Solar Seminar for Professional CE

The Kentucky U.S. Green Building Council is sponsoring a seminar on November 13 in Louisville for professionals in the building and infrastructure, energy, planning, remodeling or design industries who wish to know more about the basics and benefits of solar, designing for solar, tips on choosing an installer, and financial incentives for installing solar. It may also be of interest to those in the residential sector.

Learn more and register for this event.

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Sustainability Summit focuses on air quality

Louisville officials are joining others in the business and environmental communities for a second Sustainability Summit, scheduled for the first week in November.

This year’s focus is on air quality, said Maria Koetter, the city’s sustainability director.

The program features discussions and presentations on air quality and health, citizen-led initiatives, buildings, land use and transportation, alternative energy, natural systems and community engagement.

Louisville’s Office of Sustainability and the Louisville Sustainability Council are sponsoring the event, which includes an opening reception on Nov. 5, 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., at Copper & Kings, 1121 East Washington St. The reception features welcome presentations, hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar and special entertainment.

The working program is Nov. 6, from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., at the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage, 1701 West Muhammad Ali Blvd. There, participants will attend plenary and breakout sessions focused on improving Louisville’s air quality.  A light breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Cost after Friday, Oct. 16, is $75 for general admission. Early general admission is $50, available through the 16th.

Students may attend for $25, and sustainability council members get discounts.

Registration and more information are available through the Sustainability Council’s website.

James Bruggers – Louisville Courier Journal

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Energy Star Express Training Videos

Energy Star has announced the completion of a new suite of eight animated Express Videos to help explain how to benchmark, report, and share information about your properties in Portfolio Manager.

These 5-minute videos are helpful for both new and seasoned users, and make it easier to get the information you need, when you need it. The eight videos cover the following topics:
• Basic Functionality
• Sharing
• Reporting

Take a look at the new videos on Energy Star’s website.

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Owensboro Grain Wins KPPC 2015 ES Award

Owensboro Grain Company has been selected as the Kentucky Pollution PreventionESA-jpeg-SSP Center’s (KPPC) Douglas C. Griffin Environmental Sustainability Award winner for 2015. KPPC created the award in 2009 to recognize those Kentucky companies that have demonstrated a commitment to the principles of sustainability by reducing waste, lowering energy use and practicing environmental stewardship. The award is presented each year in conjunction with National Pollution Prevention Week. The memorial award is named for the late Douglas C. Griffin, KPPC’s Board Chairman from 1999 to 2015.

Take a look at the video of the award presentation and an interview with John Wright on KPPC’s Video page.

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P2 Act Anniversary Retrospective Report Published

25 years preventing pollutionTwenty-five years ago, Congress passed the Pollution Prevention (P2) Act. What prompted the Act? What is the Act’s impact and legacy? And what’s next for pollution prevention?

To help answer these questions, the Pacific Northwest Pollution Prevention Resource Center (PPRC) has compiled a P2 Retrospective Report [PDF]. The report dives into the history of pollution prevention, explores a variety of innovative public-private partnerships that the Act helped promote, and considers the future of pollution prevention in concept and practice.  Technical assistance programs from around the country are highlighted that includes two from Kentucky, the Kentucky Pollution Prevention Center and the KY EXCEL Leadership Program.

Check it out! [PDF]

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EPA Proposes New Haz Waste Rules

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing two new hazardous waste rules to strengthen environmental protection while reducing regulatory burden on businesses. One of the proposed rules will protect waterways, including drinking and surface water, by preventing the flushing of hazardous waste pharmaceuticals and simplify the requirements for healthcare workers. The other rule will provide greater flexibility to industry while requiring new safeguards to protect the public from mismanagement of hazardous waste.

“These rules provide businesses with certainty and the flexibility they need to successfully operate in today’s marketplace,” said Mathy Stanislaus, assistant administrator of EPA’s Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response. “The proposals will improve the safety and health of our communities by providing clear, flexible, and protective hazardous waste management standards.”

Read the EPA press release.

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Energy Star 2016 Partner of the Year Awards

Each year, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Energy (DOE) honor organizations that have made outstanding contributions to protecting the environment through energy efficiency. All organizations participating in the ENERGY STAR program are encouraged to apply for a 2016 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Award. 2016 winners will be recognized at the ENERGY STAR Awards Ceremony on April 13, 2016 in Washington, DC.

This year we are again asking applicants to notify us of their intent to apply for an award.  Please use your “My ENERGY STAR Account” (MESA) to complete this action by Thursday, October 1, 2015.

The 2016 ENERGY STAR Award notice of intent to apply must be submitted through your MESA account.  If you do not have an ENERGY STAR account, please contact ENERGY STAR to have one created for you.

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