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KYEEC calls for nominations for annual environmental awards

SSP-jpeg-KySealFRANKFORT, Ky. (6/6/17) — The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet is calling for nominations for its annual environmental awards to be presented during the 2017 Governor’s Conference on Energy and the Environment on Oct. 19-20 at the Lexington Convention Center.The awards will include the Secretary’s Award, the Kentucky Excellence in Energy Leadership Award, the Environmental Pacesetter Award, the Resource Caretaker Award, the Community Environmental Luminary Award, and the KY EXCEL Champion Award. Those selected to be honored will receive their awards during the conference luncheon on Thursday, Oct. 20. The deadline for all nominations is Aug. 1, 2017. The awards are as follows:

Secretary’s Award
This is awarded by the Office of the Secretary and is given to a person, business, municipality or non-governmental organization that has demonstrated long-term leadership and commitment to sustainability, environmental protection, conservation of natural resources or is responsible for the development of energy resources.
The nomination form for the Secretary’s Award is available on the Energy and Environment website.

Kentucky Excellence in Energy Leadership Award
This award, by the Department for Energy Development and Independence, recognizes energy leaders who have had a tremendous impact on the Commonwealth. These progressive leaders have inspired others to save energy and/or to utilize alternative energy resources. DEDI is seeking nominations for a person, company or organization that has made great strides in conserving energy, improving energy efficiency, and/or finding alternative energy sources in Kentucky. Nominations can be sent to Susie Paul, 300 Sower Boulevard, Frankfort, Ky., 40601.

DEP Environmental Excellence Awards
With the following Environmental Excellence Awards, The Department for Environmental Protection recognizes individuals, business, communities and organizations that have shown a commitment to protecting and improving Kentucky’s environment. One award will be given for each of four categories. Businesses, organizations, communities, and individuals may be nominated, or may self-nominate. The KY EXCEL Champion will be awarded to an active KY EXCEL member.

  • Environmental Pacesetter Award
    This award winner must have made exemplary and innovative efforts to protect the environment and to set an example of environmental stewardship for the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Special consideration will be given to nominees that demonstrate a comprehensive approach to environmental issues and highlight the relationships between environmental benefit and associated social and economic benefits.
  • Resource Caretaker Award
    This award winner has improved or furthered the conservation of Kentucky’s natural resources. Nominations may include efforts that revitalized underutilized or contaminated land, or involved land management and preservation, habitat restoration, recycling programs, pollution prevention, water-use reductions, or energy efficiency.
  • Community Environmental Luminary Award
    This award recognizes achievements in community-based environmental education and outreach. Environmental education may be organized efforts to teach about how natural environments function and, particularly, how human beings can manage their behavior and ecosystems in order to live sustainably. Environmental education and outreach may include mentoring activities. Nominations should identify the benefits to the local or regional target areas of which the nominee operates or is focused upon.
  • KY EXCEL Champion Award
    This award recognizes a KY EXCEL member that demonstrates outstanding stewardship and achieves positive benefits for Kentucky’s environment. Nominations must be for a current, active KY EXCEL member and must highlight activities that may include energy conservation, improving air quality, minimizing waste or incorporating citizens to participate in positive environmental stewardship behaviors.
    Nomination forms and past award recipients for the DEP Environmental Excellence Awards are available online.


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LEA’s Portfolio Manager Training Part II – Take the Next Step in Energy Tracking

Free session: June 28th, 2017

louisville-energy-alliance-logo-pngThe Louisville Energy Alliance (LEA), in partnership with Louisville Metro Government’s Office of Sustainability, will host a FREE EPA ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager Part II training session on June 28th, 2017 from 1-3pm at Spalding University’s Kosair College of Health and Natural Science, 901 S 3rd Street, Louisville in Room 113.

Portfolio Manager is a FREE online software program that allows you to track the energy use in your building and benchmark your energy usage against other similar building types. It is also useful if you make efficiency upgrades to your building so that you can see how those upgrades decrease your building’s overall energy use over time.

Participants will continue to learn about EPA’s ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool, with a deeper dive into more advanced functionalities.

Attendees will learn how to:

– Edit property data
– Correct and update property use details
– How to use data quality checker and
– How to share property data

The LEA and Office of Sustainability will take the technical assistance a few steps further.

– Once a building’s energy data is entered into Portfolio Manager, eligible buildings will receive an ENERGY STAR Score and will be eligible for certification if that score is above 75. Through the partnership, the ENERGY STAR Verification Assistance Program was established. This allows businesses to verify their buildings for FREE. Verification is the process for becoming ENERGY STAR certified. This service can typically cost a building upwards of $2,000.

– If you’re having difficulties with Portfolio Manager or your building’s score isn’t quite at 75, the Kentucky Pollution Prevention Center is working in partnership on this effort to provide FREE technical assistance to help companies improve their energy management.

Space at the June 28th training session is limited and registration is required. Once participants register they will receive an email with more information.

Register for this FREE training session.


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UK’s Gatton Building achieves LEED gold certification

From UKNOW – University of Kentucky news

LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 8, 2017) — The University of Kentucky Gatton College of Business and Economics Building has been certified as a LEED® Gold building by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). Gatton is the third building at UK to receive a LEED Gold certification.

uk-logo-blue-box-png“The new Gatton College building is transforming business education at UK, preparing the next generation of business leaders with advanced technology and engaged learning in classrooms and labs that reflect UK’s commitment to sustainable business practices,” said David Blackwell, dean of the Gatton College. “We’re proud to be recognized among an elite group of business college buildings for demonstrating the importance of sustainability to modern business success.”

LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is the USGBC’s leading rating system for designing and constructing the world’s greenest, most energy efficient and high performing buildings. The six major environmental categories of review include: sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, indoor environmental quality, and innovation and design. Certified Silver, Gold and Platinum levels of LEED green building certification are awarded based on the total number of points earned within each LEED category.

“Sustainability and environmental stewardship are core principles of our institution. And, as part of that commitment, virtually all new construction on campus targets LEED certification,” said Eric N. Monday, UK’s executive vice president for finance and administration. “This designation of excellence in sustainability — LEED certification — for the Gatton College of Business and Economics underscores our sustained commitment to continuous improvement in environmental stewardship, lowering utility costs, and creating a more energy efficient and healthy campus.”

The LEED Gold certification was based on a number of design and construction features. The building utilizes water-efficient plumbing fixtures, which reduce water use by 42 percent compared to a baseline model, and is 26 percent more energy efficient than the baseline model. More than 40 percent of materials used in the renovation were regional and all adhesives, sealants, paints, composite woods, sealers and floor systems were low- or no-VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) emitting materials.

“Our campus buildings are critical components of our sustainability initiatives,” said Shane Tedder, UK sustainability coordinator. “The newly renovated and expanded Gatton Building is a great example of how human health and well-being, environmental stewardship and fiscal responsibility can be integrated in the design, construction and operation processes.”

Named for alumnus and donor Carol Martin Gatton, the building was recently renovated and expanded to prepare the next generation of business leaders with advanced technology and engaged learning. The $65 million project is the first academic building on UK’s campus to be funded entirely through philanthropy.

The 210,000-square-foot building fully opened in the fall of 2016 on South Limestone and Administration Drive. By incorporating and remodeling both the 1963 original Gatton building and its 1992 addition, the college was able to wisely utilize resources and save money while still increasing learning spaces by more than 40 percent over the old Gatton building. State-of-the-art, technology enabled classrooms, advanced lecture space, a dedicated real-time finance learning facility and collaborative study spaces throughout the building emphasize the way business is conducted in the 21st century.

“Designing a building to meet LEED certification standards — especially Gold — cannot be done by the architects alone,” said Sarah Lamere of RossTarrant Architects, one of the college’s construction partners. “This was a team effort that also included commitment by the mechanical, electrical and plumbing engineers at Staggs and Fisher; David Collins, project manager for UK Capital Project Management; and the leaders at the UK Gatton College of Business and Economics, Dean Blackwell and Associate Dean (Ken) Troske.”

When the projects currently under construction on campus are completed and certified, the university will have 24 LEED buildings representing more than 15 percent of its total building stock.

View the USGBC LEED scorecard for the Gatton Building at UK or look at scorecards for all LEED projects in Kentucky.


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Free grants for 2017 Resource Recycling Conference

The Recycling Partnership, in association with Resource Recycling, Inc. is pleased to announce the second annual Steve Thompson Memorial Grant, giving free travel, accommodations and registration for the 2017 Resource Recycling Conference.

Recycling industry leader Steve Thompson was a committed recycling champion who worked tirelessly to move the industry forward and, for the second year in a row, The Recycling Partnership and Resource Recycling are honoring him and his life’s work by offering grants to recycling professionals.

Last year, 10 grants were offered. This year, we are investing $50,000 to provide free rides to the eighth annual Resource Recycling Conference, held in Minneapolis August 28-30, 2017, including registration, airfare and accommodations.

No matter where you live, no matter how big your local, state, regional or collegiate recycling program is, we want to see you in Minneapolis.

“Our industry is constantly evolving and ensuring that recycling officials at the local level stay up to speed is key to a healthier recycling system,” say Keefe Harrison, The Recycling Partnership CEO. “That’s why we’re so pleased to offer these exciting new education grants. They’ll enable recyclers from all across the country who couldn’t otherwise attend a chance to meet with peers, share new best management practices, and join the Recycling Partnership team at the Resource Recycling Conference.”

Apply now to bring your recycling program to the next level while building the national network of recycling professionals.


4 surpisingly simple ways to cut your energy costs today

Ed Birch, Strategic Energy Group

Here’s why it’s good for your budget and productivity to minimize energy waste.

After three decades in manufacturing, and one more decade spearheading continuous energy improvement programs, I’ve seen every form of energy waste under the sun: Air compressors that run 24-7, even when there’s no work going on at the plant. Leaks that go unnoticed for days, weeks and sometimes indefinitely. Used equipment that may have saved a few bucks on the sticker price but drives up energy use. Does any of this sound familiar to you?

Historically, lean manufacturing has not considered energy as a waste stream. However, with the rise of continuous energy improvement programs, manufacturers are discovering that energy can make a significant impact on your productivity and bottom line. I’ve seen manufacturers save, on average, 20% after they adopt a CEI program.

If you don’t yet have an energy management program, or can’t get your decision-makers to buy in, you can still find ways to move your plant in the right direction. Start small with these simple energy-saving opportunities to cut your utility costs today.

– Identify, and Fix, Compressed Air Leaks
– Streamline Idle Time and Changeovers
– Beware of Used Equipment
– Ask the “Energy Question”

At the end of the day, the best way to save energy is to simply do it. One plant recently implemented a water reduction program called “Just Git ‘er Done” and achieved remarkable results by just saying they were going to get the job done. No big money spent, no formal program, but lots of signs and reader boards. This focused effort, improved energy usage driven by pumping water and saved more than 1 million gallons of water.

Find out more about each of these four energy-saving tips by reading the full article on the IndustryWeek website.


Rainwater harvesting increasingly helps companies reduce stormwater fees & energy use

Environmental Leader by Jennifer Hermes

Commercial enterprises are increasingly installing various rainwater harvesting systems for water conservation purposes. Harvesting can also reduce stormwater runoff and fees, and helps solve potable, non-potable, and energy challenges. Commercial property owners are beginning to realize how much stormwater fees are costing them, says Zachary Popkin, program manager for the Energy Coordinating Agency in Philadelphia (via the Forester Network).

Rainwater harvesting is an opportunity to collect water from roofs and reuse it, keeping it onsite, which eliminates a huge portion of stormwater runoff, according to David Crawford, president of the American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association (ARCSA). Crawford says the EPA is pushing for more rainwater catchment. Proponents of rainwater harvesting point out that 70% to 80% of water use is non-potable, so it makes no sense to spend money on energy to clean up water and to pump water out and back from centralized municipalities.

Anywhere from 40% to 60% of the cost of water is from the energy used to move the water from one place to another, says Jim Harrington of Georgia-based Rainwater Collection Solutions. “We’re literally […] running out of water that’s clean and usable,” he says. “You cannot have energy without a lot of water, and you cannot have water without a lot of energy. We talk about energy and read about energy all the time, but we don’t talk about the fact that probably 60% of the water that we use in the United States is used to create energy, for cooling towers and hydroelectric power. You’re talking about billions of gallons a day.”

Manufacturing facilities are often water utilities’ largest customer. Last fall, Pepsi announced it was reaching its water targets through “a comprehensive approach to water stewardship at the plant level…” This approach includes rainwater harvesting and evaporation technologies.

Rainwater catchment is also a practice that can help property owners achieve LEED status for their buildings. The Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport in Alabama recently received LEED Gold for its terminal, with one of the LEED features in the design being rainwater harvesting that reduces water consumption and discharge into the storm water drainage system, for example (via

The American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association points out that harvested rainwater has wide applications, from irrigation to washing vehicles and flushing toilets to sustainable landscaping, and even drinking water. Earlier this year, a gutter manufacturer received certification to be used in rainwater harvesting systems where rainwater can be used for human consumption. The gutters, from Gutterglove Inc., have been approved by the National Sanitation Foundation.

But problems do exist with rainwater harvesting, one of which is the treatment aspects of it. “There are clean sources of runoff, and there are dirty sources of runoff,” says Mike Gregory, a senior water resources engineer with Ontario-based AECOM. “There are some you don’t want to touch, while others are perfectly amenable to reuse.”

The ARCSA has a list of rainwater harvesting state regulations and technical resources from the US Department of Energy.


Keurig is finally designing a more eco-friendly K-cup

Washington Post – By Thomas Heath

The ubiquitous K-cup that sparks so many millions of coffee drinkers to life each morning is appealing to eco-conscious consumers — just as the market for its Cup of Joe appears to be cooling.

Keurig Green Mountain said it plans by 2020 to change the plastic composition in the billions of K-cup single-serving coffee containers it sells annually, making them more lucrative to recyclers while removing one of the nagging complaints that mountains of the little pods are piling up in landfills.

“Our goal is 100 percent Keurig K-cup pods diverted from landfills by curbside recycling,” said Monique Oxender, the coffee brewer’s chief sustainability officer. “The consumer is going to brew it, peel and empty it, and pop the pod into the recycling bin in the same behavior they would do with a yogurt cup. We want them to make it a habit.”

The recycling breakthrough comes as the Keurig’s single-serve coffee machines, which helped revolutionize coffee consumption, are becoming less of a habit after years of growth. There were 23 million Keurig machines in North American homes as of the end of last September, according to the company.

According to analysts, growth in the K-cup market has stalled as Vermont-based Keurig loses market share.

“If it is going to be easier to recycle K-cups, some consumers will care and that may or may not affect demand,” said Pablo Zuanic, an analyst with Susquehanna International Group. “On the margin it’s nice, but I don’t think it’s going to move the needle. The bigger issue for Keurig is that there are not enough affordable Keurig machines, and so volume is not growing much. ”

Read the full article about the changes being made that should improve the recycling value of K-cup pods on the Washington Post 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. 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 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 Andrea Brown:

The hottest business trends are circular

In a resource-constrained world, there’s no room for waste. Getting creative with the way we obtain, use and dispose of materials will be key for a successful and sustainable global economy.

Business and sustainability experts across the globe are making a move to “go circular,” implementing better processes for sustainable inputs, improving product design and closing material loops.

This is the basis of the circular economy. It’s also one of the biggest business opportunities of our generation.

The Business and Sustainable Development Commission report, Better Business Better World, indicates that achieving the SDGs could create at least $12 trillion in business value by 2030 and generate up to 380 million jobs. The report highlights the circular economy as being one of five key game-changing business models that are helping to realize the SDGs and the market opportunities that they represent.

Recent research shows that eight materials are responsible for 20 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions, 95 percent of water reuse and 80 percent of land use.

The circular economy itself is a $4.5 trillion opportunity, according to Accenture forecasts. Who wouldn’t want to get involved?

Recent research shows that eight materials are responsible for 20 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions, 95 percent of water reuse and 80 percent of land use. Implementing circular economy principles for these materials could help address climate change, water scarcity and land-use issues.

Solutions in food and shelter are the two biggest priorities with the most positive impact potential.

At the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), we work with 200 companies to accelerate the transition to a sustainable world. Many of those companies are exploring and implementing circular economy solutions across their operations.

Read the full article to learn more about some of the hottest trends related to this work on GreenBiz.

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

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Upcoming Training, Events and Conferences

  • LAND – Linking Agriculture for Networking & Development
    The Kentucky Department of Agriculture and the Kentucky Association of Manufacturers will host three forums June 27, 28, and 29 across the state that link agriculture with the manufacturing sector. There is no cost to attend these forums, but seating is limited and you must be registered! Those interested in attending any of the forums need to have their registration completed by June 20.
    June 27 – Bath County Cooperative Extension Ag Center, Owingsville, KY
    June 28 – Jeptha Creed Distillery, Shelbyville, KY
    June 29 – University of Kentucky Research and Education Center, Princeton, KY
    More information about these events are available on KPPC’s calendar.
  • FREE: In-Person ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager Training Part II – Take the Next Step in Energy Tracking
    The Louisville Energy Alliance, in partnership with Louisville Metro Government’s Office of Sustainability, will host a FREE EPA ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager Part II training session on June 28th, 2017 from 1-3 p.m. The training will include a one-hour webinar hosted by an EPA ENERGY STAR professional followed by on-site assistance with creating Portfolio Manager accounts and entering data into the software.
    June 28 – Spalding University’s Kosair College of Health and Natural Sciences, Room 113, Louisville, Kentucky
    More information about this event is available on KPPC’s calendar.



Portfolio Manager Series

  • 101 – June 27 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 – June 28 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 – June29 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 training opportunities and to register.

View recorded ENERGY STAR webinars at any time.

  • EPA Webinar – Seeking Savings Indoors and Outdoors with WaterSense
    July 12 – Learn about water use profiles of typical commercial facilities and areas where water is often wasted. Find out about free WaterSense tools and resources available to help facility managers and building owners identify potential water savings including water-efficient products and practices to save water during the operation and maintenance, renovation, and construction of commercial buildings.
    Register for this event and view more training opportunities.
  • Carbon Management Technology Conference 2017
    The 2017 Carbon Management Technology Conference (CMTC 2017) will focus on carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) technologies that provide options for lowering greenhouse gas emissions while maintaining fuel diversity for sustainable growth. CMTC 2017 provides a platform to present information on carbon management solutions for continued energy and economic growth. The conference will present insights and lessons learned on the requirements for CCUS deployment and the technologies proposed for a modern energy infrastructure that maintains fuel diversity for sustainable growth, while addressing climate change.
    July 17 – 20 – Houston, Texas
    Find out more and register for this conference.


Ca.jpg-icon-SSPTo view these and other sustainability-related events, please visit the KPPC Events Calendar.
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