SSP June 2014

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On June 24, KPPC officially launched its new website.

Lissa McCracken, Acting Director of KPPC, made the rollout announcement, “Welcome to KPPC’s new website! I’m very pleased to announce that our newly designed and updated website is now “live” and available worldwide.

We designed the site to make it as accessible and easy to use as possible, and worked hard to organize the information to best meet the needs of our clients and visitors.

The new site showcases many of our client’s success stories, and provides easy access to the valuable resources and technical assistance opportunities offered by the Center.

We hope you enjoy exploring the new KPPC website and, as always, contact us if you have questions or need assistance – we are here to help Kentucky’s businesses, industries and organizations lower their costs, improve their environmental performance and become sustainability leaders in their communities.

Please let us know what you think of the new site, and how we could make it better or more useful for you!”

In addition to the new site, the Center’s monthly e-newsletter, Sustainable Solutions Post, has also been redesigned to reflect the new look of the website. Use the “Contact KPPC” button at the bottom of the page to send us your comments and suggestions.

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Earth Day Kentucky

The Office of the First Lady, the Energy and Environment Cabinet and the Kentucky Environmental Education Council sponsored an Earth Day celebration on June 12 on the Old Capitol Lawn in Earth Day signdowntown Frankfort. KPPC, along with state agencies and other nonprofits, set up their educational booths to illustrate each organization’s mission and role in keeping our environment clean, healthy and sustainable.

KPPC booth photoKPPC showed its support for the event by providing visitors with brochures and information about the Center’s mission to advance the principles of sustainability, which include; taking responsibility for social well-being — advancing economic benefits — and practicing environmental stewardship.

Contact KPPC to learn more about opportunities available to help your organization’s sustainability efforts.

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Murray State to Offer Master’s Degree in Sustainability Science

An Associated Press article reports that Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky will offer a new graduate-level program in sustainability science this fall.

The school says the decision to offer a new master’s of science degree in sustainability science comes as students show an increased interest in a cleaner earth and a healthier environment.

Murray-State-LogoRobert Pervine, the school’s associate provost for graduate education and research, says the program will include mandatory core courses and electives. Elective courses will be in agriculture, chemistry, biology, mathematics, geology, occupational safety and health and education.

Pervine says the program can be tailored for a variety of interests, including environmental or agricultural sustainability.

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Can Nano ‘Dots’ Outshine Current Solar Cells?

by Marit Mitchell-Toronto

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The researchers say colloidal quantum dots could be mixed into inks and painted or printed onto thin, flexible surfaces, such as roofing shingles, which would dramatically lower the cost of solar power for millions of people. (Credit: Antipoff via Wikimedia Commons)

Those flat, glassy solar panels on your neighbor’s roof may be getting a more efficient makeover, thanks to a new class of solar-sensitive nanoparticles.

This new form of solid, stable light-sensitive nanoparticles, called colloidal quantum dots, could lead to cheaper and more flexible solar cells, as well as better gas sensors, infrared lasers, infrared light emitting diodes, and more. The work appears in Nature Materials.

Postdoctoral researcher Zhijun Ning, Professor Ted Sargent, and colleagues modeled and demonstrated a new colloidal quantum dot n-type material that does not bind oxygen when exposed to air.

“This is a material innovation, that’s the first part, and with this new material we can build new device structures,” says Ning. “Iodide is almost a perfect ligand for these quantum solar cells with both high efficiency and air stability—no one has shown that before.”

Read the entire article at the Futurity.org website.

The University of Louisville’s Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research at the J.B. Speed School of Engineering is also working with nano technology to develop higher efficiency solar cells. The Conn Center is establishing a unique, flexible manufacturing R&D line for developing cost-effective solar cell technologies for large-scale energy production.

Learn more about UofL’s solar energy research efforts at the Conn Center website.

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Newsbits

  • See What’s New at ESRC
    The Environmental Sustainability Resource Center (ESRC) is a member of the Pollution Prevention ESRC-Logo120x120Resource Exchange (P2Rx™), a national network of regional information centers. The objective of the ESRC is to provide technical environmental sustainability information and training to industrial service providers in EPA Regions 3 & 4.The primary service area for the ESRC is EPA Region 3 & 4. Region 3 includes Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, D.C., Delaware and Maryland. Region 4 includes Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. ESRC resources and staff are available to users in industry, consulting and universities.Please visit the ESRC website or call toll free (855) 531-3772 for more information.
  • S.C. Green Hospitality Alliance – Webinar Series
    The South Carolina Green Hospitality Alliance has concluded its series of free webinars aimed at helping your hotel, motel or restaurant be more sustainable. You can view videos of the entire webinar series on the ESRC website.
  • Read the Latest P2 Pathways Article in GreenBiz
    Each month a contributing member of the Pollution Prevention Resource Exchange (P2Rx™) has an article about P2 sustainability initiatives published in GreenBiz.P2Rx™ is a national partnership of regional pollution prevention information centers funded in part through grants from EPA. They build networks, deliver P2 information, and measure P2 program results.The strength of the network lies in the expertise and diversity among the regional centers and the variety of audiences served including government and state environmental agencies, technical assistance providers, businesses, educators, nonprofit organizations and the general public.Read the latest article and past issues on the GreenBiz website.

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Upcoming Training, Events and Conferences

  • EPA Webinar Training – Portfolio Manager Checklist
    This webcast will teach federal energy and sustainability professionals how to use the ENERGY STAR® measurement and tracking tool, Portfolio Manager, to help ensure compliance with the Guiding Principles for High Performance Sustainable Buildings.
  • Thursday, July 10, 2014 at 2:00 pm EDT – View more training opportunities and Register for the Webinar.
  • Financing Energy Efficiency Upgrades with Energy Star
    Learn how public sector organizations are improving energy efficiency with innovative solutions to financial barriers. Attendees will learn about financing projects in the public and private sectors, the basics of performance contracting, and how EPA’s tools and resources can help you make the decision to improve your facilities now or later.
  • Thursday, July 17 at 2:00 p.m. – View more training opportunities and Register for the Webinar.

 

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