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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DOE Awards Grant to KY Energy & Environment Cabinet

In October, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Environmental Management Consolidated Business Center (EMCBC) awarded a $3.4 Million Grant to the Commonwealth of Kentucky, Energy and Environment Cabinet (EEC) for regulatory oversight of the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant (PGDP) located in Paducah, KY. This grant covers a single-year Base Project Period from November 1, 2014 to October 31, 2015 with an option for four, one-year extensions (approximately $680,000 per year).

The goal of the Federal Facility Agreement (FFA) grant is to have the Kentucky EEC work with DOE and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to find ways to best remediate contaminated environmental media as required by the FFA. Kentucky, specifically the EEC, is charged with the duty of enforcing the environmental laws/regulations of Kentucky relating to waste management, water and air quality, and protection of human health and environment that are applicable to DOE’s activities at the PGDP.

The mission of the Office of Environmental Management is to complete the safe cleanup of the environmental legacy brought about from five decades of nuclear weapons development and government-sponsored nuclear energy research.

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Introducing the Greening Sports Directory

The Greening Sports Directory (or GSD) is a comprehensive directory of local, regional, Greening Sports Imageand national contacts and resources to help sports facilities green their operations – whether professional, university-level, or recreational. The official roll-out of the directory was on October 6. Facilities looking to improve their energy efficiency or their green purchasing practices now have a rich list of contacts available to assist them. The directory is currently organized into 20 Green Topics. It includes 18 major metro areas in 16 states. With the support of the EPA, PPRC updates and adds to the directory on a monthly basis.

Learn more about the Directory on the Environmental Sustainability Resource Center’s website.

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ENERGY STAR Combined Heat and Power Award

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognized Eastman Chemical of Kingsport, Tennessee on September 30 with the ENERGY STAR Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Award for their highly efficient CHP systems—energy production systems that decrease energy costs and reduce carbon pollution which causes climate change. Eastman Chemical’s award-winning system demonstrates that CHP offers a promising strategy to help meet the goals of the President’s Climate Action Plan for a cleaner power sector and also boost the efficiency and competitiveness of the U.S industrial sector.

“CHP is part of a diverse clean energy mix,” said EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. “The companies recognized today are leading by example and using this technology to help manage their carbon emissions and benefit from the cost savings and energy efficiency CHP provides.”

CHP, also known as cogeneration, simultaneously produces electricity and useful steam or hot water from a single heat source, using traditional or renewable fuels. By recovering and using heat typically wasted by the conventional production of electricity, CHP gives U.S. manufacturers a competitive edge by minimizing production costs while also reducing carbon pollution.

With an operating efficiency of more than 78 percent, Eastman Chemical’s predominantly coal-fired system requires approximately 14 percent less fuel than grid-supplied electricity and conventional steam production. The system also avoids emissions of air pollutants, including an estimated 358,000 tons of carbon dioxide annually, equal to the emissions from the generation of electricity used by more than 44,000 homes. Moreover, by generating electricity on site, the system reduces demands on existing transmission and distribution infrastructure.

CHP is ideally suited for many industrial facilities as it provides reliable and cost-effective electricity and heat for a variety of manufacturing processes, including the production of specialty chemicals and pharmaceuticals, where energy costs can be a significant portion of operating costs.

Established in 2001, EPA’s voluntary CHP Partnership program seeks to reduce the environmental impact of power generation by promoting the cost-effective use of CHP. The partnership works closely with energy users, the CHP industry, state and local governments, and other clean energy stakeholders to facilitate the development of new CHP projects and to promote their environmental and economic benefits.

Check the Kentucky CHP partnership for information about how the Commonwealth could benefit from CHP technologies.

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