SSP April 2015

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Owensboro Grain and Domtar Paper Host CHP ToursCHP-jpeg-Jenbacher2

The Kentucky CHP partners sponsored two demonstration tours on March 25 that showcased Combined Heat and Power (CHP) technologies currently being used at Owensboro Grain in Owensboro, Kentucky and Domtar Paper in  Hawesville, Kentucky. Photo shows tour attendees getting a close look at the Jenbacher system at Owensboro Grain.

Fifty-four participants from industry, government, utility companies and consulting firms were given an opportunity to see two different types of CHP systems in action at the host facilities – a Reciprocating Engine system at Owensboro Grain and a Steam Turbine system at Domtar Paper. Domtar has the largest capacity CHP generator in Kentucky at 88 megawatts.

CHP-jpeg-tourMark Carlisle, VP of Operations, hosted the Owensboro Grain tour, and Steve Henry, Plant Manager, was the host at Domtar Paper. Tour attendees were given a brief presentation by company representatives and then had an opportunity to tour the facilities and ask questions about the CHP systems and how well they worked in a manufacturing facility.

Learn more about the Kentucky CHP initiative


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Lissa McCracken Named Executive Director of KPPC

On April 3, Neville Pinto, Dean of the J.B. Speed School of Engineering, announced the appointment of Lissa McCracken as Executive Director of KPPC.Stf-jpg-lissa-McCracken

“I am pleased to announce that Ms. Elisabeth (Lissa) McCracken has been named as the Executive Director of the Kentucky Pollution Prevention Center – KPPC.  Her appointment was approved by the University of Louisville Board of Trustees on April 2, 2015. Lissa has been serving as Acting Director since 2013 following the retirement of Cam Metcalf.  She has done an outstanding job over her many years of dedicated service, progressing through a number of positions within KPPC including:  Pollution Prevention Specialist, Training Coordinator, Program Manager for Communications and Outreach, and Assistant Director.  Because of her experience, outstanding expertise in the field of pollution prevention, and her expansive knowledge of KPPC’s day-to-day operations, I have the utmost confidence in her ability to lead KPPC forward as it continues to fulfill its mission to help companies develop environmentally-sustainable and cost-saving solutions for increasing overall productivity.”

Ms. McCracken sees an exciting future for KPPC.  “There are many challenges as well as many opportunities ahead for us to serve Kentucky’s businesses and industries. I look forward to working with KPPC staff and partners as we develop new strategies and initiatives to meet the needs of our clients and help them achieve success.”


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KAM 2015 Energy Conference – May 13-14

KAM-jpeg-logo-confThe Kentucky Association of Manufacturers (KAM) will host its annual Energy Conference at the Lexington Center – May 13-14. KAM invites attendees to join CEOs, facility managers, engineers, suppliers, educators and legislators in focused discussions about energy efficiency, reliability and affordability. The conference will have 16 sessions across 2 days and will include an industry trade show.

As part of the conference, KPPC will be facilitating two 90-minute sessions on the “Nuts & Bolts for Energy Management”.  In part one, KPPC will be providing tips on opportunities to increase efficiency in areas such as steam, compressed air, HVAC and motors.  Part two will focus on the tools that can assist with energy management and will include a utility bill analysis.  Bruce Bremer, a strategic energy advisor for the industrial program of ENERGY STAR, will give a presentation on the tools and resources available through the ENERGY STAR program.

Learn more about the 2015 Energy Conference and register to attend at KAM’s website.


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KPPC Attends Kentucky 2015 Earth Day in Frankfort

KPPC’s booth at the April 9 Kentucky Earth Day Celebration attracted visitors from around the state who were interested in learning about the Center’s services and initiatives. The annual event, sponsored by the Energy and Environment Cabinet, the Kentucky Environmental Education Council and the Office of the First Lady, drew a large number of attendees to the Kentucky History Center in downtown Frankfort.

EarthD-jpeg-2015During the event, the Kentucky Environmental Quality Commission presented its annual Earth Day awards to individuals and groups who have made significant contributions to environmental protection. High resolution conceptual human hand paint with map




The award recipients:

  • Safelite AutoGlass, Louisville
  • Newport Aquarium, Newport
  • Berea College Student EcoChallenge Team
  • Deborah Payne, Berea
  • Eddie Atherton, Owensboro
  • Banklick Watershed Council Inc., Covington
  • Cayley Crum, Louisville
  • Elizabeth Schmitz, Frankfort
  • Public Service Award – Floyd County Conservation District
  • Lifetime Achievement Award – Joyce Bender, Frankfort

Read more about the award winners on the Lane Report website.

The first Earth Day on April 22, 1970, activated 20 million Americans from all walks of life and is widely credited with launching the modern environmental movement. The passage of the landmark Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act and many other groundbreaking environmental laws soon followed. Growing out of the first Earth Day, Earth Day Network (EDN) works with over 50,000 partners in 192 countries to broaden, diversify and mobilize the environmental movement. More than 1 billion people now participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world.

Learn about national events on the Earth Day Network website.


Berea Comes Full Circle with LEED Gold

Berea hosts first and latest LEED building in Kentucky
In 2004, Berea College was the first organization in Kentucky to have a building achieve LEED certification, with the Lincoln Hall renovation (LEED Silver). The latest of Kentucky’s 450 LEED projects is Berea’s Anna Smith Residence Hall renovation, which achieved LEED Gold on March 18.

LEED-jpeg-Berea-CollegeCongratulations to Berea College for its commitment to healthy, high-performing buildings and environmental stewardship.

View a list of the 450 LEED projects in Kentucky.




Chemical Safety – Two Competing Bills in Congress

The primary law overseeing the safety of chemical products — the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) — was passed in 1976 and gives the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) authority to review and regulate chemicals in commerce. The 40-year old law has never been updated and is seen as too weak and outdated to protect Americans from exposure to toxic chemicals. For example, of 80,000 chemicals in current production, some 62,000 of them have never been tested under the law; they can’t be tested, because they are grandfathered in. Chem-jpeg-photo

In an effort to reform the TSCA, two chemical safety “reform” bills were introduced in March. One bill, called the Alan Reinstein and Trevor Schaefer Toxic Chemical Protection Act, was introduced by Sens. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., and Edward Markey, D-Mass. The other bill, called Udall-Vitter Toxic Substances Control Act reform bill (S. 697), was introduced by Sens. Tom Udall, D-N.M., and David Vitter, R-La.

A U.S. News and World Report article outlines some of the differences in the two competing bills.

You can read the article at their website.


Webinar – Improving plant energy performance with ENERGY STAR

Join us on April 23, from 2:00 pm EDT to 3:00 pm EDT for a FREE Energy Star Tools for Industry Webinar.

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 helping companies build stronger energy programs that support strategic energy management initiatives and finding no and low cost savings opportunities.

In this webinar, Walt Tunnessen, National Program Manager of the ENERGY STAR Industrial program, will discuss the results of the Southside Plant Performance project and how the Plant Performance with ENERGY STAR approach can be replicated.

Register for the Webinar on the ESRC website.


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.


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.

In the most recent P2 Impact article, 5 Ways to Reduce Waste and Cost on Your Company’s Campus, authors Monique Dubos, Anna Arkin and Matt Domski identify the most expedient way to limit costs and green your footprint — waste reduction. The authors examine five strategies for reducing waste on your corporate or agency campus. Read the article and past issues on the GreenBiz website.

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Upcoming Training, Events and Conferences

  • Energy Star Tools for Industry
    Walt Tunnessen, National Program Manager of the ENERGY STAR Industrial program, will discuss the results of the Southside Plant Performance project and how the Plant Performance with ENERGY STAR approach can be replicated
    April 23 at 2:00 pm EDT – View more information 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.
    April 28 at 1:00 pm EDT – 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.
    April 29 at 1:00 pm EDT – View more training opportunities and Register for the Webinar.
  • How to Apply for Energy Star
    Join EPA to learn about applying for ENERGY STAR Certification in Portfolio Manager. Understand the value of the ENERGY STAR certification, see the step-by-step process of applying, and gain tips to avoid common errors, thereby helping your property get from application to award in less time.
    April 30 at 1:00 pm EDT – View more training opportunities and Register for the Webinar.


Ca.jpg-icon-SSPTo view these and other sustainability-related events, please visit the KPPC Events Calendar.


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