Celebrate National Pollution Prevention Week – September 16-22

This year’s National Pollution Prevention (P2) Week begins on September 16, 2019.

Pollution Prevention Week is recognized and celebrated as a time when businesses, environmental groups and citizens can join forces for a common cause.

By sharing information about pollution prevention (P2), businesses can become more competitive, businesses and government can realize cost savings, and environmental quality can be enhanced.

The National Pollution Prevention Roundtable (NPPR) is a national forum that promotes P2 Week and supports the development, implementation, and evaluation of efforts to avoid, eliminate, or reduce waste generated to air, land and water.

The sustainable and efficient use of energy, materials and resources is vital to the protection and enhancement of human health and the environment and the conservation of natural resources.

Download the 2019 P2 Week Infographic. [PDF]

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ESRC Archive now available

The Environmental Sustainability Resource Center (ESRC) along with the Pollution Prevention Resource Exchange (P2Rx™), formerly a national network of regional information centers, is no longer an active pollution prevention (P2) resource as a result of the U.S. EPA eliminating the funding in 2018 for the Pollution Prevention Information Network (PPIN).

The Kentucky Pollution Prevention Center (KPPC) began to receive this funding back in 2011 to assume administration of the operational objectives of the ESRC from the North Carolina Department of Natural Resources. The objectives of the ESRC were to provide technical environmental sustainability information and training to industrial service providers in EPA Regions 3 & 4.

A key resource that emerged from the PPIN funding and evolved over the years had been the ESRC website which made available a collection of sustainability and pollution prevention related resources. The esrconline.org website has been decommissioned. Some of that content that includes informative recorded webinars, resources and P2 related information has been archived on the KPPC website.

Check out the Environmental Sustainability Resource Center Archive as an additional P2 resource.

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BOC Level I Training Series – Frankfort – Begins September 2019

Series begins September 11th

Level I Training Series

Building Operator Certification (BOC) training includes nearly 74 hours of classroom and project work (7.4 CEUs) in building systems operation and maintenance. Each course in the series is completed in a one day training session, except BOC 1001 Energy Efficient Operation of Building HVAC Systems, which is a two day course. To graduate from the series, participants must pass a test at the end of each training day and complete five assigned projects. Unless otherwise noted, training begins at 8:00 a.m. and ends by 4:00 p.m. Early registration is encouraged.

Tuition Information

Tuition: $1,350. The registration fee covers all class materials, books, and a certificate upon completion of the training series.

Are you a veteran? If so, you qualify for a tuition discount.

Find out more about this valuable training series and register today!

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One week left to submit your MVP2 Award Application!

The application deadline was extended until August 15th!  Don’t miss your chance to be recognized!

There are 7 award categories for nominations:

  • Awards for individuals (5): “P2 Champion”, “Volunteer of the Year”, “Educator of the Year”, “Student of the Year”, and the “Fred Granek Memorial P2 Ambassador”
  • Award for multimedia (1): “Best P2 Multimedia” (publication, writing, video)
  • Award for project/program (1): “Best P2 Project/Program” (material use, waste, water, energy, natural resources, air emissions)

Award applications can be found at http://www.p2.org/mvp2-awards/.  There is a $50 application fee for each submittal.  Applications should be no longer than two pages, unless otherwise noted (i.e., Multimedia, Project/Program)

We look forward to receiving your nominations!  We will announce the award winners during P2 Week in September.

If you have any questions, please email admin [at] p2.org.

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Registration is open for the 2018 Kilowatt Crackdown Awards

The Louisville Energy Alliance (LEA) has opened registration for the 2018 Kilowatt Crackdown Awards.

LEA challenges building owners and operators in Jefferson County and surrounding areas to realize the benefits of energy efficiency by participating in the Louisville Kilowatt Crackdown. It’s easy — all you have to do is benchmark your facility’s energy use with Portfolio Manager (for buildings) or Energy Tracking Tool (for industrial plants), EPA’s free online benchmarking tools; make improvements over the contest period; and submit your final benchmarking score. Top honors will go to the most efficient buildings and the buildings making the greatest energy improvements, but all buildings will be recognized for participating and striving to improve Louisville’s environment.

Award Categories

Winners will be selected based on data from the final Energy Performance rating or Energy Use Intensity (EUI) metric generated by Portfolio Manager. All participants that complete the competition will be awarded certificates of participation. Award categories are:

Best Performer (based on 2018 data only) – awarded to the building or plant with the highest energy performance rating for 2017
Most Improved – awarded to the building or plant making the greatest percentage gain in energy reduction from 2017 to 2018

These categories will be awarded for each building type entered into the competition.

Visit the LEA website for more information about the Kilowatt Crackdown and to register.

Registration closes February 25, 2019.

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Energy department recognizes Bullitt County Public Schools

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has recognized Better Buildings Challenge partner, Bullitt County Public Schools (BCPS), for the energy productivity advances made in its Mt. Washington Elementary School. Located in Shepherdsville, Kentucky and serving more than 13,000 students, the school district committed to improving its energy performance by 20% over a 10-year period across its two million square foot portfolio. The school district is well on its way to achieving this goal and has already reduced energy by 18% from a 2013 baseline.

Director of DOE’s Better Buildings Challenge Maria Vargas visited Mt. Washington Elementary School, the district’s Better Buildings Showcase Project, to congratulate the school on its significant energy savings achieved. The school was selected for a year-and-a-half long renovation that resulted in 32% annual energy savings and $28,000 annual costs savings.

The Bullitt County Public Schools District has engaged students and faculty in its commitment to energy management by implementing a district energy plan that encourages each person to take responsibility for using energy efficiently. The plan also includes guidelines on building operations and maintenance such as temperature controls, building resource management, lighting, space heaters, filters, holiday period procedures, new construction standards, and water conservation.
 
Find out more about the energy saving renovations made by Bullitt County Public Schools.

 

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City of Louisville receives national sustainability award

The Louisville, Kentucky, Metro Government was recognized as the 2018 Green Leadership City, a distinction awarded by the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC), a Washington, D.C.-based national non-profit organization. The award recognizes the city for its adoption of clean, propane-powered mowers, among other environmentally-friendly programs that support the city’s highly-regarded sustainability plan.

“The Green Leadership City Award highlights public agencies demonstrating a commitment to environmentally-friendly and sustainable practices, which the city of Louisville has shown by adding propane mowers to its municipal equipment fleet,” said Jeremy Wishart, director of off-road business development for PERC. “Louisville has set an incredible example for the rest of the region of what a municipality can accomplish when it decides that its environmental impact matters and takes necessary steps to reduce its carbon footprint.”

Find out more about how propane mowers help improve Louisville’s long-term sustainabilty goals.

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Domtar wins 2018 AF&PA Sustainability Award for water

The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) recognized Domtar with a 2018 AF&PA Leadership in Sustainability Award for Water for their Hawesville Water Conservation Project. The award was presented at AF&PA’s annual meeting on Friday, Nov. 9 in Dallas, Texas.

“Domtar showed that a number of small, focused projects can add up to a big impact, namely slashing their Hawesville mill’s water intake by a third,” said AF&PA President and CEO Donna Harman.

Domtar’s mill in Hawesville, Kentucky mill made 17 upgrades, repairs and process changes that conserved vital water resources for their operations and the mill’s surrounding ecosystem. These small, relatively inexpensive projects amounted to collective water savings of nearly 2,200 gallons per minute or 3.2 million gallons per day. The mill’s total water intake decreased 34 percent, contributing to cost savings to pump, treat and heat process water, boiler feed water and effluent.

Read more about Domtar’s award winning sustainability improvement efforts.

 

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Regional seminar on smart manufacturing – November 29th

A new industrial revolution is taking place. At the forefront is the Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute (CESMII) that is helping manufacturers of all sizes, and across all industry sectors, with bringing together information and operations technologies built on the open SM PlatformTM.

The goal is to create radically smarter, more productive, and energy-efficient production systems and domestic supply chains across American industry, while empowering workers from the plant floor to the C-Suite with actionable information for real-time decision-making. This transformation aims to unlock the true potential of our people, processes, and technology by transcending barriers of cost, risk and accessibility.

Attend this seminar on Thursday, November 29, 2018 from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. at the University of Louisville, Belknap Campus, to find out more about CESMII’s key strategic objectives and near-term technology road map.

Find out more about this seminar and view the agenda.

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