University of Louisville Eco-Reps Program wins MVP2 Award

Eco-Reps, a University of Louisville sustainability training program, has received a top award from the National Pollution Prevention Roundtable, a nonprofit group based in Washington, D.C.

Eco-Reps was named winner of the organization’s 2014 Multimedia MVP2 Award for best video series with a major impact on preventing pollution.

The UofL program, created in 2012, offers free online video training, service opportunities and certification for faculty, staff and students who want to encourage others to adopt sustainable practices. Those seeking certification must watch six videos about energy, alternative transportation, healthy eating and other topics, read related material and take an exam.

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P2 Week: Benchmarking State Energy Efficiency Efforts

California, Massachusetts and Oregon continue to lead the state rankings for energy efficiency efforts. Every year, ACEEE ranks states on their energy efficiency policy and program efforts and provides recommendations for ways that states can improve their performance in a variety of policy areas.

Learn more about Kentucky’s energy efficiency effort from this perspective at the ACEEE website.

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P2 Week: MVP2 Awards Presented During P2 Week

nppr-mvp2-award-logo-jpg The 2014 Most Valuable Pollution Prevention (MVP2) awards presented by the National Pollution Prevention Roundtable (NPPR) celebrate the successes of innovators in the areas of pollution prevention and sustainability. The MVP2 awards are presented annually during National Pollution Prevention (P2) Week. Since P2 Week became a national event in 1995, NPPR has been advancing pollution prevention awareness by encouraging and promoting widespread participation during this week.

The 2014 MVP2 recipients represent a broad range of backgrounds including academia, industries, nonprofits and individuals that have demonstrated significant accomplishments in pollution prevention. Together, these programs and projects reduced hazardous materials by 2.2 million pounds, non-hazardous materials by 919,000 pounds, water use by 86.5 million gallons, air emissions by 2 million pounds, and energy use by 5.8 million kWh, saving these companies a total of over $3 million. These prestigious awards will be presented at a ceremony in Washington, DC on September 17, 2014.

Awards are presented in five categories. This year’s winners for the Projects/Programs Award were Crown Equipment, Dassault Falcoln Jet, Eco Chemical, GM – Toledo, IBM Vermont, Massachusetts Toxics Use Reduction Institute, Madison Precision Products, Prince William County Fire & Rescue, PVI Industries, SABIC, Saint-Gobain Corporation, and Washing Systems.. Honorable Mentions went to Cintas Corporation, GOJO Industries, IBM Fishkill, Maryland Department of Environmental Protection, Phoenix Contact, Pratt & Whitney, and SABIC. Phyllis Strong with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency took home the award for P2 Champion. Volunteer of the Year was awarded to Audree Miller, with the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality. This year marks the first year of the Fred Granek P2 Ambassador Award, in memory of Fred Granek of the Canadian Centre for Pollution Prevention. The Fred Granek P2 Ambassador Award was awarded to Bruce Taylor of Enviro-Stewards, Inc.

For more information on the MVP2 Awards and NPPR, visit the NPPR website.

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P2 Week: Transforming the Market through Energy Efficiency

ENERGY STAR is a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) voluntary program that helps businesses and individuals save money and protect our climate through superior energy efficiency.

Look for the “ENERGY STAR” logo on appliances; this company devotes itself to appliances that are manufactured through methods which reduce greenhouse emissions.

The ESRC facilitated a Webinar on ENERGY STAR Tools for Manufacturers presented by Walt Tunnessen, EPA National Program Manager – Industry. Check out the ENERGY STAR resources discussed in this recorded Webinar.

Learn more about the EPA ENERGY STAR program and Industrial Energy Management.

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Kentucky to Receive $20 million Alternative Energy Grant

Kentucky is set to receive $20 million to fund alternative energy research at many of  the state’s colleges and universities. The federal grant money will come from the National National Science Foundation with an additional $4 million from the state Council on Postsecondary Education. Grant money will pay for research to move the state towards new forms of energy. Research funding will be provided to the University of Kentucky, the University of Louisville and Kentucky State, Northern Kentucky, Western Kentucky, Eastern Kentucky, Morehead State, and Murray State universities. Funding will also be provided to the The Big Sandy and bluegrass community technical colleges.

Read about plans for the research funding at the University of Louisville’s Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research.

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UofL adds Eighth LEED-Certified Building

In May, the Kentucky U.S. Green Building Council recognized The Nucleus, the University of Louisville Foundation’s new downtown office building, for achieving Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification. The recognition makes the building the eighth to achieve the designation at the university.

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Nucleus Building

During a ceremony at The Nucleus, 300 E. Market St., Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO and founding chairman of the U.S. Green Building Council, presented a LEED silver plaque to University of Louisville president James Ramsey and Vickie Yates Brown, president and CEO of Nucleus: Kentucky’s Innovation Center. Nucleus is an arm of the UofL Foundation.

Mr. Fedrizzi praised the university’s commitment to building “Green”, “We started to look at things that matter: energy, water, waste, materials, site issues,landscaping issues, the kinds of technologies that are associated with this; air quality,thermal comfort, all of the design attributes that make a building an important place to be. I want to personally thank Dr. Ramsey and the University of Louisville because of the commitment that they’ve made.”

Another two UofL buildings are expected to receive LEED certification.

“Responsible growth continues to be our goal at UofL and having these buildings achieve LEED certification shows the university’s commitment to long-term sustainability, carbon footprint reduction and environmentally friendly development,” Ramsey said.

Read the article in UofL Today.

Watch a video of the LEED announcement.

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KPPC Wins Energy Star Award

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) presented the Kentucky Pollution Prevention Center (KPPC) with a 2014 Energy Star AwardEnergy Star Partner of the Year—Sustained Excellence Award. KPPC was selected for its continued leadership in helping commercial and industrial facilities build self-sustaining energy management programs. The award was presented to KPPC acting director Lissa McCracken at the annual Energy Star awards ceremony held on April 29 in Washington D.C.

“We are very pleased to receive the Energy Star award again this year, said Ms McCracken, “I’m especially pleased that we’ve been recognized for “Sustained Excellence”, which acknowledges our continuing commitment to helping Kentucky businesses, industries, and other organizations become more sustainable, efficient and competitive. At KPPC we realize that while sustainability is about the health of our environment, for today’s industries and businesses, it is also about achieving financial success.”

KPPC’s application for the award stood out among a highly competitive pool of submissions, said Jean Lupinacci, Chief, Energy Star Commercial and Industrial Branch. “Your outstanding accomplishments prove that improved energy performance is good for the environment and good for business. Your dedication to saving energy, your commitment to measuring and tracking progress, and your efforts to communicate the importance of energy efficiency to a broad audience distinguishes your organization as an industry leader.”

The 2014 Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Awards are given to a select group of organizations that have exhibited outstanding leadership year after year. These winners have reduced greenhouse gas emissions by setting and achieving aggressive goals, and employing innovative energy efficiency approaches. Award winners are selected from the nearly 20,000 organizations that participate in the Energy Star program.

An Energy Star partner since 2005, KPPC won the prestigious Energy Star Partner of the Year Award in 2011 and 2012, and the Sustained Excellence Award in 2013 and again in 2014.

A list of all the 2014 Award recipients can be found on the EPA’s Energy Star website.

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