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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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Claude Christensen Appointed as KPPC Board Member

Governor Steve Beshear has appointed Claude J. Christensen, mayor of the city of Sadieville, as a member of the Kentucky Pollution Prevention Center Board of Directors for a term expiring July 15, 2017.

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Claude Christensen

Mayor Christensen will represent local government on the KPPC Board. Christensen replaces Kevin L. Murphy, whose term has expired.

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High-Performance Sustainable Schools Workshop

School decision makers, architects, engineers, energy managers and others are encouraged to attend

Kentuckians interested in learning how energy efficient, high-performance buildings rescue a school district’s bottom line and accelerate students’ career paths are encouraged to attend one or both days of the High-Performance Sustainable Schools Workshop, March 10-11 at the Kentucky Community and Technical College System, Versailles campus.

The workshop is sponsored by the Kentucky Department for Energy Development and
Independence and the Kentucky National Energy Education Development (NEED) project in
cooperation with the Society of the American Institute of Architects (AIA).

Registration is currently available through the NEED website.

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Green Business Incentive Program

Louisville’s Office of Sustainability is offering a “green” infrastructure incentive program. The program offers matching funds for commercial projects and was created to encourage businesses to invest in stormwater-management solutions.

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer announced that the program is now available to businesses that are seeking to make their facilities more environmentally friendly.

Read more at the city’s Sustainability website

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Join us for a FREE CHP Webinar on January 29

Join the Kentucky CHP partners on January 29, 2015 from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm EST for a valuable, Free Webinar highlighting the first steps to determine if a Combined Heat and Power (CHP) System would work for your industrial or commercial facility.

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The CHP Webinar will help answer your questions about getting started with CHP. The webinar will explain the screening process to determine whether or not your facility is a good candidate for a CHP system. The session will also outline steps to determine if your CHP system will need an air permit and how to apply for one.

Register for the Webinar.

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Partnership for a Green City marks 10th anniversary

Partnership for a Green City, a collaboration among four public organizations working to boost sustainable practices in the Louisville area, marked its 10th anniversary on December 10.

This partnership was launched in August 2004 between Louisville Metro Government (which includes Louisville Metro-Department of Public Health and Wellness), Jefferson County Public Schools and the University of Louisville to protect the environment and improve overall quality of life in the community.

During the celebration, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer was joined by JCPS Chief Operations Officer Michael Raisor, UofL Provost Shirley Willihnganz and JCTC President Tony Newberry in providing details about the partnership’s past accomplishments and committing to another 10 years as stewards of local sustainability.

Read more about the Partnership for a Green City 10th anniversary event.

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New EPA Rule Promotes Responsible Hazardous Materials Recycling

The U.S. EPA finalized new safeguards on December 10, 2014 that promote responsible hazardous secondary materials recycling. The final rule modifies the EPA’s 2008 Definition of Solid Waste (DSW) rule to ensure it protects human health and the environment from the mismanagement of hazardous secondary materials intended for recycling, while promoting sustainability through the encouragement of safe and environmentally responsible recycling of such materials.

An EPA Fact Sheet is available to view or download as a pdf.

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