July, 2015 – Volume 8, Issue 7
Opportunities to Recognize Your Organization as an Environmental Leader!
Recognition of sustainability efforts is important in promoting environmental stewardship in Kentucky. KPPC encourages organizations to apply for one or both of these upcoming environmental award opportunities.
• Most Valuable Pollution Prevention Program (MVP2) Awards
Each year the National Pollution Prevention Roundtable (NPPR) accepts applications for its Most Valuable Pollution Prevention Program (MVP2) Awards. KPPC would like to encourage Kentucky businesses and organizations to apply for the MVP2 Awards and be nationally recognized for their environmental efforts.
The annual MVP2 Awards recognize individuals, organizations, businesses and industries that have demonstrated leadership and innovation in pollution prevention. The MVP2 Project/Program Awards, P2 Champion, and Best P2 Multimedia Awards are open to all stakeholders (all levels of government, industry, non-profits, etc.).
Award winners will be invited to attend a ceremony during National Pollution Prevention Week in September in Washington D.C. to accept their award and meet NPPR representatives and other individuals dedicated to environmental sustainability through pollution prevention.
The deadline to apply for the 2015 awards is July 21, 2015. Please visit NPPR’s website for more details and application forms and materials.
• Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet Energy Leadership Award Nomination
For several years the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet has recognized energy leaders who have made a tremendous impact in Kentucky. Kentuckians have benefited from these progressive leaders who have inspired others to save energy and look for alternative energy sources.
Nominations are now open for the award. The Cabinet encourages you to nominate a person, company or organization that has made great strides in conserving energy and/or finding alternative energy sources in Kentucky.
Please visit the EEC website for more information and nomination forms. The nomination deadline is August 21, 2015.
Watch for news in future issues of the SSP about National Pollution Prevention Week and the Governor’s Conference on Energy and the Environment coming up in September.
UofL Conn Center Wood-to-Energy Project
by John R. Karman III, communications and marketing
The University of Louisville Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research has formed a partnership with a South Carolina company to accelerate commercialization of a coal-like product made from wood and biomass materials.
Greenville, S.C.-based Integro Earth Fuels Inc. is the developer of NuCoal, a product made from sustainable wood waste that can be burned with or in place of coal by heat and power generators. The Conn Center, part of the J.B. Speed School of Engineering, will establish research and development and pilot-scale production facilities to study the torrefaction and densification of wood and agricultural biomass sources.
Torrefaction is “roasting” wood to remove moisture and certain volatile compounds, leaving a bio-coal product. Densification of torrefied material is a step in making the product easier to make, store and ship.
“Conn Center’s expertise is crucial in making this technology work at any scale,” said Conn Center director Mahendra Sunkara. “The use of this product as a substitute for coal can help extend the life of Kentucky’s coal-fired power plants while significantly reducing pollutant and carbon emissions.”
Louisville Receives Climate Protection Awards
Louisville’s Green Living Neighborhood Certification program and the Sheppard Square HOPE VI Revitalization (Sheppard Square) efforts were recognized, along with a dozen other cities, for creatively launching local energy efficiency and sustainability programs to help reduce the carbon footprint in American cities.
A component of Brightside’s One Bright City initiative, the Green Living program, launched in 2014, educates individuals and households on how to live more sustainably through a competition-based incentive.
“Green Living effectively combines two of our main goals, health and sustainability,” Mayor Greg Fischer said. “The program was created to incentivize behavior change by citizens and businesses – a major challenge in reaching our city’s sustainability and health ambitions.”
Pollution Prevention – P2 at 25
This year marks the 25th anniversary of Congress passing the Pollution Prevention Act to establish a new national policy for environmental protection and to track the hazardous substances released into our atmosphere and waterways.
When it comes to reductions in air and water pollution, we’ve made great strides in the U.S. over many decades. But serious challenges to the quality of our water, air and soil are still with us. Pollution prevention (P2) remains one of the most important and fundamental aspects of sustainability.
The goal of the 1990 Act, and of current pollution prevention efforts, is source reduction – which is an ongoing effort to reduce or eliminate waste at the source by using non-toxic or less-toxic substances, implementing conservation techniques and reusing materials instead of putting them in the waste stream. The P2 Act recognized that source reduction is fundamentally different and more desirable than waste management and pollution control.
This seemingly simple concept brought about a major change in focus at the Environmental Protection Agency. In the past, the emphasis was on “end of pipe” treatment of waste after it was produced. Today, the focus is on moving upstream in the manufacturing process to prevent the waste from being generated in the first place.
At KPPC we believe that developing and implementing a P2 strategy is critical to a company’s success and should be embedded in both its corporate culture and its long-term strategic plans. A systematic approach is key to creating a streamlined manufacturing process that lowers operating costs while improving environmental performance and reducing waste at the source.
Visit KPPC’s Resources page for online P2 tools and training, or contact KPPC with questions about pollution prevention and energy efficiency technical assistance for your organization.
Four Steps to Move Your Company to Zero Waste
by Erik Makinson – GreenBiz
Zero waste, in particular, has become a proven business objective, with many companies finding that eliminating waste significantly can help the bottom line as well as satisfy employee and consumer demand for environmental responsibility.
But when businesses begin to try to reduce waste costs, they typically start with the “quick wins” of pursuing new vendors or negotiating costs and right-sizing trash containers. While companies may at first see savings from these actions, savings erode over time as vendors push variable costs back to their customers, or as site managers alter size or frequency of trash pickup as the business grows.
The only way to ensure that waste savings continue over time is by pursuing a zero waste model and following the 3 R’s — reduce, reuse and recycle — so that no more than 10 percent of material discards are disposed of in a landfill.
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 & 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.
Find the latest articles, videos and resources 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.
July 28 at 2:00 pm EDT – 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.
July 29 at 2:00 pm EDT – View more training opportunities and Register for the Webinar.
• EPA Webinar: Portfolio Manager 301
With a good background on the basic functionality of EPA’s ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager® tool, 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.
July 30 at 2:00 pm EDT – View more training opportunities and Register for the Webinar.
To view these and other sustainability-related events, please visit the KPPC Events Calendar.