SSP March 2018

March, 2018 – Volume 11, Issue 3

Building Operator Certification (BOC) training rescheduled to begin in May

L’Oréal USA to purchase RNG from Kentucky facility

Louisville/Jefferson County one of five 2018 Smart Cities Council Readiness Challenge winners



Newsbits

Save the date – KAM State of Manufacturing Conference

Source reduction and the TRI

Fifth Third signs power purchase agreement to achieve 100 percent renewable power

Big Bone Lick among five local greenspace gems

ESRC: Enhancing business operations through sustainability

GreenBiz: It’s time to rethink sustainability goals and targets



Upcoming Training, Events and Conferences

ESRC Webinar: Influence of Corporate Culture

Getting to Zero National Forum

ESRC Webinar: Developing an Action Plan and Success Stories

KY EXCEL: Environmental Leadership and Stewardship Certification

BOC Level I Training

ENERGY STAR webinars

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Building Operator Certification (BOC) training rescheduled to begin in May

The Building Operator Certification training program first round of Level I classes has been rescheduled to begin on May 16, 2018 at the University of Louisville Shelby Campus.

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 Department for Energy Development and Independence (DEDI), the tuition fee has been reduced from $1695 to $575 per person!

Find out more about the Building Operator Certification Training and how to register for Level 1 curriculum beginning May 16th.

 

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L’Oréal USA to purchase RNG from Kentucky facility

On March 1, L’Oréal USA announced its plans to achieve carbon neutrality in 2019 for all 21 of its U.S. manufacturing and distribution facilities with a financially sustainable approach that could potentially serve as a model to support new renewable natural gas (RNG) projects in the future. In order to reach this milestone, L’Oréal USA is adding to its diversified energy portfolio with RNG purchased from a new processing facility in Kentucky. The company currently has 17 renewable energy installations across the country, including large on-site solar arrays in Arkansas, New Jersey and Kentucky as well as wind turbines in Texas. The RNG purchased from the new project alone is expected to eliminate the carbon equivalent of 1.8 million gallons of gasoline consumed per year.

“Achieving carbon neutrality for all of our Operations facilities furthers our commitment to being a sustainability leader in the United States,” said Frédéric Rozé, president and CEO of L’Oréal USA. “We have seen that a dedication to sustainability fosters innovation, inspires creativity and builds a strong team spirit. This new milestone can be credited to our passionate teams and their vision in finding a new renewable energy approach that benefits one of our local communities while being a long-term, financially viable solution.”

Guided by L’Oréal’s Sharing Beauty with All global sustainability program, L’Oréal USA had already surpassed the company’s 60 percent carbon emissions reduction goal in absolute terms in 2017, reaching an 84 percent reduction from a 2005 baseline and achieving 100 percent renewable electricity use for all 21 U.S. manufacturing and distribution facilities. As the U.S. Operations team considered approaches to reach carbon neutrality, they were driven by L’Oréal’s sustainability philosophy to pursue a local strategy that would have a positive impact in the communities in which it operates while providing “additionality,” meaning the project would not be possible without the company’s committed involvement.

After an 18-month research phase, the team identified a potential renewable energy production solution utilizing landfill gas (LFG) from the Big Run Landfill in Ashland, Kentucky, which is 135 miles from the L’Oréal USA plant in Florence, Kentucky. At the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES) Climate Leadership Conference in Denver March 1, L’Oréal USA announced that it has signed a 15-year agreement to purchase approximately 40 percent of the RNG produced from the Big Run Landfill. The RNG L’Oréal USA purchases will be directed into the interstate natural gas transmission system. L’Oréal USA’s long-term purchase commitment of the RNG was a key underwriting component that led to the financing of the project.

Read the full article on the Biomass Magazine website.

 

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Louisville/Jefferson County one of five 2018 Smart Cities Council Readiness Challenge winners

The Smart Cities Council has announced the 2018 winners of its Readiness Challenge: Birmingham, AL; Cary, NC; Las Vegas, NV; Louisville/Jefferson County, KY; and the Commonwealth of Virginia.

The winning jurisdictions in the second-annual Readiness Challenge shared three traits:

  • They focused on breaking down silos to help departments provide better, more efficient service by working together.
  • They emphasized coordinated collaboration, not just internally, but also with the community and nearby regions.
  • They were also determined to use smart cities strategies to lift up underserved and vulnerable populations.

 

The five Readiness Challenge winners will receive a full year of expert, vendor-neutral mentoring plus an on-site Readiness Workshop custom-tailored to each community’s needs and priorities. They will also receive free products and services worth hundreds of thousands from leading organizations and Smart Cities Council partners, including Qualcomm, Battelle, SYNEXXUS, CompTIA and IES.

The consolidated government of Louisville/Jefferson County has long been at the forefront of civic technology and understands that smart cities require smart infrastructure. The Council will help it craft a collaborative approach to use smart technologies to address challenges in transportation, telecommunications and public safety.

Louisville/Jefferson County is deploying 115 miles of new fiber optic cables so it can roll out smart city projects at scale throughout the region. Digital inclusion is also a priority — ensuring that vulnerable populations get access to broadband, computers and smartphones.

“A world-class city has to be positioned to understand and adapt to the world around us, especially in the fast-moving realm of technology,” said Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer. “That’s why our city’s Office for Civic Innovation has worked so diligently on projects like attracting Google Fiber and working with the app IFTTT to sync city data with smartphone apps, and smart devices, like internet-enabled light bulbs. It’s also why they’re focused on ensuring Louisville’s bright digital future is inclusive of all citizens, no matter the neighborhood they call home. This partnership with the Smart Cities Council will help us take even more big leaps into the future.”

Read more about the 2018 Smart Cities Council Readiness Challenge winners.

 

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Newsbits

 

Save the date – KAM State of Manufacturing Conference

There’s a new excitement in manufacturing across the Commonwealth! Innovative technology and fresh ideas are pushing Kentucky’s number one economic driver to new levels of production and community engagement.

You may be familiar with KAM’s Energy Conferences, which expanded in 2017 to a Manufacturing Conference. This year, the conference has been updated with a new name and an expanded charter! The “State of Manufacturing Conference” builds on previous events, featuring in-depth looks at trends, strategies and best practices to help Kentucky manufacturers become more competitive and more profitable. And for the first time, certifications will be offered in two areas, Lean 101 and GMS 201 (Growth Management System).

The agenda is being finalized, and you will want to be a part of this event, May 8-9, at the Lexington Convention Center.

For more details visit the KAM State of Manufacturing Conference website.

 

Source reduction and the TRI

On January 31, U.S. EPA released its 2016 Toxic Substances Inventory (TRI) National Analysis, a public database showcasing successes of and tools for industry to both manage waste and reduce pollution at nearly 22,000 facilities that submit TRI data.

In 2016, 87 percent of the nearly 28 billion pounds of chemical waste reported was not released into the environment due to use of various waste management practices. Industrial facilities also reported implementation of 5,900 new source reduction activities that reduced or eliminated chemical waste creation. Air releases of TRI-listed chemicals also declined.

The national analysis is released annually and aims to both increase transparency of the TRI program and promote user engagement.

 

Fifth Third signs power purchase agreement to achieve 100 percent renewable power

Fifth Third Bancorp announced that it has become the first Fortune 500 company and first bank to sign a power purchase agreement to achieve 100 percent renewable power through a single project. Furthermore, Fifth Third becomes the first publicly-traded company to commit to purchase 100 percent renewable energy through solar power alone.

This power purchase agreement will lead to the construction of an 80-Megawatt (MW) solar project in North Carolina. The Hertford County Aulander Holloman solar facility is an approximated $200 million project that will be designed, built and owned by Mooresville, North Carolina-based SunEnergy1. It will employ approximately 1,000 people during construction, generate roughly 194,000 MWh/year of electricity and help avoid 144,000 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions per year. This is equivalent to the annual emissions from more than 21,600 homes or 30,800 passenger vehicles. Additional environmental benefits are explained in the 100 Percent Renewable Energy Infographic.

“This initiative affirms our bold commitment to advance environmental stewardship on behalf of customers, employees and shareholders,” said Greg Carmichael, chairman, president & CEO, Fifth Third Bancorp. “This innovative project will reduce Fifth Third’s carbon footprint and benefit the communities we serve. In addition, this project is expected to increase earnings, demonstrating that companies can ‘do well by doing good.’”

Kenny Habul, SunEnergy1 CEO, said, “SunEnergy1 pioneered the concept of corporate and institutional power purchase agreements for solar power. This is the first time that we have seen a corporation move to 100% clean power by purchasing all of the output from one project. When complete later this year, the Hertford County Aulander Holloman facility will be one of the largest solar projects in the US; it will provide an important economic investment in North Carolina; and it will lead to a meaningful and measurable difference in carbon emissions. The Earth is our vehicle through time so we congratulate Fifth Third for showing that companies can cut their emissions and improve the health of our environment today through solar power. We urge corporate America to stand up and join the 100% club.”

Scott Hassell, Fifth Third’s vice president and director of environmental sustainability, said, “Fifth Third has worked for years to become more sustainable by using energy more efficiently and by lending to the solar energy industry. Today we take great pride in becoming the first Fortune 500 company and first bank to sign a long-term agreement to buy as much solar power as we use in a year. And we are thrilled to be on track to achieve our 100% goal in 2018, four years ahead of schedule.”

To emphasize Fifth Third’s commitment to renewable energy, the Bank joined both RE100, a corporate leadership initiative led by The Climate Group in partnership with the Carbon Disclosure Project, and the Business Renewables Center.

Read the full press release and view the infographic.

 

Big Bone Lick Among 5 Local “Greenspace Gems”

A new initiative identifies “Greenspace Gems” in the Greater Cincinnati region and Bog Bone Lick State Historic Site in Boone County is among the first five selected.

Greenspace Gems was launched by Green Umbrella, an organization devoted to environmental sustainability, and recognizes and celebrates natural areas for their outstanding scenic value, biological diversity, scientific importance, or historic interest. The goal, an announcement said, is to grow public support for greenspace conservation and the organizations who are leading this work in our region.

Greenspace Gems are selected by a team of conservation experts from Green Umbrella’s Greenspace Action Team.

“These acres of conserved greenspace help preserve the quality of our air, water and soil. Embedded within the protected landscape are geologic, topographic and historic places that often support species with declining populations. These sites not only provide valuable field study opportunities for scientists and students, but also allow visitors to observe the natural, pre-settlement communities that once covered the Tri-State region,” said Stan Hedeen, Emeritus Professor of Biology at Xavier University.

The first five Greenspace Gems were just released:

– Bender Mountain Nature Preserve (Hamilton County, Ohio)
Big Bone Lick State Historic Site (Boone County, Kentucky)
– Caesar Creek Gorge State Nature Preserve (Warren County, OH)
– Caldwell Nature Preserve (Hamilton County, OH)
– Rowe Woods (Clermont County, OH)

“Greenspace protection is another way our region is staying on the leading edge of sustainability,” said Ryan Mooney-Bullock, communications and program manager for Green Umbrella.

Read the full article on the River City News 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 Training Series

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

This four-part webinar series is designed to educate commercial and industrial facilities on the business case for environmental sustainability, identify building blocks for a successful program and provide examples and resources to help turn actions into outcomes.

The FREE webinars will take place at 1:00-2:00 pm Eastern on the first Tuesday of each month from February through May 2018.

Benefits of Participating in the 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 two of the scheduled four webinars are now available with closed captioning and related information. The remaining two webinars in the series are available for registration as follows:

Webinar 3: Influence of the Corporate Culture
Tuesday, April 3, 2018 1:00-2:00 p.m. EST

Webinar 4: Developing an Action Plan and Success Stories
Tuesday, May 1, 2018 1:00-2:00 p.m. EST

Find out more about the training series and register for this webinar.

 

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 Suzanna Shelton:

It’s time to rethink sustainability goals and targets

This is the first installment of Shelton Group’s two-part series about rethinking sustainability goals and targets. Find part two here.

I’m sure my headline might ruffle some feathers. After all, getting companies to publish clear, science-based goals and targets for their environmental performance has been a huge push in the sustainability community for years.

But have you perused the sustainability sections of your favorite companies’ websites lately and checked out their goals and targets? They all sound the same. By way of example, here’s the wording from the environmental targets of three companies in the building products space:

Company 1: By 2030, improve water intensity by 50 percent, energy intensity by 40 percent, emissions intensity by 40 percent, waste intensity by 100 percent; 100 percent of products Cradle to Cradle Certified; OSHA incident rate improved by 40 percent.

Company 2: By 2020, reduce primary energy intensity by 20 percent, greenhouse gas emissions intensity by 50 percent, PM2.5 emissions intensity by 15 percent, TAE intensity by 75 percent, waste to landfill intensity by 70 percent, and water intensity by 35 percent — all from the 2010 baseline.

Company 3: By 2020, reduce solid waste, energy and water use by 20 percent per unit of product, using 2013 as a baseline.

At Shelton Group, we help companies realize a market advantage as a result of their commitments and actions on sustainability. A big piece of that is storytelling — and great brand stories are differentiated, compelling and emotional.

To be clear: I’m not saying don’t set goals and targets. Absolutely do that. What gets measured gets managed. And what gets committed to publicly has a way better chance of getting accomplished.

What I am saying is that you need to have one goal in that mix that’s big, hairy and audacious. A commitment to solve a problem — a problem people care about, a problem that’s related to your category and brand and, ideally, a problem that you can create a new business model around, so when you solve it, your brand creates new revenue streams.

When you do that, sustainability becomes embedded into your business strategy. Now your sustainability approach is mitigating corporate risks, generating new product ideas, producing revenue and adding value to your brand. It’s giving your customers or consumers a key reason to prefer your brand over another and buy your products. And that’s what sustainability should do for your company.

Read the full article on the GreenBiz website.

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Upcoming Training, Events and Conferences

  • ESRC webinar – Influence of Corporate Culture
    The Environmental Sustainability Resource Center (ESRC) is providing a training series of webinars intended to enhance business operations through applied sustainability strategies. This four-part webinar series is designed to educate commercial and industrial facilities on the business case for environmental sustainability, identify building blocks for a successful program and provide examples and resources to help turn actions into outcomes. The third webinar in this series will address management influences to affect change in employee perception of and participation in sustainability initiatives.
    April 3 at 1 p.m. EST
    Register for this informative webinar.
  • Getting to Zero National Forum
    Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) and New Buildings Institute (NBI) are once again joining forces to bring you the premier global event dedicated to defining the future of low energy and zero energy (ZE) buildings. Forum attendees will share perspectives on the growth of ZE, discuss the policies driving new projects, engage in best practices for successful outcomes and collaborate on opportunities for ZE to become the standard for the built environment.
    April 17-19 – Pittsburgh, PA
    Register for this forum.
  • KY EXCEL – Environmental Leadership and Stewardship Certification
    KY EXCEL, Kentucky’s Environmental Leadership Program, invites you to join us for a interactive day to learn about environmental leadership certifications like ISO 14001, LEAN, Energy Star and more. This is a great learning and networking opportunity for all of Kentucky’s current and developing stewards (e.g. environmental professionals/educators, consultants, non-profits, local governments and manufacturing/industry representatives).
    May 8 – Frankfort, KY
    Find out more about this informative and interactive session.
  • 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.
    May 16 – Louisville, KY
    Register for this valuable training.

 

EPA ENERGY STAR webinars:

  • Background on BOMA’s Water and Waste (W2) Challenge
    Learn more about the BOMA W2 Challenge, a two-year initiative to support commercial real estate practitioners in benchmarking water and waste consumption and associated costs, and implementing best practices to improve performance.
    April 12 at 1 p.m. EST
  • Preparing for EPA’s ENERGY STAR metric updates
    In August 2018, EPA will update the models that power 1-100 ENERGY STAR scores with new data, based on the latest Commercial Building Energy Consumption Survey (CBECS) from the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Join this interactive session to hear about EPA’s methodology and schedule for updating 1-100 ENERGY STAR scores, discuss considerations for building owners and managers, and learn what to expect when new metrics are released.
    April 26 at 2 p.m. EDT


Portfolio Manager Series

  • 101 – April 3 at 1 p.m. EST – 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 – April 10 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 – April 17 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.

 

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

 

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