September, 2015 – Volume 8, Issue 9
In Memoriam – Douglas C. Griffin II, KPPC’s Board Chairman
Douglas Culver Griffin II, KPPC’s Board Chairman, passed away on August 27, 2015. Doug was a founding member of KPPC’s Board of Directors and served as Board Chairman from 1999 until his retirement in July 2015.
Doug, a native of Henderson, Kentucky, graduated from the University of Kentucky College of Engineering and worked with the Kentucky Department of Highways and the Kentucky Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection as a Chief Engineer. In 1975, he and his partners founded Kenvirons, Inc. a civil engineering and environmental services firm in Frankfort.
Throughout his 20 years of service as a KPPC board member and Chairman, Doug was instrumental in helping KPPC become a nationally recognized Center of Excellence. The staff and board members of KPPC will miss his guidance, knowledge and dedication to protecting the environment.
Pollution Prevention Week – 2015
This year’s National Pollution Prevention (P2) Week begins on September 21, 2015.
Pollution Prevention Week is recognized and celebrated as a time when businesses, environmental groups and citizens can join forces for a common cause.
By sharing information about pollution prevention (P2), businesses can become more competitive, businesses and government can realize cost savings, and environmental quality can be enhanced.
The National Pollution Prevention Roundtable (NPPR) is a national forum that promotes P2 Week and supports the development, implementation, and evaluation of efforts to avoid, eliminate, or reduce waste generated to air, land and water.
The sustainable and efficient use of energy, materials and resources is vital to the protection and enhancement of human health and the environment and the conservation of natural resources.
The Resource Recycling Conference: Where the Industry Evolves
The 2015 Resource Recycling Conference will be held September 28-30, at the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown, Indianapolis, Indiana. The conference will feature the recycling industry’s most influential policy leaders, CEOs and government officials.
Now entering its sixth year, the annual conference is an opportunity to network with clients, prospective partners, vendors and top materials management decision-makers all in one location, saving time and travel expenses.
The conference’s lineup of education sessions will offer attendees the latest on materials processing trends, tactics to boost diversion rates, legislative talking points, market analysis and much more.
KPPC Welcomes Mark Toda, Sustainability Engineer
Mr. Mark Toda joined KPPC’s technical staff as a Senior Sustainability Engineer in August. He is responsible for leading 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.
Mark has 25 years of experience in providing engineering and technical assistance to business and industry. Working with an industrial extension program at Penn State University, he provided engineering-based improvement opportunities to Pennsylvania manufacturers and entrepreneurs in a variety of technical areas, including new product development, energy efficiency and renewable energy.
Mark can be reached at (502) 852-1987 or by email.
Save the Date
National BioEnergy Day – Wednesday, October 21, 2015
National Bioenergy Day is a nationwide day of advocacy for all kinds of heat and power generated by woody biomass and agricultural waste, from large scale utilities to home heating stoves. The Kentucky bioenergy event will take place on Wednesday, October 21 in Campbellsville and will touch on all aspects of the bioenergy supply chain, including foresters, landowners, manufacturers, power producers and consumers.
Learn more about the event at the EEC website.
Check out the Biomass Boilers Fact Sheet at DCA’s website.
Narrowing the Energy Gap
From Bloomberg Business
The cost of producing electricity from renewable sources such as solar and wind has dropped significantly over the past five years, narrowing the gap with power generated from fossil fuels and nuclear reactors, according to the International Energy Agency.
The median cost of producing so-called baseload power that is available all the time from natural gas, coal and atomic plants was about $100 a megawatt-hour for 2015 compared with about $200 for solar, which dropped from $500 in 2010. Those costs take into account investment, fuel, maintenance and dismantling of the installations over their lifetimes and vary widely between countries and plants. For instance, commercial rooftop solar installations generate power for $311.77 a megawatt-hour in Belgium and $166.70 in sunnier Spain, the findings show.
The IEA findings come as more than 190 nations prepare to broker a new climate agreement in Paris in December to limit carbon emissions from burning fossil fuels. Based on figures from 181 power plants in 22 countries, the study concludes that no single technology is the cheapest under all circumstances and costs depend “highly” on available resources, labor costs and local regulations.
KAM CEO Wins Energy Leadership Award at 2015 Governor’s Conference
Greg Higdon, President and CEO of the Kentucky Association of Manufaturers (KAM) received an Energy Leadership Award at the 39th annual Governor’s Conference on Energy and the Environment. Under Higdon’s leadership, KAM has recently partnered with the Energy and Environment Cabinet, KPPC – Kentucky Pollution Prevention Center and the North Carolina Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Technical Partnership to promote CHP in Kentucky.
EPA Proposes New Hazardous Waste Rules
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing two new hazardous waste rules to strengthen environmental protection while reducing regulatory burden on businesses. One of the proposed rules will protect waterways, including drinking and surface water, by preventing the flushing of hazardous waste pharmaceuticals and simplify the requirements for healthcare workers. The other rule will provide greater flexibility to industry while requiring new safeguards to protect the public from mismanagement of hazardous waste.
“These rules provide businesses with certainty and the flexibility they need to successfully operate in today’s marketplace,” said Mathy Stanislaus, assistant administrator of EPA’s Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response. “The proposals will improve the safety and health of our communities by providing clear, flexible and protective hazardous waste management standards.”
Read the EPA press release.
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 & 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.
Find the latest articles, videos and resources on the GreenBiz website.
Upcoming Training, Events and Conferences
• EPA Webinar: Portfolio Manager 101
Get started using EPA’s Portfolio Manager tool. An introduction and demonstration of the core functionality of the Portfolio Manager tool, including how to enter properties, enter energy and water data, share data with others and generate performance reports.
September 23 at 1:00 pm EDT – View more training opportunities and Register for the Webinar.
• EPA Webinar: Portfolio Manager 201
Take a deeper dive into the more advanced features of Portfolio Manager, such as managing changes in property uses over time, using spreadsheet templates to quickly upload data, setting goals and creating custom reports.
August 29 at 1:00 pm EDT – View more training opportunities and Register for the Webinar.
• The Resource Recycling Conference: Where the Industry Evolves
The 2015 Resource Recycling Conference will be held September Recycle 28-30, at the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown, Indianapolis, Indiana. The conference will feature the recycling industry’s most influential policy leaders, CEOs and government officials.
September 28-30 – Indianapolis, Indiana – Register for the conference.
• Save the Date!
The 2015 Kentucky National Bioenergy Day event will be held on October 21 at Campbellsville, Kentucky. Learn More.
To view these and other sustainability-related events, please visit the KPPC Events Calendar.