Tallying the Cost of Stormwater Pollution

In these times of drought, following regulations to keep our drinking water safe is more important than ever. Storm water management has a long history worth reviewing.

In the 1980s, the EPA conducted a Nationwide Urban Runoff Program study to determine the extent to which urban runoff contributed to water quality problems and to evaluate practices for controlling urban runoff. The NURP study recommended that urban stormwater runoff be added to the list of environmental issues which require controls to protect water quality.

Read the article in GreenBiz – P2 Impact

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Harness the Power of Wastewater

Water scarcity has become an economic issue, threatening industries as well as regions and ways of life. As such, corporate leaders are beginning to realize they need to get involved in finding solutions.

“We need to get the water industry to be known for its innovation rather than its conservatism,” said Water Smart Software CEO Robin Gilthorpe.

His words emerged as the consensus at the Economic Power of Water conference hosted by the Wharton School of Business and GE Power & Water last week in San Francisco. Corporate, government and non-profit leaders gathered there to discuss the world’s pressing water problem.

As the global demand for water is encroaching on its supply — the U.N. reports that 1.2 billion people live in an area of physical water scarcity — participants spoke about the need to improve efficiency in corporate water use, innovate around water reuse technology and enhance water education and outreach.

Read the article in GreenBiz

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New Clean Water Rule

Clean-Water-Rule-pictureClean Water Rule Protects Streams and Wetlands Critical to Public Health, Communities and the Economy

In an historic step for the protection of clean water, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army finalized the Clean Water Rule on May 27, 2015 to clearly protect from pollution and degradation the streams and wetlands that form the foundation of the nation’s water resources.

Protection for about 60 percent of the nation’s streams and millions of acres of wetlands has been confusing and complex as  the result of Supreme Court decisions in 2001 and 2006. The Clean Water Rule protects streams and wetlands that are scientifically shown to have the greatest impact on downstream water quality.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are ensuring that waters protected under the Clean Water Act are more precisely defined, more predictable, easier for businesses and industry to understand, and consistent with the law and the latest science.

Learn more about this important new Rule at the EPA’s website and how it can help protect our streams and wetlands.

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Strength Through Innovation Workshop – June 16th


Join us for a valuable workshop on June 16, 2015!
Strength Through Innovation: Economy, Energy and Environment Strategies for Kentucky Industries”

To be competitive in today’s global marketplace, businesses must look at their processes critically to ensure that they are efficient, innovative and sustainable.  This workshop will focus on helping manufacturers advance efforts to use lean, clean and energy efficient practices to conserve energy, reduce environmental impacts, preserve jobs and enhance overall competitiveness.

What You Will Learn
• Creating efficient processes through LEAN- a business model that identifies non-value added activities (waste) while focusing on rapid, continual improvement in cost, quality, service, and delivery
• Increasing your bottom line and reducing waste through efficiency
• Integrating LEAN, energy and environmental efforts into your operations
• Successful sustainability programs
• Technical assistance resources and recognition opportunities

Who Should Attend?
• Facility Engineers
• Plant Managers
• Operations Managers
• Energy Managers
• Environmental Health & Safety Managers

To promote lean, clean and sustainable business practices in Kentucky, one No-Cost facility assessment will be awarded to a qualified attendee of this workshop.  See the required qualifications to apply for the assessment award on the workshop registration page.

Tuesday –  June. 16, 2015 –  9:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m. EDT

DEP Training Center 300 Fair Oaks Lane Frankfort, KY 40601

Registration: 8:30-9:00 a.m. EDT

Fees:  $15 per person General  Admission  – $10 per person KY EXCEL members
Workshop cost includes light continental breakfast and lunch.

Register Today! 

Register Online  – Registration deadline:  June 11

Do you have questions or comments?  E-mail us at envhelp@ky.gov or call  800-926-8111.

The Workshop is sponsored by: Kentucky Pollution Prevention Center, Advantage Kentucky Alliance and the Kentucky Division of Compliance Assistance. 

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Lissa McCracken Named Executive Director of KPPC


Lissa McCracken

On April 3, Neville Pinto, Dean of the J.B. Speed School of Engineering, announced the appointment of Lissa McCracken as Executive Director of KPPC.

“I am pleased to announce that Ms. Elisabeth (Lissa) McCracken has been named as the Executive Director of the Kentucky Pollution Prevention Center (KPPC).  Her appointment was approved by the University of Louisville Board of Trustees on April 2, 2015. Lissa has been serving as Acting Director since 2013 following the retirement of Cam Metcalf.  She has done an outstanding job over her many years of dedicated service, progressing through a number of positions within KPPC including:  Pollution Prevention Specialist, Training Coordinator, Program Manager for Communications and Outreach, and Assistant Director.  Because of her experience, outstanding expertise in the field of pollution prevention, and her expansive knowledge of KPPC’s day-to-day operations, I have the utmost confidence in her ability to lead KPPC forward as it continues to fulfill its mission to help companies develop environmentally-sustainable and cost-saving solutions for increasing overall productivity.”

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Energy Star Certified Manufacturing Plants

EPA Announces 70 Top Performing Energy Star Certified Manufacturing Plants in 29 States

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced on March 10 that 70 manufacturing plants have achieved Energy Star certification for their superior energy performance in 2014. Together, these manufacturing plants saved a record amount of energy, cut their energy bills by $725 million, and reduced greenhouse gas emissions by more than 8 million metric tons –equivalent to the annual total energy use of more than 650,000 households.

Energy Star Certified plants in Kentucky:
CEMEX Kosmos Louisville (Cement)
Kellogg Company Florence (Cookie & Cracker)
Kellogg Company Louisville (Cookie & Cracker)
Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky – Plant 1 (Auto)
Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky – Plant 2 (Auto)

Read about the announcement at EPA’s website.

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Green Chemistry Connection Launch

The Northeast Waste Management Officials’ Association (NEWMOA) announces the national launch of the “Green Chemistry Connection,” an online community of green chemistry practitioners and an information clearinghouse.

NEWMOA created the Green Chemistry Connection in order to facilitate the exchange of information, ideas, and expertise on one easy-to-access and use web platform. NEWMOA conducted a “soft-launch” of the website in 2014 in the northeast with more than 115 members. With the re-launch of the website for a national audience, NEWMOA hopes to expand the conversation on green chemistry and further enhance the quantity and quality of information available on the Network.

GreenChemConnect.org brings together federal, state, and local programs, academic institutions, non-governmental organizations, and private companies that are working on green chemistry initiatives. The goal for the Green Chemistry Connection is to broaden the understanding and adoption of green chemistry practices and principles in business, education, government, health care, and society as a catalyst to growing a sustainable economy. Some of its features include:

  • Discussion forums for sharing ideas or posting questions
  • Blogs for sharing views, expertise, and experience
  • News complied from multiple sources
  • Announcements about upcoming events and activities
  • Notices about jobs
  • Groups for connecting with members interested in a particular topic
  • Library of links to green chemistry resources websites
  • Member Directory
  • Social media sharing


Learn more about the network at the Green Chemistry Connection website

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