KPPC's Calendar of Events

The 2019 Best Practices Expo & Conference @ Music City Center
Oct 13 – Oct 16 all-day

What is your kW and water use per unit of production?

Join leading plant engineers, maintenance managers and energy managers at the 2019 Best Practices Expo & Conference.

The BEST PRACTICES 2019 conference is designed to educate and provide tools to the people who make industrial utility projects happen at a factory. Factory personnel (General Managers, Production Managers, Energy Managers, Plant Engineers, Maintenance Managers) will convene here to identify Key Performance Indicators, learn to measure them and identify projects to reduce kW and H2O consumption per unit of product produced.

All levels of expertise from the compressed air, vacuum, blower and cooling system industries will attend to either share or enhance their knowledge of these systems. Sales engineers, in particular, will be trained on techniques to help their industrial accounts embrace these opportunities. Specifying engineers and utility incentive program representatives will also attend to learn to better advise their industrial accounts.

Key topics will include:

  • Track 1: Compressed Air Supply Strategies
  • Track 2: Compressed Air Demand Reduction
  • Track 3: Blower and Vacuum Optimization
  • Track 4: Cooling Systems and Energy Management


Visit the BEST PRACTICES 2019 conference to find out more about the conference and to register.


Portfolio Manager® 201
Oct 15 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

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Continue to learn about EPA’s 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.

Attend this webinar if you’re interested in:
• Portfolio Manager
• Sharing property data

Webinar level: Intermediate

Register for this and other informative Energy Star webinars.


North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) Conference
Oct 16 – Oct 19 all-day

North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) will hold its 48th Annual International Conference along with its 16th Research Symposium from October 15-19, 2019 at the Lexington Convention Center in Lexington, KY. The Kentucky Association for Environmental Education (KAEE) will be co-hosting the conference with the NAAEE this year.

With more than 1,000 formal and nonformal environmental educators from more than thirty countries, this conference is one of the largest gatherings of environmental educators in the world. This year’s conference focuses on educating for a more just and sustainable future, building on the three interwoven pillars of sustainability—social equity, shared prosperity, and environmental integrity. The conference will also highlight the role of education in inspiring action and how every individual, community, and organization can inspire hope and create positive change.

Special Discount for KAEE Members

Because KAEE is co-hosting the event, members of KAEE are entitled to a special discount on their conference registration. Organizational Members of KAEE may use this special discount for up to three team members when registering for the NAAEE conference.

Find out more about the conference and how to register.


Success Stories on Holding ENERGY STAR Competitions
Oct 17 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Are you looking for a fun way to engage your building occupants? Join us to hear from an ENERGY STAR partner that has successfully ran an internal energy efficiency competition. Food Lion will share how they encouraged sister brands to start developing energy management programs and helped them manage energy, as well as highlights from their inaugural Battle of the Buildings competition which resulted in a 10% energy reduction for the winning store.

We’ll also review off-the-shelf, co-brandable tools and resources that EPA has created to help you “Build Your Own Battle.” Q&A to follow.

Attend this webinar if you’re interested in:

· Energy management

Register for this and other ENERGY STAR webinars.

Verge 19 Conference and Expo @ Oakland Convention Center
Oct 22 – Oct 24 all-day

VERGE 19 and the State of California are collaborating to evolve the grid for a clean energy future by convening public- and private-sector leaders at the Grid Resilience Summit — October 24 at VERGE.

The VERGE 19 conference and expo is the platform for companies, cities and communities accelerating the clean economy.

Join more than 3,000 leaders — from the private and public sectors, utilities, solution providers, NGOs and startups — to explore scalable, cross-cutting solutions and to advance the most dynamic and influential markets driving a sustainable future.

Attend VERGE 19 to:

– experience emerging technologies and market-ready products and services

– participate in more than 120 sessions and special programs

– meet thought leaders, corporate leaders and entrepreneurs

– engage in networking with peers across industries and sectors

Find out more about the Verge conferences and how to register.


Minimizing Water Use in Mechanical/HVAC Systems
Oct 23 @ 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.

Webinar: CyberSecurity in the Manufacturing Industry
Oct 23 @ 1:30 pm – 3:15 pm

“What you gonna do when they come for you?” Being Proactive rather than Reactive for CyberSecurity in the Manufacturing Industry

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation’s October Pollution Prevention Webinar will cover the importance of the manufacturing industry being proactive with cybersecurity. Discussion will include why the manufacturing industry should care about cybersecurity, how cybersecurity relates to them, how and where they can get help from, and why cybersecurity is a shared responsibility among all employees.

Register for the webinar.

Electric Vehicle Trends and Projections
Oct 24 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

This webinar, organized by EPA’s State and Local Energy and Environment Program and Office of Transportation and Air Quality, will provide an overview of the current electric vehicle market and expected trends for the future. It will touch on key studies and briefly summarize findings about the environmental and economic implications of electric vehicle adoption. Intended for state and local environmental and transportation planners.

Register for this webinar.

2019 AASHE Conference and Expo @ Spokane Convention Center
Oct 27 – Oct 30 all-day

The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education

Expected to draw approximately 2,000 participants, the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education’s (AASHE’s) annual conference is the largest stage in North America to exchange effective models, policies, research, collaborations and transformative actions that advance sustainability in higher education and surrounding communities. We invite you to join us in Spokane, Washington from Oct. 27 – 30 to share your knowledge, achievements and ideas.

With a theme of Co-Creating a Sustainable Economy, AASHE 2019 is tackling the root cause for the continued rise in carbon emissions: our dysfunctional economic system. The conference seeks to showcase and strengthen higher education’s contributions to the movement for a sustainable economy, which we see as inclusive of the exciting work happening under a variety of other names such as the solidarity economy, wellbeing economy, circular economy, post-growth economy, regenerative economy and restorative economy.

Find out more and register for this conference.



Portfolio Manager® 301
Oct 29 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Energy Star LogoWith 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.

Attend this webinar if you’re interested in:
• Portfolio Manager
• Setting goals for energy improvement
• Custom reports

Webinar level: Advanced

Register for this and other informative Energy Star webinars today!