August, 2017 – Volume 10, Issue 8
Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet awards grants of more than $1.6 million to innovative energy projects
Energy and Environment Cabinet Secretary Charles Snavely has announced that seven organizations will share more than $1.6 million in grant funding to promote efficient technologies and practices in public and private-sector buildings.
Recipients include education, utility service, local government, and waste water treatment organizations.
“These projects represent innovative initiatives that provide long-term benefits to the citizens of Kentucky,” said Sec. Snavely. “Some projects build upon existing programs that have already demonstrated the value of investments in energy efficiency while other projects integrate new technologies and practices in areas that support infrastructure in local communities.”
Grant funds are provided under a 2011 settlement agreement for a Clean Air Act violation. The settlement required the permittee to invest in new and upgraded state-of-the-art pollution controls that will reduce pollution, save energy and protect public health and the environment. Kentucky received $11.2 million to implement environmental mitigation projects.
Kentucky’s Energy and Environment Cabinet issued a request for proposals early this year to award unused funds from the 2011 settlement.
The University of Louisville, Kentucky Pollution Prevention Center, received $105,426 to implement a building operator certification program. The program will train and certify facility managers on building operations to achieve energy savings.
DCA and KPPC partner to deliver a free workshop on steam efficiency in September
Energy savings through steam efficiency.
Due to its high heat content and transportability, steam production is a major force in manufacturing and industrial processes. It could be said that steam is a wonderful thing. Efficient generation and use of steam can provide a significant cost savings opportunity and minimizes its impact on a facility’s environmental footprint.
To assist steam users in Kentucky, the Division of Compliance Assistance (DCA) and the Kentucky Pollution Prevention Center (KPPC) have partnered to provide The Wonders of Steam workshop to be held on September 28, 2017 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Dow Chemical Company faciilty in Louisville, Kentucky. The theme of the workshop is energy savings through steam efficiency and is free to attend.
Cheryle Eakle, Senior Sustainability Engineer at KPPC, shares that steam is often taken for granted. However, when leaks and malfunctioning traps occur it can add up to significant costs and cause operational problems.
Steam experts speaking at this workshop will show how maintaining a steam system can save money. Topics to be covered will address the properties of steam, achieving steam efficiency, selection and operation of steam traps, insulating to reduce energy loss and an overview of boiler efficiency and regulations. A workshop agenda is available on the DCA website.
The target audience for this workshop includes facility managers and owners, environmental, health and safety professionals, and representatives of manufacturing and industrial facilities.
Reducing steam energy waste lowers operating costs which leads to improved business performance and more sustainable operations.
If your facility uses steam energy, make plans to attend this free workshop by registering online at https://dca.ticketleap.com/wonders-of-steam/dates/Sep-28-2017_at_0800AM
Kentucky Farm Bureau Federation donates $1 million to UK’s Grain and Forage Center of Excellence
In continuing its long-standing support of the University of Kentucky (UK) College of Agriculture, Food and Environment’s Research and Education Center at Princeton, the Kentucky Farm Bureau Federation’s (KFBF) Board of Directors voted, during its last meeting, to donate a total of $1 million to initiatives at the facility’s new Grain and Forage Center of Excellence.
The money will go toward two specific projects at the center; $500,000 will be provided over a five-year period for the naming rights of the main entrance once the new facility has been completed and an additional $500,000, paid over a five-year period, will support a statewide water resources initiative targeted at enhancing water management as part of the ongoing research efforts at the center.
KFBF President Mark Haney said making this investment will not only help with the many research endeavors at the facility, but will benefit Kentucky’s agriculture industry, as a whole.
“Since the Princeton research program was established in 1924, Kentucky Farm Bureau has been supportive of its efforts in research and development projects and programs that have helped our agriculture industry in this state become the nearly $6 billion business it is and a national leader in agricultural initiatives,” he said. “While the center’s name includes grains and forages, there is likely not a single agriculture sector in Kentucky that has not benefited from the work conducted there and the new facility will undoubtedly become a model in ag research efforts.”
Haney also noted that as KFBF has stepped to the plate in its support of the facility, he looks forward to and encourages other Kentucky ag partners to be supportive, as well.
“The difference a facility like the Grain and Forage Center of Excellence can make in the sustainability of all family farms becomes a factor in the overall economic well-being of our rural communities.” – David S. Beck, KFBF Executive Vice-President
Apply for the 2017 MVP2 Awards
The National Pollution Prevention Roundtable is accepting nominees for the 2017 Most Valuable Pollution Prevention (MVP2) Awards. The MVP2 awards are presented annually during National Pollution Prevention Week.
National Pollution Prevention Week is the third week of September, September 18th – 25th, 2017.
Awards are presented in seven categories, Project/Program, Best Multimedia, Champion, Ambassador, Volunteer, Educator and Student of the Year.
The MVP2 Project/Program, P2 Champion, and Best P2 Multimedia are open to all levels of government, industry, small business, non-profit and academia.
The awards are designed to recognize outstanding and innovative P2 projects/programs. As in years past, awards are judged on the following five broad criteria: innovation, measurable results, transferability, commitment and optimization of available project resources.
The deadline for applications has been extended to Friday September 8th, 2017.
Athletics helps EKU work towards sustainability
RICHMOND, Ky. – Eastern Kentucky University and the EKU Athletics Department have always worked very closely with each other and tried to benefit off of each other when possible, and the new sustainability commitment throughout the campus is no different.
Set to launch this fall are two initiatives, one of which “Colonel’s Cleanup” is a litter prevention initiative that athletics will participate in directly with the EKU Office of Sustainability.
Each team is already required to do community service hours each year, but most of what they are able to do is off campus. This initiative will allow the student-athletes to experience a very large problem in their own backyard, giving them a drive to make a difference.
“Our student-athletes are heavily involved with organizations in the Richmond community, which is excellent, however this is a great opportunity for our student-athletes to get involved right here on campus,” explained Josh Shipp, Athletic Academic Advisor/Life Skills Coordinator. “Keeping the ‘campus beautiful’, beautiful is of the utmost importance to our students, coaches, and staff.”
The teams will have their own designated area, promoting a bit of fun, healthy competition among the athletes.
Student-athletes have a platform and when it is put to good use and others can see that they care about EKU’s campus, hopefully it will get others to want to participate as well.
Dow launches grant program to increase plastics recovery
The Dow Chemical Co., Midland, Michigan, has announced it has teamed up with national nonprofit Keep America Beautiful, Stamford, Connecticut, to award two $50,000 grants for organizations to establish Hefty EnergyBag programs in their communities.
The grant application is open to municipalities, nonprofits, material recovery facilities (MRFs) and other qualifying organizations through Sept. 1, 2017. Dow says it will provide grant recipients with the blueprint to develop a successful Hefty EnergyBag program and will facilitate planning and implementation. Recipients will manage the programs and solicit involvement of key community stakeholders.
“The Hefty EnergyBag program demonstrates Dow’s commitment to advancing a circular economy, a pillar of our 2025 Sustainability Goals,” says Neil Hawkins, chief sustainability officer for Dow. “In partnership with Keep America Beautiful, these grants will enable the growth of this important initiative and show the power of a collaborative blueprint for reducing landfill waste and waste released to the environment, two critical global priorities.”
“At Keep America Beautiful, we look for innovative ways to promote and improve recycling and other approaches to divert waste from landfills,” says Brenda Pulley, senior vice president of recycling for Keep America Beautiful. “The Hefty EnergyBa program provides a convenient way to collect plastic materials that would otherwise end up in the landfill and offers a platform to promote positive behaviors to prevent this material from being wasted.”
The grant program builds on Dow’s long-standing relationship with Keep America Beautiful and will be funded through the company’s Global Citizenship Impact Fund, a way to unlock business value while driving social impact. Dow says the fund provides financial resources for business-aligned global citizenship initiatives focused on three key impact areas: access to clean drinking water, packaging to prevent food waste and postconsumer waste management.
The value of sustainability in business operations
Excerpt from an article by Cindy Madrick, V.P., Business Development, Cornerstone Environmental, Health and Safety, Inc. on the Area Development website.
Despite the administration’s focus on removing environmental protections, businesses’ sustainability efforts generally have a positive effect on their image as well as bottom line.
The Case for Environmental Stewardship
The reasons for organizations to implement environmental stewardship programs may vary — reducing waste and inefficiencies, “doing the right thing,” a spiritual duty of being a good steward of the environment. Regardless of the underlying motivation, the inclusion of an environmental sustainability program into a business model is a wise choice for any business owner.
The beneficial results of such programs vary widely: less expense and higher profit, improved regulatory agency relations, reduced waste, enhanced continuous improvement of operation, innovation, expanded market potential, customer loyalty — to name a few. If you were to break those down further, you would also find reduced energy usage in electricity, water, gasoline, and natural gas. Small, but significant, operational changes can also result in reduced labor hours on one process that can generate higher production in other areas. Each of these greater efficiencies improves the bottom line of a business.
Around the world, businesses continue to evaluate and implement environmental sustainability programs. Such programs are extensive and increasing across industries and municipalities: automotive, medical device, aerospace, cabinetry, printing, plastics, farming, community recycling, or landscaping — even Disney! Whether grand or minimal projects, businesses stand to gain economically from effective sustainability programs.
Group wants to give homebuyers access to more information about green home features
A group of local real estate agents, home builders, appraisers and other real estate professionals are taking action to add more information about a property’s sustainability features to “for sale” listings.
The goal of the initiative called Greening the MLS is to educate homebuyers on energy efficiency in real estate and help homeowners get full value for their houses by adding categories of information to the MLS. The MLS, or multiple listing service, is a system in which real estate agents and others list houses for sale, providing details such as the number of bedrooms, the year it was built and how it’s heated.
The initiative started nationally and gained traction in Louisville a couple of years ago.
“Our ultimate goal is to educate sellers and buyers [on] what they’re buying, what they’re selling and what it’s worth,” said James Peterworth, an agent with Kentucky Select Properties.
Already, the group leading the initiative locally has gotten the categories geothermal technology, spray foam insulation, tankless water heater and solar panels included in real estate listings. MLS listings also now includes four ratings and certifications that specifically speak to a house’s energy efficiency — the Home Energy Rating System score, ENERGY STAR rating, the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED certification and the National Green Building Standard certification.
Cary Thale, a real estate agent with Kentucky Select Properties, said there is “enormous interest” in green features in homes. Even homebuyers who don’t list sustainability as a top priority, ask for energy-efficient windows and blown-in insulation.
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 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 Euan Murray:
TSC: To fill a void, companies deliver more sustainable goods
Nature abhors a vacuum. Or so my old physics teacher and Gary Larson’s “Far Side” cartoon liked to say.
And so it is with action on sustainability. In this time of political uncertainty in the U.S., Europe and beyond, it is heartening to see civil society and the private sector rushing forward to fill the gaps.
From humble beginnings in CSR and carbon footprinting, we are seeing the emergence of global movements such as the Science-Based Targets initiative, EU Product Environmental Footprint and the Walmart-inspired Project Gigaton. These initiatives bring together the NGO community, sustainability scientists, regulatory bodies and companies large and small. They are about using the best sustainability science to deliver the win-win of shrinking sustainability impacts at the same time as unlocking business growth.
We also see this movement in our newly published TSC 2017 Impact Report. Our report from last year showed the enormous benefits we get from consumer goods but also their enormous sustainability price tag. The products we all buy and use are responsible for 60 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions, three-quarters of forced and child labor, and nearly two-thirds of tropical deforestation.
In this time of political uncertainty in the U.S., Europe and beyond, it is heartening to see civil society and the private sector rushing forward to fill the gaps.
In 2017, we complete that story, laying out our strategy to turn Blind spots into Hotspots into Action into Growth (BHAG). Our BHAG here is to deliver sustainability impact at scale. In an increasingly resource-constrained world, we know that successful companies must decouple their future growth from social and environmental issues.
Find the latest articles, videos and resources on the GreenBiz website.
Upcoming Training, Events and Conferences
- The ABC’s of K-12 Food Waste Reduction
Start with the Guide to Conducting Student Food Waste Audits: A Resource for Schools. This webinar will introduce participants to the guide, and share examples from schools that have used the guide to meet their waste reduction goals.
August 24 at 1:00 p.m. – Register for this informative webinar today.
EPA ENERGY STAR webinars:
Portfolio Manager Series
- 101 – September 12 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 – September 21 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 – August 29 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 recorded ENERGY STAR webinars at any time.
- Midwest Food Recovery Summit
The Midwest Food Recovery Summit’s purpose is to provide you with the education, insight and connections needed to help ensure food is used as it’s meant to be – as a resource. Focusing on all sources and all uses from source reduction and donation to feeding animals, industrial uses and compost. Speakers will showcase what’s working and what still needs work. Join us for inspiring keynotes, educational breakout sessions, networking opportunities and workshops throughout the entire summit.
September 6 – 8 – Des Moines, IA
Visit the conference website for more information and to register.
- The Wonders of Steam – Free Workshop
Efficient generation and use of steam can provide a significant cost savings opportunity and minimizes its impact on a facility’s environmental footprint. To assist steam users in Kentucky, the Division of Compliance Assistance (DCA) and the Kentucky Pollution Prevention Center (KPPC) have partnered to provide The Wonders of Steam workshop.
September 28 – Louisville, KY
Read more about this free workshop and how to register.