March, 2015 – Volume 8, Issue 3
KY CHP Partners Showcase Event – March 25
The KY CHP partners will be hosting two FREE Demonstration Tours to showcase Combined Heat and Power (CHP) technologies currently being used at Owensboro Grain in Owensboro, Kentucky and Domtar Paper in Hawesville, Kentucky.
See “Real-World” CHP at Work on the Tours
The tours will give participants a close-up look at two different types of CHP systems in action at the host facilities – a Reciprocating Engine system at Owensboro Grain and a Steam Turbine system at Domtar Paper. The tours will also provide an opportunity to ask questions about the practical application and real-world experience of integrating CHP technologies into the manufacturing or commercial process.
The tours will include:
– a presentation by facility representatives
– the demonstration tour and
– a Post-tour Question and Answer session.
Register Early – tour space is limited
You can sign up for one or both of the March 25 tours. In order to register for both tours, you will need to sign up for each one individually. If you do plan to attend both tours, there is ample time to travel from Owensboro Grain to Domtar Paper (about a 40 minute drive).
The number of participants is limited, so be sure to register now for this event. Priority registration will be given to industrial and commercial end-users.
Energy Star Certified Manufacturing Plants Announced
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced on March 10 that 70 manufacturing plants have achieved Energy Star certification for their superior energy performance in 2014. Together, these manufacturing plants saved a record amount of energy, cut their energy bills by $725 million, and reduced greenhouse gas emissions by more than 8 million metric tons –equivalent to the annual total energy use of more than 650,000 households.
Kentucky had five manufacturing plants that were recognized as top performers:
› CEMEX Kosmos, Louisville (Cement)
› Kellogg Company, Florence (Cookie & Cracker)
› Kellogg Company, Louisville (Cookie & Cracker)
› Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky – Plant 1 (Auto)
› Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky – Plant 2 (Auto)
Current Energy Mix in U.S. – Radically Different than a Generation Ago
Today’s energy mix in the U.S. is radically different from that of a generation ago. A comprehensive look at energy trends in the U.S. can be found in the 2015 edition of the Sustainable Energy in America Factbook. The factbook was produced for the Business Council for Sustainable Energy by Bloomberg New Energy Finance, and provides up-to-date, accurate market intelligence about the broad range of industries — energy efficiency, renewable energy and natural gas — that are contributing to the country’s move towards cleaner energy production and more efficient energy usage.
Kentucky 2015 Earth Day Celebration
Mark your calendar for April 9, 2015
This year’s Earth Day Celebration, sponsored by the Energy and Environment Cabinet, the Kentucky Environmental Education Council and the Office of the First Lady, will be held from 10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Thursday, April 9 at the Kentucky History Center in downtown Frankfort.
The public and state employees are invited to join the celebration that includes exhibits and educational displays by local and state agencies that work to protect and conserve Kentucky’s environment.
Stop by the KPPC booth – the Center will have a booth at the KY Earth Day event to share information about KPPC’s current activities and initiatives.
Learn about the Earth Day event at the KY Cabinet’s website.
Five essential practices help assure safer chemicals in products
The first of the Five Essential Practices states, “Retailers, brand owners and suppliers should establish a goal of reducing and eliminating the use of chemicals and materials of concern in products and manufacturing processes, and replacing them with alternatives that are transparently safer.”
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.
Read the Latest P2 Impact Article in GreenBiz
Each month a contributing member of the Pollution Prevention Resource Exchange (P2Rx™) has an article about P2 sustainability initiatives published in GreenBiz.P2Rx™ is a national partnership of regional pollution prevention information centers funded in part through grants from EPA. They build networks, deliver P2 information, and measure P2 program results. The strength of the network lies in the expertise and diversity among the regional centers and the variety of audiences served including government and state environmental agencies, technical assistance providers, businesses, educators, nonprofit organizations and the general public.
In the most recent P2 Impact article, Marine Corps Air Station Miramar flies toward energy independence, author André Villaseñor shows how the air base’s hard work paid off when it gained national acclaim by earning the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) prestigious national and regional Federal Green Challenge (FGC) awards. The air base earned its FGC accolades for the categories Energy, Waste and Education & Outreach. Read the article and past issues 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.
March 24 at 1:00 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.
March 25 at 12:00 pm EDT – View more training opportunities and Register for the Webinar.
- How to Apply for Energy Star
Join EPA to learn about applying for ENERGY STAR Certification in Portfolio Manager. Understand the value of the ENERGY STAR certification, see the step-by-step process of applying, and gain tips to avoid common errors, thereby helping your property get from application to award in less time.
March 26 at 1:00 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.