January, 2017 – Volume 10, Issue 1
New State Office Building Achieves LEED Silver Ranking
Since Fall, about 1,500 state employees have been enjoying a brand new workspace, thanks to a public-private-partnership that enabled the five-story, 371,170-square-foot “300 Building” to be constructed on Sower Boulevard in Frankfort.
The building, a collaboration of EOP Architects, D.W. Wilburn LLC of Lexington, and The CRM Companies, which designed, built and financed, respectively, the structure, recently achieved a LEED SILVER ranking, designating it a highly energy-efficient and sustainable building. LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design and thus recognizes building features that save energy and help to protect the environment.
Energy and Environment Cabinet (EEC) employees moved into the building beginning in June, followed by Education and Workforce Development Cabinet employees in August and the Kentucky Department of Education in September. For the EEC employees, it was the first time the Cabinet could bring almost all of its employees into one space. Employees relocated from the Fair Oaks building owned by Buffalo Trace, the Capital Plaza Tower and offices at Hudson Hollow, among other spaces.
Construction on the building began in March of last year, as part of a public-private-partnership, whereby the company constructing the building financed the costs and the state is making lease-purchase payments over the next 35 years.
Andy Casebier, director of the division of engineering and contract administration in the state Finance and Administration Cabinet, said the building cost between $70 million and $80 million to build.
As a LEED-certified building, the structure is designed for a 19 to 26 percent reduction in utility costs, compared to other office buildings. A large number of energy efficiency and sustainability items are featured in the building, including abundant natural day lighting, LED fixtures, high-efficiency mechanical equipment and low-flow plumbing. All but a handful of employees who work in the building have outside views.
Other sustainable features include: the front drive consists of run-off-controlling pervious pavement; carpeting made of recycled material; terrazzo flooring in the lobby made of recycled material; large glass windows that filter 92 percent of UV rays and greatly reduce the reliance on artificial light and workstations that share circuitry and thus lessen the amount of electricity wasted.
Read the full article on the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet’s Webzine.
University of Kentucky Pledges to Reduce Carbon Emissions by 25 Percent
The announcement by President Eli Capilouto last month credited student organizations, who have pressured the administration to do more to address climate change for several years.
“We have been building a strong model for sustainability on this campus for more than a decade,” Capilouto said. “Now, with the leadership of our students, faculty and staff — particularly the President’s Sustainability Advisory Committee — we are ready to take this next, important step forward.”
The student organization Greenthumb first started pushing the administration to do more in 2012. Greenthumb is part of the Kentucky Student Environmental Coalition, a statewide network of environmental groups at 22 campuses.
“It has been really awesome to see the hard work of past and current student members of Greenthumb pay off,” said Greenthumb coordinator Taylor Renfro. “It’s important to know that as students we have a voice. I hope that this inspires other students and student organizations to keep working towards their goals of higher standards for their university.”
As part of the effort, which has a long-term goal of carbon neutrality, facilities officials will implement new technologies and energy conservation methods and a newly formed Faculty Sustainability Council will examine sustainability research and education.
UK’s Office of Sustainability will report yearly progress on the goal.
Read the full article by the Lexington Herald Leader.
DWM Accepting Grant Applications for Recycling Programs
The Energy and Environment Cabinet’s Division of Waste Management (DWM) is accepting grant applications for projects that develop an integrated infrastructure and offer public education programs on recycling, and for household hazardous waste (HHW) collection events.
Examples of grant eligible recycling equipment include vertical and horizontal balers, sorting conveyors, forklifts, skid steer loaders, scales, manual pallet jacks and collection “drop-off” trailers, as well as education and advertising promotions.
During the HHW events, funding covers proper disposal of hazardous materials by an authorized vendor, education and advertising costs.
Grant funding comes from the Kentucky Pride Fund and is underwritten by a $1.75 per-ton fee on municipal solid waste disposed of in Kentucky’s contained landfills. Local governments, solid waste management districts, public schools, universities and colleges are eligible to apply. Priority is given to applicants who propose regional projects.
Applications must be postmarked no later than April 7, 2017, or hand-delivered to the recycling assistance section of the Recycling and Local Assistance Branch by 4 p.m., April 10, 2017. Applications must be the original version and contain any supporting documentation in order to be complete. Each grant requires a 25 percent local match.
For more information, contact J.R. Holt at 502-782-6385.
Additional information is available about the Division of Waste Management grants program on the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet website.
Kilowatt Crackdown Louisville
The Louisville Energy Alliance challenges building owners and operators in Jefferson County to realize the benefits of energy efficiency by participating in the Louisville Kilowatt Crackdown. It’s easy — all you have to do is benchmark your facility’s energy use with Portfolio Manager (for buildings) or Energy Tracking Tool (for industrial plants), EPA’s free online benchmarking tools; make improvements over the contest period; and submit your final benchmarking score. Top honors will go to the most efficient buildings and the buildings making the greatest energy improvements, but all buildings will be recognized for participating and for striving to improve Louisville’s environment.
Winners will be selected based on data from the final Energy Performance rating or Energy Use Intensity (EUI) metric generated by Portfolio Manager. All participants that complete the competition will be awarded certificates of participation. Award categories are:
Best Performer (based on 2016 data only) – awarded to the building or plant with the highest energy performance rating for 2016
Most Improved – awarded to the building or plant making the greatest percentage gain in energy reduction from 2015 to 2016
Companies and organizations who have achieved superior energy efficiency in 2016 can apply for The Kilowatt Cup which is presented to the owner and/or manager of a commercial, insitutional, industrial, nonprofit or worship property. Applications are due February 10, 2017.
To Detox Manufacturing, Businesses Find a Secret Ingredient
Forward-thinking chemicals management is an emerging business priority. There is no manual. There are no rules of engagement. By sharing practices, professionals can compound their collective intelligence and advance solutions.
Five leading Massachusetts manufacturers found joining forces essential in their efforts to redefine chemicals management. Meeting recently as a peer-mentoring workgroup led them to share ideas and resources.
Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics, Waters Corporation, Essilor USA, Analog Devices and Entegris made up the workgroup. These companies were joined by the Massachusetts Manufacturing Extension Partnership, an organization that works directly with smaller manufacturers across the state, many of which are suppliers to the five companies in the workgroup.
Meeting this past summer, the companies shared best practices and a common drive for proactive chemicals management that moves beyond compliance and toward true corporate social responsibility. A common sense of purpose allowed member companies to learn about and adopt one another’s practices.
Read the full article on GreenBiz to find out more about how the workgroup considered obstacles to change, honored a mutual commitment and put out a public call to action.
OSHA Releases Sustainability in the Workplace Paper
A New Approach for Advancing Worker Safety and Health
Sustainable organizations strive to balance the triple bottom line of people, planet, and profit to achieve long-term success and viability. This means that organizations cannot be sustainable without protecting the safety, health, and welfare of their most vital resource: workers. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has published a white paper that highlights the importance of including worker safety and health in the growing movement toward sustainability and corporate responsibility. Sustainability provides a platform for re-imagining and identifying innovative approaches for protecting workers by:
- Creating new partnerships to advance integrated OSH and sustainability activities;
- Enhancing interdisciplinary training and education for workers, the OSH community, and business professionals;
- Measuring the impact of safety and health performance on business outcomes;
- Recognizing employers that successfully integrate OSH into sustainability efforts; and
- Improving access to data on safety and health for sustainability reporting.
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
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Find the latest articles, videos and resources on the GreenBiz Website.
Upcoming Training, Events and Conferences
- EPA Webinar: What You Should Know About Financing Energy Efficiency Upgrades
Learn how public sector organizations are improving energy efficiency with innovative solutions to financial barriers. Attendees will learn about financing projects in the public and private sectors, the basics of performance contracting, and how EPA’s tools and resources can help you make the decision to improve your facilities now or later.
February 7 at 2:00 pm EST – View this plus more training opportunities and to Register. View recorded ENERGY STAR webinars at any time.
- Collegiate Sports Sustainability Summit
This year’s CS3, co-hosted by the EPA and the University of Florida, offers attendees the chance to network, learn, and exchange ideas with peers from around the country on ways in which athletic and sports programs can join the campus movement to engage students, fans, and alumni in making collegiate sports socially, economically, and environmentally responsible.
February 15 – February 17, 2017 – University of Florida, Gainesville, FL. – View more information about this event.
- DWM Training: Solid Waste Management Plan
The Recycling and Local Assistance Branch (RLA) of the Kentucky Division of Waste Management (DWM) will be hosting three training sessions in February on how to effectively update your solid waste management area’s solid waste management plan (SWMP). This plan gets updated every five years as per Kentucky law, and these three trainings are free and open to any solid waste coordinator, judge executive, magistrate or any other interested party.
- February 7, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm, EST – Frankfort, KY – Sower Bldg., 300 Sower Boulevard, 1st Floor Training Rooms B & C
- February 21, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm EST – London, KY – 342 Old Whitney Road, Cumberland Valley ADD Office
- February 23, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm CST – Hopkinsville, KY – 300 Hammond Drive, Pennyrile ADD Office
Read the January edition of The Marketplace newsletter [PDF] for details on how to signup for one of these informative sessions. Registration deadline is January 31, 2017.
To view these and other sustainability-related events, please visit the KPPC Events Calendar.