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Sustainable Manufacturing training series starting November

In today’s competitive marketplace, leading organizations recognize that in order to succeed, sustainability must become an essential part or their business strategy. Understanding the intersection of sustainability and the business of manufacturing will enhance environmental performance as well as business operations, product development and competitiveness.

The Kentucky Sustainable Manufacturing Initiative (KSMI) is designed to assist manufacturers with learning how to integrate sustainability, into day to day manufacturing operations and new product development, from a life cycle perspective, in order to drive efficiency, reduce costs, and spur innovation and new product development across the enterprise.

KSMI Training Series

A series of three webinars and three workshops are being offered to demonstrate how sustainable manufacturing principles and practices can drive a strategy to enhance environmental performance and help achieve business goals and objectives into the future.

Hosted at manufacturing sites, the major themes of the initiative include sustainable value stream mapping, incorporating a life cycle perspective, implementing aspects of the new ISO 14001:2015 standard, sustainable product development, and developing a culture for sustainability and innovation. Throughout emphasis will be placed on economic competitiveness.

Kentucky environmental challenges and successes will be presented, and opportunity will be provided to connect with University of Louisville engineering research capability to help address key challenges and opportunities.

Professional development hours (PDH) will be available for all workshop attendees. KPPC will also provide no cost technical assistance for Kentucky manufacturers.

The training series will begin in November with a webinar that precedes the first workshop:

Webinar 1: Sustainable Manufacturing Initiative
– What is sustainable manufacturing, role of the initiative?
(Wednesday, November 8, 2017 11am EST)

Workshop 1: Evaluating the Current State
– KY Environmental Challenges
– Sustainable Value Stream Mapping
– Business Case for Sustainability
(Thursday, November 16, 2017, 9am-4pm EST, GE Appliance Park, Louisville, KY)

The learning experience through attending the webinars and workshops will provide a way to look at your manufacturing processes from the perspective of sustainability with an ability to take action specific to your operational strategy.

Sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Kentucky Pollution Prevention Center (KPPC) is working with the Advantage Kentucky Alliance (AKA), the University of Louisville Speed School of Engineering, the Kentucky Association of Manufacturers (KAM), the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet, the Louisville Office of Sustainability and the University of Kentucky Institute of Sustainable Manufacturing (ISM) to encourage green engineering practices in Kentucky.

Find out more about the training series, sustainable manufacturing resources and download the Sustainable Manufacturing Primer.

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EPA Launches Smart Sectors Program

A Program to Engage American Businesses to Achieve Better Environmental Outcomes

WASHINGTON (October 3, 2017) — Today, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt announced the launch of Smart Sectors, a partnership program between the Agency and regulated sectors focused on achieving better environmental outcomes. A sector-based, collaborative approach provides a significant opportunity for EPA to consider more forward-thinking ways to protect the environment.

“When we consider American business as a partner, as opposed to an adversary, we can achieve better environmental outcomes,” said EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. “The Smart Sectors program is designed to effectively engage business partners throughout the regulatory process. The previous administration created a narrative that you can’t be pro-business and pro-environment. This program is one of the many ways we can address that false choice and work together to protect the environment. When industries and regulators better understand each other, the economy, public, and the environment all benefit.”

A sector-based approach can provide benefits, such as: increased long-term certainty and predictability, creative solutions based on sound data; and, more sensible policies to improve environmental protection. Program leads for each sector will serve as ombudsmen within the Agency across program and regional offices. Staff will also: conduct educational site tours, host roundtables with EPA leadership, analyze data and advise about options for environmental improvement; maintain open dialogue with business partners and their environmental committees; and, develop reports that profile the impact of each sector on the environment and the economy.

Smart Sectors aims to facilitate better communication and streamline operations internally at EPA. The program is located in the Office of Policy’s Immediate Office, which enables the sector leads to work across EPA’s land, water, air, and chemical program offices, as well as with environmental justice, enforcement and compliance assistance, and other offices, including EPA regional offices.

View Smart Sectors Federal Register Notice [PDF].

EPA’s Associate Administrator for the Office of Policy, Samantha Dravis; and EPA’s Chief of Operations, Henry Darwin, announced the launch at EPA Headquarters on Tuesday, October 3rd, and were joined by representatives from across the American economy, including: Aerospace, Agriculture, Automotive, Cement and Concrete, Chemical Manufacturing, Construction, Electronics and Technology, Forestry and Wood Products, Iron and Steel, Mining, Oil and Gas, Ports and Marine, and Utilities and Power Generation.

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It’s Pollution Prevention Week!

September 18 – 24, 2017
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Pollution prevention (P2) means reducing or eliminating sources of pollution to prevent damage to the environment while also eliminating the need for costly controls and cleanup.

EPA works with federal, state and local governments, businesses, non-governmental organizations, and the public to prevent pollution through a variety of voluntary initiatives and partnerships. P2 practices include modifying industrial production processes; using less toxic substances in manufacturing processes and products; using conservation techniques; and reusing materials.

Find out more about what you can do, upcoming P2 events and P2 resources for business.

 

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EPA Announces Appointment of Trey Glenn to Region 4 Administrator

WASHINGTON (August 21, 2017) – Today, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt announced the appointment of Trey Glenn of Alabama to become Regional Administrator for EPA’s Southeast Region (Region 4). Mr. Glenn will employ his 22 years of environmental and regulatory experience in leading the environmental protection efforts across Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee.

Mr. Glenn served as director of the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) from 2005 – 2009 where he managed over 600 ADEM employees tasked with ensuring a safe, healthy, and productive environment to all Alabama residents. Mr. Glenn also served as division director for the Alabama Office of Water Resources from 2001- 2005 where he was responsible for leading day-to-day operations on coordinating and managing Alabama’s water resources. Most recently, Mr. Glenn has been working as an independent engineer consultant and business owner, focused on environmental issues. “Trey Glenn will bring invaluable experience as regional administrator having spent over two decades working in the field of environmental and regulatory policy,” said Administrator Pruitt. “Mr. Glenn will help us carry out President Trump’s vision of creating a more streamlined and efficient EPA that focuses on the Agency’s core mission, while also providing more regulatory certainty to our nation’s businesses.”

Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection Commissioner Aaron Keatley: “The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet is pleased to learn of Trey Glenn’s appointment as the U.S. EPA Regional Administrator for EPA Region 4. His experience in leading a state environmental agency and in private sector consulting provides him with a valuable perspective on state and local priorities and needs. Trey’s experience and leadership will help facilitate the ability of U.S. EPA to make reasonable and timely decisions on environmental topics important to Kentucky. We look forward to working with Trey as we partner together to protect Kentucky’s environment and create new opportunities for the growth of Kentucky’s economy.”

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DCA and KPPC partner to deliver a free workshop on steam efficiency in September

Energy savings through steam efficiency.

Due to its high heat content and transportability, steam production is a major force in manufacturing and industrial processes. It could be said that steam is a wonderful thing. Efficient generation and use of steam can provide a significant cost savings opportunity and minimizes its impact on a facility’s environmental footprint.

Registration page for the workshop.To assist steam users in Kentucky, the Division of Compliance Assistance (DCA) and the Kentucky Pollution Prevention Center (KPPC) have partnered to provide The Wonders of Steam workshop to be held on September 28, 2017 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Dow Chemical Company faciilty in Louisville, Kentucky. The theme of the workshop is energy savings through steam efficiency and is free to attend.

Cheryle Eakle, Senior Sustainability Engineer at KPPC, shares that steam is often taken for granted. However, when leaks and malfunctioning traps occur it can add up to significant costs and cause operational problems.

Steam experts speaking at this workshop will show how maintaining a steam system can save money. Topics to be covered will address the properties of steam, achieving steam efficiency, selection and operation of steam traps, insulating to reduce energy loss and an overview of boiler efficiency and regulations. A workshop agenda is available on the DCA website.

The target audience for this workshop includes facility managers and owners, environmental health and safety professionals, and representatives of manufacturing and industrial facilities.

Reducing steam energy waste lowers operating costs which leads to improved business performance and more sustainable operations.

If your facility uses steam energy, make plans to attend this free workshop by registering online at https://dca.ticketleap.com/wonders-of-steam/dates/Sep-28-2017_at_0800AM

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Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet awards grants of more than $1.6m to innovative energy projects

EEC LogoEnergy and Environment Cabinet Secretary Charles Snavely has announced that seven organizations will share more than $1.6 million in grant funding to promote efficient technologies and practices in public and private-sector buildings.

Recipients include education, utility service, local government, and waste water treatment organizations.

“These projects represent innovative initiatives that provide long-term benefits to the citizens of Kentucky,” said Sec. Snavely. “Some projects build upon existing programs that have already demonstrated the value of investments in energy efficiency while other projects integrate new technologies and practices in areas that support infrastructure in local communities.”

Grant funds are provided under a 2011 settlement agreement for a Clean Air Act violation. The settlement required the permittee to invest in new and upgraded state-of-the-art pollution controls that will reduce pollution, save energy and protect public health and the environment. Kentucky received $11.2 million to implement environmental mitigation projects.

Kentucky’s Energy and Environment Cabinet issued a request for proposals early this year to award unused funds from the 2011 settlement.

The University of Louisville, Kentucky Pollution Prevention Center, received $105,426 to implement a building operator certification program. The program will train and certify facility managers on building operations to achieve energy savings.

Read the full article to see all of the awards on the Northern Kentucky Tribune website.

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Economic development forums bring together Kentucky agricultural and manufacturing interests

Meetings aim to expand ag’s role in economic development

Frankfort, KY (June 29, 2017)–Three economic development forums held across Kentucky this week aimed to expand the stream of agricultural products into Kentucky’s manufacturing sector, state Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles said.

The Linking Agriculture for Networking & Development (LAND) forums were held Tuesday in Owingsville, Wednesday in Shelbyville, and Thursday in Princeton. The Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA) and the Kentucky Association of Manufacturers (KAM) facilitated the forums with the financial support of the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund and other regional sponsors.

“These forums brought together various agricultural and manufacturing interests to talk about how they can work together,” Commissioner Quarles said. “We will continue this discussion going forward as we seek to expand agriculture’s role as an economic development tool that will generate income and jobs in all parts of Kentucky.”

“We are proud to be a part of this initiative,” said Greg Higdon, President and CEO, Kentucky Association of Manufacturers. “Using raw agricultural products to develop value-added products downstream can produce new economic opportunities to help support and grow both individuals and communities in Kentucky’s rural areas.”

Each forum featured presentations from Commissioner Quarles, regional agricultural leaders, and industry management to discuss successful collaborations and reference resources to foster additional development. Each program included a Kentucky Proud lunch with locally sourced farm ingredients.

About the Kentucky Department of Agriculture:
The Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA) is a consumer protection and service agency that affects every Kentuckian every day. The KDA administers Kentucky Proud, the official state farm marketing program, and other programs to help Kentucky farmers find new markets for their products. The KDA also performs numerous regulatory duties – inspecting motor fuel pumps, amusement rides, and eggs; testing motor fuel and price scanners; regulating the pesticide industry in Kentucky; calibrating scales used in commerce, and many others – to help maintain our quality of life.

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

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Western Kentucky University campus transforms

Western Kentucky University’s campus in Bowling Green has changed a lot over the past 10 years. The addition of more than 20 campus dining locations, a 14,0000-square-foot addition to the student fitness center and several other projects are some easily visible improvements.

But over those same 10 years perhaps the biggest improvement is something people see daily: WKU’s energy policy and infrastructure.

In 2015, the campus earned recognition as one of the U.S. Department of Education’s Green Ribbon schools for its sustainability efforts.

“We have been able to really reduce our energy consumption, starting in about 2008, from using about 15 kilowatts per hour per square foot,” said Bryan Russell, a former WKU student and current employee. “We’re now down to about 11 kilowatts per square foot in a building. At the same time we’ve actually increased our gross square footage of the university by 774,000 gross square feet.”

Russell said that’s kept WKU’s utility budget from growing at a rapid pace.

Read more about WKU’s s sustainability efforts in the Bowling Green Daily News.

 

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Bon Secours KY receives national environmental award

The Bon Secours Kentucky Health System (BSKHS) of Ashland, Kentucky, has been honored with the 2017 Emerald Award from Practice Greenhealth, the nation’s leading organization dedicated to environmental sustainability in healthcare, according to the BSKHS website. The award is one of the Environmental Excellence Awards given each year to honor environmental achievements in the healthcare sector.

The Greenhealth Emerald Award recognizes healthcare facilities that are setting the standard in eliminating mercury, reducing and recycling waste, sustainable sourcing and other areas. Winning hospitals have demonstrated a strong commitment to sustainability and shown leadership in the local community and in the healthcare sector.

“We are proud to be recognized with this honor, because sustainability is at the core of our healing mission and central to protecting the health of our patients, staff and community,” said BSKHS CEO Kevin Halter. “I’d like to thank our Green Team, led by Diana Williams, in helping us achieve this award. This honor demonstrates that Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital (OLBH) and the Bon Secours Kentucky Health System continue our work while looking to a future where healthcare is focused on sustainability.”

The Practice Greenhealth awards will be presented May 18 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, at the conclusion of the CleanMed Conference & Exhibition.

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Solar panels give new bourbon distillery green edge

Solar Panels photoSHELBYVILLE – Kentucky’s bourbon distilling business grew with the opening of The Bulleit Distilling Co., a $115-million facility near Shelbyville.

Owned by spirits maker Diageo, the distillery can produce up to 1.8 million proof gallons of bourbon a year. It employs 30 people full-time.

What makes the distillery, which sits on 300 acres between Shelbyville and Hatton, stand out among Kentucky’s large distilling plants is its use of solar energy.

The facility features a solar array used to power its forklifts. The array produces about 40 megawatt hours per year. The energy can go directly into the Shelby County power grid. The industrial solar panel is a first for the North American Diageo distilleries and a first for Shelby County.

“If there is excess power, it will be back on the grid. So far, there hasn’t been any excess.” said Candi Waford, manager of member services of Shelby Energy Cooperative.

Other environmentally friendly aspects of the distillery include 100 acres of land surrounding the distillery that still retains its natural landscape. The distillery also uses water from the nearby natural Guist Creek Lake, stored in a pond near the plant, and uses corn grown in Shelby County.

“Environmental conservation is a top priority at the Bulleit Distilling Co.,” said Pauline Rooney, vice president, distillation, maturation and engineering for Diageo North America in an email.

Though there are no current plans to expand the solar array, it can be increased if needed, officials said.

Since 2011, distilleries and breweries have been sharing ideas about environmental issues through the Sustainable Spirits Initiative, formed by the Kentucky Distillers Association and the Division of Compliance Assistance of the state department for Environmental Protection.

Other energy-saving measures include Maker’s Mark providing a natural habitat for wildlife near its distillery in Loretto and the Jim Beam facility in Boston, in Nelson County, using an electric demand system to cut their electric bill.

Eric Gregory, president of the Kentucky Distillers’ Association, said the Bulleit distillery innovations are the latest in a pattern of environmentally conscious decisions.

Read the full article by the Lexington Herald-Leader.

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