October, 2017 – Volume 10, Issue 10
– EPA launches Smart Sectors Program
– e-Stewards Digital Equity Program
– Novelis gifts support recycling at EKU
Kentucky Sustainable Manufacturing Initiative training series begins in November
Sustainable Manufacturing is a Competitive Advantage
In today’s competitive marketplace, leading organizations recognize that in order to succeed, sustainability must become an essential part or their business strategy. Understanding the intersection of sustainability and the business of manufacturing will enhance environmental performance as well as business operations, product development and competitiveness.
The Kentucky Sustainable Manufacturing Initiative (KSMI) is designed to assist manufacturers with learning how to integrate sustainability, into day to day manufacturing operations and new product development, from a life cycle perspective, in order to drive efficiency, reduce costs, and spur innovation and new product development across the enterprise.
KSMI Training Series
A series of three webinars and three workshops are being offered to demonstrate how sustainable manufacturing principles and practices can drive a strategy to enhance environmental performance and help achieve business goals and objectives into the future.
Hosted at manufacturing sites, the major themes of the initiative include sustainable value stream mapping, incorporating a life cycle perspective, implementing aspects of the new ISO 14001:2015 standard, sustainable product development, and developing a culture for sustainability and innovation. Throughout emphasis will be placed on economic competitiveness.
Kentucky environmental challenges and successes will be presented, and opportunity will be provided to connect with University of Louisville engineering research capability to help address key challenges and opportunities.
Professional development hours (PDH) will be available for all workshop attendees. KPPC will also provide no cost technical assistance for Kentucky manufacturers.
The training series will begin in November with a webinar that precedes the first workshop:
Webinar 1: Sustainable Manufacturing Initiative
– What is sustainable manufacturing, role of the initiative?
(Wednesday, November 8, 2017 11am EST)
Workshop 1: Evaluating the Current State
– KY Environmental Challenges
– Sustainable Value Stream Mapping
– Business Case for Sustainability
(Thursday, November 16, 2017, 9am-4pm EST, GE Appliance Park, Louisville, KY)
The learning experience through attending the webinars and workshops will provide a way to look at your manufacturing processes from the perspective of sustainability with an ability to take action specific to your operational strategy.
Sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Kentucky Pollution Prevention Center (KPPC) is working with the Advantage Kentucky Alliance (AKA), the University of Louisville Speed School of Engineering, the Kentucky Association of Manufacturers (KAM), the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet, the Louisville Office of Sustainability and the University of Kentucky Institute for Sustainable Manufacturing (ISM) to encourage green engineering practices in Kentucky.
LEA and KAM to host an energy awareness breakfast event for business on October 27, 2017
This breakfast event will feature industry experts presenting on best practices for optimizing manufacturing processes, energy markets, green manufacturing, and ways several businesses in Kentucky have developed and implemented continuous improvement programs.
Mark Toda, Senior Sustainability Engineer with the Kentucky Pollution Prevention Center, will be participating on the panel of experts to address sustainable manufacturing and will also share about an upcoming training series beginning in November that is designed to help manufacturers integrate green engineering concepts into a circular and cost effective strategy.
Space is limited. Visit the KAM website at http://kam.us.com/energy-bkfst/ to register.
Kentucky Makes Strides in Energy Efficiency
FRANKFORT, Ky. – A new report highlights the strides the Bluegrass State is making in energy efficiency – and also points out areas where it could do better.
Kentucky moved up two notches from last year, now ranking 28th in an annual State Energy Efficiency Scorecard.
And it’s among the top 10 states that have seen the most improvement, says report author Weston Berg, a research analyst of state policy with the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy.
Berg explains Kentucky does the best in terms of its energy codes for buildings.
“They’ve been pretty proactive in adopting some of the more recent model energy codes,” he points out. “So, looking at requirements for windows and building envelope, basically ways to improve efficiency in new construction.”
Kentucky also fared well in the report in terms of state government, for offering several financial incentives for energy efficiency investments.
The state government also sets energy requirements for public buildings and promotes the use of energy savings performance contracts.
Overall, Kentucky scored 16 points out of a possible 50.
As far as utility policies, Berg says there is a lot of room for improvement, as Kentucky ranks below the national average for energy savings.
He says the state needs stronger policies that encourage utilities to offer energy efficiency programs to their customers.
“It’s a way of helping customers save money on their energy bill, make their homes more comfortable and overall, contribute to helping the state pollute less,” Berg explains. “So, there’s a whole range of benefits that come along with energy efficiency that states could be helping the utilities and their customers take advantage of.”
Kentucky also received poor marks for not setting its own standards for energy efficient appliances, a lack of policies that encourage the deployment of Combined Heat and Power systems, and for weak policies on using energy efficient transportation.
EPA launches Smart Sectors Program
WASHINGTON(October 3, 2017) — Today, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt announced the launch of Smart Sectors, a partnership program between the Agency and regulated sectors focused on achieving better environmental outcomes. A sector-based, collaborative approach provides a significant opportunity for EPA to consider more forward-thinking ways to protect the environment.
“When we consider American business as a partner, as opposed to an adversary, we can achieve better environmental outcomes,” said EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt.“The Smart Sectors program is designed to effectively engage business partners throughout the regulatory process. The previous administration created a narrative that you can’t be pro-business and pro-environment. This program is one of the many ways we can address that false choice and work together to protect the environment. When industries and regulators better understand each other, the economy, public, and the environment all benefit.”
A sector-based approach can provide benefits, such as: increased long-term certainty and predictability, creative solutions based on sound data; and, more sensible policies to improve environmental protection. Program leads for each sector will serve as ombudsmen within the Agency across program and regional offices. Staff will also: conduct educational site tours, host roundtables with EPA leadership, analyze data and advise about options for environmental improvement; maintain open dialogue with business partners and their environmental committees; and, develop reports that profile the impact of each sector on the environment and the economy.
Smart Sectors aims to facilitate better communication and streamline operations internally at EPA. The program is located in the Office of Policy’s Immediate Office, which enables the sector leads to work across EPA’s land, water, air, and chemical program offices, as well as with environmental justice, enforcement and compliance assistance, and other offices, including EPA regional offices.
View Smart Sectors Federal Register Notice here.
EPA’s Associate Administrator for the Office of Policy, Samantha Dravis; and EPA’s Chief of Operations, Henry Darwin, announced the launch at EPA Headquarters on Tuesday, October 3rd, and were joined by representatives from across the American economy, including: Aerospace, Agriculture, Automotive, Cement and Concrete, Chemical Manufacturing, Construction, Electronics and Technology, Forestry and Wood Products, Iron and Steel, Mining, Oil and Gas, Ports and Marine, and Utilities and Power Generation.
New program to provide low-cost, ethically refurbished computers to digitally disadvantaged students and families
Orlando, Florida; Seattle, Washington (September 19, 2017) – The electronics recycling and refurbishment certification program known as e-Stewards® today announced a new “digital equity” program designed to channel computer equipment from large corporations and institutions to needy individuals and communities across North America.
Despite the fact that education, jobs, job access, and emergency services depend heavily on the internet and computing equipment, 1 in 5 persons in the United States today still have no access to the internet. Meanwhile, every year, thousands of working computers, printers and peripherals are removed from service and are shredded, or worse, exported to dirty recycling operations in developing countries.
The new e-Stewards Digital Equity (eDE) program, due to go live on January 1, 2018, will tap large corporate partners to donate working or repairable IT equipment directly to e-Stewards Certified Refurbisher/Recyclers, who will refurbish them to the highest environmental and social standard – the e-Stewards Standard. Like-new devices in this program will then be sold to, and deployed by, city-led digital equity programs to provide digital access to low-income end-users at very low cost. The e-Stewards program hopes to divert thousands of computers and peripherals each year via ethical refurbishment and get them into the hands of deserving students, families and organizations across North America.
By providing large enterprise companies with the assurance of careful management and refurbishment of their old equipment, and an established, reputable channel to needy communities, the e-Stewards Digital Equity program will allow enterprise corporations to more easily engage in donating to ethical reuse for community good. e-Stewards Certification assures worker protections, data security, minimum specifications for tested and fully functional equipment, and prohibits the export of hazardous electronic scrap to developing countries.
Novelis gifts support STEM Summer Camp, recycling initiatives at EKU
Novelis Aluminum Corporation recently donated $7,000 to support a science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) summer camp in the College of Science at Eastern Kentucky University. The camp, a new initiative of the college that targets high school students, will be launched in the summer of 2018.
“STEM is everywhere and shapes our everyday experiences,” said Dr. Tom Otieno, dean of the College of Science. “It is imperative for the College of Science to help prepare our youth for the highly technological society in which we live. We will be doing that through a STEM summer camp for high school students.”
Novelis made an additional donation of $5,000 to support recycling initiatives at EKU.
“As a result of Novelis’ generous gift to EKU’s recycling program, we will be able to further improve our recycling infrastructure on campus so that we can recover even more recyclables,” said Patrick McKee, sustainability manager at Eastern.
The Novelis plant in nearby Berea, Kentucky, is one of the world’s largest plants dedicated to aluminum can recycling.
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.
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 Nicole Lederer:
It’s time to act on the Clean Power Plan
It seems that the cleantech community is largely in a state of tunnel vision and self-delusion. The tunnel vision is the belief that you can grow a company while ignoring the public policies that affect your industry. The delusion is that somebody else is watching out for your best interests in the policy debates that affect your company’s future.
Recently I was on stage at the GreenBiz VERGE conference along with three expert panelists in the arenas of cleantech business and policy. Our intention was to grab the audience by their nametags and ask:
Are you protecting your company’s interests?
Are you fulfilling your obligation to your investors and stockholders?
Because if you’re not front and center in the cleantech policy war, then you’re derelict of duty.
The announcement this week by the head of the Environmental Protection Agency is a very big case in point. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt announced plans to rescind the single-biggest clean energy growth policy in the country — the Clean Power Plan.
The CPP sets the framework for states to reduce carbon emissions from existing power plants by about 30 percent by: investing in more renewable energy generation; reducing demand through energy-efficiency technologies for homes, schools and commercial buildings; or by cleaning up or replacing outdated power plants that run on dirty fossil fuels.
All of these avenues provide a strong market signal for low-carbon, 21st century energy technology innovation, investment and deployment — and would create an estimated 560,000 jobs across the country. In fact, more than 3 million Americans work in clean energy.
In Pruitt’s home state of Oklahoma, about 15,000 people have jobs in solar, wind and energy efficiency, according to the Department of Energy. In Kentucky, where Pruitt visited Monday to announce the rollback, about 23,700 people work in energy efficiency and 1,700 in solar. By comparison, 12,000 Kentuckians work in coal mining.
Instead of recognizing and supporting the clean economy as the country’s most powerful growth engine, Pruitt and his boss are pushing their thumbs down hard on the scale to promote outdated, dirty and more expensive fossil energy. If they accomplish their goal, your business — and our country — will be at a self-inflicted competitive disadvantage with the rest of the world.
My fellow panelists on stage at VERGE and I have spent years advocating for state and federal policies that promote growth in the wide spectrum of resource management and efficiency technologies collectively called the cleantech industry. That includes renewable energy and related technologies such as energy-IT, storage and transmission; fresh water management; building efficiency; advanced transportation; and agriculture and food technology — in short, every company represented at that conference.
We were united in our message: Business leaders in the clean economy must step up and engage in the policy debate or suffer the consequences.
But here’s the good news: Cleantech business leaders and their employees have much more political clout than they’ve exercised so far. The EPA soon will solicit feedback from the public about their scheme to kill the Clean Power Plan.
Find the latest articles, videos and resources on the GreenBiz website.
Upcoming Training, Events and Conferences
- LEA/KAM Energy Awareness Breakfast
The Louisville Energy Alliance (LEA) and the Kentucky Association of Manufacturers (KAM) have partnered to host “Energy Awareness: Good for the Environment, Good for Business”. This breakfast event will feature industry experts presenting on best practices for optimizing manufacturing processes, energy markets, green manufacturing, and ways several businesses in Kentucky have developed and implemented continuous improvement programs.
October 27 – Louisville, KY
Read more about this breakfast event and how to register.
- 2017 Louisville Sustainability Summit
The 4th annual Sustainability Summit: Resilience, Equity, and Climate Change. The event will focus on why climate change is a high priority issue in Louisville, how we are planning for it, and what we need to do to transition to a more equitable and climate resilient city.
October 27 – Louisville, KY
Read more about the summit and how to register.
EPA ENERGY STAR webinars:
Portfolio Manager Series
- 101 – November 7 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 – November 21 at 1 p.m. EST – 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 – October 24 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 recorded ENERGY STAR webinars at any time.
- 2017 ACEEE National Conference on Energy Efficiency as a Resource
Explore innovative approaches for designing and delivering energy efficiency programs. At this utility-focused event, held every other year by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy since 2001, how utilities can best integrate energy efficiency into planning and operations will be addressed. Industry leaders will convene to discuss the latest developments in using energy efficiency to meet new challenges as well as existing customer and utility needs.
October 30-November 1 – Litchfeild Park, AZ
For more information and to register, please visit the conference website.
- KSMI Webinar 1 – Sustainable Manufacturing Initiative
This webinar will define sustainable manufacturing and outline the purpose and elements of the Kentucky Sustainable Manufacturing Initiative. A company spotlight will be included.
November 8 at 11 a.m. EST – San Antonio, TX
Register for this sustainable manufacturing webinar.
- KSMI Workshop 1 – Evaluating the Current State
The workshop will present key environmental challenges facing Kentucky manufacturers and will focus on extending lean manufacturing practices to incorporate sustainability measures to better evaluate the current state environmental and business performance.
November 16 – GE Appliance Park, Louisville, KY
Register for this sustainable manufacturing workshop.