SSP May 2019

May, 2019 – Volume 12, Issue 5

Formalizing Sustainability: Kentucky bourbon industry collaborates with BIER

BOC training rescheduled to begin in August with online class option

Speed Art Museum announces LEED Gold Certification on Earth Day


KPPC Welcomes Samantha Gordon, Sustainability Engineer

KY EXCEL Open House in June

Yum! Brands’ Recipe for Good

Efficiency upgrade helps Minnesota museum further its educational mission

GreenBiz: Beyond the stadium – Q&A with sports professionals on the impact of sustainability in the industry

Upcoming Training, Events and Conferences

2019 KY EXCEL Open House

Sustainable Brands 2019 Conference Detroit

Sustainable Packaging Coalition – Engage: Minneapolis

Advanced Compressed Air Systems Webinar

Circularity 19

Building Operator Certification Level I Training Series- Eastern Kentucky

The New Locator Tool for ENERGY STAR Certified Buildings and Plants: Tips and Tricks

ENERGY STAR – Portfolio Manager Webinars

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Formalizing Sustainability: Kentucky bourbon industry collaborates with BIER

Sustainability is nothing new to Kentucky’s signature Bourbon and distilled spirits industry. In fact, it’s a way of life for businesses that are often family-operated and dependent upon natural resources, like wood, water, and grains.

In recent years, however, the Kentucky Distillers’ Association (KDA) – the non-profit trade group representing Kentucky’s large and craft distilleries – has formalized its commitment to environmental sustainability to preserve the industry’s ability to grow.

Members like Bacardi, Beam Suntory, Brown-Forman, and Diageo have led the way – sharing best practices and identifying opportunities for collective action, like an environmental benchmarking study with the Beverage Industry Environmental Roundtable (BIER).

In 2018, the KDA and BIER initiated a partnership to measure and report the Kentucky Bourbon industry’s first set of energy, water, and emissions data as an addendum to BIER’s regular biennial report, released earlier this year.

Four Roses, Heaven Hill, OZ Tyler, and Wild Turkey joined existing BIER members Bacardi, Beam Suntory, Brown-Forman, and Diageo in submitting data – ensuring the addendum represents 98% of KDA membership by production volume.

Andy Battjes, Brown-Forman’s Director of Environmental Health & Safety, was instrumental in initiating the partnership. He recounted, “For Brown-Forman, one of the advantages of being a BIER member is learning from the technical expertise of other member companies and using that information to accelerate our own environmental sustainability improvements. We felt it was important to share this wealth of knowledge with our fellow Kentucky distilleries so we can continue working together to protect and sustain the natural resources that we all depend on and share.”

The results offer an insightful performance analysis of Kentucky’s distilleries, combining benchmarking data from KDA and BIER members to analyze Kentucky Bourbon distilleries’ efficiency when compared to global industry peers.

Overall, Kentucky distilleries’ collective energy and water use ratios consistently declined from 2013 to 2017, and rested below the global distillery averages in 2017.

Read more about how Kentucky distilleries are benchmarking their environmental sustainability.

Read the Kentucky Distillers Association 2018 Benchmarking Study Trends & Observations report.[PDF]

Read the “How green is your Julep?” article about Kentucky distillers’ race to produce sustainable bourbon on the Sierra magazine website.

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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.

This series will offer a hybrid model, which will allow for students to attend three of the seven classes from the comfort of their office or home. These classes will be offered online, with live video conferencing software that will allow for students and instructors to interact just as they would in the classroom. The motivation behind this model is to make the program accessible for those who may have difficulty getting the necessary time approved off or for those who are further away from the training location in Hazard, Kentucky.

Find out more about the Building Operator Certification training and how to register for classes beginning August 8th.

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Speed Art Museum announces LEED Gold Certification on Earth Day

The Speed Art Museum is proud to announce that it has achieved LEED Gold®, one of only 15 art museums nationally to receive this designation. LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is the most widely used green building rating system in the world. Available for virtually all building project types, from new construction to interior fit-outs and operation & maintenance, LEED® provides a framework that project teams can apply to create healthy, highly efficient, and cost-saving green buildings. LEED® certification is a globally recognized symbol of sustainability achievement.

“As Louisville’s first 21st century architectural landmark, the Speed achieves yet another honor with receiving a certification of LEED Gold®,” stated Speed Director Stephen Reily. “In hiring world-renowned architect Kulapat Yantrasast to design the new Speed, we asked for a building that would achieve international recognition AND celebrate art sustainably. Our LEED Gold® status confirms that we achieved both goals.”

Since reopening in 2016 the Speed has welcomed over 365,000 people to its building, and nearly 5,000 UofL students walk through the Speed’s 6-acre campus every day. The Speed is now extending the environmental and sustainable benefits of its building to that campus as it begins a long-term landscape plan that will bring people, art and nature together both inside and out.

“The Speed Art Museum is designed to be highly sustainable in every sense; environmental, cultural, and social. It aims to connect people, art and nature together,” said Kulapat Yantrasast, international architect and Speed Museum designer.

Since designing the Speed, Kulapat Yantrasast has gone on to design renovations at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Natural History in New York, and the Asian Art Museums of San Francisco.

To obtain LEED Gold® status, the Speed met goals in the following categories: sustainable sites, water efficacy, energy & atmosphere, materials & resources, indoor environmental quality, innovation and regional priority credits.

The original article appeared on the Insider Louisville website which is no longer in operation as of August 7, 2020.

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KPPC welcomes Samantha Gordon, Sustainability Engineer

Samantha Gordon joined KPPC’s technical staff as a Senior Sustainability Engineer on May 6th. She is part of the Center’s engineering team and provides technical assistance for client requests pertaining to pollution prevention (P2) and energy efficiency (E2) topics and assists with P2/E2 related projects including development and delivery of training and workshops.

Samantha has over four years of experience in manufacturing and sustainability. Prior to coming to KPPC, Samantha worked for Schneider Electric in manufacturing and sustainability services consulting. Samantha also worked in sustainability consulting with a focus on corporate reporting, greenhouse gas emissions calculations, sustainability strategy and goal setting, Carbon Disclosure Project, and other sustainability related reporting.

Contact information for Samantha is available on the KPPC Staff web page.

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KY EXCEL Open House in June

Kentucky Excellence in Environmental Leadership

Are you interested in becoming an environmental leader, but not sure how? Are you an environmental steward looking to network with and learn from other stewards? If you answered yes, then the KY EXCEL Open House is for you!

As a community, KY EXCEL, Kentucky’s environmental leadership program, is a great a venue for businesses, farms, communities, non-profits, households and individuals to receive statewide recognition and provide a pathway for environmental stewardship opportunities and networking. KY EXCEL is throwing open its doors and inviting everyone to meet their members, learn how to join and discover the benefits that come with being a member.

What to expect:
· Insight from firsthand experience from facilities, non-profits, communities, and many more
· Networking with Kentucky’s environmental leaders and stewards
· Exhibits, speakers, and more

The KY EXCEL Open House will be held on Monday, June 3, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. in Frankfort, KY.

Register for this open house event.

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Yum! Brands’ Recipe for Good

BOSTON, Massachusetts, May 15, 2019 – Yum! Brands, the parent company of Kentucky Fried Chicken, Taco Bell, and Pizza Hut, today was named to the 100 Best Corporate Citizens list by “Corporate Responsibility Magazine” for its continued commitment to being a good corporate steward.

Since 1999, the 100 Best Corporate Citizens has ranked the 1,000 largest U.S. companies for outstanding environmental, social and governance disclosure and performance. The ranking uses only information from publicly-available sources. There is no application or questionnaire and no cost to companies to participate or verify their information.

“It’s an honor to once again be recognized on Corporate Responsibility Magazine’s 100 Best Corporate Citizens list for our continued commitment to building sustainable brands people trust and champion,” said Jon Hixson, Yum! Brands’ vice president of global government affairs and sustainability. “As we continue to grow our business, we are committed to doing so in a way that respects our food, planet and people.”

“Recipe for Good” is the nickname the company has given to its corporate responsibility program. As part of this effort, in April, Yum! decided the company would establish a science-based target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from its operations, franchises and supply chain, and to explore purchasing renewable energy.

Yum! Brands’ commitment to begin the process of setting a science-based emissions reduction goal comes one year after McDonald’s became the first restaurant chain in the world to set an approved science-based target.

But while the list of the 100 Best Corporate Citizens places Yum! Brands at #83, McDonald’s didn’t make the list at all.

Yum! Brands took this first step to mitigate its impacts on the climate and align with investor expectations on greenhouse gas emission reductions, say investors who reached an agreement today with the fast food giant.

The commitment came after investors agreed to withdraw a shareholder resolution proposal filed by Sister Marge Clark of the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, supported by Francis Sherman of Seventh Generation Interfaith Coalition for Responsible Investment and the sustainability nonprofit organization Ceres.

The proposal called on the company to study the feasibility of setting targets for increasing the company’s use of renewable energy and other climate change mitigation strategies.

“Global restaurant companies like Yum! Brands are well-positioned to minimize risk and capture opportunities by significantly reducing greenhouse gas emissions,” said Sister Clark. “As shareholders, we’re particularly encouraged by the company’s agreement to tackle not only the emissions from the company and its franchisees but those in its agricultural supply chain, which make up the lion’s share, as well.”

Note: The original article appeared on the Environment News Service website at

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Efficiency upgrade helps Minnesota museum further its educational mission

An advanced heat recovery system saves money, slices carbon emissions, and serves as a tool to teach others about the technology.

One of the important attractions at the Science Museum of Minnesota is hidden away deep in the interior of the building. Yet people still find it interesting and inspiring.

Last year more than 200 engineers, building operation managers, environmental activists and other curious folk descended into the museum’s cavernous first-floor mechanical room to witness a breakthrough technology that helps curb climate change while saving money and promoting green jobs.

At first glance, it’s not all that impressive. The advanced heat recovery system resembles a backyard grill crossed with a water heater, decked out with an enormous fuse box and pipes running here and there. It looks like something that might win top honors at a high school science fair for cooking 250 hotdogs at once.

What’s impressive is that it prevents about 1.8 million pounds of carbon dioxide from being released into the atmosphere each year, cutting the museum’s carbon footprint by 16%. This is significant in the fight against climate change, said Patrick Hamilton, the museum’s director of global change initiatives, because buildings account for one-third of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, according to the Alliance to Save Energy.

While grants covered the cost of the Science Museum project, Hamilton estimated that the system otherwise would have paid for itself in three years.

“We love that,” he said, “because it means we have $293,000 that can be redirected to the scientific and educational mission of the museum rather than to paying utility bills.”What is heat recovery?

So, what’s the amazing technology that accomplishes all this? Two heat recovery chillers (think of very large versions of the heat pump in your refrigerator) capture excess heat produced by the museum’s lighting, electrical, and mechanical systems. The heat is then used to warm the building during colder months.

The result is lower energy use, and that translates immediately into plummeting carbon dioxide emissions and smaller heat bills. Hamilton said that the museum’s heating costs are down 65% since the system began operating in 2015. For instance, on a 4oF February morning, the museum was purchasing no heat from a local utility.

Read the full article on the Energy News website to understand how this heat recovery system works and how the economic benefits are supporting other green measures at the museum.

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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 Allen Hershkowitz, Kaitlin Hogan and Rocky Harris:

Beyond the stadium: Q&A with sports professionals on the impact of sustainability in the industry

According to Forbes, the sports industry’s projected worth will grow to over $70 billion this year. Encouraged by its fans, the industry’s sustainability initiatives are keeping pace.

In the NFL, for instance, the Atlanta Falcons’ new Mercedez-Benz Stadium is the first pro football stadium in the United States to reach LEED platinum certification. The NHL’s new Greener Rinks initiative is measuring the environmental impact of 4,800 North American indoor ice rinks on their communities. And MLB awarded its annual Green Glove Award to the San Francisco Giants. The team diverts 94 percent of its trash from landfills.

To get their take on the intersection of sport and sustainability, Bard MBA student Alexandra Criscuolo, an athlete in her own right, spoke with Allen Hershkowitz, former president of the Green Sports Alliance; Rocky Harris, CEO of USA Triathlon; and Kaitlin Sandeno Hogan, an Olympic gold medalist in swimming, about how the industry is primed to move fans and society toward a more sustainable future.

Alexandra Criscuolo: Why is sports sustainability crucial?

Allen Hershkowitz: The question is, “How do you get people to act on climate change?” Science is my passion, but the fact is that in the U.S. less than 20 percent of the population follows science, while over 75 percent follows sports. You have to connect with people where they’re at. Outside of the family, the most influential role models are athletes and entertainers.
Sports is also big market; it’s $1.5 trillion in annual economic activity. Plus, every industry meets at a sporting event: the paper industry; the food industry; the plastics industry; the chemicals industry; transportation; water. They’re all either sponsors of major sporting events or vendors to major sporting events.

When a sports organization like Major League Baseball says climate change is real and it matters to our sport, when the National Football League and Major League Soccer, the National Hockey League, NASCAR, USTA, when all of these successful, very culturally visible and economically influential sports organizations say that climate change matters, the marketplace notices.

Sport is also a cultural signifier that’s not viewed as political. It can really help promote climate literacy and reduce the cultural polarization related to environmental conversations.

Criscuolo: How has the field changed since you first started this work?

Hershkowitz: It’s changed a lot. When I first started, there were no environmental programs at any of the major sports organizations. Most venue operators at the time had no understanding of the urgent environmental issues that their activities related to.

Now, basically, every sports team in North America has an environmental program. Most venues in the United States are paying attention to operations in an environmental way. We have over 25 LEED certified stadiums now, more than 20 professional sports stadiums with solar arrays, and three times that number at the collegiate sports level. We have healthier food, water conservation initiatives, recycling rates in excess of 90 percent.

A lot of it started because there was a good business case for it, but branding also played a role. Fans consistently indicate support for sports organizations doing environmentally better things.

Criscuolo: How is USA Triathlon developing its sustainability strategy?

Rocky Harris: Although we’re a very forward-thinking organization and have been for a long time, when I started with USA Triathalon about a year ago, we didn’t even have a sound recycling program in our building. Within two weeks, I brought in recycling bins and arranged with the company that manages our trash to add that as part of their services to us.

We have 4,300 sanctioned events around the country. Where I think we can do better is by communicating to those events on how to be carbon neutral. There’s a lot of plastic with our events, a lot of things thrown away, so we’re working to make sure they use more sustainable practices. At our national events, of course, we use recycling bins and don’t allow paper registration. We also do digital programs at most of our events and hold used clothing and shoe recycling drives. I’m currently working with Arizona State University and a few other groups to help us develop an overarching sustainability strategy — not just tactics, which are what we’re implementing right now.

From a broader sustainable strategy perspective, we see our sport as a sustainable sport. It’s outdoors, and we promote riding bikes to work. We believe that being outdoors and being a part of nature helps people really understand the value of sustainability overall.

Read the full article on the GreenBiz website for more Q&A about sustainability and the Olympics.

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

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Upcoming Training, Events and Conferences

  • 2019 KY EXCEL Open House
    As a community, KY EXCEL, Kentucky’s environmental leadership program, is a great a venue for business, farms, communities, non-profits, households and individuals receive statewide recognition and provide a pathway for environmental stewardship opportunities and networking. KY EXCEL is throwing open our doors and inviting everyone to meet our members, learn how to join and discover the benefits of being a member.
    April 29, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. ET
    Register for this open house event.
  • Sustainable Brands 2019 Conference Detroit
    The premier event for purpose-driven brand innovation. Navigate your brand’s sustainability journey to deliver business success! SB’19 Detroit will help brands and organizations map their way forward to a sustainable future by equipping product and service innovation teams to deliver The Good Life, engaging marketing/communications teams to support Good Life values, and evolving supplier relationships with principles of The Good Life.
    June 3-6, 2019 – Detroit, MI
    Find out more and register for this conference.
  • Sustainable Packaging Coalition – Engage: Minneapolis
    SPC Engage’s goal is to enable brands and their supply chain partners to catalyze the achievement of their corporate sustainability goals for better sustainable packaging in a circular economy. This event will be a salon-style forum to learn, share ideas, and develop strategies and takeaways to implement and execute new or existing sustainable packaging goals.
    June 17, 2019 – Minneapolis, MN
    Register for this conference.
  • Advanced Compressed Air Systems: Phases 1 & 2
    Topics for this free webinar will include advanced trends in compressed air best practices with items such as optimizing pneumatics in OEM equipment, shut down optimization, heat recovery, and much more. There will also be an opportunity to learn more about the upcoming 2019 Best Practices Expo this October in Nashville, TN.
    June 19, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. ET – Webinar
    Register for this compressed air best practices webinar.
  • Circularity 19
    The world is facing stark limits to resources, and companies are under pressure to reduce waste and create new products and services. To address these challenges, the circular economy has emerged as a transformational business strategy focused on designing and manufacturing products and materials that have continuous and infinite lifecycles — and it is a $4.5 trillion business opportunity. Circularity 19 will bring together more than 500 thought leaders and practitioners to define and accelerate the circular economy..
    June 18-20, 2019 – Minneapolis, MN
    Find out more and register for this circular economy focused conference.
  • 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 New Locator Tool for ENERGY STAR Certified Buildings and Plants: Tips and Tricks
    Searching for ENERGY STAR certified buildings and plants just got easier, although there are some new features and functionality that you may not be familiar with using the new online locator tool. Join this live tutorial to get the most out of its new features.
    May 29, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. ET

Portfolio Manager Series

  • 101 – June 5, 2019 at 12 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 – June 18, 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 – June27, 2019 at 12 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.


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