August, 2015 – Volume 8, Issue 8
Visit KPPC’s Booth at the 2015 Governor’s Conference on Energy & the Environment
Make plans now to attend the 2015 Governor’s Conference on Energy and the Environment. The conference will be held on September 8 and 9 in Lexington at the Lexington Convention Center. Be sure to stop by and visit KPPC’s booth while you are there.
This year’s conference will focus on the following topics:
• Looking Back at Kentucky’s Energy Plan
• Looking Forward: Energy in the Future
• Business Sustainability
• Research at Kentucky’s Public Universities
• A Conversation with the Energy and Environment Cabinet
• The Utility of the Future: The Changing Utility Business Model
The Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection’s Environmental Excellence Awards will be presented during the awards luncheon on Sept. 9, 2015.
Three Environmental Pacesetter Awards recognize exemplary efforts to protect the environment, conserve resources and set an example of environmental stewardship. The Community Luminary Award highlights achievements in community-based environmental education and outreach. The Resource Caretaker Award focuses on efforts to conserve Kentucky’s resources and the KY EXCEL Champion Award recognizes a KY EXCEL member who has shown leadership in promoting positive environmental behaviors.
Learn more and register for this year’s conference.
Celebrate 25 Years of the Pollution Prevention Act During P2 Week
The best way to protect the Earth and its people is to stop creating pollution in the first place – that realization became America’s official policy in 1990 with the Pollution Prevention Act. This year, 2015, marks 25 years of this federal policy.
Pollution prevention (P2) is any practice that reduces, eliminates, or prevents pollution at its source and includes conservation of our natural resources. P2, also known as “source reduction,” means reducing the amount of pollution so there is less waste to control, treat, or dispose of. Less waste and pollution means fewer hazards posed to public health and the environment.
Pollution Prevention (P2) Week – September 21-27, 2015 – highlights the efforts of EPA, its state partners, industry and the public in preventing pollution right from the start!
18th Annual Pollution Prevention Conference & Tradeshow
For the past seventeen years, the Indiana Partners for Pollution Prevention (Partners) have sponsored a statewide pollution prevention conference and trade show. Conference topics have ranged from new and innovative pollution prevention technologies being used in Indiana to training on how pollution prevention (P2) can save facilities money. 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 management practices, but also because it benefits the company’s bottom line. Interest in pollution prevention is growing across the entire country and beyond.
The Partners conference will be held in Plainfield, Indiana on September 30 and will feature a keynote, three concurrent breakout sessions, and a trade show of exhibitors displaying their products and services to promote P2.
Visit the Partners website for more information and conference registration.
Green product sales up average 91 percent for GE, Dow, others
The global marketplace is rapidly moving in a direction where companies that have the capability to create sustainable products and services will seize competitive advantage and gain market share.
Far-sighted companies are busy building unique business models that promote sustainability, provide distinct product differentiation and satiate the growing buyer appetite for responsible consumption.
Now, new research by The Conference Board has revealed a very encouraging trend in favor of sustainable products and services. Sales revenues at many large companies are increasingly coming from a portfolio of innovative products and services designed to enhance sustainability.
From 2010 to 2013, aggregate revenues from sustainable products and services climbed by 91 percent, while overall sales grew just 15 percent, among a sample of 12 S&P Global 100 companies. Manifestations of the trend have been spectacular at some companies in particular.
EPA Launches the 2015 ENERGY STAR National Building Competition: Team Challenge!
In the EPA’s Battle of the Buildings competition, teams and individual buildings from all over the country are competing to see who can slim down their collective energy and water “wastelines” the most. The teams (and buildings) that reduce their average energy and water use the most over a 12-month performance period, will be declared the winner.
All the competitors have spent the past six months training and preparing for the battle ahead. But do they have what it takes to win the competition? Root for your hometown team, or follow fun match-ups. Visit the Battle of the Buildings website to check out the:
• List of more than 125 teams and their starting “weights.”
• List of more than 6,500 building competitors and their starting “weights.”
• List of team coaches – Service and Product Providers going the extra mile to help competitors shed energy and water waste.
Learn how you can leverage a brand recognized by more than 85% of consumers nationwide, and get the direct support of the ENERGY STAR program by hosting your own competition, either within your organization or with others.
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.
Find the latest articles, videos and resources on the GreenBiz website.
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.
August 25 at 2:00 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.
August 26 at 2:00 pm EDT – View more training opportunities and Register for the Webinar.
• Governor’s Conference on Energy & the Environment
Make plans now to attend the 2015 Governor’s Conference on Energy and the Environment. The conference will be held in Lexington at the Lexington Convention Center.
September 8 and 9 – Register for the conference.
• 18th Annual Pollution Prevention Conference & Tradeshow
The Indiana Partners for Pollution Prevention (Partners) is sponsoring a statewide pollution prevention conference and trade show. Conference topics will range from new and innovative pollution prevention technologies to training on how pollution prevention (P2) can save facilities money.
September 30 – Plainfield, Indiana – Register for the conference.
To view these and other sustainability-related events, please visit the KPPC Events Calendar.