SSP April 2018

April, 2018 – Volume 11, Issue 4

Building Operator Certification (BOC) training in Kentucky starts in May

PACE financing expands to Campbell County, KY

KAM State of Manufacturing Conference


KSMI Training Series provides two more sustainable strategy webinars

Louisville ranks third in mid-size city Energy Star building list

Hasbro invites return of toys and games for recycling

ESRC: Enhancing business operations through sustainability

GreenBiz: How to push buildings to new levels of efficiency

Upcoming Training, Events and Conferences

KSMI Webinar: Sustainable Value Stream Mapping

ESRC Webinar: Developing an Action Plan and Success Stories

KAM State of Manufacturing Conference

KY EXCEL: Environmental Leadership and Stewardship Certification

BOC Level I Training

KY EXCEL Field Trip:  Star Hill Farms & Maker’s Mark Distillery

ENERGY STAR webinars

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Building Operator Certification (BOC) training in Kentucky starts in May

Help your organization save money by taking your energy management skills to the next level through the Building Operator Certification® program.

The Kentucky Department for Energy Development and Independence (DEDI), the Kentucky Pollution Prevention Center (KPPC) and the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (MEEA) are pleased to announce that the Building Operator Certification® (BOC) program is coming to Kentucky.

BOC is a nationally-recognized, eight-day training program focused on giving participants the skills and the perspective needed to understand energy use in their facilities and identify opportunities for efficiency. The one-day classes are held roughly every three weeks, spaced over a five month period.

Past participants have included: building engineers, maintenance supervisors, maintenance workers, facility coordinators, HVAC technicians, electricians, operations supervisors, operation technicians, energy managers and others in the facility operations and maintenance field.

With a combination of hands-on and classroom training, BOC delivers immediate results and long-term savings that benefit operators, owners and occupants. Companies with BOC graduates have reported energy savings of up to 3% annually, providing a good return on investment (ROI). This would be an annual savings of approximately $700 on a monthly energy bill of $2,000 which represents a nine month payback based on the discounted tuition for the BOC training currently being offered.

Tuition is typically $1,695, but thanks to support from DEDI, tuition for this first training series in Louisville is being offered this one time at only $575. Classes will be held at the University of Louisville Shelby Campus beginning May 16, 2018.

Coaching assistance will be provided by KPPC to training participants for course assignments and facility-level operations to enhance effectiveness and increase implementation rates.

KPPC’s senior engineers, Cheryl Eakle and Mark Toda, both Certified Energy Managers, are available to provide more information and answer any questions about the training.

Consider sending a representative from your organization as the BOC training will enhance your energy management program and provide opportunities for ongoing energy savings.

Visit the Building Operator Certification Training webpage for more information and how to register.

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PACE financing expands to Campbell County, KY

New legislation approved by Campbell County will allow a type of financing to be used on energy-efficiency improvements for commercial properties across the county.

Campbell County Fiscal Court approved legislation last week creating a county-wide Energy Project Assessment District that will allow property owners to obtain special financing for energy-efficiency upgrades to commercial, industrial, nonprofit, agricultural and multifamily properties throughout the county. The district allows Property Assessed Clean Energy, or PACE, financing to pay for improvements.

Chris Jones, director of PACE financing for Energize Kentucky, a nonprofit organization that administers the program in Kentucky, said having access to this financing countywide increases the capital for projects, removes the financial burden new technology sometimes brings to development projects and makes the goal of an energy-efficient project more attainable.

“PACE is a flexible financing tool that gives developers a new source of revenue for both new construction projects and building renovations,” Jones said in a news release.

The Kentucky General Assembly passed legislation in 2015 that allowed local governments to establish districts to finance energy efficiency improvements on commercial, industrial and multifamily properties. Covington was the first city in the state to create the special taxing district. The $50 million River Haus project in Covington’s MainStrasse Village is the first new development in Kentucky to use the unique type of financing.

Once a local government creates a district, property owners are able to voluntarily sign up for financing and install energy projects. The PACE lender provides funds to the property owner to pay for the project and then the property owner repays the PACE loan through the property tax bill for up to 25 years. With PACE financing, there is no down payment, no personal guarantee and it stays with the property if it is sold before the term is up.

PACE financing can be used to cover 100 percent of the costs of energy upgrades, including solar panels, LED lighting, energy-efficient air conditioning and heating systems, and water conservation projects.

Read the full article on the BizJournals website.

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KAM State of Manufacturing Conference

There’s a new excitement in manufacturing across the Commonwealth! Innovative technology and fresh ideas are pushing Kentucky’s number one economic driver to new levels of production and community engagement.

You may be familiar with KAM’s Energy Conferences, which expanded in 2017 to a Manufacturing Conference. This year, the conference, scheduled for May 8-9, 2018 at the Lexington Center in Lexington, KY, has been updated with a new name and an expanded charter. The “State of Manufacturing Conference” builds on previous events, featuring in-depth looks at trends, strategies and best practices to help Kentucky manufacturers become more competitive and more profitable.

‘Make It Here’ is the theme of this year’s conference. One of KAM’s goals is to show students they can make it here, in Kentucky and in manufacturing. Another goal is to let manufacturers all over the world know they can make their products here and their company will thrive in the Commonwealth through informational and educational opportunities, including LEAN and Growth Management System (GMS) certification tracks that is a new feature of the conference this year.

The target audience for this conference includes manufacturers, suppliers, legislators, educators, and policymakers. Manufacturers from across the Commonwealth have requested KAM take the lead in facilitating robust and focused discussion with key decision makers on ensuring Kentucky maintains its strong manufacturing position. KAM is committed to providing information manufacturers need from subject matter experts on topics they say keep them up at night.

Come by and visit the KPPC booth while you are at the conference! We’d love to see past clients to hear about how your sustainability efforts are going and talk with new ones about how we might be able to assist you.

Find out more about the KAM State of Manufacturing Conference and register to attend.


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KSMI Training Series provides two more sustainable strategy webinars

The Kentucky Sustainable Manufacturing Initiative (KSMI) training series has added two additional webinars from presentations made at the previous workshops on sustainable product development and sustainable value stream mapping.

The Sustainable Product Development webinar was held on April 12, 2018 and presented by Mark Toda, KPPC Senior Sustainability Engineer and Dr. I.S. Jawahir, Director of the Institute of Sustainable Manufacturing at the University of Kentucky. This webinar provided insight on the basic principles of sustainable product development, and explored how manufacturers can evaluate the sustainability performance of their current products as well as enhance the performance of future products throughout the product life cycle.

This webinar was recorded and is now available on the KSMI Recorded Webinars web page along with the three previous webinars in the training series.

A ‘Sustainable Value Stream Mapping‘ webinar is scheduled for Thursday, April 26, 2018 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  This webinar will provide an understanding of baselining the sustainability aspects within your facility and manufacturing processes as a critical step toward identifying improvement opportunities.  Basic principles of sustainable value stream mapping will be presented to inform participants about how to develop a Sus-VSM.  Along with understanding the relationship between sustainable manufacturing and the triple bottom-line, this webinar will also provide an understanding about the role of the Sus-VSM in improving sustainability performance.

Find out more and register for the Sustainable Value Stream Mapping webinar by April 26th.


Louisville ranks third in mid-size city Energy Star building list

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (April 16, 2018) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced that Louisville is ranked 3rd on the list of top U.S. mid-size cities with the most Energy Star certified buildings. Louisville ranked 7th last year and this year, ranks behind only San Jose and Virginia Beach. On the list of all U.S. metropolitan areas, Louisville ranks in the top 25.

“When property owners make the choice to invest in energy efficiency, they are not only making an environmentally conscious choice but also a smart financial choice,” Mayor Greg Fischer said. “I encourage all building owners to use energy efficient systems because they will see a reduction in operating costs and help make Louisville a healthier city.”

Louisville earned its ranking with 86 Energy Star buildings, which includes office buildings, schools, banks, and retail and grocery stores. Energy efficiency saved Louisville Energy Star building owners $6.6 million in 2017.

Since 2013, the Louisville Metro Office of Sustainability has offered free verification services from a licensed architect or engineer to validate Energy Star Certification submission data for eligible buildings.

Louisville Metro Government (LMG), led by the Office of Sustainability and Office of Management & Budget, has implemented energy efficiency measures, which in 2017 saved the city $2.7 million and reduces greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to removing 5,300 vehicles off the road.

Energy Star certified buildings use an average of 35 percent less energy and are responsible for 35 percent fewer greenhouse gas emissions than average buildings. Also, Energy Star certified buildings cost $0.50 less per square foot to operate than average buildings.

LMG partners with the Louisville Energy Alliance (LEA) to promote energy efficiency and conservation efforts. The LEA hosts the annual Kilowatt Crackdown Awards, a city-wide competition that challenges building owners and operators to decrease energy use in their buildings. The Kilowatt Crackdown winners listed below were recognized last week for leadership and excellence in energy conservation.

  • Norton Audubon Hospital – 2017 Kilowatt Cup Winner
  • Oxmoor Center – Innovation Award
  • Tully Elementary – Best K-12 School Facility
  • Jefferson Community & Technical College Shelby Campus – Best College/University Facility
  • First Unitarian Church – Best Church/Worship Facility
  • Southeast Christian Church – Best Large Church/Worship Facility
  • Norton Women’s and Children’s Hospital – Best Healthcare Facility
  • Sealed Air – Best Manufacturing Facility
  • The Presbyterian Center – Best Office Facility


Learn about becoming Energy Star certified.

Find more information on energy efficiency opportunities in Louisville.

View the complete city rankings.


Hasbro invites return of toys and games for recycling

Hasbro, Inc., is the latest company to announce a product recycling program; through a partnership with TerraCycle, the toy and game recycling initiative lets consumers collect and send their used Hasbro products to TerraCycle, who will recycle them into materials that can be used in the construction of playgrounds, park benches, and more.

TerraCycle says the Hasbro Toy Recycling pilot program is the first brand-sponsored national recycling program in the industry.

The free recycling program invites users to print out a free shipping label to use on boxes of “well-loved” toys and games, which they can then send to TerraCycle for repurposing.

The program is another effort from Hasbro’s Sustainability Center of Excellence, which helps the company reduce its carbon footprint and improve its environmental performance. Hasbro says it focuses its environmental efforts in three key areas: reducing the environmental impacts of products and packaging, partnering with vendors to source and distribute Hasbro products in an environmentally conscious way, and minimizing the environmental footprint of operations.

For example, earlier this year, Hasbro announced that it will begin using plant-based bio-polyethylene terephthalate (PET) for blister packs and plastic windows in its product packaging starting in 2019. Hasbro also says it uses 100% renewable energy and is carbon neutral across its US operations. Like many companies in the retail space, Hasbro is pursuing a set of “ambitious” environmental goals for 2025, including:

– Reduce waste to landfill by 50%;
– Reduce water consumption by 15%;
– Reduce energy consumption by 20%;
– Reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 20%.

Hasbro ranked No. 3 on Newsweek’s 2017 Green Rankings, which assesses the 500 largest publicly-traded companies in the US on overall environmental and sustainability performance.

Companies in the consumer goods and retail space have announced a variety of recycling and take-back initiatives in recent months. Columbia Sportswear and Target each offered take-back programs last month to reduce textile waste. Garnier, the second largest brand of the L’Oreal Group, is working with TerraCycle and on a campaign that invites college campuses to collect and send “beauty empties” to TerraCycle for repurposing.

And Colgate-Palmolive is placing the How2Recyle label on products like Tom’s of Maine, Softsoap, Palmolive, Ajax, Colgate, Speed Stick and more, with an aim of reducing confusion about recycling through clear standardized consumer labels.

In related news, Sierra Nevada craft brewing company announced a new effort in its drive toward zero manufacturing waste goal. The RightCycle program from Kimberly-Clark Professional helps Sierra Nevada recover the disposable gloves worn by plant workers and give them a second life as park benches, storage containers and the like.

Read the original article and more on the Environmental Leader 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. 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. The ESRC is administered by the Kentucky Pollution Prevention Center (KPPC).


Enhancing Business Operations through Sustainability – ESRC Training Series

The Environmental Sustainability Resource Center (ESRC) is providing a training series of webinars intended to enhance business operations through applied sustainability strategies.

This four-part webinar series is designed to educate commercial and industrial facilities on the business case for environmental sustainability, identify building blocks for a successful program and provide examples and resources to help turn actions into outcomes.

The FREE webinars will take place at 1:00-2:00 pm Eastern on the first Tuesday of each month from February through May 2018.

Benefits of Participating in the Webinars

  • Identify low-cost/no-cost opportunities to stimulate business success through sustainability.
  • Enhance environmental performance.
  • Build an organizational culture that embraces and succeeds through sustainability.
  • Observe real-world examples of implementation.
  • Obtain tools and resources to assist sustainability efforts.
  • Learn about technical assistance available.


Recordings for three of the scheduled four webinars are now available with closed captioning and related information. The fourth and remaining webinar in the series is available for registration as follows:

Webinar 4: Developing an Action Plan and Success Stories
Tuesday, May 1, 2018 1:00-2:00 p.m. EST

Find out more about the training series, view the recorded webinars and register for this webinar.


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.

Currently on the GreenBiz website by Casandra Sweet:

How to push buildings to new levels of efficiency

Unlike other efficiency providers — also known as energy service companies — that manufacture and sell appliances or sell electricity, the companies don’t sell anything except their ability to reduce a building’s energy use and power bills.

Both companies have been growing rapidly and recently raised venture capital investment to expand.

Redaptive said Monday that it raised $20 million from CBRE and other investors. Carbon Lighthouse announced in March that it raised $27 million from GRC SinoGreen and other investors, including Tesla co-founder and chief technical officer JB Straubel, whose company is also a customer.

Carbon Lighthouse is helping Tesla cut electricity use at the electric vehicle maker’s Palo Alto, California, headquarters, by using sensors, data collection, software algorithms and technical sleuthing.

Since work began in 2015, the improvements are bringing Tesla about $91,000 a year in savings and cutting energy usage to avoid more than 100 tons of carbon dioxide per year, according to Carbon Lighthouse.

The company does not generally replace windows, doors or big appliances. Instead, it uses engineering, physics, data analysis and sleuthing to figure out smaller fixes that will improve the operation of a building’s existing appliances. In some cases, the company will recommend and install solar panels or batteries to cut power bills even more.

Helping companies shrink their carbon footprint while also helping them save money on their power bills is a winning combination, said Brenden Millstein.

Technical sleuthing is the key, especially in a newer building such as Tesla’s headquarters. Carbon Lighthouse engineers got to know the building’s biggest appliances — two large cooling towers, two chillers and some pumps — and found a glitch in the way that two systems were communicating with each other. They figured out how to run the three systems in a way that uses less energy but produces the same amount of cooling.

Electricity sales to the U.S. commercial sector fell 1.3 percent in 2017, to about 1.3 billion megawatt-hours, compared to the previous year, thanks in large part to efficiency measures such as greater adoption of efficient lighting, according to the U.S. Energy Department.

With commercial properties accounting for slightly more than one-third of U.S. power consumption, reducing their usage could help slash the nation’s power usage and greenhouse-gas emissions.

Read the full article and find out more about this approach to energy and cost savings on the GreenBiz website.


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

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Upcoming Training, Events and Conferences

  • KSMI Webinar: Sustainable Value Stream Mapping
    Understanding and baselining the sustainability aspects within your facility and manufacturing processes is a critical step toward making improvements. This webinar will discuss the basic principles of sustainable value stream mapping, and teach participants how to develop a Sus-VSM.
    April 26 at 11 a.m. EST
    Register for this informative webinar.
  • KAM State of Manufacturing Conference
    You may be familiar with KAM’s Energy Conferences, which expanded in 2017 to a Manufacturing Conference. The conference has been updated with a new name and an expanded charter. The “State of Manufacturing Conference” builds on previous events, featuring in-depth looks at trends, strategies and best practices to help Kentucky manufacturers become more competitive and more profitable.
    May 8-9 – Lexington, KY
    Register for the KAM conference.
  • KY EXCEL – Environmental Leadership and Stewardship Certification
    KY EXCEL, Kentucky’s Environmental Leadership Program, invites you to join us for a interactive day to learn about environmental leadership certifications like ISO 14001, LEAN, Energy Star and more. This is a great learning and networking opportunity for all of Kentucky’s current and developing stewards (e.g. environmental professionals/educators, consultants, non-profits, local governments and manufacturing/industry representatives).
    May 8 – Frankfort, KY
    Find out more about this informative and interactive session.
  • Building Operator Certification (BOC) level I training
    Building Operator Certification (BOC) is a nationally recognized, competency-based program focusing on energy-efficient building operations and preventive maintenance procedures. The program will train facility personnel to understand how their building systems work together, and how to bring them to their most efficient level of operation.
    May 16 – Louisville, KY
    Register for this valuable training.
  • KY EXCEL – Maker’s Mark Field Trip
    KY EXCEL and Maker’s Mark Distillery invites you to join us for a interactive day of “Leading the Way” expertise and idea sharing. This is a great learning and networking opportunity for all that engage in or wish to start engaging in environmental leadership (e.g. environmental professionals/educators, consultants, non-profits, local governments and manufacturing/industry representatives).
    May 22 – Maker’s Mark Distillery, Loretto, KY
    Find out more about this engaging on-site learning experience.



  • Preparing for EPA’s ENERGY STAR metric updates
    In August 2018, EPA will update the models that power 1-100 ENERGY STAR scores with new data, based on the latest Commercial Building Energy Consumption Survey (CBECS) from the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Join this interactive session to hear about EPA’s methodology and schedule for updating 1-100 ENERGY STAR scores, discuss considerations for building owners and managers, and learn what to expect when new metrics are released.
    April 26 at 2 p.m. EDT
  • Just Add WaterSense to Your Energy Efficiency Efforts
    If you’re just focusing on energy, you may be leaving money on the table. Join us to learn how to incorporate water into your energy management activities by assessing your facility’s water use and identifying areas of water waste. Find out what it takes to make your building more water-efficient from simple, low-cost changes to larger-scale improvements and how WaterSense tools can help you start maximizing your savings and building performance.
    May 16 at 1 p.m. EST
  • Portfolio Manager 101 for Commercial New Construction Projects
    Join us as we demonstrate the ENERGY STAR Target Finder and Portfolio Manager tools, show how they can be used to meet industry initiatives, and discuss other industry software tools that connect to Portfolio Manager. Attendees will also learn the benefits of achieving ENERGY STAR on their building design projects, how to assess and improve the efficiency of their design’s intended energy use, and how to set and achieve design energy efficiency targets.
    May 17 at 2 p.m. EST
  • Award Winning Energy Management Programs – 2018 ENERGY STAR Partners of the Year for Energy Management
    What does it take to be recognized as having one of the best energy management programs in the country? If you want to know, then join us this web conference featuring presentations from two of this year’s ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year award winners.
    May 23 at 2 p.m. EST


View these plus more ENERGY STAR training opportunities and to register.

View recorded ENERGY STAR webinars at any time.


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