September, 2014 – Volume 7, Issue 9
KPPC’s 2013-2014 Annual Report Now Available
KPPC has now published its 2013-2014 annual report. This year’s report highlights the accomplishments of KPPC’s clients and details some of the cost savings and source reductions that the Center has help identify for Kentucky businesses and organizations.
Again this year, KPPC has had a measurable impact on the state’s environmental and economic performance through its technical assistance services and outreach programs. We are proud of our client’s award winning sustainability efforts and the statewide and national recognition many of them have received this past fiscal year.
Again this year we have made our annual report available as a pdf document on our website. As a sustainability resource center, we understand the importance of lowering costs and conserving resources whenever possible, so we are using the electronic version as our primary method for distributing the report.
If you would like to learn more about KPPC, please contact the Center at (502) 852-0965 or explore our website.
Kentucky Receives $20 million Grant for Energy Study
Kentucky is set to receive a five-year, $20 million award made to the state for the “Powering the Kentucky Bioeconomy for a Sustainable Future” project, a collaborative, multi-institutional research effort. The funding comes from the National Science Foundation’s Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR), an initiative to build the country’s research and development capacity and to advance its science and engineering capabilities. An additional $4 million is being provided by Kentucky’s EPSCoR program.
The grant will help pay for about 150 people at 10 Kentucky colleges and universities who will research alternative energy technologies for the next five years. Institutions involved in the research effort are the University of Louisville, the University of Kentucky, Kentucky State University, Northern Kentucky University, Western Kentucky University, Eastern Kentucky University, Morehead State University, Murray State University, Big Sandy Community & Technical College and Bluegrass Community & Technical College.
The University of Louisville’s Conn Center at the J.B. Speed School of Engineering will receive $4.2 million in grant funds over five years, according to its director, Mahendra Sunkara. The center leads research that increases homegrown energy sources to meet the national need while reducing energy consumption and dependence on foreign resources.
Kentucky High School Goes Green
From Environmental Protection online
Kentucky’s Clark County Public Schools (CCPS) received the Center of Excellence award from SEMCO LLC, Columbia, Mo., for a sustainable and energy cost-reducing green design at the new George Rogers Clark High School.
The 300,000-square foot, Winchester, Ky., high school is one of North America’s most sustainable school buildings and uses a geothermal-based chilled water loop combined with SEMCO chilled beams and dedicated outdoor air systems (DOAS) for its innovative heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system. The state-of-the-art building is recording 35-percent less monthly utility costs versus the 30-percent smaller conventional high school it replaced.
The school’s advanced indoor air quality (IAQ) helped contribute to a district-wide 1.5-percent attendance increase last year which earned a $200,000 government-awarded attendance incentive. Furthermore, the school is bigger than most high schools nationwide and ranks as one of Kentucky’s largest, but is recording a 31.9-k/BTU energy use index (EUI) which is significantly less than the 68-k/BTU EUI of an average sized U.S. school.
Superintendent Paul Christy and the building’s architect Ron Murrell Jr., AIA, principal, RossTarrant Architects, Lexington, Ky., received the inaugural award on behalf of Clark County Public Schools from SEMCO’s Director of Sales, Tom Rice, at SEMCO’s Columbia, Mo.-based Research & Development Laboratory.
Christy, a former CCPS director of operations who oversaw the GRCHS design, now plans retrofitting an older district school and its HVAC. Chilled beams will be specified again, but because of the facility’s circa 1970’s thinly-insulated envelope, potential condensation will be proactively controlled with recently-developed chilled beam pump modules, which Christy reviewed with other technology at SEMCO’s 100,000-square-foot lab.
KPPC Engineer Publishes Article on CHP
KPPC engineer Cheryl Eakle has contributed an article to the Kentucky Association of Manufacturers (KAM) online magazine The Goods. The article was published in the August edition and provided a detailed look at the Reciprocating Internal Combustion Engines (RICE). RICE systems are used in more than half of all Combined Heat and Power (CHP) systems currently operating in the United States.
A number of Kentucky industries and organizations could benefit by investing in CHP systems. A recent partnership between the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet, KPPC – Kentucky Pollution Prevention Center and KAM – the Kentucky Association of Manufacturers has been created to promote CHP technologies in the Commonwealth.
Read the entire article now available on the KAM website.
Learn more about CHP in Kentucky. Contact KPPC for a free pre-screening to see if a CHP system could be beneficial to your facility by calling (502) 852-0965 or online.
Make Plans to Attend a CHP Workshop in November
Make plans now to attend one of two one-day CHP Workshops presented by KPPC in Bowling Green or Richmond. The workshops will be held on November 6 and November 13, 2014. Check the KPPC online calendar of events for details and registration information.
- Celebrate National Pollution Prevention Week – September 15-21
P2 Week is held during the 3rd week in September each year and provides an opportunity for individuals, businesses and government to highlight their P2 and environmental sustainability activities and achievements, expand current P2 efforts and commit to new actions. Pollution Prevention (P2) is recognized as an effective tool for protecting the environment and the economy by eliminating pollution at the source before it is generated.This year’s theme, Pollution Prevention: The Clear Choice for Environmental Sustainability, embodies a national effort to connect the environment, energy, and the economy through topics such as green engineering, green products, green chemistry, and energy management systems. Using these tools in all sectors, including government, business, industry, nongovernmental organizations, as well as the general public, will lower costs, improve processes, and promote green jobs. Visit the Environmental Protection Agency’s P2 Week webpage and the National Pollution Prevention Roundtable website to learn more about activities and events.
- The 2014 Governor’s Conference on Energy and the Environment
Make plans now to attend the 2014 Governor’s Conference on Energy and the Environment: The Changing Landscapes in Kentucky. The annual conference will be held Oct. 7-8, 2014 at the Lexington Convention Center. The conference is a paid event and registration is required. Learn more and register for the conference.
- 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.
- From Waste to Power
From Sustainable Business News
You’re probably not crazy about incinerators. But if the U.S. sent its waste there instead of to landfills, we could get 12 percent of our electricity from waste and heat tens of millions of homes and businesses, according to Columbia University’s Earth Engineering Center. In addition, it would keep 123 million tons of greenhouse gas emissions from entering the atmosphere each year, and would reduce the use of coal by about 100 million tons a year. And rather than sending non-recyclable plastic to the dump, it should be converted to oil — to provide an annual 6 billion gallons of gasoline. Going further, exhaust from waste-to-energy plants should be used for district heating, commonly done in Norway, Denmark, Sweden and Germany.
Anything that can be recycled or composted is removed before going through the process.
- 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
- Successful Grant Writing & Reporting
Facilitator: Lissa McCracken, Kentucky Pollution Prevention CenterPresenters: Pam Swingle, EPA Region 4; Kathy Davey, EPA HQ; Roger L. Price, PennTAPThis free webinar is designed to provide technical assistance providers (TAPs) with information to assist in preparing a grant proposal application and reporting the results. The grant writing process is becoming more competitive with fewer grants available for even less funding. Grant writers need to key in on every available opportunity to score as high as they can in the competitive process.
- September 18, 2014 at 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm EDT – Learn more and register for the webinar
- Portfolio Manager 101
An introduction and demonstration of 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.
- September 23 at 1:00 -2:30 pm EDT – View more training opportunities and Register for the Webinar.
- Portfolio Manager 201
Continue to learn about EPA’s new ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool, with a deeper dive into 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.
- September 24 at 1:00 -2:30 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.