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Governor’s Conference on Energy and the Environment

The annual Governor’s Conference on Energy and the Environment will be held on October 7 and 8, 2014 atKY-Gov-Conference-Logo-jpg the Lexington Convention Center. This year’s theme is “The Changing Landscapes in Kentucky”.

The conference will feature speakers and panel discussions on a wide range of topics, including energy, water resources, business, cyber security, agriculture and the environment. The conference will also host an exhibit hall for vendors to display environmental and energy related products and services.

KPPC will have a booth at the conference to answer questions about the center and provide information about technical services and programs available to Kentucky businesses and organization. Be sure to stop by the KPPC booth if you are at the conference.

There is a charge to attend the conference. If you would like to register for the conference, visit the KPPC Calendar of Events.

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KPPC’s 2014 Environmental Sustainability Award Presented

A. Raymond Tinnerman Manufacturing, Inc. has been selected as the Kentucky Pollution Prevention Center’s (KPPC) Environmental Sustainability Award winner for 2014. 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. KPPC presents the award each year in conjunction with National Pollution Prevention Week.

KPPC Acting Director Lissa McCracken presents the Environmental Sustainability Award to Bill Breeze and Terry Royse at the A. Raymond Tinnerman manufacturing plant in Flemingsburg.

This year’s winner, A. Raymond Tinnerman Manufacturing purchased the plant in 2009, however the facility has been operating in Flemingsburg Kentucky since 1959. The company employs about 104 people and manufactures a variety of assembly components for the automotive industry. The company has been actively engaged in sustainability efforts at its facility for a number of years and has been working with KPPC since 2012.

KPPC’s Acting Director, Lissa McCracken, presented the award to plant manager Bill Breeze at the company’s facility on September 24. After receiving the award, Breeze said, “We’ve made energy management and waste reduction a priority, and KPPC has helped us find new opportunities to lower costs and improve our environmental performance. Protecting the environment is important to us, to our community and important to our parent company.”

There have been nine Kentucky companies that have won the Environmental Sustainability Award since KPPC created the award program: Akenbono Brake in Elizabethtown, Denyo Manufacturing in Danville, Fetter Group, Kindred Healthcare and Republic Conduit in Louisville, Sherwin Williams in Richmond, The United States Playing Card Company in Erlanger, Indelac Controls in Florence and A. Raymond Tinnerman manufacturing in Flemingsburg.

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P2 Week: Coffee Roaster Abuzz with Waste Prevention Strategy

Each month a contributing author through the Pollution Prevention Resource Exchange (P2Rx™) publishes an article on GreenBiz about P2 sustainability with perspectives and examples on putting it into action.

In the latest P2 Impact article, Justin Lehrer from StopWaste Business Partnership shares how America’s Best Coffee Roasting Company has been brewing a strategy to reduce waste and improve operational efficiency, realizing savings along the way.

Read more about the cost savings that America’s Best Coffee Roasting Company found through waste reduction and improved efficiencies at the GreenBiz website.

Explore the many insightful P2 Impact posts to improve sustainability through pollution prevention.

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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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Paid UofL Sustainability Internships available in 2014-15

Do you have a passion for sustainability and want to help advance environmental, social, and economic stewardship on campus? UofL’s Sustainability Council will be launching a new paid internship program for students in 2014-15. Interns will work about 10 hours/week throughout the academic year on tangible projects developed in collaboration with supervisors from the Sustainability Council.

Prospective applicants can learn more about the types of initiatives the Council works on.

Pay & Hours: All interns will be paid $10/hour (no benefits) for an average of 10 hours/week throughout the fall and spring semesters.

Application Process & Deadline: All interested students should direct any questions and submit resumes by September 1st to the primary contact person listed below for the particular internship they are applying for. Three different internships are being offered this year:

  1. Greening Athletics Internship

The student intern will assist the University of Louisville Athletics Department with expanding sustainability into its operations, events and facilities. The intern will receive support, training and supervision from the University of Louisville Kentucky Pollution Prevention Center (KPPC) to improve on existing sustainability initiatives and to create and implement student centered activities with a focus on outreach and engagement.  Targeted areas may include one or more of the following based on prioritization by the Athletics Department:  1) Sustainable Purchasing Practices, 2) Waste, Energy & Water Conservation; 3) Resource Use & Recycling, 4) Behavior Change, and, 5) Zero Waste Sporting Events.

Contact: V. Bruce Hepke, Sr. Engineer, KPPC – Kentucky’s Resource Center for Environmental Sustainability, 502-852-0148, bruce.hepke@louisville.edu

 

  1. UofL Physical Plant Department Solid Waste and Recycling Internship

Summary: Provides the general public with information regarding the University of Louisville’s Solid Waste, Recycling and Composting programs and services.  Participates in auditing and promotion of current programs while working towards the ultimate goal of increasing diversion rates from the landfill.
Duties:

  • Demonstrates regular and predictable attendance.
  • Promotes and maintains positive and effective working relationships and promotes good public relationships as a representative of the University of Louisville.
  • Represents University of Louisville Solid Waste and Recycling at public functions, community events, business and school programs. Some of these programs may include evenings and weekends.
  • Provides the university community with information regarding Solid Waste, Recycling and Composting programs and services.
  • Develops contests and promotions to engage and grow community interest in the University’s Waste, Recycling and Composting programs.
  • Creates interactive recycling displays for educational programs and student events.
    Develops social networking materials along with tracking and analyzing social media data in efforts to grow social networks.
  • Recruits and engages student groups and individuals to volunteer for projects.
  • Conducts audits of current programs.
  • Provides data entry and administrative support, as needed.
  • Meets all job safety requirements and all applicable safety standards that pertain to the essential functions of the position and all university safety procedures.
  • Remains informed of current developments and procedures pertinent to duties; may be required to attend seminars/training.

Contact: Aaron Boggs, Assistant Director of Physical Plant, 502- 852-8181, aaron.boggs@louisville.edu

 

  1. Bike Mechanic Internship

The UofL Sustainability Council seeks an intern with experience in bicycle restoration, maintenance, and repair to assist us in providing bike maintenance services and launching a new campus bike shop in Crawford Gym. A skilled, physically-fit, self-directed individual is sought, preferably with prior experience working in a bike shop and/or instructing others in bike maintenance.

The intern will help in setting up and managing the new campus bike shop and helping staff it during regular hours to provide instruction and assistance to students, faculty and staff interested in learning how to work on their own bikes.

The intern’s primary responsibility, however, will be to provide on-going services to restore, repair, and maintain the University’s bicycle fleet. The University bicycle fleet continues to grow, but currently includes a total of 36 bikes. These include:

  • 18 bicycles in the UofL BikeShare Program which are made available to the campus community for free daily check-out from five different Belknap campus locations (Student Recreation Center, Humana Gym, Community Park, Kurz Hall, and Bettie Johnson Hall). The new Crawford Gym bike shop will become a sixth bike check-out location.
  • 16 bicycles used on-campus by employees in Physical Plant, Parking, and University Police to get around campus (both Belknap and Health Sciences); and
  • 2 utility tricycles used on-campus by employees in the IT Help Desk, and the Office of Health Promotion (which also has a bike on a trainer used for bike blender events).

The University intends to gradually expand the number of bikes in each fleet and to potentially add additional fleets in the coming months and years. One of the means of adding to the fleets will be through restoration of impounded bicycles that were abandoned on campus. The intern will be in charge of both bike restoration and fleet maintenance services.

While based in the campus bike shop, the intern will also be expected to travel around campus to retrieve bikes for repair, to maintain our five bike fixit stations, and to provide on-site bike maintenance services at all bikeshare locations. The intern may also be called upon to assist with occasional campus events at which bike tune-ups will be offered.

The intern will work closely with the Assistant the Provost for Sustainability Initiatives, Crawford Gym staff and faculty from the Dept. of Health & Sport Science, bike shop volunteers, and members of the Louisville Student Cycling Coalition.

Contact: Justin Mog, Assistant to the Provost for Sustainability Initiatives, 502-852-8575, justin.mog@louisville.edu

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