May, 2014 – Volume 7, Issue 5
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) presented KPPC with a 2014 Energy Star Partner of the Year—Sustained Excellence Award. KPPC was selected for its continued leadership in helping commercial and industrial facilities build self-sustaining energy management programs. The award was accepted by KPPC acting director Lissa McCracken at the annual Energy Star awards ceremony held on April 29 in Washington D.C.
KPPC’s application for the award stood out among a highly competitive pool of submissions, said Jean Lupinacci, Chief, Energy Star Commercial and Industrial Branch. “Your outstanding accomplishments prove that improved energy performance is good for the environment and good for business. Your dedication to saving energy, your commitment to measuring and tracking progress, and your efforts to communicate the importance of energy efficiency to a broad audience distinguishes your organization as an industry leader.”
The 2014 Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Awards are given to a select group of organizations that have exhibited outstanding leadership year after year. These winners have reduced greenhouse gas emissions by setting and achieving aggressive goals, and employing innovative energy efficiency approaches. Award winners are selected from the nearly 20,000 organizations that participate in the Energy Star program.
An Energy Star partner since 2005, KPPC won the prestigious Energy Star Partner of the Year Award in 2011 and 2012, and the Sustained Excellence Award in 2013 and again in 2014. A list of all the 2014 Award recipients can be found on the EPA’s Energy Star website.
KPPC Presents at KAM Conference
KPPC presented a workshop session at the 2014 Kentucky Association of Manufacturers (KAM) Energy Conference on May 14 in Lexington. The session – “Tracking and Acting to Impact Your Bottom Line” was a hands-on, interactive action plan exercise that used laptop computers with screening software and sample information, such as energy policies, project guidelines and energy opportunities, that allowed participants to work in teams to develop action plans to meet specific goals and targets.
The workshop participants were actively engaged in the session and gained first hand experience in using the Combined Heat and Power (CHP) screening software provided by the U. S. Department of Energy Southeast CHP Technical Assistance Partnerships.
The two-day KAM Conference covered topics such as energy, sustainability, cost savings and energy management strategies. The annual conference supports KAM’s mission to create and protect a manufacturing-friendly environment in Kentucky.
Contact the Kentucky Pollution Prevention Center to learn how CHP and other KPPC technical services can help your business find cost-saving energy opportunities.
Combined Heat & Power (CHP) in Kentucky
KPPC is partnering with the Kentucky Department for Energy Development and Independence (DEDI), the Kentucky Association of Manufacturers (KAM) and the Southeast Combined Heat and Power Technical Assistance Partnership to promote high-efficiency Combined Heat and Power (CHP) technologies as resources for Kentucky’s industrial, commercial, institutional, agricultural and manufacturing sectors.
Combined Heat and Power (CHP), also known as cogeneration, is the production of electricity or mechanical power and heating and/or cooling from a single source of energy. CHP technology can be deployed quickly and cost-effectively, and can use a variety of fuels. CHP systems have been used for many years in industrial, large commercial and institutional applications.
- Are much more energy efficient
- Cost less to operate (but do require capital investment)
- Reduce emissions of all pollutants
Learn more about CHP at DEDI’s website.
To see if your facility is a candidate that could benefit from a CHP system, take the first step by contacting KPPC for a FREE pre-screening.
EPA Awards $200,000 to Louisville Metro Clean up Brownfield Sites
Louisville Metro will partner with UofL’s Center for Environment and Policy Management
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it plans to award the Louisville/Jefferson County Metro Government with a brownfield grant to help them plan for the assessment, clean up and reuse of Brownfields properties. This funding is part of the Brownfields Area-Wide Planning program, which aims to help communities develop area-wide plans and specific implementation strategies for integrating the cleanup and reuse of brownfield sites into neighborhood revitalization efforts.
Louisville Metro and its project partner, the University of Louisville Center for Environment and Policy Management (CEPM), will work with the community and other stakeholders to develop an area-wide plan and implementation strategy for the Germantown Rail Corridor brownfields area.
Through this project, Louisville Metro and CEPM will conduct community outreach and education, develop a site inventory and create implementation strategies for brownfields cleanup and redevelopment that will improve connectivity between the University of Louisville, the Highlands neighborhood and local commercial corridors.
Brownfields are real property, the expansion, redevelopment or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant or contaminant. The EPA has now awarded approximately $8 million to 43 communities.
More information about the grant can be found at EPA’s website.
- Market-Based Water Pollution Trading Begins in Ohio River BasinBy Erica Peterson at WFPL
Three energy companies are the first participants in a new program to trade water pollution credits in the Ohio River Basin.Water quality trading is similar to market-based approaches like cap and trade. The idea is that large industries that release nutrient pollution into the Ohio River can buy credits, which are generated by other pollution sources. So if at some point a plant has to reduce nutrient pollution—like nitrogen and phosphorus—an industrial source could potentially pay money to avoid making drastic reductions, while a farmer downstream is paid to reduce the amount of nutrients he releases. Read the story at WFPL.
- 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.
- S.C. Green Hospitality Alliance – Webinar Series
Join the South Carolina Green Hospitality Alliance for a series of free webinars aimed at helping your hotel, motel or restaurant be more sustainable. Session 5, Understand Your Green Purchasing Options, will be held on June 5 from 3:00-3:45 PM EDT. Register today to attend this webinar and watch videos of previously recorded sessions.
- Read the Latest P2 Pathways 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.Read the latest article and past issues on the GreenBiz website.
Upcoming Training, Events and Conferences
- EPA Webinar Training – Portfolio Manager 101
Join EPA as they introduce and demonstrate the core functionality of EPA’s new ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool. Attendees will learn how to: navigate the new 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.
- Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at 1:00 pm EDT – View more training opportunities and Register for the Webinar .
- EPA Webinar Training – Portfolio Manager 201
Continue to learn about EPA’s new ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool, with a deeper dive into more advanced functions 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.
- Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at 1:00 pm EDT – View more training opportunities and Register for the Webinar.
- 2014 Kentucky State Government Earth Day Celebration
Browseenvironmental-related exhibits on the lawn of the Old State Capitol in Downtown Frankfort.
- Thursday, June 12 at 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. – View the calendar event at KPPC’s website.