February, 2018 – Volume 11, Issue 2
Winchester manufacturer installing Lexington company’s solar panels
Announcing the release of eGRID2016
Super Bowl Zero-Waste Rush2Recycle Program results are in
New recyclable resin makes wind turbines much more sustainable
GreenBiz: Sustainability strategies boost revenue
ESRC Webinar: Basics of Energy Management
Supplier Sustainability Ratings for Procurement and Supply Chain Needs
Waste Management Introduction and Compliance Workshop
Peak Demand Energy Savings Through Energy Management
ENERGY STAR webinars
Division of Compliance Assistance hosts workshops in March
The Division of Compliance Assistance (DCA) will be offering the following two workshops in March designed to help Kentucky businesses improve regulatory compliance, achieve exceptional performance and enhance the quality of Kentucky’s environment.
This introductory level workshop will help participants understand regulations governing hazardous waste and how to comply with them. Learning objectives include how waste is regulated and identified, what the requirements are for different waste generators, changes to hazardous waste regulations, how to handle spills and other emergencies.
The ultimate goal of solid and hazardous waste management should always be source reduction.
The workshop will be beneficial to facility managers or owners, consultants, environmental, health and safety professionals, or any represenatives of retail, manufacturing and industrial facilities. The cost to attend is $40 and is offered at a discounted rate of $20 for KY EXCEL members.
Savings Through Energy Management
Have you ever wondered how you could reduce your facility’s electric bill? If you answered yes, then you should be interested in the Peak Demand – Energy Savings Through Energy Management workshop that DCA is offering on March 22nd from 8:00 to noon EDT at the East Kentucky Power Cooperative in Winchester, Kentucky. This workshop is provided in partnership with the Kentucky Pollution Prevention Center (KPPC).
This half-day workshop will provide an understanding of the difference between demand management and energy usage and how to save money by reducing energy demand. A facility will also share about real world success with reducing energy demand. Participants will not become experts, but will gain a general overview in order to reduce their facility’s energy demand and energy costs.
Participants will gain a general overview in order to reduce their facility’s energy demand and energy costs. This introductory workshop is a great learning opportunity for consultants, facility mangers/owners, environmental professionals and representatives of manufacturing and/or industrial facilities.
Seating is limited, so reserve your spot today!
KSMI: Moving forward in sustainable manufacturing
The Kentucky Sustainable Manufacturing Initiative (KSMI) training series recently completed the third webinar and workshop module that addressed moving forward through a culture of sustainability.
A webinar on developing a culture of innovation and sustainability was held on February 8, 2018. This webinar provided an overview of key cultural ingredients within organizations that can facilitate and enhance sustainability performance. Mark Toda, Senior Sustainability Engineer at KPPC, presented the positive cultural aspects introduced with lean manufacturing along with the management of sustainability. A guest presentation by Jason Nally, Star Hill Farm Environmental Champion, shared about the sustainable culture at Maker’s Mark Distillery.
Some topics introduced included employee engagement approaches, lean culture extended to sustainability and best practices to consider for sustainable manufacturing.
The webinar was recorded and is now available on the KSMI website with time-stamped links to the specific agenda topics. View the recorded webinar on the KSMI website.
The last of the KSMI workshops was held on February 22, 2018 at the Ford Louisville Assembly Plant that focused on developing a positive culture for sustainability and moving forward successfully by incorporating sustainable manufacturing principles.
Participants heard presentations from Lexmark International, Smith Management Group, Ford Louisville Assembly Plant, the University of Louisville and the Kentucky Department of Environmental Protection with discussion on incorporating life cycle perspective into the new ISO 14001:2015 standard, understanding how Kentucky’s TRI database can benefit manufacturers, and learning about resources and experiences in sustainable manufacturing. The Ford Louisville Assembly Plant also provided a tour of their manufacturing operations.
The KSMI Training Series will continue with future webinar offerings in the following months.
Check the KSMI web page for future updates about these events, sustainable manufacturing resources, to view previously recorded webinars and to request assistance with your sustainable manufacturing initiatives.
Top Kentucky ENERGY STAR schools honored by KSBA
Walton-Verona Independent Schools were honored by the Kentucky School Boards Association as one of the top five energy-efficient school districts in Kentucky during a press conference Tuesday in the Capitol Rotunda.
The 400th ENERGY STAR school — Owensboro Independent School District — was also recognized.
“It has been remarkable what has been done,” KSBA Executive Director Kerri Schelling said. “School boards have made decisions impacting facility energy consumption and school districts have implemented energy management plans and procedures that have now saved $170 million.”
ENERGY STAR has remained the operational framework for advancing energy-efficiency practices in many school district portfolios. Six schools were labeled as ENERGY STAR in 2006; that has grown to 426 in 2017.
Since 2010, schools have reduced their energy utilization index (EUI) from 65 to 50 in 2017. EUI is the amount of energy consumed, measured in thousands of British Thermal Units (KBTU), and divided by the gross conditioned area in square feet. The national average for schools is 73.
In Kentucky, Owen County Schools leads all districts with an EUI of 33.2, a drop from the 2010 EUI measurement of 62.5. Owen County is followed closely by Butler County Schools at 33.5 EUI and Nelson County Schools at 33.6 EUI. Twenty-one districts operate below an EUI of 40, compared to three districts under that threshold in 2013.
According to analysis by KSBA’s School Energy Managers Program, Kentucky schools are heating and cooling more space but have offset rate increases through greater energy efficiency. Districts combined are spending nearly the same amount on energy as they did in 2010, even though conditioned space has grown about 1 percent annually over the past eight years and energy prices have increased.
Education Commissioner Stephen Pruitt will offer remarks about the financial impact of energy savings on schools. Rep. Jim Gooch will discuss the beginning of energy-efficient schools in the state and Sen. Jared Carpenter will discuss the significance of recognition for the school districts.
Sutton Elementary in Owensboro Independent School District is the 400th Kentucky School to be listed as an ENERGY STAR School. The most efficient school districts, listed by order of ranking, are Owen County Schools, Butler County Schools, Nelson County Schools, Walton-Verona Independent Schools and Scott County Schools.
Winchester manufacturer installing Lexington company’s solar panels
WINCHESTER, Ky. (Feb. 8, 2018) — Sekisui S-Lec America will install more than 2,000 ultra-high efficiency solar panels at its state-of-the-art interlayer film manufacturing facility in Winchester, company President Pedro Cordoba announced today.
The roof and ground mounted solar array comprised of 2,035 400-watt panels will produce enough energy each year to power the equivalent of 84 average homes. The 814-kilowatt system will be engineered and installed by Solar Energy Solutions of Lexington and will be completed in July. Installation of the solar energy system will establish SSA as one of the top five private producers of solar energy in Kentucky.
SSA’s Winchester plant opened in 2007 and employs 98 associates. The company produces Polyvinyl Butyral (PVB) interlayer film products for automotive glass.
“The installation of this solar array is another strong sign of SSA making real its corporate strategy of pursuing aggressive, profitable growth combined with careful environmental stewardship,” Cordoba said. “At SSA, we see profitability and care for the natural environment, through prevention of global warming, preservation of biological diversity and the construction of a recycling-based society as mutually supportive goals. This is further evidenced by our current site’s certification as a zero waste to landfill business.”
Announcing the release of eGRID2016
Just in time for spring, the newest edition of the Emissions & Generation Resource Integrated Database (eGRID) has just been released and is available from the eGRIDwebsite.
This edition of eGRID contains year 2016 data on emissions and emission rates for criteria pollutants and greenhouse gases, electric generation, emissions, resource mix, and power plant attributes.
Several changes were made behind the scenes in order to enable an easier and faster release with more QA/QC. Additionally, the plant assignment methodology has been updated. You can find more information about the new plant assignment methodology on the eGRIDFAQ webpage and in the Technical Support Document (TSD).
Your feedback is important and user input has resulted in several additions and enhancements to eGRID. If you have ideas for improvements, please take a moment to fill out a survey.
Super Bowl Zero-Waste Rush2Recycle Program results are in
The 2018 Super Bowl debuted a collaborative effort called Rush2Recycle that targeted zero waste at US Bank Stadium in Minnesota. NFL, PepsiCo, Aramark, US Bank Stadium, and the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority hoped to recover at least 90% of the waste generated on gameday.
Now the results are in, and the program successfully recovered 91% of all the trash. Nearly 63 tons of the 69 tons of gameday waste were recovered through recycling or donation for reuse (62%) and composting (29%), according to the NFL.The 2018 Super Bowl debuted a collaborative effort called Rush2Recycle that targeted zero waste at US Bank Stadium in Minnesota. NFL, PepsiCo, Aramark, US Bank Stadium, and the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority hoped to recover at least 90% of the waste generated on gameday.
In order to reach the 91% recovery rate, the partners took these steps before the Super Bowl:
- US Bank Stadium food and beverage partner Aramark replaced most of its food vessels, service products and utensils inventory for fans with compostable alternatives
- US Bank Stadium worked with Recycle Across America to design illustrated signs for new three-bin waste stations to show fans how to sort items at the stadium
- Recycling and compost bins were changed to become larger and more accessible to fans
- Trash bins were shrunk in size, encouraging fans to consider using alternative containers
- A LEED-certification-level waste audit last October identified materials for recovery in the stadium’s waste stream
- A zero-waste trial run took place at a December 2017 Minnesota Vikings home game
Steps taken after the Super Bowl included:
- The SMG team sorted all fan-generated waste into the right waste compactors
- The waste hauling partners collected and provided weight-tickets at each destination, including the recycling facility, the composting facility, and the waste-to-energy facility
- The waste data was reviewed by SMG and combined with the reuse and donation data collected by the NFL from their community partners
“Most stadiums won’t try and do this when they’re first built,” Bradley Vogel, the US Bank Stadium’s sustainability coordinator, told CNN earlier this month. “They just want to get the operations down… they want to make sure they get the food out before they worry about what happens on the back end.” He added that Pepsi’s involvement in the program and Aramark’s investment in compostable cups and food items were key to putting the zero-waste plan in place.
Michael Vekich, chair of the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority, which owns US Bank Stadium, echoed that in a statement today. “We couldn’t have gotten here without the commitment of our stadium partners,” he said. “We look forward to sharing our experiences with other facilities who are interested in this important sustainability program.”
New recyclable resin makes wind turbines much more sustainable
by Liz Entman
New composite materials make wind energy even greener by making the turbines themselves recyclable.
Fields of spinning wind turbines inspire thoughts of earth-friendly energy, but until now, generating wind power hasn’t been as sustainable as people may have thought.
It generally requires a great deal of time and energy to cure the type of resin that makes the 150-foot-wide fiberglass turbines strong and durable. When they finally wear out after 20 or 25 years, very little of the material can be recycled.
Doug Adams, Distinguished Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Daniel F. Flowers Professor, said that made wind turbines an ideal project for the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation, a consortium of industry, government and academic institutions aimed at improving the composite materials that are manufactured for use in turbines, cars, compressed gas storage tanks and a number of other products like airplanes and sporting goods.
“What better application to look at than wind power, where we think about energy and sustainability foremost in our minds? It’s a grand challenge in composites manufacturing,” said Adams, who also chairs Vanderbilt’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.
The problem has a solution in sight, thanks to a new recyclable resin that cures at room temperature provided by industry partner Arkema. This new resin, called Elium, creates its own heat and cures without creating flaws in the fiberglass. Unlike its predecessor, this resin doesn’t prevent the fiberglass from being recycled.
The nation’s increasing demand for electricity has driven significant growth in the wind energy sector. The American Wind Energy Association estimates there are more than 52,000 utility-scale wind turbines operating in the U.S., and the wind energy jobs grew 20 percent in 2016. This growth is driving innovation in all aspects of the wind industry—including improvements in manufacturing efficiency, workforce training and end-of-life recycling. The long-term impact of the work led by Vanderbilt includes lower manufacturing costs, improved reliability of turbines and reduced life-cycle energy use.
Adams, mechanical engineering graduate student Christopher Nash, and the Laboratory for Systems Integrity and Reliability research staff’s role in this project for the composites institute was to test the resin’s self-setting properties using infrared imaging and produce an algorithm that manufacturers can use in setting up the process on their production lines.
“This composite materials technology is exciting because it closes the loop on sustainability in wind energy,” Adams said.
The next step is scaling up the process from test-size components to full-sized blades. As a partner in the institute, Vanderbilt will be able to take advantage of the consortium’s robust supply chain ecosystem to efficiently source the materials and manufacturing capability they’ll need, as well as provide Vanderbilt students the opportunity to work with a broad range of partners with diverse capabilities.
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. 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. The ESRC is administered by the Kentucky Pollution Prevention Center (KPPC).
Enhancing Business Operations through Sustainability – ESRC Training Series
The Environmental Sustainability Resource Center (ESRC) is providing a training series of webinars intended to enhance business operations through applied sustainability strategies.
This four-part webinar series is designed to educate commercial and industrial facilities on the business case for environmental sustainability, identify building blocks for a successful program and provide examples and resources to help turn actions into outcomes.
The FREE webinars will take place at 1:00-2:00 pm Eastern on the first Tuesday of each month from February through May 2018.
Benefits of Participating in the Webinars
- Identify low-cost/no-cost opportunities to stimulate business success through sustainability.
- Enhance environmental performance.
- Build an organizational culture that embraces and succeeds through sustainability.
- Observe real-world examples of implementation.
- Obtain tools and resources to assist sustainability efforts.
- Learn about technical assistance available.
Webinar 2: Basics of energy management
Tuesday, March 6, 2018 1:00-2:00 p.m. EST
Find out more about the training series and register for this webinar.
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 Madeleine Cuff:
It’s official: Sustainability strategies boost revenue
U.S. firms are using sustainability strategies to boost revenues, cut operating costs and achieve better borrowing rates, according to new research that underscores the business benefits of going green.
The findings were released last week by Dutch banking giant ING and were based on the results of a survey, carried out by Longitude, of 210 finance executives from U.S.-based companies with annual revenues of between $500 million and $20 billion.
The survey found the potential to expand revenues was the most important factor when deciding to implement sustainability strategies, with 39 percent of respondents citing revenue growth as a priority. Cutting costs was identified as the main driver for sustainability initiatives by 35 percent of respondents, while 30 percent said they primarily were seeking to boost brand reputation.
Among those firms with a well-established sustainability framework already in place, the chance to secure a more competitive borrowing rate than their peers also was commonly cited as a driver of green strategies, ING said.
Forty-eight percent of executives reported that sustainability concerns have at least some influence over a business’s growth strategy.
“We are witnessing an important shift in how companies in the United States view sustainability,” Gerald Walker, CEO of ING Americas, said. “Our research shows that it is no longer just about cutting costs or creating positive brand awareness — sustainability strategies are being deployed as true revenue drivers.”
The paper also revealed how sustainability strategies are starting to play an integral part in overall growth strategies, with 48 percent of executives reporting that sustainability concerns have at least some influence over a business’s growth strategy.
Find the latest articles, videos and resources on the GreenBiz website.
Upcoming Training, Events and Conferences
- ESRC Webinar – Basics of Energy Management
The Environmental Sustainability Resource Center (ESRC) is providing a training series of webinars intended to enhance business operations through applied sustainability strategies. This four-part webinar series is designed to educate commercial and industrial facilities on the business case for environmental sustainability, identify building blocks for a successful program and provide examples and resources to help turn actions into outcomes.
March 6 at 1 p.m. EST
Register for this informative webinar.
- Supplier Sustainability Ratings for Procurement and Supply Chain Needs
During this webcast, SPLC will be releasing a free market research guide that allows users to compare pre-screened third-party sustainability rating tools to find the one that best meets their organization’s needs.
March 13 at 1 p.m. EDT
Register for this sustainable procurement webinar.
- Waste Management Introduction and Compliance Workshop
The Division of Compliance Assistance (DCA) is providing an introductory level to help participants understand regulations governing hazardous waste and how to comply with them.
March 20 – Big Sandy Area Development District, Prestonsburg, KY
Find out more about this workshop and how to register.
- Peak Demand Energy Savings Through Energy Management Workshop
The Division of Compliance Assistance (DCA) is providing an energy management workshop. Participants will gain a general overview in order to reduce their facility’s energy demand and energy costs. This introductory workshop is a great learning opportunity for consultants, facility mangers/owners, environmental professionals and representatives of manufacturing and/or industrial facilities. KPPC is partnering with DCA on this energy management workshop.
March 22 – East Kentucky Power Cooperative, Winchester, KY
Find out more about this workshop and saving money.
EPA ENERGY STAR webinars:
- SPP Web Conference: 2018 ENERGY STAR metrics updates
During this 45-minute webinar, we will discuss the August 2018 ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager metrics updates. We’ll cover which metrics are changing and why, which types of buildings will be most affected by these updates, and what SPPs can do to prepare themselves and their clients. We will also hold a Q&A session at the end of the webinar, so bring your questions!
March 8 at 1 p.m. EST
- Fix a Leak with WaterSense and Beat Water Waste
Leaks may look small, but they can add up to big water waste. Join us to learn more about how facility managers can assess their water use with an eye toward finding and fixing leaks. We’ll also provide information on how you can leverage the WaterSense Fix a Leak Week consumer campaign to engage staff.
March 21 at 1 p.m. EDT
Portfolio Manager Series
- 101 – March 6 at 1 p.m. EST – 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 – March 13 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 – March 20 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.
To view these and other sustainability-related events, please visit the KPPC Events Calendar.