January, 2015 – Volume 8, Issue 1
Free Webinar – Will CHP Work for Your Facility?
If high energy costs and unreliable power are affecting your Bottom Line, join the Kentucky CHP partners on January 29, 2015, from 2:00 to 3:00 pm EST for a valuable, Free Webinar highlighting the first steps to determine if a Combined Heat and Power (CHP) System could work for your facility.
CHP is a proven technology that uses equipment designed to generate both electric power and useful heat energy. A CHP system recovers otherwise wasted thermal energy to produce usable heat or electricity on site.
Why Consider Investing in CHP?
• Lowers operating/energy costs
• Provides a hedge against future energy cost volatility
• Improves reliability of power supply
• Improves environmental performance
Get the Inside Scoop…
The CHP Webinar will help answer your questions about getting started with CHP. The webinar will explain the screening process to determine whether or not your facility is a good candidate for a CHP system. The session will also outline steps to determine if your CHP system will need an air permit and how to apply for one.
The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet (EEC), KPPC – Kentucky Pollution Prevention Center and the Kentucky Association of Manufacturers (KAM), are working in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy State Energy Program and the DOE Southeast CHP Technical Assistance Partnership to promote CHP technologies throughout Kentucky.
Take Your Company’s Sustainability Report Online
Top 3 reasons to take your sustainability report online in 2015
Increased transparency and external reporting are essential for companies. Yet, getting stakeholders to read a company sustainability report and derive value from it is one of the biggest obstacles for corporate responsibility reporting. When done right, online reporting helps to overcome this challenge. Online company sustainability reports are more accessible, engaging and measurable than stand-alone print reports.
1. Report accessibility
Offering your sustainability report online and supplementing it with additional formats for a variety of readers is the best way for stakeholders to have maximum accessibility to it and thus, greater opportunity to read it.
2. Engaging content
Offering your sustainability report online creates opportunities for a value-added experience. By integrating interactive functionality into an online sustainability report, companies are able to communicate with their stakeholders in a clear and more engaging way.
3. Measurable analytics
A big advantage to online reporting is the ability to track the pages, content and functionality that are getting the most traction with users. Analytics tracking tools, such as Google Analytics, help optimize the report. With the ability to measure and assess, content and functionality adjustments can be made on an ongoing basis or for the following reporting year.
EPA Energy Star 2015 Building Competition
The 2015 EPA ENERGY STAR® National Building Competition is Now Accepting Registrations
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is once again hosting the largest competition of its kind in the nation. Energy managers at commercial buildings in every state will compete to see who can save the most energy and water, all while improving their environmental performance. Competitors will compete through improvements in energy and water efficiency with help from EPA’s ENERGY STAR program.
EPA is carrying over the highly successful team concept from 2014 for the 2015 competition. That means teams will compete to see who can reduce energy use the most, on a percentage basis, between calendar years 2014 and 2015. Teams can also choose to compete for recognition as a top water saver. If you can’t field a team this year, your building can still compete individually.
To enter, submit 2014 building energy use information to EPA during the application period of January 1 – May 31. You’ll also submit 2014 building water use information if you choose to compete in the water category. Then you’ll work to improve efficiency during 2015 and report your savings at the midpoint and final weigh-ins. The teams and buildings with the greatest savings will be recognized nationally by EPA.
For the past two years the average annual reduction in energy use for competitors has been 8 percent, with average savings of $25,000.
Prime Movers – The Power Behind CHP
Read an article by KPPC engineer Cheryl Eakle about Combined Heat and Power (CHP) technologies in the current issue of “The Goods” on the Kentucky Association of Manufacturers (KAM) 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.
Environmental Education (EE) Grants
Under the Environmental Education Grants Program, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is seeking grant proposals from eligible applicants to support environmental education projects that promote environmental awareness and stewardship and help provide people with the skills to take responsible actions to protect the environment. This grant program provides financial support for projects that design, demonstrate, and/or disseminate environmental education practices, methods, or techniques.
Applicants must represent one of the following types of organizations to be eligible for an environmental education grant:
• local education agency
• state education or environmental agency
• college or university
• non-profit organization
• non-commercial educational broadcasting
• tribal education agency
Read the Latest P2 Pathways 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 Pathways article, “Smart strategies to go green can improve your health,” author Jean Waters encourages readers to consider the life cycle of products purchased, just as one looks at nutrition labels to choose healthy foods. 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.
January 27 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.
January 28 at 1:00 pm EST – View more training opportunities and Register for the Webinar.
- GSA Webinar – Buy Green Products and Services
The Buy Green Products and Services webinar course is offered by the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) and is designed to assist government employees in their goal to achieve more sustainable options for their agency.
The webinar course is available anytime at the GSA Website.
To view these and other sustainability-related events, please visit the KPPC Events Calendar.