SSP April 2017

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For L’Oreal, women are the face of a low-carbon future

ky-excel-logo-jpgLast spring, L’Oreal USA Manufacturing-Florence joined the Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection’s (DEP) environmental leadership program, KY EXCEL, as a Master Member, which is the program’s highest level. KY EXCEL recognizes public, corporate and private sector organizations that act to improve Kentucky’s diverse and unique environment through environmental leadership.

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.

In September, L’Oreal Group announced plans to build two sizable on-site solar arrays at two of its U.S. production plants, a move that puts the world’s leading beauty company well on its way to powering its entire U.S. manufacturing operation with clean energy.

That in itself isn’t so uncommon among companies that have made a credible commitment to adopting more sustainable business practices. After all, L’Oreal ranks among the top 25 corporate investors in renewable energy resources, and these two new installations will bring its total count to 16 by the time they become operational later this year.

One of the solar arrays is being built in Florence, Kentucky. The company started investing in on-site solar installations six years ago. The project under way in Florence, which will have a capacity of 1.5 megawatts, actually will be the largest commercial solar array in the state with about 5,000 panels. The 687,000-square-foot facility that it will power employs about 400 people who make many of the company’s well-known haircare products.

Read more about KY EXCEL member L’Oreal’s low-carbon business strategies on the Green Biz website.

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4 Kentucky organizations ENERGY STAR Partners of the Year

Energy Star Award LogoThe U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) are honoring 143 businesses and organizations in 34 states and the District of Columbia for their commitment to saving energy, saving money and protecting the environment through superior energy efficiency achievements, according to a press release from the EPA.

Four of the 2017 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Awardees are Kentucky-based businesses or organizations. They are:

Kenton County School District (Fort Wright, KY), Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence in Energy Management. This award is given to organizations for adopting a continuous energy management strategy across the organization’s entire portfolio of buildings and plants. The Kenton County School District is receiving consecutive recognition for its commitment to building and operating energy efficient schools, and for using ENERGY STAR tools and resources as a central component of its energy program. Read about the Kenton County School District’s accomplishments.

Kentucky School Boards Association (Frankfort, KY), Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence in Energy Efficiency Program Delivery. This award is given to states, utilities and other organizations for sponsoring energy efficiency programs to improve the efficiency of products, homes and buildings within their community or territory. The Kentucky School Boards Association is receiving consecutive recognition for its commitment to intelligent energy choices for new and existing public schools to enhance both the environment and educational opportunities for the Commonwealth’s 650,000 public school students. Read about the Kentucky School Boards Association’s accomplishments.

Big Ass Solutions (Lexington, KY), Award for Excellence in Product Design. This award is given to companies that demonstrate leadership in the design and manufacture of ENERGY STAR-certified products. Big Ass Solutions is receiving consecutive recognition for its demonstration that energy efficiency and environmental considerations are paramount to producing quality products for the American consumer. Read about Big Ass Solutions’ accomplishments.

Olin Brass (Louisville, KY), Partner of the Year – Energy Management. This award is given to organizations for adopting a continuous energy management strategy across the organization’s entire portfolio of buildings and plants. Olin Brass is receiving recognition for formulating an energy management program with EPA’s ENERGY STAR resources. Read about Olin Brass’ accomplishments.

The 2017 ENERGY STAR Award winners lead their industries in the production and sale of energy-efficient products and services, and in the development and adoption of strategies that provide substantial energy and money savings in the buildings where we live and work. The winners have been selected from a network of 16,000 ENERGY STAR partners.

The awards will be presented in Washington, D.C., at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel on April 26. Anne Pramaggiore, ComEd president and CEO, will give the partner keynote presentation.

Award categories:

  • Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence: The 97 Sustained Excellence winners have demonstrated continued leadership over several years in the ENERGY STAR program and in achieving environmental protection through superior energy efficiency.
  • Partner of the Year: Thirty-seven organizations have been awarded the Partner of the Year Award for comprehensively managing their energy use, promoting ENERGY STAR products and practices in their own operations, and providing energy-efficient products and services to their customers.
  • Excellence: Nine winners are receiving recognition for demonstrating outstanding promotion of energy-efficient products, homes or buildings.
  • Home Performance with ENERGY STAR Contractor of the Year: Two of the Partner of the Year Awardees are winning at least in part for their superior efforts in promoting the Home Performance with ENERGY STAR program, which is administered by the U.S. Department of Energy with support from EPA.


Read about all 143 awardees.

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A sip of sunshine: Solar panels give new bourbon distillery green edge

Solar Panels photoSHELBYVILLE – Kentucky’s bourbon distilling business grew with the opening of The Bulleit Distilling Co., a $115-million facility near Shelbyville.

Owned by spirits maker Diageo, the distillery can produce up to 1.8 million proof gallons of bourbon a year. It employs 30 people full-time.

What makes the distillery, which sits on 300 acres between Shelbyville and Hatton, stand out among Kentucky’s large distilling plants is its use of solar energy.

The facility features a solar array used to power its forklifts. The array produces about 40 megawatt hours per year. The energy can go directly into the Shelby County power grid. The industrial solar panel is a first for the North American Diageo distilleries and a first for Shelby County.

“If there is excess power, it will be back on the grid. So far, there hasn’t been any excess.” said Candi Waford, manager of member services of Shelby Energy Cooperative.

Other environmentally friendly aspects of the distillery include 100 acres of land surrounding the distillery that still retains its natural landscape. The distillery also uses water from the nearby natural Guist Creek Lake, stored in a pond near the plant, and uses corn grown in Shelby County.

“Environmental conservation is a top priority at the Bulleit Distilling Co.,” said Pauline Rooney, vice president, distillation, maturation and engineering for Diageo North America in an email.

Though there are no current plans to expand the solar array, it can be increased if needed, officials said.

Since 2011, distilleries and breweries have been sharing ideas about environmental issues through the Sustainable Spirits Initiative, formed by the Kentucky Distillers Association and the Division of Compliance Assistance of the state department for Environmental Protection.

Other energy-saving measures include Maker’s Mark providing a natural habitat for wildlife near its distillery in Loretto and the Jim Beam facility in Boston, in Nelson County, using an electric demand system to cut their electric bill.

Eric Gregory, president of the Kentucky Distillers’ Association, said the Bulleit distillery innovations are the latest in a pattern of environmentally conscious decisions.

Read the full article by the Lexington Herald-Leader.

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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.

Growing out of the first Earth Day, the Earth Day Network works with more than 50,000 partners in 196 countries to build environmental democracy. It works through a combination of education, public policy and consumer campaigns.

Learn more about 2017 activities nationally at the Earth Day Network website.

Also, check out these resources for ways to celebrate Earth Day on your own or locally:


Don’t miss the 2017 KAM Conference & Trade Show – Manufacturing Our Future

Registration is open for the 2017 KAM Conference & Trade Show. The deadline to register is May 24. The Kentucky Association of Manufacturers (KAM) is facilitating the conference, which will be held May 31 and June 1 at the Lexington Center in Lexington, Kentucky. The theme for this year’s conference is “Manufacturing Our Future.” The goal for the conference is for manufacturers to understand and leverage where they are now to influence manufacturing’s future. Trade show and sponsorship registrations must be received by close of business on May 10 to ensure inclusion in all event materials.

The conference offers a full agenda of relevant information from renowned speakers, including Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt, who will speak about his new position in Washington, D.C., and his perspectives about energy and the environment. The conference will have 11 sessions over two days, and will include an industry trade show.

Additionally, the Kentucky Pollution Prevention Center (KPPC) will have a booth at the conference. KPPC helps Kentucky businesses and industries develop environmentally sustainable, cost-saving solutions for improved energy efficiency.

KAM invites manufacturers, suppliers, legislators, educators, policy makers, large energy consumers and key decision makers to join them at the conference for focused discussion on topics such as: The pipeline of qualified and skilled talent; reliable and affordable energy now and into the future; and cybersecurity, hacking and the Internet of Things (IoT).

KAM is focused on giving manufacturers practical, relevant information that can immediately be put into practice to see positive results right away. It is also committed to ensuring Kentucky has a manufacturing-friendly environment now and into the future.

Learn more about the 2017 KAM Conference & Trade Show and register to attend.


STEM Award nominations still open

Million Women Mentors Kentucky announce the 2017 MWM Stand Up for STEM Award [PDF] to recognize and elevate the work of incredible mentors, companies and organizations within Kentucky. Now is the time to identify the STEM mentors, both individuals and organizations, in your midst that deserve this distinguished honor.

The award will be presented at the 2017 Kentucky Association of Manufacturers Conference & Trade Show, “Manufacturing Makes our Future,” on May 31 at the Lexington Convention Center. A 3D printed trophy created by Stratasys and a MWM award certificate will be presented to the winner by Kentucky Lieutenant Governor Jenean Hampton, honorary chair of MWM Kentucky.

For consideration, please submit a nomination form [PDF] and letter supporting your nominee by April 30.

Million Women Mentors supports the engagement of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) mentors (male and female) to increase the interest and confidence of girls and women to persist and succeed in STEM programs and careers.


‘Creating a Green Footprint’ Workshop April 26

If you have ever wondered how you, your business or your community could reduce greenhouse gas emissions daily, there is a workshop designed for you. The Kentucky Pollution Prevention Center (KPPC) and KY EXCEL, Kentucky’s environmental leadership program, have partnered to organize a free “Creating a Green Footprint Workshop” to be held on April 26. Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government will be hosting the workshop from 12:30–4:30 p.m. EDT at the Tate Building located at 125 Lisle Industrial Avenue, Suite 180, in Lexington. Registration will begin at 12:30 p.m. followed by the workshop at 1 p.m.

During this half-day event, the Division of Compliance Assistance (DCA); KPPC, an Inaugural Leader member of KY EXCEL; Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government, a KY EXCEL Leader member; and the Division of Forestry will share their knowledge and expertise. Participants will leave knowing the basics of how to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and prevent pollution from everyday activities through heating and cooling or planting a tree. Participants will not become experts, but will gain a general overview in order to create a green footprint. Each attendee will leave the workshop with a free sapling to plant.

What will be covered?

  • How to reduce greenhouse gas emissions daily
  • Cost and GHG emission analysis of multiple heating and cooling options
  • Insight into creating a forestry program
  • Guidance on tree planting and sapling care


Please see the workshop agenda for additional details. [PDF]

For more information and to register, please visit the workshop website. This workshop is free, but registration is required. Seating is limited, so reserve your spot today!


3 emerging national lab technologies in building energy efficiency

What do LEDs, high-efficiency washers and dryers, and smart thermostats have in common? They were all developed with help from researchers at U.S. national laboratories. But, these energy efficiency innovations didn’t reach homeowners and building developers overnight. Each of these technologies took time to develop, test, and gain external validation from industry. And, since they’ve entered the marketplace, consumers have used less energy in their homes and saved money on their energy bills.

Innovations like these in building energy efficiency are critical to providing Americans cost-effective and energy-saving solutions. But to move these technologies out of the national labs, researchers need to develop viable market pathways for their innovations. That’s where the Energy Department’s Energy I-Corps training comes in.

With the industry engagement and customer discovery skills they developed through Energy I-Corps, national lab researchers are getting three more energy efficiency technologies ready for market evaluation.

Read the full article on the U.S. Department of Energy 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. 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.

Visit the ESRC website or call toll free (855) 531-3772 for more information.


GreenBiz – Sustainability news and 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.

Find the latest articles, videos and resources on the GreenBiz website.

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Upcoming training, events and conferences

  • Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Workshop
    The workshop, which is funded by the National Science Foundation and coordinated through the Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research (CCRER) at the University of Louisville J.B. Speed School of Engineering, features presentations by speakers from universities, businesses, national laboratories and funding agencies on the latest technical discoveries and priorities for renewable energy and efficiency in the following areas: Energy-Water-Food (EWF) Nexus, Materials and Process Innovation, and Materials and Energy Entrepreneurship. The workshop will be divided into three topical tracks: Clean Energy-Food, Clean Energy-Water and Clean Energy-Entrepreneurship.
    May 21 – 24 – Louisville, Kentucky
    Find out more about the agenda and how to register.
  • FREE: In-Person ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager Training and Webinar
    The Louisville Energy Alliance, in partnership with Louisville Metro Government’s Office of Sustainability, is offering training that will include a one-hour webinar hosted by an EPA ENERGY STAR professional followed by on-site assistance with creating Portfolio Manager accounts and entering data into the software. Attendees will learn the basic functionality of Portfolio Manager as well as how to log energy and water use data, and generate custom reports using the data. Senior engineers from the Kentucky Pollution Prevention Center will be on-hand to answer any technical assistance questions.
    May 23 – Louisville, Kentucky
    Visit the training website for more information and to register.


EPA webinars:

Portfolio Manager Series

  • 101 – May 23 at 1 p.m. EDT – Attendees will learn how to: navigate the Portfolio Manager; add a property and enter details about it; enter energy and water consumption data; share properties; generate performance reports to assess progress; and respond to data requests.
  • 201 – May 24 at 1 p.m. EDT – Learn more advanced functionalities such as: managing and tracking changes to your property uses over time; using spreadsheet templates to update property data; setting goals and targets to plan energy improvements for properties; generating and using custom reports; and using the Sustainable Buildings Checklist.
  • 301 – May 25 at 1 p.m. EDT – 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.

View these plus more training opportunities and to register.

View recorded ENERGY STAR webinars at any time.

  • Kentucky High Performance Public Facilities Workshop
    Every Kentucky city and county is looking for new dollars. Did you ever think that some of those funds could be found in your utility bills? The Kentucky High Performance Public Facilities Workshop will showcase how public facilities can become more efficient and generate real savings in the community.
    May 24 – Madisonville Community College, Madisonville, Kentucky
    Find out more about the agenda and how to register.
  • Indiana Recycling Coalition 2017 Annual Conference
    The Indiana Recycling Coalition (IRC) annual conference will provide the opportunity to learn about the latest developments and innovations in waste reduction, reuse, composting and the recycling industry. The conference will feature two days of educational, keynote, plenary and breakout sessions.
    June 12 – 14 – Indianapolis, Indiana
    Find out more and register for this conference.


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