- Facilitating stakeholder participation;
- Assisting with Revolving Loan Fund Grants;
- Identifying reuse financing; and
- Exploring tax credits and tax increment financing for projects.
Who should attend?
- Current brownfield grant recipients working through their projects;
- Potential brownfield grant recipients who want to gain resources to better implement a brownfield grant;
- Former recipients that are still working through projects;
- Communities/nonprofits that aren’t involved in brownfields yet, but are considering it; and
- Any community or group currently working with the Kentucky Brownfield Redevelopment Program that is interested in learning more about available programs and resources.
Join us to find out how you can benefit from the Technical Assistance to Brownfields Program and CDFA.
April 7 is Arbor Day 2017 in Kentucky! Come help restore Louisville’s shrinking tree canopy. Join us for a celebration of the University of Louisville’s on-going commitment to trees and our status as a Tree Campus USA for seven years running! The event is co-sponsored by UofL’s Sustainability Council, Campus Housing and Office of Health Promotion, and will be held at the NW corner of Louisville Hall at 4th Street and Brandeis Avenue.
- At noon, you can help us plant a tree outside of Louisville Hall
- The first 100 participants can take home a free native tree sapling to plant in their yard or neighborhood
- Come on out and enjoy music played on wooden instruments
- Tree-themed activities, pie and giveaways
- Bike-blender smoothies made entirely with tree fruits and nuts
The Louisville Metro Government Office of Sustainability will hold its Louisville Urban Tree Symposium on Saturday, April 15 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the University of Louisville.
With the growing discussion of concerns related to the urban tree canopy of Louisville, it’s not always easy to see that most of us love trees! On April 15, we are bringing people together to learn about the many aspects of trees during a community oriented tree symposium that will educate us about trees in Kentuckiana and inform us of the actions we can take to secure their success for years to come. Whatever your interest in trees, we encourage you to join us in what will be an inspiring and motivational forum of experts from both near and far.
The Partnership for a Green City is collaborating with TreesLouisville, Louisville Grows and the Louisville Metro Division of Forestry for this special event. Please bring your tree questions and creative energy to this extremely important topic. Tickets cover lunch and some expenses of the event.
The 27th Annual Energy Storage Association Conference and Expo will be held April 18-20 at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver.
The conference is a global event in energy storage. Participate in an expanded conversation about storage and the transformation of the power sector, shape your business and build new connections.
An impressive selection of keynote speakers and expert panelists is on the program, including Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper; Ivor Catto, CEO of Renewable Energy Systems; and Michael O’Sullivan, senior vice president of NextEra Energy Resources.
The Energy Storage Association is the voice of the energy storage industry and your participation will help us promote the adoption of competitive and reliable energy storage systems for electric service throughout out the United States.