February, 2015 – Volume 8, Issue 2
KY CHP Partner’s Webinar Now on YouTube
The Kentucky Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Partners held a live webinar on January 29 highlighting the first steps to determine if a Combined Heat and Power (CHP) System could work for your industrial or commercial facility.
The Webinar, which had about 42 attendees, helped answer questions about getting started with CHP and explained the screening process to determine whether or not your facility would be a good candidate for a CHP system. The session also outlined steps to determine if a CHP system would need an air permit and how to apply for one.
If you were unable to attend the webinar, a video presentation is available. You can view the webinar on the KPPC Website.
Claude Christensen Appointed as KPPC Board Member
Governor Steve Beshear has appointed Claude J. Christensen, mayor of the city of Sadieville, as a member of the Kentucky Pollution Prevention Center Board of Directors for a term expiring July 15, 2017.
KPPC is governed by a board of directors that represent various facets of Kentucky state and local government, industry, agriculture, higher education, environmental protection and the community at large.
Mayor Christensen will represent local government on the KPPC Board. Christensen replaces Kevin L. Murphy, whose term has expired.
Louisville’s Office of Sustainability “Green” Program
Louisville’s Office of Sustainability has launched a “green” infrastructure incentive program that offers matching funds for commercial projects designed to encourage businesses to invest in stormwater-management solutions.
The incentive funds ($100,000 total) will be used as matching money for MSD’s green infrastructure stipend program such that any project that is approved by MSD is automatically qualified. MSD’s incentive program pays stipends for private sector projects (non-residential) that keep stormwater out of the combined sewer system including rain gardens, pervious pavement, vegetative roofs, infiltration drains and water harvesting systems.
Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer announced that the program is now available to businesses that are seeking to make their facilities more environmentally friendly.
Read about the program at the city’s Office of Sustainability website.
2015 Green Business Report Released
GreenBiz has just published its 2015 State of Green Business report. The report is the eighth annual assessment of the environmental performance of companies around the world, along with the trends to watch in the year ahead.
GreenBiz Chairman and Executive Editor Joel Makower states that, “The report’s indicators measuring companies’ progress in greenhouse gas and emissions, air pollutants, water use and solid-waste production are all leveling off or even declining. Even bright spots of earlier years — cleantech patents, for example — aren’t what they used to be.
According to Makower, it’s still a good time to be in the sustainability business. The potential for transformational change continues to be a renewable resource.
Recycling Partnership Announces 2015 Funding Opportunity
The Recycling Partnership, an initiative of Curbside Value Partnership (CVP), is pleased to announce their 2015 funding opportunity for counties, municipalities and solid waste authorities seeking to improve their residential curbside recycling infrastructure. Specifically, the grants will provide funding for cart procurement and education and outreach programs. CVP will also provide successful applicants with tailored recycling education campaign materials to support the cart rollout, along with technical assistance for community recycling operations.
Potential applicants may email any questions related to the Request for Proposals (RFP) to Karen Bandhauer, CVP Project Director at email@example.com by March 13, 2015 at 5:00 pm eastern. CVP will hold a conference call on March 18, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. eastern time to address submitted questions. Final proposals must be received by 5:00 pm eastern on April 15th, 2015.
Additional details are available in the RFP, which can be downloaded at the CVP website.
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.
Read the Latest P2 Impact 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.
In the most recent P2 Impact article, Finelite takes an enlightened approach to reusable packaging, author Justin Lehrer shows how Union City, California’s Finelite, Inc., which has long has been known for innovative, environmentally sustainable lighting solutions, took a look around and realized that waste and expense issues were lurking in the shadows. Read the article and past issues 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.
February 24 at 1:00 pm EST – 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.
February 25 at 1:00 pm EST – View more training opportunities and Register for the Webinar.
- How to Apply for Energy Star
Join EPA to learn about applying for ENERGY STAR Certification in Portfolio Manager. Understand the value of the ENERGY STAR certification, see the step-by-step process of applying, and gain tips to avoid common errors, thereby helping your property get from application to award in less time.
February 26 at 1:00 pm EST – View more training opportunities and Register for the Webinar.
To view these and other sustainability-related events, please visit the KPPC Events Calendar.