SSP June 2019

June, 2019 – Volume 12, Issue 6

UK Athletics announces sustainability efforts

KDEP accepting environmental excellence award nominations

Microsoft opening regional tech hub in Louisville


Gov. Bevin makes appointments to Kentucky boards and commissions (KPPC)

Reminder – BOC training rescheduled to begin in August with online class option

Truman’s functional pack design makes concentrated cleaners make sense

NASA expects more than $3M in savings from new solar project

GreenBiz: Michelin is letting the air out of its tires: Why that matters for sustainable mobility

Upcoming Training, Events and Conferences

EPA Energy Star Portfolio Manager Training

July LEED v4 Online Discussion Forum: Location & Sites in LEED v4.1

Building Operator Certification Level I Training Series- Eastern Kentucky

The Resource Recycling Conference and Trade Show

Building Operator Certification Level I Training Series- Eastern Kentucky

How to Track Waste and Materials in Portfolio Manager

ENERGY STAR and Green Building Rating Systems

ENERGY STAR – Portfolio Manager Webinars

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UK Athletics announces sustainability efforts

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 22, 2019) — The Joe Craft Football Training Facility, the nerve center of the Kentucky football program, has been awarded LEED Silver certification for its environmental performance and sustainable design.

The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating system, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), is the foremost program for buildings, homes and communities that are designed, constructed, maintained and operated for improved environmental and human health performance. The Joe Craft Football Training Facility joins Kroger Field as LEED-certified UK Athletics facilities, as the stadium earned the prestigious designation in October 2017. UK Athletics is also in the process of obtaining LEED certification for Kentucky Proud Park.

“As we seek to build and maintain facilities that give our teams what they need to succeed, we have made a commitment to doing so sustainably and responsibly,” Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart said. “It is a great source of pride for us that two of our newest facilities have earned LEED certification, and we are grateful to our partners in building both the Joe Craft Football Training Facility and Kroger Field for making it possible.”

In conjunction with the news of LEED certification, UK Athletics also announced its participation in campus-wide sustainability efforts in the following areas:

* materials management;
* buildings and grounds;
* energy;
* food and dining; and
* transportation.

More information can be found at

“Achieving LEED certification is more than implementing sustainable practices. It represents a commitment to making the world a better place and influencing others to do better,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, president and CEO, USGBC. “Given the extraordinary importance of climate protection and the central role of the building industry in that effort, the University of Kentucky demonstrates their leadership through their LEED certification of the Joe Craft Football Training Facility.”

Read the full announcement on the UKNow website to find out more about the Joe Craft Football Training Facility.

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KDEP accepting environmental excellence award nominations

Nominations are now being accepted through July 1, 2019

The Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection (KDEP) is pleased to announce the opening of the 2019 Environmental Excellence Awards. The mission at KDEP is to protect and enhance Kentucky’s environment. In support of this mission, KDEP is proud to recognize and encourage environmental excellence in the Commonwealth through this awards program.

Kentucky’s remarkable natural resources have helped shape our economy, culture and history. These resources also provide an opportunity to be responsible stewards. This requires vision, commitment and determination on the part of the agency, Kentucky’s citizens and the individuals and companies governed by Kentucky’s environmental requirements.

This program recognizes individuals, businesses and organizations committed to protecting and improving Kentucky’s environment and provides a platform to tell the stories of the great works taking place in the Commonwealth. One award will be given for each of four categories.

Businesses, organizations, communities and individuals can be nominated or self-nominated for the awards. The KY EXCEL Champion will be awarded to an active KY EXCEL member.
Visit the KDEP Environmental Excellence Awards web page to find out more about the awards program and categories.

Visit the KDEP Environmental Excellence Awards web page page to find out more about the awards program and categories.

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Microsoft opening regional tech hub in Louisville

A Fortune 50 tech company is making Louisville its home for a regional tech hub.

The city will become home to a Microsoft hub for artificial intelligence, Internet of Things (IoT) and data science, company and local officials announced at the new entrepreneurial hub in NuLu.

Louisville will serve as an urban laboratory, and city government will work with education, workforce and business partners to strengthen and diversify the city’s core industries, including health care and manufacturing, which face risk of automation from the progression of AI technology.

Jennifer Byrne, chief technology officer at Microsoft US, said Louisville is a great example of cities across the country that are reinventing themselves for the future.

“With artificial intelligence, Internet of Things, data science — these are all new technology concepts,” she said. “They are driving growth across our industries and we really appreciate the ability to partner with the city of Louisville.”

Byrne said Microsoft believes there will be more change in society in the next 10 years than we have seen in the last 250 years.

“Where that change takes us, we don’t really know. There’s so much potential for us to reimagine ourselves and our communities, how we work and how we relate to each other,” she said. “There’s so much possibility for good.”

The AI Innovation Digital Alliance with Microsoft, in part, will help companies in vulnerable industries reskill and upskill their workforce to meet the changing demands of the 21st century economy.

“Artificial intelligence is the next frontier in technology, and through this collaboration with Microsoft, we will prepare our workforce for the tech revolution and create economic opportunity, while not losing sight of the need for equity within economic growth,” Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer in a news release. “We are excited to partner with Microsoft to ensure Louisville residents and businesses are ready for the future economy.”

Through the alliance, Microsoft will create and fund an AI, IoT and data science fellowship program, including providing training and equipment. The company will hire four fellows, which will work with nonprofit, education, startup and workforce development organizations and with area businesses to provide training and support.

Read the full article by Haley Cawthon on the Louisville Business First website to find out more about activities that are a part of the AI Innovation Digital Alliance.

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Gov. Bevin makes appointments to Kentucky boards and commissions (KPPC)

Governor Matt Bevin made appointments to various Kentucky boards and commissions in May that included the two newest members of the KPPC Board of Directors.

Lee Scott Lingo and Christopher Skates have been appointed as members of the Center for Pollution Prevention Board of Directors.

* Lee Scott Lingo, of Madisonville, is a manager. He will represent the industrial community and serve for a term expiring July 15, 2021; and

* Christopher Skates, of Lawrenceburg, is a communications advisor. He will represent members at-large and serve for a term expiring July 15, 2021.

View the full list of May 2019 appointees on the Lane Report website.

Visit the KPPC Board of Directors web page.

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Reminder – BOC training rescheduled to begin in August with online class option

Building Operator Certification (BOC) training program Level I classes originally scheduled to begin in June have been rescheduled to begin on August 8, 2019 in Hazard, Kentucky and will be hosted by the Mountain Association for Community Economic Development (MACED).

BOC is a nationally recognized, competency-based certification 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.

MACED and the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (MEEA) have collaborated to continue the availability of the Building Operator Certification (BOC) program in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. KPPC will provide coaching to training participants for assistance with course assignments and facility-level operations to enhance the training effectiveness and increase implementation rates.

Find out more about the new hybrid training model that provides an online class option and how to register.

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Functional pack design makes concentrated cleaners make sense

Truman’s is an online-only, direct-to-consumer, concentrated liquid home cleaner system that is taking the e-commerce path to create a simple, subscription-based, and sustainable home-care product toolkit. As the Lexington, KY-based firm says on its website, they are “The Coolest Cleaning Company on the Internet. Probably.”

For household consumables like liquid window, kitchen, or bathroom cleaners, concentrates have always made a lot of practical sense. Avoiding the shipping costs associated with a product that is composed of 95% water has long been common practice for institutional industries like hospitality, education, and foodservice. But at the consumer level, the retail store shelf format served as a formidable impediment to the general adoption of concentrates by your average consumer. Ready-to-use (RTU) home cleansers don’t require any assembly, problem solving, or instruction manuals.

“Historically, everything in this category has been sold ready-to-use off of the retail shelf because it’s an unassisted sale,” says Alex Reed, co-founder, Truman’s. Comparatively, a DIY concentrated liquid or powder mixing system, with attendant but separate spray bottle that a consumer may or may not already have, introduces confusion and complexity that the RTU bottle doesn’t suffer. Instead of a single product, a system is more like a recipe. In-store signage and expensive consumer education campaigns would be necessary to assist adoption.

“Because of this comparison, the retail environment held back innovation in the category. The ease of the unassisted sale was too difficult to overcome,” Reed says. Retail also has driven a lot of proliferation, notes Reed, which means in-store consumers have to sort through endless brands and varieties before finally finding the cleaner they want. Reed and Truman’s saw an opportunity to simplify by offering fewer products and cutting through the sensory overload.

“One of the dirty secrets of the industry is that you don’t really need a unique cleaner for every surface type,” Reed says. “You can make some generalizations, and your kitchen will have a different profile of soils and crumbs than your bathroom. But you should be able to use the same cleaner on your kitchen table that you use on your granite countertop or stainless steel appliances, and the same is true elsewhere in the home.”

Truman’s developed a suite of four concentrated cleaners, one each for the kitchen, bathroom, glass, and floors, all non-toxic and biodegradable. The system includes corresponding durable PET spray bottles. But didn’t we just establish that the concentrate kit format was a non-starter in the retail format? Enter e-commerce delivery.

Concentrates for e-commerce

In an e-commerce environment, shipping a ready-to-use bottle is extremely inefficient—billions of pounds of water and plastics are shipped needlessly, and the entire system is disposed of after use. Also, RTU bottles weren’t designed for the many more touches and rougher handling of the e-commerce channel. Leakage and breakage is an issue, one that’s only compounded when a cleaning product ships with another item, say an electronic item, and leakage ruins everything in the standard Amazon shipper. What’s more, household cleaners suffer from, for lack of a better term, the candy bar effect of e-commerce. Like a single candy bar, they tend to be so low-cost to begin with that, when purchased as single units online, the cost may double. It doesn’t make sense to pay the extra $3 for shipping on a $4 cleaning product.

The bottom line? Even though selling household cleansers in a concentrated format through e-commerce channels holds enormous advantages, it has yet to take off in the overall e-commerce environment.

“Concentrates haven’t become mainstream because the dispensing mechanism has never been very user-friendly,” Reed says. “It has involved a lot of powders or pods or liquid concentrates, things you have to mix by hand. But consumers aren’t always comfortable handling chemicals. Other consumers have said they lacked confidence that they were diluting it properly. We looked at it as a user experience issue, and that’s where Truman’s innovative refill cartridge, a concentrated cleaning product cartridge system, comes in.”

Sustainability profile

According to Reed, one full truckload of Truman’s refill cartridges is equivalent to 30 truckloads of RTU spray bottles. “Taking all those trucks off the road, and all the packaging waste and frequency of leakage, creates an entire ripple effect across the supply chain,” Reed says. “And we’re saving money by not shipping water and by not shipping a new bottle for every refill cartridge.”

Read the entire article on the Greener Package website to find out more about the refill cartridge and bottle mechanism and what is next for this new business model.

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NASA expects more than $3M in savings from new solar project

A NASA flight facility in Wallops Island, Virginia, has broken ground on a solar array project that is expected to meet at least 80% of the site’s electrical consumption and save as much as $3.1 million in energy costs. The savings-funded solar renewable energy project from Ameresco will help NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center’s Wallops Flight Facility (WFF) reduce its carbon output by more than 4,310 metric tons per year, the renewable energy company says.

The project includes $14 million in renewable energy and infrastructure improvements. It will provide more than $537,000 in first-year energy cost savings; in future years, solar output combined with energy conservation measures are expected to allow for $3.1 million in energy cost savings. Because the partnership between NASA WFF and Ameresco is an energy savings performance contract (ESPC), the flight facility will accrue no upfront costs. Instead, through the ESPC, it will fund the project through energy cost savings derived from the solar installation.

The project will include ground-mounted solar panels installed near NASA WFF’s airfield as well as carport-canopy panels.

WFF director Dave Pierce says the project is significant because it not only creates a renewable source of energy for the facility in the near-term, it also lays the foundation for the energy generated onsite to contribute to the region’s existing energy grid in the future. “The installation of a solar field in such close proximity to a critical airspace is a rarity,” he adds, “and our project serves as a model to other similar facilities that it is possible to install a meaningful solar farm that will greatly reduce carbon output, even with limited real estate.”

Read the original article on the Energy Manager Today website.

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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 Heather Clancy:

Michelin is letting the air out of its tires: Why that matters for sustainable mobility

Potential benefits of airless tires include fewer punctures and reduced materials requirements. A prototype of the Michelin Uptis technology is shown in this image.

One simple thing any automobile or truck driver can do to improve fuel economy is ensure that the tires on their vehicle are inflated to the proper pressure. It also turns out that letting the air out of them entirely may be one of the next big things in advancing the cause of sustainable mobility.

Last week, iconic French tire maker Michelin disclosed the prototype for a generation of “airless” tires that it will begin testing later this year on passenger vehicles in collaboration with General Motors. Called Uptis (which stands for Unique Punctureproof Tire System), the tires are made up of composite materials and use a unique design to bear the weight of the car at high speeds.

The companies have a goal to introduce the technology commercially by as early as 2024, although the tires will take far longer to show up as an option for larger vehicles, such as Class 8 trucks. The two companies are talking up passenger safety as one of the primary potential benefits and motivators — especially in markets such as India and many Asian companies, where road conditions cause much higher rates of tire blowouts than in North America and Europe.

But the development also could help decrease the amount of rubber and raw materials used annually to produce tires by extending their useful lives and allowing for narrower formats, said Eric Vinesse, executive vice president or research and development for Group Michelin, last week during Michelin’s third annual Movin’ On Summit. An estimated 200 million tires annually must be replaced because they fall victim to punctures or damage, Michelin estimates.

“We need to move towards a more sustainable future where we can provide solutions that have less impact on the environment overall,” Vinesse said during a press briefing at the event. (Note: Michelin covered travel costs for journalists from around the world to cover the event, which took place in Montreal.)

We have an ambition in the next 30 years to be 80 percent renewable in everything we do. So materials and designs that are coming out of recycling or that is biosourced.

Michelin’s long-term vision is to produce tires that are “100 percent sustainable,” meaning that they are sourced entirely from renewable or biosourced materials. The company also has invested substantially in technologies meant to help it recover materials from old tires — in late 2017, it bought Lehigh Technologies, which converts end-of-life tires into micronized rubber powder used for applications such as asphalt enhancement, foam cushions or carpeting.

Read the full article on the GreenBiz website for more information about the other essential ingredients of Michelin’s sustainability plan.

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
    The Louisville Energy Alliance, in partnership with Louisville Metro Government’s Office of Sustainability, invite you to attend a free ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager training session. The training will consist of a one-hour webinar hosted by an ENERGY STAR professional followed by on-site assistance with entering data into the software.
    July 9, 2019 or July 23, 2019 – Louisville, KY
    Register for this hands-on training event.
  • July LEED v4 Online Discussion Forum: Location & Sites in LEED v4.1
    Registration is now open for LEED v4.1 Building Design and Construction (BD+C), Interior Design and Construction (ID+C) and Operations and Maintenance (O+M) projects! This month, listen to a recording of a July 18th “Ask the Experts” session about Location and Sites in LEED v4.1, where attendees connected directly with USGBC and GBCI experts and asked questions.
    July 25, 2019 at 12:00 p.m.
    Find out more and register for this webinar.
  • Building Operator Certification Level I Training Series- Eastern Kentucky – New date!
    Building Operator Certification (BOC) training includes nearly 74 hours of classroom and project work (7.4 CEUs) in building systems operation and maintenance. Each course in the series is completed in a one day training session, except BOC 1001 Energy Efficient Operation of Building HVAC Systems, which is a two day course.
    Begins August 8, 2019 – Hazard, KY
    Find out more about BOC training and register for this series.
  • The Resource Recycling Conference and Trade Show
    he Resource Recycling Conference and Trade Show, in partnership with the The Recycling Partnership, Association of Plastic Recyclers and National Recycling Coalition, is the must-attend conference for the recycling industry’s most influential policy leaders, CEOs and government officials. The conference, now entering its 10th year, is your opportunity to network with clients, prospective partners, vendors and top materials management decision-makers all in one location, saving you precious time and travel expenses.
    August 26-28, 2019 – New Orleans, LA
    Register for this conference and trade show.



  • How to Track Waste and Materials in Portfolio Manager
    In addition to benchmarking energy and water use in Portfolio Manager, you can measure and track waste & materials generated by your building. Upgrade from the cumbersome spreadsheet you have been using, or get started for the first time, and learn how to use the waste tracking feature.
    July 9, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. ET
  • ENERGY STAR and Green Building Rating Systems
    Attendees will learn how to use EPA tools and resources to help meet requirements for green building rating systems such as the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), the Green Globes system, IREM Certified Sustainable Properties, and BOMA BEST.
    uly 11, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. ET

Portfolio Manager Series

  • 101 – July 2, 2019 at 1 p.m. ET – 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 – July 16, 2019 at 1 p.m. ET – 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 – July 23, 2019 at 1 p.m. ET – 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.


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

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