SSP July 2018

July, 2018 – Volume 11, Issue 7

Innovation and environmental awareness showcased at KY EXCEL Open House

Training in spray paint efficiency available in August

Energy and Environment Cabinet announce Nolin RECC and Glasgow EPB achieve PEER certification

Another round of Building Operator Certification Level I Training begins in August


Bernheim receives 2018 American Public Gardens Operational Sustainability Award

Learn more about the National Pollution Prevention Roundtable (NPPR)

Blockchain-based plastic waste-reduction initiative aims to be the ‘Airbnb of Recycling’

Knowing your supply chain is the first step to sustainability

Could renewable energy really breeze past natural gas?

ESRC: Enhancing Business Operations through Sustainability – Webinar Training Series

GreenBiz: The case for pursuing clean energy through systems thinking

Upcoming Training, Events and Conferences

EPA Energy Star Portfolio Manager Training Series @ Spalding University

Internet of Things for Smarter Manufacturing

NPPR Briefing Webinar

Building Operator Certification (BOC) Level I Training

Spray Paint Efficiency Training

Introduction to Green Power Supply Options

ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager Webinarsj

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Innovation and environmental awareness showcased at KY EXCEL Open House

Partnerships, resources and sharing were the theme as the Division of Compliance Assistance (DCA) hosted the KY EXCEL Open House, on June 21, in Frankfort, Ky. The first-of-its-kind event welcomed anyone interested in environmental leadership and innovation in the Commonwealth.

“We want people to meet current KY EXCEL members, share ideas, recruit and learn what being a KY EXCEL member is all about,” said Robyn Whitted, the KY EXCEL Program Coordinator with the Department for Environmental Protection. “This event is networking opportunities, panel discussions and an entire day of environmental education and outreach.”

KY EXCEL is a free, voluntary program that encourages members to complete projects that improve the environment at home, within an organization, or in a community. The membership levels for participants are tiered, from non-regulatory members – Farm and Advocate, to regulated members – Partner, Leader and Master. At the open house, tables were set-up to display some of the projects current KY EXCEL members had completed and to foster discussions about what was in the works.

One table, from Catlettsburg Refinery, LLC, which is the inaugural Master KY EXCEL member, displayed projects that dated back to their acceptance into the program in 2006, from monarch stations and bat houses to the management of the Catlettsburg Refining Savage Branch Wildlife Reserve. Brian Veitch, a Co-Op student with the petroleum company, said one of the best things that they have accomplished is community outreach.

“Our projects help make more people aware of the environmental issues that directly affect our community,” Veitch said. “We really try and want to inspire others to make as minimal of an impact as possible on our environment.”

An Advocate KY EXCEL member, CDP Engineers out of Lexington, spoke during one of the sessions. Their representative, Scott Southall, pointed out how their multidisciplinary firm works to help municipalities, communities and is active in the Kentucky Stormwater Association. According to Southall, KY EXCEL is another great tool they can use to get involved in various projects and help others in the process.

“We share ideas we learned through KY EXCEL, collaborate and make presentations like the one here today,” Southall said. “We are strong supporters of a government that provides not only the stick, but also the carrot.”

About 70 people attended the day-long event, at the office of the Kentucky Cabinet for Energy and Environment. They saw 15 exhibitors showcase their projects and heard 17 KY EXCEL members speak on projects and innovative ideas they wanted to share.

“The purpose of this event is recruitment, recognition and to put resources in the pocket of participants,” Whitted said. “I definitely think we did that.”

Read the original article with event photos on the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet’s Webzine site.

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Training in spray paint efficiency available in August

Will save painting shops money and prevent emissions.

On Thursday, August 23, 2018, the Pacific Northwest Pollution Prevention Resource Center (PPRC) is offering a Training in Spray Paint Efficiency co-hosted by the Environmental Sustainability Resource Center (ESRC), the Great Lakes Regional Pollution Prevention Roundtable (GLRPPR) and the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) at the Speak Easy Downtown in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Two separate sessions are offered: an afternoon session from noon to 4:00 p.m. EDT (registration and lunch at 11:30 a.m.); and an evening session from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. EDT (registration at 4:00 p.m and dinner at 6:00 p.m.).  The cost to attend is $130 per person. Registration deadline is August 20, 2018.

Spray paint gun imageThis hands-on training will help participants reduce paint material costs, save money, improve air quality, and meet environmental standards. Participants also receive a five year 6H Certification as well as an understanding of NESHAP and 6H surface coating regulations.

The training is for painters and paint shop managers of all kinds and sizes—from collision repair and auto shops to industrial paint shops and fleet management facilities. The training is in English, but Spanish language services are available.

Upon completing the training, painters improve their spray efficiency by an average of 20 percent. For most shops, this improvement makes a significant difference. In 2014 PPRC’s spray efficiency program saved businesses over one million dollars in material and other costs as well as preventing over 18,000 pounds of air emissions. An average shop of 10 painters can expect VOC reductions of about 2600 pounds and annual savings of 5,000 to 50,000 dollars.

The head trainer, Ken Grimm, has provided train-the-trainer courses to more than two dozen Community and Technical Colleges in the Pacific Northwest, as well as training to more than 150 collision repair shops and industrial facilities.

Joanna Pierce, Pollution Prevention Coordinator for the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality, has praised Ken’s impact on the Idaho auto body industry: “The STAR program has provided a huge value to Idaho’s auto body industry, helping shops save money and materials, and comply with federal regulations and sending painters out into the workforce educated on spray efficiency techniques and other best practices.”

To find out more about the training and to register visit the ESRC website.

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Energy and Environment Cabinet announce Nolin RECC and Glasgow EPB achieve PEER certification

The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet (EEC) recently announced Glasgow Electric Plant Board (EPB) and Nolin Rural Electric Cooperative Corporation (RECC) achieved Performance Excellence in Electricity Renewal (PEER) certification for their innovative and exemplary delivery of service, efficiency, and operations management.

Nolin RECC is the first electric cooperative in the nation to achieve PEER certification. Glasgow EPB is Kentucky’s first municipal utility to achieve PEER certification and only the second municipal utility in the nation to achieve the certification.

Representatives of the EEC and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI) joined local officials during public ceremonies in Elizabethtown and Glasgow to recognize their accomplishments.

“From more resilient neighborhoods to a more efficient use of resources, our electricity infrastructure has the power to improve lives,” said Rick Bender, executive advisor for the Kentucky Office of Energy Policy within the EEC. “Our partnership with GBCI to introduce PEER in Kentucky demonstrates how innovative strategies ensure more efficient use of resources and provide better service to customers.”

PEER is the world’s first certification program that measures and improves power system performance and electricity infrastructure.

In 2017, the Kentucky energy office launched an early-adopter program for PEER as an exclusive opportunity for Kentucky’s power sector stakeholders to measure and improve power system performance and to help provide resilient power systems in Kentucky’s businesses, communities, cities and utility regions.

Glasgow EPB was one of the first municipal utilities in the nation to couple broadband network and advanced metering to reshape electric power demand using Time-of-Use rates and interactive load management. Non-volumetric retail rates are allowing more stable revenue streams, which Glasgow is using to build a more robust and sustainable local electric grid. Glasgow certified at the silver level achieving 54 out of 110 points on the PEER certification scale.

The Elizabethtown-based Nolin RECC certified at the gold level achieving 61 points for its reliability and resiliency, operations, management and safety grid services.

“PEER builds on Kentucky’s ongoing efforts to provide affordable and reliable energy to all citizens,” said Bender. “Congratulations to Nolin RECC for being recognized as the nation’s first PEER certified electric cooperative utility, and Glasgow EPB, Kentucky’s first municipal-owned utility, to earn PEER certification.”

Read the original release on the Lane Report website.

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Building Operator Certification (BOC) Level I training in Lexington area begins August 16, 2018

Registration deadline is August 9th!

The Building Operator Certification training program second round of Level I classes has been scheduled to begin on August 16, 2018 in Winchester, Kentucky and will be hosted by the East Kentucky Power Cooperative.

Building Operator Certification (BOC) is a nationally recognized, competency-based program focusing on energy-efficient building operations and preventive maintenance procedures. The program will train facility personnel to understand how their building systems work together, and how to bring them to their most efficient level of operation.

The Kentucky Pollution Prevention Center (KPPC) and the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (MEEA) have collaborated to bring the Building Operator Certification (BOC) program to the Commonwealth of Kentucky through funding provided by the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet.

Building Operator Certification (BOC) training includes nearly 74 hours of classroom and project work (7.4 CEUs) in building systems operation and maintenance. Each class in the series is completed in one day, except BOC 1001 – Energy Efficient Operation of Building HVAC Systems, which is a two day class. To complete the series, participants must pass a test at the end of each training day and complete five assigned projects. Tuition must be paid prior to the first day of class.

KPPC will provide coaching assistance to training participants for course assignments and facility-level operations to enhance effectiveness and increase implementation rates.

Through funding support by the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet, the tuition fee has been reduced from $1695 to $895 per person!

Find out more about the Building Operator Certification training and how to register for classes beginning August 16th.

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Bernheim receives 2018 American Public Gardens Operational Sustainability Award

Clermont, KY – The American Public Gardens Association (APGA) recently named Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest the recipient of the 2018 Operational Sustainability Award at its annual conference. Bernheim is only the third organization to ever receive the honor from the leading professional organization in the field of public horticulture.

With more than 600 member-organizations throughout the United States and around the world, APGA established the award to recognize outstanding dedication and achievements in promoting sustainability through programs, operation, facilities and/or research.

“Bernheim’s work in sustainability is truly remarkable,” said Harry Jongerden, Executive Director of the Toronto Botanical Garden and Chair of the 2018 Awards Committee. “They exemplify the very best practices that we can all emulate.”

APGA cited Bernheim’s innovative conservation and land protection work at the 15,625-acre forest just south of Louisville as well as its commitment to helping people develop a deeper connection with and appreciation for nature.

“We could not be prouder of this distinction,” said Dr. Mark Wourms, Bernheim’s Executive Director. “This award is a testament to our expert staff’s commitment to Mr. Bernheim’s legacy of environmental stewardship.”

Wourms said APGA not only considered Bernheim’s sustainability practices but also its work to help others gain knowledge on how they can protect the environment.

“From sustainable gardening workshops, to the design and maintenance of green roofs in Louisville, to developing a network of people committed to free-play in nature, Bernheim is helping grow a community of environmental stewards,” said Wourms.

The APGA awards committee also pointed to Bernheim’s innovative culture that fosters creativity and leadership in ecological stewardship.

“Our Visitor Center was the first LEED Platinum building in a multi-state region,” said Forest Manager Andrew Berry. “Our Edible Garden, where we implement regenerative design practices that help improve the environment, is one of only a few Living Building Challenge applicants in the country.”

Berry said because Bernheim is a privately held forest, the staff is afforded greater flexibility to be creative and cutting edge.

Berry emphasized that Bernheim’s large protected forest block provides a place of unmatched biological diversity where plants and wildlife can flourish.

Wourms said Bernheim’s sustainability practices translate into great benefits for human life as well.

“With more than 3 million trees and the headwaters of 13 streams, we cannot forget that Bernheim provides clean air and clean water for the 1.6 million people who call North Central Kentucky home,” he said.

Read the original post on the Bernheim Forest website.


Learn more about the National Pollution Prevention Roundtable (NPPR)

The National Pollution Prevention Roundtable (NPPR) will be hosting two webinars this summer to highlight current activities and future plans for the organization. The FREE webinars are open to anyone interested in learning more about the organization and how all stakeholders can work together to better advance and share our pollution prevention (P2) knowledge, successes and opportunities.

Is there going to be National P2 Conference? Do they still have their workgroups? Are there plans for P2 Week? Is NPPR doing anything to help secure P2 funding in the federal budget?

Learn the answers to these questions and more!!

The webinar session will be held on Thursday, August 9, 2018 from 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm EDT and is open for registration.

As the only membership organization in the United States devoted solely to Pollution Prevention (P2), NPPR acts as a window on the P2 community and offers a national forum for promoting the development, implementation, and evaluation of efforts to avoid, eliminate, or reduce pollution at the source.

NPPR’s members are comprised of the country’s preeminent P2 experts from state and local government programs, small business assistance networks, non-profit groups, industry associations, federal agencies and academia, along with representatives from industrial and commercial facilities and interested individuals. There’s a membership level for everyone!

Register now for the NPPR webinar on August 9, 2018 at 2:30 p.m. EDT!

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Blockchain-based plastic waste-reduction initiative aims to be the ‘Airbnb of Recycling’

Research shows that 8 million metric tons of plastic end up in the ocean each year, with that number expected to grow tenfold in the next 10 years. For this reason, a Vancouver-based company has started a blockchain-based plastic waste-reduction initiative to mitigate this global plastic problem, Crypto Vest reported.

One of the companies involved in this blockchain-based initiative is the Plastic Bank startup. Collaborating with IBM, the two companies created a system that rewards people for collecting plastic.

The aim of this project is not only to prevent plastic waste from going to the ocean but to tackle and eliminate the plastic problem altogether. The startup’s co-founder, Shaun Frankson, said that they plan to be the “Airbnb of recycling.”

He added that they designed this blockchain-based initiative to exponentially scale while mitigating the possibility of succeeding to a point that it crashes the whole platform. One of the things that they considered deeply was the security measure integrated into the system.

“Security is extremely important because a lot of people’s livelihoods depend on it,” Frankson said. “We expect to serve 20 to 30 different countries—all with independent ecosystems of people and stores.”

The co-founder estimates that people can make $5 to $7 a day collecting plastic. The reward will be sent through a digital wallet where people can then use to purchase everyday necessities. Those who do not have a bank account stand to benefit the most from this form of reward system.

The plastic bank is currently operating in Brazil, Haiti, and the Philippines, with plans to expand its reach to Indonesia by the end of the year. Data is clear that 80 percent of plastic waste originates from developing countries that have poor garbage management and infrastructure, that is why the company is focusing its efforts on these areas.

Future plans for the blockchain-based plastic waste-reduction initiative includes the integration of analytics capabilities into its app and visual recognition technology. The former is to help stores better manage their business and plastic contribution, while the latter is aimed at identifying high-value plastics and reward people more for collecting them.

Read the original article on the EconoTimes website.


Knowing your supply chain is the first step to sustainability

With most of the environmental impact of an apparel brand or retailer’s business embedded in its supply chain, knowing and understanding exactly who’s on the list is a vital first step to tackling sustainability.

“Where things really need to start is for you to know your supply chain…where your manufacturing is occurring,” says Linda Greer, senior scientist, health program, at the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC).

“You can’t really be disruptive [or] innovative until you take this very first important step of actually knowing where stuff is made and benchmarking the environmental performance of those facilities before you get started so you know where to go,” she told delegates during a panel discussion on ‘Innovations for supply chain efficiency’ at the recent Copenhagen Fashion Summit.

Environmental impacts usually take place in Tier 2 of the supply chain, where fabric is dyed and finished, rather than in Tier 1 where most of the labour issues lie, Greer says.

Pam Batty, vice president of corporate responsibility at British luxury brand Burberry, concurs.

The company conducted an environmental baseline assessment in 2012 that looked at its end-to-end operations and was “super helpful,” Batty says, in developing Burberry’s first environmental strategy by highlighting where the big impacts were within its supply chain.
As a result, Burberry found almost 50% of its environmental impacts happen before any materials reach a factory, with 20% at the raw material stage and 29% at processing.

It has also rolled out NRDC’s Clean by Design program, which sees the non-profit work with major apparel retailers and brands by using their buying power as leverage to clean up the factories in their supply chains.

During its first deployment in Italy, despite what Batty calls the country’s “mature and established textile industry,” Burberry achieved energy and water savings of 14% and 11% respectively. Since then, the initiative has been rolled out in 28 facilities globally – which process about 43% of Burberry’s total products – and has identified 230 individual opportunities to save water or energy.

Géraldine Vallejo, sustainability program director at French luxury goods group Kering, offers a similar view.
“To start with, you have to know your supply chain and you have to know where the impacts are to effectively reduce them; [to] know where to innovate and where to prioritize.”

To do this, the group behind brands such as Gucci, Stella McCartney, and Puma has created an Environmental Profit and Loss (EP&L) methodology, which measures and monetizes the environmental impacts from business activities across the entire supply chain.

The methodology, which Kering has been using for the last five years, helps better manage the impact of its activities through product design, informed sourcing decisions, and manufacturing research and development.

The company, whose other brands include Saint Laurent and Balenciaga, also uses its annual EP&L report as a tool to drive decision-making in the design, sourcing and manufacture of its products.

“It’s a great exercise because we really have a clear view of where and how our activities create environmental impact, and based on these results we are able to take action,” Vallejo explains. “The results were amazing because we see that less than 10% is due to our own operations, [while] 90% is due to the impact within the supply chain.”

Consequently, focusing only on your own operations is “missing the point. You have to address the efficiency in the supply chain.”
Vallejo is also an ambassador of the Clean by Design program, which – like Burberry – Kering first implemented in Italy.

“Very quickly our textile suppliers were able to achieve on average a 20% greenhouse gas emission reduction,” she says, adding due to its success and as the majority of Kering’s environmental impacts were upstream in the supply chain, the program was moved to Tier 3 and Tier 4 suppliers – the wool scourers and silk reelers.

“It’s a win for the supplier on its energy bill, it’s a win for us because it helps us achieve our target, and it’s a win for the collaboration between suppliers.”

Read the full article on the just-style website.


Could Renewable Energy Really Breeze Past Natural Gas?

Natural gas is getting mixed reviews when it comes to the cause of fighting global warming. One side is saying that it is cutting into coal’s marketshare and thereby drastically reducing heat trapping emissions while the other is noting that it is boxing out more promising options, such as wind and solar energy.

The changing energy dynamics have meant CO2 emissions are the lowest they have been since the early 1990s. And so the key question then becomes whether policymakers should continue to tap the natural gas market or look forward to cleaner, renewable options to do the heavy lifting. Both types of fuel, in fact, are central to global commerce.

“This idea of natural gas as a transition fuel to renewables is strange, Total SA Chief Executive Patrick Pouyanne said last week at the World Gas Conference in Washington, as reported by Reuters. “Natural gas is a solution” to climate change. Executives from ConocoPhillips, BP Plc, Equinor Asa and Qatar Petroleum agreed with those sentiments.

The U.S. Energy Information Administration is reporting that the nation’s proven natural gas reserves increased by 5% to 341 trillion cubic feet, or nearly 17 trillion cubic feet more than the previous survey. Natural gas consumption is on the rise, increasing by as much as 30% a year, according to government projections — an amount that will at least be sustained because of the expected demand from Asia.

Natural gas’ share of the power generation market could hit 50% percent in the coming years while that of coal will stagnate at 30%. Industrial growth, meanwhile, will account for 60% of that expansion.

Manufacturers, for example, use natural gas as a feedstock for refining and making chemicals and metals. They are making use of both “dry” natural gas and the “wet gas” that is separated from it. Those so-called natural gas liquids are comprised of such chemicals as butane, ethane, methane and propane — all of which can serve as the foundation for finished goods that are consumed domestically and exported around the globe.

Steel, chemical and fertilizer industrials are among the beneficiaries. Those businesses were paying as much as $14 per million Btus in 2005 and now it is about $3.00 for the same unit, which IHS Markit says will lead to an additional $328 billion in new manufacturing output by 2025.

“Over the next decade our nation’s demand for natural gas is only going to grow and much of that growth is from manufacturing,” National Association of Manufacturers President Jay Timmons said.

To be sure, some experts are dousing natural gas’ flame. Bloomberg New Energy Finance says that wind and solar electricity will make up 50% of the world’s energy mix — a function of the falling price of the underlying technologies as well as $548 billion being invested in storage capacity by 2050. On top of that, the report says that CO2 emissions will fall by 38% during that time.

The policy analysts go on to say that natural gas will get used mostly to firm up intermittent wind and solar energies. As a result, natural gas’ share of the global electricity supply falls from 21% today to 15% by 2050.

Read the full article by Ken Silverstein on the Forbes website.


See What’s New at ESRC

The Environmental Sustainability Resource Center (ESRC) is a member of the Pollution Prevention ESRC-Logo120x120Resource 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 Webinar Training Series

The Environmental Sustainability Resource Center (ESRC) delivered a training series of webinars intended to enhance business operations through applied sustainability strategies.

This four-part recorded webinar series provides insight on making the business case for environmental sustainability, identifying the building blocks of a systematic approach for success and provides examples and resources to help turn actions into outcomes.

Benefits of viewing the recorded 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.

Recordings for all four of webinars are now available with closed captioning and related information

Find out more about the training series and view the recorded webinars.


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 Richard Piacentini:

The case for pursuing clean energy through systems thinking

The Center for Sustainable Landscapes (CSL) generates all of its own energy and treats all storm and sanitary water captured on-site. An integral part of the Phipps visitor experience, it is the only building to meet four of the highest green certifications: the Living Building Challenge; LEED Platinum; WELL Building Platinum; and Four-Stars Sustainable SITES.

Everything is connected. That is to say, nothing happens in a vacuum. More than 2,000 years ago, Aristotle postulated that nature abhors a vacuum. Nature, like all things, work in systems, where everything is connected.

At Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, we have celebrated the beauty and importance of the natural world for 125 years and look to it now as inspiration for using systems thinking as a way to help solve the critical challenges that affect us all and provide us with solutions, such as adopting clean energy.

When facing a challenge, we have a tendency to address the symptoms,such as climate change and cancer, rather than the root causes which are often related to our disconnect from nature, our lifestyles and our unsustainable use of natural resources. Addressing symptoms is fragmental and only works in the short-term, as it never corrects the underlying cause. When we strive to understand the interconnectivity of whole living systems, we can appreciate our part within the larger natural and social systems in which we are nested. Only then we can catalyze real and meaningful long-term change.

In her work, regenerative business advocate Carol Sanford describes four paradigms for interacting with the world.

In the extractive model, it is all about “me”; the individual doesn’t care who or what they hurt to get what they want. The world is seen in fragments … there for the taking. This is colonialism.

In the less-bad model, we see a shift in thinking from “me” to “us”; an individual in this paradigm sees the world as fragmented but recognizes the fragments as interconnected and tries to stabilize them. This is where the environmental movement began, as exemplified by the “reduce, reuse, recycle” hierarchy and the first green building certification systems.

The do-good model is also about “us” but recognizes reciprocity; an individual in this model sees the world as fragmented but interconnected and tries to improve it. Some later iterations of green building programs fit this model.

The final paradigm is regenerative. It is about “us,” and seeing the world as a whole interconnected system rather than separate fragments. In a regenerative world, individuals move beyond thinking about themselves in isolation to see the larger social and natural systems that we collectively need to survive. This is the paradigm we need to adopt for the long-term health of ourselves and the planet.

When Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens opened in 1893, most people thought there was no limit to the amount of natural resources we could use or the amount of pollution we could produce. In fact, people thought that humans would conquer nature. Our original conservatory is a great example of that type of mindset; a single-paned glass building designed to grow tropical plants in a temperate climate — from an energy perspective, this is one of the least efficient buildings imaginable.

In the 1990s, Phipps endeavored on a multi-phase master plan to renovate and expand the campus. Through each project, starting with building a Welcome Center, we identified the systemic implications of our actions and evolved our approach. We learned about LEED and discovered how much buildings contribute to the amount of energy and water we use and the pollution we produce.

This systems-based way of thinking is used to review and design all of our projects, programming and operations. From adopting 100 percent renewable energy campus-wide in 2005 to defining new, socially responsible investment guidelines last year, Phipps is committed to understanding our role in nature and in developing the capacity in everyone we reach to make sustainability a defining component of their lives.

Read the full article on the GreenBiz website to learn more about how this thinking informed Phipp’s transformation projects.

Find the latest articles, videos and resources on the GreenBiz website.

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Upcoming Training, Events and Conferences

  • EPA Energy Star Portfolio Manager Training Series @ Spalding University
    Essential to the procurement of an Energy Star certification is the ability to effectively utilize the EPA’s Portfolio Manager utility. In this three part series, participants will learn everything from the basics of entering building and energy data into the software, to the more advanced functions of setting goals and targets for their energy improvements. Technical experts will be on-site to assist with questions.
    July 20 – Portfolio Manager 301 – Louisville, KY
    Find out more and register for this ENERGY STAR workshop.
  • Introduction to EPA’s Recommendations of Specifications, Standards and Ecolabels
    Learn how EPA’s Recommendations can help purchasers identify and procure environmentally preferable products.
    July 24 at 1 p.m. EDT
    Register for this informative webinar.
  • Internet of Things for Smarter Manufacturing
    The modern manufacturing industry is investing in new technologies such as the Internet of Things (IoT), big data analytics, cloud computing and cyber security to cope with system complexity, increase information visibility, improve production performance, and gain competitive advantage in the global market. Smart manufacturing goes beyond the automation of manufacturing shop floors but rather depends on data-driven innovations to realize high levels of autonomy and optimization of manufacturing enterprises. This webinar will review the Internet of Things (IoT) for smart manufacturing.
    July 31 at noon EDT
    Register for this smart manufacturing webinar.
  • NPPR Briefing Webinar
    The 2018 Sustainability Summit will provide a unique opportunity for sustainability practitioners at leading companies to enjoy a safe space to address the most urgent and persistent strategic, operational, and implementation challenges they face in addressing the environmental, social, and governance (ESG) performance of their companies. The Summit will enable peer-to-peer exchange and engagement with leading practitioners and subject matter experts to work in a collaborative way through the major challenges that corporate sustainability professionals face.
    August 9 at 2:30 p.m. EDT
    Register now for the NPPR webinar.
  • Building Operator Certification (BOC) level I training
    Building Operator Certification (BOC) is a nationally recognized, competency-based program focusing on energy-efficient building operations and preventive maintenance procedures. The program will train facility personnel to understand how their building systems work together, and how to bring them to their most efficient level of operation.
    August 16 – Lexington, KY
    Register for this valuable training series.
  • Spray Paint Efficiency Training
    The training is for painters and paint shop managers of all kinds and sizes—from collision repair and auto shops to industrial paint shops and fleet management facilities. This hands-on training will help participants reduce paint material costs, save money, improve air quality, and meet environmental standards. Two sessions available.
    August 23 – Indianapolis, IN
    Find out more about this hands-on training experience and register today.



  • Introduction to Green Power Supply Options
    A variety of green power supply options are available to consumers in today’s market. This webinar, hosted by U.S. EPA’s Green Power Partnership, will provide a high-level review of each option, detail to whom and where the option is available, and discuss each option’s benefits and drawbacks. The webinar will also provide a tutorial on EPA’s Green Power Supply Options Screening Tool. This free tool helps non-profit and for-profit organizations decide which supply options might work for them.
    July 25 at 2 p.m. EDT

Portfolio Manager Series

  • 101 – August 2 at 1 p.m. EDT – 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 – August 9 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 – August 30 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 these plus more ENERGY STAR training opportunities and to register.

View recorded ENERGY STAR webinars at any time.


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