Did you know that manufacturing and agriculture are two of Kentucky’s biggest industries?
Manufacturing encompasses our state’s largest employment sector and generates an annual GDP of over $30 billion.
Kentucky’s food manufacturers employ over 20,000 people and add value to a multitude of agricultural commodities, many of which are, or could be, grown on Kentucky farms.
Over $6 billion in food, beverage, and tobacco products were produced in our Commonwealth’s manufacturing facilities in 2012, and Kentucky’s manufacturers exported over $25 billion worth of goods in 2014.
The Kentucky Department of Agriculture and the Kentucky Association of Manufacturers will host three forums June 27, 28, and 29 across the state that link agriculture with the manufacturing sector. Some of the agricultural markets for Kentucky manufacturers are:
• Beverage and tobacco product manufacturing
• Food manufacturing
• Leather and allied product manufacturing
• Paper manufacturing
• Textile mills and textile product mills
• Wood product manufacturing
Those interested in attending any of the forums need to have their registration completed by June 22. Registered attendees are encouraged to arrive at 10:30 AM local time to meet and network with fellow attendees. The program will start promptly at 10:45 AM. Lunch, featuring locally sourced farm ingredients, will be served at 11:45 AM and the program will conclude at 1:00 PM. Two panel discussions, one from the ag producers’ perspective and one from the manufacturers’ perspective, will be included. Attendees wishing to tour Jeptha Creed Distillery after the forum in Shelbyville need to add this request in the note section of their registration.
Here are the details:
June 27, 2017
Bath County Cooperative Extension Ag Center
2914 E Highway 60
Owingsville, KY 40360-8815
June 28, 2017
Jeptha Creed Distillery
500 Gordon Lane
Shelbyville, KY 40065
June 29, 2017
University of Kentucky Research and Education Center
1205 Hopkinsville Street
Princeton, KY 42445-0469
There is no cost to attend these forums, but seating is limited and you must be registered!
About KAM: Established in 1911, the Kentucky Association of Manufacturers is Kentucky’s most effective advocate for manufacturers. KAM’s mission is to protect and create a manufacturing-friendly environment in Kentucky. In addition to advocating, KAM connects, educates and provides cost-saving programs and products to members. For more information, go to: www.KAM.us.com.
About KY PROUD: Kentucky Proud is the official state marketing program for agricultural products and is facilitated by the Kentucky Department of Agriculture. Funding for the LAND meetings originates from the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund and other regional supporters.
The Louisville Energy Alliance (LEA), in partnership with Louisville Metro Government’s Office of Sustainability, will host a FREE EPA ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager Part II training session on June 28th, 2017 from 1-3pm at Spalding University’s Kosair College of Health and Natural Science, 901 S 3rd Street, Louisville in Room 113.
Portfolio Manager is a FREE online software program that allows you to track the energy use in your building and benchmark your energy usage against other similar building types. It is also useful if you make efficiency upgrades to your building so that you can see how those upgrades decrease your building’s overall energy use over time.
Participants will continue to learn about EPA’s ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool, with a deeper dive into more advanced functionalities.
Attendees will learn how to:
– Edit property data
– Correct and update property use details
– How to use data quality checker and
– How to share property data
The LEA and Office of Sustainability will take the technical assistance a few steps further.
– Once a building’s energy data is entered into Portfolio Manager, eligible buildings will receive an ENERGY STAR Score and will be eligible for certification if that score is above 75. Through the partnership, the ENERGY STAR Verification Assistance Program was established. This allows businesses to verify their buildings for FREE. Verification is the process for becoming ENERGY STAR certified. This service can typically cost a building upwards of $2,000.
– If you’re having difficulties with Portfolio Manager or your building’s score isn’t quite at 75, the Kentucky Pollution Prevention Center a non-profit and non-regulatory Center, will provide FREE technical assistance to help companies improve their energy management.
Space at the June 28th training session is limited and registration is required. Once participants register they will receive an email with more information.
Join us to learn about water use profiles of typical commercial facilities and areas where water is often wasted. Find out about free WaterSense tools and resources available to help facility managers and building owners identify potential water savings including water-efficient products and practices to save water during the operation and maintenance, renovation, and construction of commercial buildings. Come away with tips and project ideas to proactively managing water use and maximizing building performance with water, energy, and cost savings.
The Carbon Management Technology Conference 2017: Global CCUS Innovation Nexus will be held July 17-20 in Houston, Texas.
The 2017 Carbon Management Technology Conference (CMTC 2017) will focus on carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) technologies that provide options for lowering greenhouse gas emissions while maintaining fuel diversity for sustainable growth. CMTC 2017 provides a platform to present information on carbon management solutions for continued energy and economic growth. The conference will present insights and lessons learned on the requirements for CCUS deployment and the technologies proposed for a modern energy infrastructure that maintains fuel diversity for sustainable growth, while addressing climate change.
Conference topics include Carbon Capture (Transformational and 2nd Generation); Storage/EOR; Monitoring and Characterization Protocols and Technologies; Carbon Utilization; Demonstration/Pilot Scale Projects; Industry and Energy Sector CCUS Projects; Environmental Investigations; Economic Analysis and Modeling; Laboratory Investigations; Risk Assessment; Sustainability Options to Climate Change; Energy-Water Nexus; Business/Financial Approaches; Policy/Legislation/Permitting Approaches; and Country/Regional Climate Change.
Join us in learning about organizations employing new technology solutions to cut their waste hauling costs and measure improvements to their waste management activities. Solutions include placing bins on scales to automate data collection, and placing sensors in bins to collect waste analytics.
This year’s Forum will highlight current product stewardship trends in the U.S., focusing on packaging, pharmaceuticals, paint, electronics, HHW, and other priority products. In Product Stewardship Institute style, each session will be highly participatory, designed for multi-stakeholder discussion of cutting-edge topics. Worldwide leaders will assess the successes and challenges of extended producer responsibility programs and provide the context needed to help us advance the product stewardship movement in the U.S.
Recycling Rigid Plastics Beyond Bottles: Resources to Encourage MRFs and Municipalities to Expand Collection
Since 2009 the Association of Plastics Recyclers (APR) has conducted a survey to evaluate each state’s largest municipality’s residential plastics collection programs, and the growing trend continues to be: Recycling Rigid Plastics Beyond Bottles. APR’s Recycling Rigid Plastics Beyond Bottles Toolkits were developed to provide resources to support state and local solid waste management and recycling officials to enhance their collection programs, increase the amount of material collected by those programs, and add value to the bottom line.
The webinars below will provide an overview of each of the toolkit’s resources which include: Success Stories, Market Information, Education, Flowcharts and Videos, Remanufacturing / Applications, and FAQs. They will also provide additional information to support expanding collection.
Residential Bulky Rigid Plastics
Tuesday, August 1st @ 1:00 pm EST
Presenters: Bridget Anderson, Deputy Commissioner, Recycling and Sustainability, NYC Department of Sanitation and Stephanie Baker, Director of Market Development at KW Plastics Recycling
Visit the Web Seminar page of the APR website for complete session descriptions and additional information.
The StormCon 2017 Surface Water Quality Conference & Expo will be held Aug. 27-31 in Bellevue, Washington.
StormCon is a stormwater pollution prevention conference and trade show. Meet leading stormwater experts on BMPs, low-impact development, program management, construction-site runoff, green infrastructure, monitoring and research.
Emerging technology, products and services will be on display in the exhibit hall. Get hands on experience at more than 185 stormwater exhibits.
- Discover the most comprehensive stormwater educational curriculum available anywhere.
- Learn about the latest best management practices.
- Enhance your stormwater credentials and earn CEUs.
- Meet and network with colleagues, solutions providers and surface water quality experts.
Where the Industry Evolves
The Resource Recycling Conference, in partnership with the National Recycling Coalition and in alliance with Waste360, the Recycling Association of Minnesota and the Minnesota chapter of SWANA, is the must-attend conference for the recycling industry’s most influential policy leaders, CEOs and government officials. The conference, now entering its seventh year, is your opportunity to network with clients, prospective partners, vendors and top materials management decision-makers all in one location, saving you precious time and travel expenses. The conference’s lineup of education sessions will offer attendees the latest on materials processing trends, tactics to boost diversion rates, legislative talking points, market analysis and much more.
Registration is now open. Registration includes entrance into info-packed conference sessions and the exhibit hall as well as two continental breakfasts, two lunches, refreshment breaks and an evening reception. Registration does not include lodging.
The Midwest Food Recovery Summit’s purpose is to provide you with the education, insight and connections needed to help ensure food is used as it’s meant to be – as a resource. Focusing on all sources and all uses from source reduction and donation to feeding animals, industrial uses and compost.
Food waste is a problem. Of all the food grown, processed and transported in the United States, we’re throwing away 40% of it. Over 33,000,000 tons of food end up in the landfill each year in our country and only 3% of food waste is recovered or recycled. It uses 10% of the total U.S. energy budget, 50% of our land and 80% of all consumed freshwater. And we throw all that away while 1 in 8 people are food insecure.
Speakers will showcase what’s working and what still needs work. Join us for inspiring keynotes, educational breakout sessions, networking opportunities and workshops throughout the entire summit.
You can expect to hear from, meet and see: Biodigestors; composting facilities; haulers; food rescue organizations; equipment manufacturers; regulatory entities; federal, state and local governments; retail food stores; food establishments; and more.