August, 2014 – Volume 7, Issue 8
KPPC has received funding from the Kentucky Department for Energy Development and Independence (DEDI) to conduct on-site energy efficiency (E2) assessments of County Extension district offices at select locations throughout Kentucky. The funding is part of a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy’s State Energy Program. Pollution prevention (P2) assessments will also be conducted at the Extension Offices through funding received from the Environmental Protection Agency.
KPPC engineers, using Energy Star tools and resources, will help Extension Offices develop strategies to find and prioritize opportunities to save energy, reduce waste and reduce costs. The assessments will look at opportunities for waste reduction, recycling, product usage and energy efficiency. KPPC will also provide follow-up technical assistance for participating Extension Offices and support for earning EPA Energy Star certification.
Working with the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service, KPPC will develop webinars to highlight P2 and E2 opportunities identified in the assessments. The webinars will provide an opportunity for offices that did not participate in the assessment process to learn how to identify and implement energy saving measures at their facilities.
17th Annual P2 Conference and Trade Show
On September 17, 2014, the Indiana Partners for Pollution Prevention will sponsor a statewide pollution prevention conference and trade show in Plainfield, Indiana. Conference topics range from new and innovative pollution prevention technologies to training on how pollution prevention (P2) can save facilities money. Over the past several years, these conferences have been extremely successful as P2 practices among industry continue to grow. More manufacturers are adopting P2 technologies and methods not only because it promotes environmental best practices, but also because it benefits the company’s bottom line.
Interest in pollution prevention is growing across the entire country and beyond. This year’s conference theme is Think Global.
To learn more visit the event information web site hosted by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM).
New App from Sustainable Endowment Institute Helps Manage Energy
The Sustainable Endowments Institute, in collaboration with 16 partner organizations, has launched The Billion Dollar Green Challenge to help nonprofit institutions achieve sizable energy savings through the use of green revolving funds – implementation guides are available for download at the challenge website. Participating institutions will achieve reductions in operating expenses and greenhouse gas emissions, while creating regenerating funds for future projects.
As part of the Challenge, an innovative new web app will enable more institutions to plan, manage and finance energy efficiency upgrades. The Green Revolving Investment Tracking System (GRITS 1.0). GRITS simplifies managing and sharing financial, energy and carbon- emissions data from institutional energy-efficiency upgrades
“GRITS will level the playing field,” said Mark Orlowski, executive director of the Sustainable Endowments Institute. “Now, schools, colleges, hospitals and municipalities can more easily manage complex energy projects that previously required the extensive resources of large corporations and institutions.”
At many institutions, potential energy efficiency projects are sidelined due to an inability to track energy and financial savings. With GRITS, institutions can now manage, analyze and share data on specific projects–far exceeding spreadsheet capabilities.
“Communication with stakeholders is key to getting widespread engagement in energy efficiency on campus–that’s the beauty of GRITS,” said Jeremy King, Sustainability Director at Denison University in Ohio.
Survey Ranks U.S. 13th out of 16 World Economies for Energy Efficiency
From GreenBiz Online
There are many reasons to bemoan the finding. The United States is throwing away a lot of economic opportunity. Energy is a basic economic input. Using more where less suffices is like paying two workers for a job easily done by one.
“Energy efficiency means using less energy to accomplish the same or better results,” said Rachel Young, ACEEE research analyst and the report’s lead author, during a July news conference. “Using less energy to do more means nations preserve valuable natural resources and can build, transport and grow at a lower cost than countries that waste their energy resources.”
Despite its iconic images of people wearing masks in polluted cities, China bested the United States. So did India, where the grid functions erratically. In fact, all major economies outperformed the United States except for Russia, Brazil and Mexico. Germany topped the list, followed by Italy, the European Union, China and France. “Stagnation and inaction” characterizes the U.S. energy efficiency scene, Young said.
Here are some interesting statistics from the report that shed more light on the United States’ lowly international energy efficiency ranking.
- The United States is one of only two countries with no national energy-savings or greenhouse gas reduction plan.
- Since ACEEE’s last international energy efficiency ranking, R&D in energy efficiency has declined.
- The U.S. uses less combined heat and power (CHP) than many other countries. (Learn what Kentucky is doing to promote CHP)
- In transportation, the U.S. ranked second to lowest. This is because of its poor fuel economy and the high number of miles traveled per vehicle. the U.S. also has scant mass transit compared with many other major economies.
Read the entire GreenBiz article and download the ACEEE 2014 International Energy Efficiency Scorecard.
- 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.
- New Logo Designed for Kentucky CHP Program
A new logo design has been adopted by the Kentucky Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Program. The new logo will help identify the program and be used by the partner organizations to help promote the goals of Kentucky CHP. Combined Heat and Power is a technology that can produce electricity or mechanical power and heating/cooling from a single source of energy. Learn more about KY CHP opportunities.
- Read the Latest P2 Pathways 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
- Portfolio Manager 101
An introduction and demonstration of the core functionality of EPA’s new ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool. Attendees will learn how to: navigate the new 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.
- August 26 at at 1:00 -2:30 pm EDT – View more training opportunities and Register for the Webinar.
- Portfolio Manager 201
Continue to learn about EPA’s new ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool, with a deeper dive into 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.
- August 27 at at 1:00 -2:30 pm EDT – View more training opportunities and Register for the Webinar.
- Indiana Partners for Pollution Prevention Conference and Trade Show
Conference topics range from new and innovative pollution prevention technologies being used in Indiana to training on how pollution prevention (P2) can save facilities money. Over the past several years, these conferences have been extremely successful.
- September 17, 2014 in Plainfield, Indiana – View details and Register for the Conference.
To view these and other sustainability-related events, please visit the KPPC Events Calendar.