May, 2015 – Volume 8, Issue 5
KPPC at the Annual KAM Conference
The Kentucky Association of Manufacturers (KAM) held its annual Energy Conference at the Lexington Center on May 13-14. The conference included a number of informative sessions across 2 days as well as an industry trade show.
KPPC facilitated two 90-minute sessions on the “Nuts & Bolts for Energy Management”. Eighteen people attended the first session, and 15 attended the second session. Attendees, who mostly identified themselves as new to energy management, later formed 3 groups to discuss what they had learned during the sessions and how they might apply a systematic approach to managing energy use at their own facilities.
Bruce Bremer, a strategic energy adviser for the industrial program of ENERGY STAR, gave a presentation on the tools and resources available through the ENERGY STAR program.
Strength Through Innovation Workshop in June
Join the Kentucky Pollution Prevention Center, Advantage Kentucky Alliance and the Kentucky Division of Compliance Assistance for this valuable workshop on June 16th in Frankfort Kentucky.
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.
Workshop: June 16, 2015 – 9:00 a.m. to 1 p.m. EDT
Check-in: 8:30-9:00 a.m. EDT
Location: DEP Training Center, Frankfort Kentucky
Fees: $15 per person General Admission – $10 per person KY EXCEL members
– Cost includes light continental breakfast and lunch.
Registration deadline: June 11
Final Results of the 2014 ENERGY STAR Building Competition
The ENERGY STAR Battle of the Buildings: Team Challenge is an annual competition that challenges teams of buildings to reduce energy and water consumption over a one year period.
For the 2014 competition, teams of buildings competed to reduce energy or water consumption, measured on a percentage basis, over a one year period. Building owners and managers submitted energy and/or water data through EPA’s ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager. Using this tool, competitors measured, tracked, and reported their energy and water consumption throughout the competition period.
EPA’s ENERGY STAR and WaterSense® programs recognized competitors for a number of achievements:
- Top Team. The team that reduced its energy or water use the most on a percentage basis over the course of the competition.
- Top Building. The building that reduced its energy or water use the most on a percentage basis over the course of the competition.
- Top Building by Category. The building in each category that reduced its energy or water use the most on a percentage basis over the course of the competition.
- 20 percent Team Reduction. Any team that reduced its energy or water use by at least 20 percent over the course of the competition.
- 20 percent Building Reduction. Any building that reduced its energy or water use by at least 20 percent over the course of the competition.
Kentucky Green and Healthy Schools Recognized
Students and teachers from across the Commonwealth were recognized in April for their participation in project-based learning programs during the eighth annual Kentucky Green and Healthy Schools and Kentucky National Energy Education Development Youth Summit and Awards Luncheon in Frankfort.
Kentucky First Lady Jane Beshear congratulated representatives and students from Morton Middle School in Fayette County for receiving a Kentucky Green and Healthy School flag during a recent ceremony in Frankfort.
All award recipients completed a rigorous program of research and school improvement in at least one of nine topics in health and environmental sustainability. A total of eight schools received KGHS awards this year for leading efforts to save their schools money, reduce harmful environmental impacts, reduce energy consumption and improve student health. Participants showcased their projects to other student leaders. Additional students and schools were honored for their efforts in the KY NEED Project.
Read the entire article at the KyForward website.
KY American Water Grant Program Awards $9,200 to Green Projects in Region
Kentucky American Water announced in a press release in April that two projects in Kentucky have earned financial support from the 2015 American Water Environmental Grant Program. Projects coordinated by the Friends of Stoner Creek and Seedleaf will receive a share of grant funds totaling $9,200.
Since the grant program’s inception in 2006, Kentucky American Water has awarded more than $174,000 in grant funds to area organizations making a difference to protect and preserve Kentucky watersheds and highlight the importance of water in our lives. The funds provided through the grant program are in addition to the company’s other ongoing corporate giving efforts and support the company’s commitment to serving as an environmental leader in Kentucky.
Read the press release (pdf).
ESRC ENERGY STAR Webinar now available on Video
On April 23, the Environmental Sustainability Resource Center – ESRC, which serves EPA Regions 3 and 4, held a webinar presented by Walt Tunnessen, National Program Manager of the ENERGY STAR Industrial Program.
The webinar, ENERGY STAR Tools for Industry – Improving Plant Energy Performance, provided attendees a look at the tools and resources the ENERGY STAR program has available. Mr Tunnessen also shared results of the a recent ENERGY STAR Plant Performance project and how the approach can be replicated at other industrial facilities. A video capture of the webinar is now available to view on the ESRC website.
The project, called Southside Plant Performance, was held in Danville, VA, and is an example of how ENERGY STAR worked with a group of local manufacturers. This initiative helped the participating companies quickly identify energy savings opportunities while laying the foundations for better energy management practices.
For over 15 years, the US EPA’s ENERGY STAR for Industry program has worked with manufacturing sectors and companies to develop effective energy management tools and resources that drive savings. The focus of these tools is to help companies build energy programs that support strategic energy management initiatives and to help them find no-cost and low-cost savings opportunities. Learn more about the program on the ENERGY STAR website.
See What’s New at ESRC
The Environmental Sustainability Resource Center (ESRC) is a member of the Pollution Prevention Resource 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.
Read the Latest P2 Impact 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.
Upcoming Training, Events and Conferences
- Office Hours on Campuses
Portfolio Manager “Office Hours” is a live webinar that gives all users an opportunity to ask their questions directly to EPA experts in an open forum. There will be open Q&A for the first 15 minutes, followed by a short presentation on our focus topic for 35 or 40 minutes.
May 21 at 1:00 pm EST – View more training opportunities and Register for the Webinar.
- EPA Webinar: Portfolio Manager 101
Get started using EPA’s Portfolio Manager tool. An introduction and demonstration of the core functionality of the Portfolio Manager tool, including how to enter properties, enter energy and water data, share data with others, and generate performance reports.
May 26 at 1:00 pm EST – View more training opportunities and Register for the Webinar.
- EPA Webinar: Portfolio Manager 201
Take a deeper dive into the more advanced features of Portfolio Manager, such as managing changes in property uses over time, using spreadsheet templates to quickly upload data, setting goals, and creating custom reports.
MAy 28 at 1:00 pm EST – View more training opportunities and Register for the Webinar.
To view these and other sustainability-related events, please visit the KPPC Events Calendar.