April, 2016 – Volume 9, Issue 4
Kentucky Energy Workshops Held in Georgetown and Bowling Green
KPPC – Kentucky Pollution Prevention Center, the Kentucky Department for Energy Development and Independence (DEDI), ENERGY STAR® and the Kentucky Association of Manufacturers (KAM) held a regional workshop called “Kentucky Energy Workshop, Energy Efficiency At Work”.
The workshop was presented on March 31 at Toyota Motor Manufacturing in Georgetown, and again on April 6 at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green. Both sessions focused on the concepts, tools and techniques of energy efficiency and energy management and included a tour of each host facility.
The workshops attracted facility managers, engineers and energy management professionals from a variety of Kentucky businesses and industries.
Toyota representatives provided a facility tour and discussed their energy efficiency efforts in LED lighting and how the company monitors energy consumption through automated systems. KPPC engineers presented the fundamentals of energy efficiency and Bruce Bremer described the programs and tools available from ENERGY STAR®.
One attendee commented that the Toyota workshop, “Covered basic concepts and provided a great environment for networking and exchanging ideas.”
The Western Kentucky University workshop included a tour of the E.A. Diddle Arena and review of the LED lighting retrofit, as well as a demonstration of the University’s building automation system. Engineered Lighting and Johnson Controls, WKU vendors, provided educational presentations as well. Both workshops ended with a discussion of renewable energy and financing energy efficiency.
The Kentucky Energy Workshops are part of a series of events designed to provide strategies and resources for sound energy management that can help Kentucky companies realize significant cost savings while improving their environmental performance.
If you have any questions, or would like to learn more about available energy efficiency training, tools and resources, please call KPPC at (502) 852-0965.
Louisville Among EPA’s Top Cities With the Most ENERGY STAR Certified Buildings
Louisville was among the EPA’s 2016 Top 25 Cities (ranked number 25) with 55 certified ENERGY STAR buildings. ENERGY STAR certified buildings are verified to perform in the top 25 percent of similar buildings nationwide over a specific one-year period. On average, these buildings use 35 percent less energy and cause 35 percent fewer greenhouse gas emissions than their peers.
Cities consume over two-thirds of the world’s energy and account for more than 70 percent of global carbon emissions – even though they only occupy about two percent of the world’s landmass. The energy used by commercial buildings is the single largest source of emissions in many cities.
Cities and buildings across America are already taking steps to reduce emissions through energy efficiency. Since 1999, more than 28,000 commercial buildings have earned EPA’s ENERGY STAR, signifying that they are among the nation’s most energy efficient. They’ve saved more than $3.8 billion on utility bills and prevented greenhouse gas emissions equal to the annual electricity use from more than 2.6 million homes.
In 2009, EPA noticed growing numbers of ENERGY STAR certified buildings in major cities, and announced the first city rankings. At that time, Los Angeles took first place and was the only city with more than 200 buildings.
This year, all but one of the top 10 cities have passed the 200 mark, and all of the top five cities have more than 300 certified buildings. Leading the pack is Washington, DC with a record 686 buildings, including 146 certified K-12 schools by Fairfax County Public Schools – the most of any district in the nation. Los Angeles follows closely behind with an impressive 527 certified buildings.
Earth Day – the World’s Largest Civic Observance
The concept of Earth Day was established in 1969 at a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Conference in San Francisco. On March 21, 1970, a sanctioned Proclamation was signed by Secretary General U Thant at the United Nations.
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.
Twenty years later, Earth Day went global, mobilizing 200 million people in 141 countries and lifting environmental issues onto the world stage. More than 1 billion people now participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world.
The 2016 KY State Government Earth Day Celebration will take place on April 21 at the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History, Brown- Forman Room, Cralle Day Garden. The celebration will feature a recognition ceremony as well as booths, displays and demonstrations.
Visit the KY.Gov website for more information about Earth Day Kentucky.
A Great Opportunity! – The Co-op Program at J.B. Speed School of Engineering
UofL’s JB Speed School of Engineering has experienced very strong enrollment growth in recent years, both in quantity and quality of students. Twenty percent of our incoming students are in the 99th percentile on the ACT exam and our average student is in the 95th percentile. We are attracting the very best students in the region and we have consistently found that there is a strong correlation between where students co-op and where they work after graduation.
The growth in enrollment also means that we are continuously growing our co-op program, in 2015 we averaged 370 students on co-op each semester which is a 26% increase from 2014. Students normally co-op with the same employer for three alternating semesters (a total of 50 weeks) beginning in their fifth semester of study. There is neither a contract for the employer nor a fee to participate.
The employer’s role is to:
- Provide full-time work that is relevant to the student’s major, appropriate for the level of student, and appropriate for the semester time period.
- Provide increasingly challenging work assignments over the course of the three co-ops.
- Identify an engineering supervisor willing and able to mentor the student.
- Provide a competitive wage.
- Evaluate the student’s performance.
In return, companies have access to motivated, productive engineers who can perform entry-level engineering tasks and free your experienced personnel to work on higher priorities.
Speed’s Engineering Career Development office will also post your engineering job openings. They post permanent (new graduate and experienced), Co-op and part-time jobs on their system that is used by both current students and alumni. These postings can be a couple of sentences, a complete posting or to simply redirect the applicant to your web site.
If your company, or one you know, is looking for engineering talent or you would like to learn more, please contact Jim Gerstle, Director of Engineering Career Development, or call: 502-852-1368.
Clean Jobs Midwest Report: 569,000 Clean Energy Jobs in Midwest
The Chicago-based Clean Energy Trust (CET) and the national nonpartisan business group Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2) have released a new analysis called Clean Jobs Midwest which is based on U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data and a comprehensive survey of thousands of businesses across the region.
Clean energy jobs throughout the region are expected to grow by more than 4 percent over the next year – and could grow even more with clean energy policies in place.
The Clean Jobs Midwest report provides details of clean energy jobs that include job totals for every county, congressional district and state legislative district in the 12-state Midwestern region of Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, Nebraska, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin.
GreenBiz Releases its Ninth Annual State of Green Business Report
GreenBiz, in partnership with Trucost, has release its ninth annual State of Green Business Report. The report details corporate progress in sustainability within the United States and around the world.
The State of Green Business report looks at both common measures (energy, waste and carbon) and some less-common ones (corporate reporting of natural capital profit or savings, for example, or companies’ low-carbon investments over the past five years).
L’Oreal becomes Master Member of state Department for Environmental Protection leadership program
L’Oreal USA Manufacturing – Florence has joined the Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection’s (DEP) environmental leadership program, KY EXCEL. L’Oreal is the newest Master Member, which is the program’s highest level. L’Oreal USA Manufacturing produces consumer products, such as shampoos, conditioners and styling products.
KY EXCEL recognizes public, corporate and private sector organizations that act to improve Kentucky’s diverse and unique environment through environmental leadership.
“The Department for Environmental Protection is pleased to have L’Oreal Manufacturing USA – Florence, Ky. join the KY EXCEL program at the Master level,” said Paulette Akers, acting director of the Division of Compliance Assistance.
Launched by DEP in 2006, KY EXCEL is a voluntary program open to any individual, organization, community or business to improve and protect Kentucky’s environment above and beyond the state’s environmental requirements.
There is still time to Register for the KAM 2016 Energy Conference & VIP Reception
Registration is open for the KAM 2016 Energy Conference & VIP Reception. The Kentucky Association of Manufacturers (KAM) is facilitating the conference which will be held on May 10 and 11 at the Lexington Center in Lexington, Kentucky.
KAM invites manufacturers, legislators, educators, suppliers, large energy consumers and key decision makers to join them at the conference for a focused discussion about appropriate and timely action needed to continue Kentucky’s strong performance of providing reliable and affordable energy now and into the future.
Conference sessions and topics:
- Energy Efficiency and Net Metering
- Partnerships in Research
- Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) and National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS)
- Strategies to Limit Demand & EPAD as a Financing Tool
- The Global Manufacturing Economic Update
- Energy & Environment Cabinet Secretary Charles Snavely and Governor Matt Bevin with Q&A
- All Things Energy: From the Voice of Kentucky’s Manufacturers
- Energy Efficient Design Income Tax Incentives
- The Vulnerability of the United States’ and Kentucky’s Economy to Electricity Price Increases
- The Legal Challenges to the Clean Power Plan Final Rule
Download the Agenda for the Conference
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.
GreenBiz – Sustainability News & Resources
GreenBiz advances the opportunities at the intersection of business, technology and sustainability. Through its websites, events, peer-to-peer network and research, GreenBiz promotes the potential to drive transformation and accelerate progress — within companies, industries and in the very nature of business. Since 1991, GreenBiz has chronicled and been a catalyst for thought leadership in aligning environmental responsibility with profitable business practices.
Read this month’s P2 Impact column on GreenBiz, “How Tennessee harnesses Waste Stream Mapping”. Vaughn Cassidy explains how the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation saw opportunities for synergy through waste stream reuse and re-purposing. These potential opportunities have become a reality through the Waste Stream Mapping Project, a collaborative effort between the department and the University of Tennessee Center for Industrial Services.
Upcoming Training, Events and Conferences
• 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 19 at 1:00 pm EDT – View more training opportunities and Register for the Webinar.
• EPA Webinar: Portfolio Manager 201
Learn about some advanced features including: using spreadsheet upload templates to update property data, setting goals and targets to plan energy improvements for properties, creating custom reports and using the Sustainable Buildings Checklist.
April 20 at 1:00 pm EDT – View more training opportunities and Register for the Webinar.
• EPA Webinar: Portfolio Manager 301
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 21 at 1:00 pm EDT – View more training opportunities and Register for the Webinar.
• Tackling WaterSense – Mechanical Systems
Facilities with extensive heating and cooling requirements can still be water-efficient. Optimizing your heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) system efficiency will help save your facility water, energy, and money. EPA’s WaterSense program will teach you how to reduce water waste in cooling towers and steam boilers, optimize chilled water systems, and address equipment that uses single-pass cooling water.
May 10 at 1:00 pm EDT – View more training opportunities and Register for the Webinar.
• 2016 KAM Energy Conference & VIP Reception
Registration is now open for the KAM 2016 Energy Conference & VIP Reception. The Kentucky Association of Manufacturers (KAM) invites manufacturers, legislators, educators, suppliers, large energy consumers and key decision makers to join them at the conference for a focused discussion about appropriate and timely action needed to continue Kentucky’s strong performance of providing reliable and affordable energy now and into the future.
May 10 – 11 – Register for the conference
To view these and other sustainability-related events, please visit the KPPC Events Calendar.