August, 2016 – Volume 9, Issue 8
KPPC will be at the 2016 Governor’s Conference on Energy & the Environment
Make plans now to attend the 2016 Governor’s Conference on Energy and the Environment. The conference will be held on September 21 and 22 in Lexington at the Lexington Convention Center.
There will be informative sessions covering corporate sustainability initiatives, renewable energy, energy efficiency, today’s utility landscape, and environmental policies. Past conferences have addressed energy and environmental challenges and opportunities, environmental stewardship in business, the community and agriculture to name a few. This year’s conference will continue to deliver relevant topics and provide an engaging forum for networking and recognition of energy and environment success.
KPPC will be there once again so be sure to stop by and visit our booth!
Learn more and register for this year’s conference.
Farmers RECC, EKPC, City of Glasgow dedicate newest landfill gas-to-electric plant
Farmers RECC and East Kentucky Power Cooperative (EKPC) joined the City of Glasgow to celebrate the successful launch of the cooperative’s landfill-gas-to-electric (LFGTE) power plant.
The plant, located at the city’s Glasgow Regional Landfill, is fueled by methane gas from the landfill. Completed earlier this year, the plant can generate up to 1 megawatt of electricity, and Farmers RECC distributes the power to its members.
“This project is a shining example of how our organizations can work together to innovatively address our needs and benefit the entire community,” said Bill Prather, president and CEO of Farmers RECC. “We are proud to generate renewable energy for Farmers RECC members.”
The project began as a result of extensive discussions between Farmers RECC and the City of Glasgow. Farmers RECC was interested in the production of energy from renewable sources and the city of Glasgow was interested in capturing the landfill’s methane gas.
19th 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 28 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.
Ford, Jose Cuervo and the future of waste-based materials
With thick, spiky leaves that can grow up to 7 feet tall, so-called “blue agave” is a hearty plant that grows in high-altitude desert climates. The succulent’s claim to fame: being the essential ingredient in authentic Mexican tequila.
Luckily for distillers such as Jose Cuervo, agave grows well when cultivated in arid regions such as Southern Mexico. Still, with a processing volume of 200-300 tons per day, the company is often left with considerable waste from the 90-plus-pound plants — which is exactly what appealed to the company’s unlikely new business partner.
After years of experimenting with wheat straw-blend plastics and upholstery threaded with recycled PET bottles, Ford Motor Co. was in the market for other unconventional material feedstock, a pursuit that led to a deal for a small-scale material research project using Jose Cuervo’s would-be agave waste.
Aside from agave’s dense, fibrous properties, the American automaker has been especially interested in materials found in plentiful supply near manufacturing hubs.
While it’s still very early days for envisioning what an agave-based material supply chain might look like, the joint effort is reflective of a much bigger trend toward corporations looking to leverage relatively cheap would-be waste materials in the pursuit of more efficient and sustainable production. The goal of reducing reliance on virgin materials by leaning on re-used substances is also pillar of the “circular economy” concept gaining traction in green business circles.
ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager now includes waste and materials tracking
The ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool can be used to benchmark energy and/or water use in buildings. EPA has now added the ability to track waste and materials in Portfolio Manager that can enhance a sustainability management program by providing a better understanding of the environmental footprint and resource costs of a facility.
Currently, U.S. commercial buildings and manufacturing activities are responsible for nearly half of the 150 million tons of waste that wind up in incinerators or landfills each year. Many building owners and managers have verified energy use reductions of 10, 20, or even 30 percent or more, and it all begins with understanding current performance.
These same principles also apply to water and waste. Unifying energy, water, and waste under one virtual “roof” can be a sustainability game-changer.
EPA will be offering webinars that will introduce the basics of waste tracking in Portfolio Manager on August 18 and September 15.
Domtar’s Hawesville, Kentucky mill uses innovation to be more sustainable
Domtar’s Hawesville Mill has received national attention for its strong efforts in sustainability. The facility constructed a world-class chip conveyor that stretches from the Ohio River waterfront all the way to the mill’s gates. The technology moves wood chips from barges using the Mississippi River, Ohio River, and Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway, all the way across a mile-long (1.6 km) chip conveyor to mill staging areas.
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. 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
Carbon Footprint Workshop
KY EXCEL and the Kentucky Pollution Prevention Center will be co-hosting a free Carbon Footprint workshop at 3M-Cynthiana, a Master member of KY EXCEL. There will be sessions on calculating your carbon footprint, energy efficiency, building automation systems and alternative energy options in Kentucky.
August 31st from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm EDT – Register for this workshop online..
EPA Webinars: Portfolio Manager Series
101 – August 23 at 1:00 pm EDT – 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.
201 – August 24 at 1:00 pm 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 – August 25 at 1:00 pm 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 and more training opportunities and to Register.
EPA Webinar: Introducing Waste & Materials Tracking in Portfolio Manager
In addition to tracking energy and water consumption in Portfolio Manager, you can now track your building’s waste & materials management.
September 15 at 1:00 pm EDT – View more training opportunities and Register for the Tracking Webinar.
To view these and other sustainability-related events, please visit the KPPC Events Calendar.