September, 2016 – Volume 9, Issue 9
Celebrate National Pollution Prevention Week – September 19 through 23
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, Working Together for a Healthy Future, embodies a collaborative effort of a beneficial goal for everyone through saving resources and moving toward sustainability.
By sharing information about pollution prevention (P2) businesses and organizations can strategically realize cost savings through improved efficiency and best practices while enhancing the quality of the environmental. Visit the Environmental Protection Agency’s P2 Week webpage and the National Pollution Prevention Roundtable website to learn more about pollution prevention.
The Environmental Sustainability Resource Center, part of the P2Rx network of P2 information centers, offers P2 related information and resources and you can explore more of the KPPC website for publications, tools and training content. Contact KPPC with your questions and comments about P2 assistance and let us know what we can do for you.
Kroger ‘Journey of the Roses’ Video Showcases Sustainable Supply Chain
In celebration of The Kroger Company’s 29-year history of providing the Kentucky Derby’s annual Garland of Roses, the company released a new video that showcases the ‘Journey of the Roses’ – from a Rainforest Alliance-certified grower in Bogota, Columbia to the Winner’s Circle at Churchill Downs – and highlights the humanity and passion embedded in every step along the way.
“We are committed to conscientiously driving sustainability and innovation into our supply chain,” said Suzanne Lindsay-Walker, Kroger’s director of sustainability. “We are honored to support the Kentucky Derby, and our partnerships with the Rainforest Alliance and Passion Growers ensure that the flowers used to create the iconic Garland of Roses are produced responsibly.”
Kroger supplier Passion Growers produces the “Freedom” roses featured in the garland on their farm in Bogota, Columbia. The roses – which are Rainforest Alliance certified based on Passion Growers’ ongoing commitment to their employees and a sustainable environment – are transported directly to Louisville, where a team of master florists stands ready at a local Kroger store to hand-sew more than 400 roses onto the garland. This annual process, which takes place on the eve of the Kentucky Derby, can last up to 12 hours and is open for the public to watch.
Celebrating 40 years of Energy and Environment
The Energy and Environment Cabinet is gearing up to hold its 40th Governor’s Conference on Energy and the Environment and there are some new things in store for this commemorative year. Deputy Secretary Bruce Scott has been to 33 of the conferences and his proposal for a Secretary’s Award will become a reality during this conference, set for Sept. 21 and 22 at the Lexington Convention Center.
“I thought it was appropriate for the past several years, but this is the first year we will be actually presenting it,” said Scott. “I’m a big believer in recognizing those that have paved the way for new ideas and innovations in energy and the environment.”
Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton will join Energy and Environment Cabinet Secretary Charles Snavely on Thursday, September 22 to at an awards luncheon to present the annual Environmental Excellence Awards, Energy Leadership Awards and a new award this year, the Secretary’s Award, which will honor the outstanding people, businesses or entities across Kentucky that have demonstrated a lifetime or sustained commitment to improving the Commonwealth’s environment.
The conference will include sessions on corporate sustainability, energy solutions and federal environmental and energy regulations.
Study finds rising energy use for water purposes
Defining the role that energy plays in acquiring and accessing water will be significant to understand its importance to regions, industries, communities, and the environment.
Researchers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), working at the Joint Global Change Research Institute (JGCRI), led a first-of-its-kind study to fill a knowledge gap in global energy for water. They quantified its use from 1973 to 2012 with details about water sources, and by market sector, global region, and process-level uses.
They found that energy use has been rapidly increasing across the globe with high consumption in regions of USA, Middle East, China, and India. The municipal sector is responsible for a large share of energy use for water. Much of that is used in acquiring water (processes of source and conveyance), in water treatment, as well as wastewater treatment.
JGCRI is a partnership between PNNL and the University of Maryland.
Acquiring, cleaning, and delivering water where it is needed requires energy. Accounting for that energy use is important in understanding the total cost and impact of water use and energy needs. To gain a complete view of the complex interactions between water, energy, land and socio-economics, research must include energy use for water, which is expected to grow substantially in the future. This study points directly to the close-knit relationship between energy and the environment. It highlights the role of energy for water in energy markets, and more broadly in how intertwined energy and water are as resources, a relationship the research community calls the water-energy nexus.
GreenBiz 101: What you should know about energy data
Access to energy data is a foundational enabler for organizations that want to reduce utility costs. Energy data is most useful to energy, facility and sustainability professionals and senior decision-makers also may want to understand how energy impacts the bottom line.
Over the past few years, more utility smart meter installations and cheaper metering hardware have made it easier to capture energy data. But there are a variety energy data types and multiple ways to collect it. This article will explain each and highlight the advantages and disadvantages.
Utility bill data vs. interval data
Utility bill data and interval data are the two primary types of energy use information. Utility bill data comes from the energy provider or a third-party vendor that gets the data directly from the utility. Interval data can come from a variety of sources: the energy provider can provide this data after installing a smart meter; or interval meters can be purchased and installed by the building owners.
While utility bill data is less granular than interval data — monthly totals instead of 15-minute increments — it satisfies some energy management use cases and it can be used to deliver incremental energy cost savings.
Utility bills typically arrive every 30 days and include total energy consumption (in kilowatt-hours, kwh) over the entire billing period, the peak demand value that occurred during this time (in kilowatts, kw), and a few other metrics based on the particular utility.
These bills generally are reliable and include energy cost data. Utilities automatically convert the kilowatts and kilowatt-hours into dollars based on complex cost structures called rate tariffs. The dollar-based information on utility bills is seen as an advantage because energy units are not well understood by non-energy professionals.
For example, if a CFO learns that he or she has wasted a million kilowatt hours in a month, it may mean very little. If this CFO learns that it was a $100,000 loss, the reaction will be far different.
Because utility tariffs are complex and can change every few months, few vendors are able to accurately convert demand and consumption into dollars. But the utility does this for free on the bill. For organizations just beginning to take a deeper look at energy consumption across a building portfolio, monthly bill data may be sufficient to identify some operational improvement opportunities.
Legion Logistics Is SmartWay Certified
Florence, KY – Legion Logistics, one of the region’s fastest growing third-party logistics providers, has earned SmartWay certification. The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) SmartWay program helps companies advance supply chain sustainability by measuring freight transportation efficiency. This initiative of being a SmartWay Transport partner is designed to encourage companies like Legion to manage logistics in an environmentally friendly way.
In order to succeed in the SmartWay program, companies that carry and deliver goods measure their fuel efficiency and submit their data to the EPA. In doing so, companies then become partnered with SmartWay. By partnering with SmartWay, companies reduce fuel consumption and can improve their environmental footprint to help build a stronger bottom line. Since 2004, SmartWay and their partners, just like Legion Logistics, have saved over 7 billion gallons of fuel, lowered fuel costs by $24.9 billion and reduced carbon emissions by 72.8 million metric tons.
SmartWay partners meet customer and stockholder demands. In order to be SmartWay certified, companies must hold greater accountability, transparency, and risk reduction across their supply chains. Being a SmartWay partner helps you gain access to ways in which you can better your company by reducing the carbon footprint, demonstrating commitment to sustainability and showing measurable results and continuous improvement.
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. 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
89th Annual Water Environment Federation Technical Exhibition and Conference
WEFTEC, the Water Environment Federation’s Annual Technical Exhibition and Conference, is the largest conference of its kind in North America and offers water quality professionals from around the world the best water quality education and training available today. Also recognized as the largest annual water quality exhibition in the world, the expansive show floor provides unparalleled access to the most cutting-edge technologies in the field; serves as a forum for domestic and international business opportunities; and promotes invaluable peer-to-peer networking among registrants.
September 24 – 28, 2016 – New Orleans, LA – Find out more about the conference and how to register.
EPA Webinars: Portfolio Manager Series
101 – September 27 at 1:00 pm EDT – 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.
201 – September 28 at 1:00 pm EDT – 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 – September 29 at 1:00 pm 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 these and more training opportunities and to Register.
View recorded ENERGY STAR webinars at any time.
Environmental Assistance Workshop
The Division of Compliance Assistance (DCA) is providing an educational opportunity with the goal of assisting and educating regulated facilities so they understand and can comply with environmental regulations.
December 8th from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm EDT – Register for this workshop online. [PDF]
To view these and other sustainability-related events, please visit the KPPC Events Calendar.