SSP September 2018

September, 2018 – Volume 11, Issue 9

Working to end food waste in Madison County

Angel’s Envy doubles commitment to support future of white oak trees

KCTCS sustainability efforts project $66 million in energy savings

UofL Envirome Institute adds Center for Healthy Air, Water and Soil to portfolio; Smith named director


NPPR briefing available for viewing

More than 100 Work Ready Skills Initiative proposals submitted to workforce development cabinet

Schneider Electric introduces new sustainability reporting tools

Supply base turns a deeper shade of green

ESRC: The U.S. EPA pulls funding from the Pollution Prevention Information Network

GreenBiz: A simple truth – Energy efficiency is good for manufacturers’ bottom lines

Upcoming Training, Events and Conferences

Clean Energy Finance: Green Banking Strategies for Local Governments

16th Global Conference on Sustainable Manufacturing

Behavior, Energy & Climate Change Conference

The Path to Holistic Energy Management

VERGE 18 conference – Where Technology Meets Sustainability

2018 Sustainability Summit @ University of Louisville

Sustainable Spirits Summit 2018

ENERGY STAR – Minimizing Water Use in Mechanical/HVAC Systems

ENERGY STAR – Waste Management: Strategies for a Successful Recycling Program

ENERGY STAR – Overview of CBECS Survey Used to Refresh ENERGY STAR Scores

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Working to end food waste in Madison County

The food waste epidemic is tightly gripping our nation. A staggering 50 percent of food purchased is wasted at a cost of $165 billion annually, making food the largest component of landfills and producing the third highest volume of methane.

The USDA and The Food and Agriculture Organization reports that 44 percent of food waste is generated from residential households, 33 percent is generated from restaurants, 11 percent is generated from grocery stores, 10 percent is generated from institutional levels and 2 percent is generated from industrial levels.

“The two main reasons food is wasted by consumers is that they lack the time to prepare food before it spoils, and they prepare too much food,” said Jodi Ruth, Food Security Coordinator of Step by Step and recent graduate of Berea College’s Agriculture and Natural Resources Program.

Local schools are teaching their students skills they can implement to reduce food waste at home. Berea Independent and Madison County Schools both implement “share tables” so students can share their unwanted, unopened food with other students. Both districts reuse as much food as possible.

Scott Anderson, the Food Service Director of Madison County Schools, trains his chefs how to eliminate food waste. They use proper cutting utensils to not waste product, buy food weekly and share food between schools.

They repurpose food like chicken, broccoli and noodles into soup and freeze it. They’ll freeze apple peels for salads and use the rest of the apple for apple crisp or apple pie.

“We process our food in a timely manner, present it in a way that kids will eat it and ensure it’s seasoned properly,” Anderson said.

He believes portion control is a large factor in food waste, due to state and federal guidelines.

“These are excessive portions for elementary kids,” he said. “They have to take what they don’t want, or they think they’re hungrier than they are.”

He suggests serving healthy items and letting them take only what they will eat.

Anderson spends $3 million annually, that’s $350,000 per month, on the district’s food. The average person wastes 20 percent of their food, and he aims to cut that to 2-5 percent at the schools.

“We want to be good stewards of people’s tax money,” he said. “If we save money, we can reinvest it into better, more efficient tools for our kitchens.”

Anderson uses ugly foods — edible produce unable to be sold because it isn’t visually appealing. He buys seconds at a reduced price and turns them into baked apples, sauces or freezes them for future use.

“We make as much from scratch as we can,” he said. “It saves money and is better for the kids.”

Local universities also are drastically reducing food waste. Both Berea College and Eastern Kentucky University employ the food waste prevention system LeanPath, which weighs and tracks waste and reports it daily. Data is used to educate their consumers, enabling Berea to reduce its pre-consumer food waste by 49 percent annually.

Read the full article on the Richmond Register website to find out more about mitigating food waste.

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Angel’s Envy® doubles commitment to support the future of white oak trees

Through the 5th annual “Toast the Trees” campaign

Louisville-based craft distiller that produces small batch, hand-finished whiskeys including the highly celebrated Angel’s Envy Kentucky straight bourbon finished in port barrels, today announced that it will be doubling its commitment to support the future of the white oak tree population through its 5th annual “Toast the Trees” campaign hosted in honor of National Bourbon Heritage Month.

During “Toast the Trees,” Angel’s Envy pledges to plant one white oak tree for every photo of an Angel’s Envy drink or bottle posted using the hashtag #ToastTheTrees on social media (Facebook, Instagram and Twitter) throughout the month of September.

This year, Angel’s Envy has doubled its goal from 10,000 hashtags for 10,000 new white oak trees planted in 2017 to 20,000 hashtags for 20,000 new white oak trees planted in 2018. Angel’s Envy sets no cap on how many trees it will plant and hopes that it will meet, and exceed, its 20,000-tree planting goal this September.

“Angel’s Envy is not only committed to preserving the future of distilling, but to sustainable business practices. Through our fans’ participation in ‘Toast the Trees,’ Angel’s Envy is able to plant more white oak trees than we use annually to make our barrels,” said Wes Henderson, Co-founder & Chief Innovation Officer of Angel’s Envy. “We hope our program will inspire our fans and fellow bourbon makers to join our efforts and help sustain a thriving white oak tree population in the U.S. for many years to come.”

Through the “Toast the Trees” initiative, Angel’s Envy aims to raise awareness for the increased need for a healthy and secure white oak population as bourbon’s popularity grows both in the U.S. and abroad, which, in turn, will help to secure the future of distilling. By law, bourbon must be aged in new oak barrels, and the most common type of tree harvested for North American cooperages is the white oak tree. The maturation time of the white oak tree is 70 years, and each tree yields between one and three barrels.

The trees will be planted in the early spring of 2019 in Pulaski County, Kentucky with the Arbor Day Foundation and Green Forests Work.

“We commend Angel’s Envy for their continued commitment to the forests of Kentucky,” said Dan Lambe, president of the Arbor Day Foundation. “We thank Angel’s Envy and their customers for their continued support of the Arbor Day Foundation and ‘toast’ the new goal of 20,000 additional trees planted.”

Since the program’s inception in 2014, Angel’s Envy has planted over 25,000 white oak trees in Kentucky. According to Chris Barton, president of Green Forests Work, “The Toast the Trees campaign has resulted in the reforestation of 65 acres of land in eastern Kentucky thus far. These efforts will have an immediate benefit on the local environment and contribute to the long-term sustainability of our oak forests.”

Read the full press release on the PRNewswire website.

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KCTCS sustainability efforts project $66 million in energy savings

Sustainability and conservation are on everyone’s minds, especially in the middle of summer when HVAC systems traditionally are working hard. The Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) has set its sights on ways to conserve and save money, not just during the summer, but long term.

KCTCS is realizing big savings on energy costs because of energy savings performance contracts and participation in the Commonwealth Energy Management Control System (CEMCS).

“This is important not only because the system is saving money, but also because it saves our students money,” said KCTCS President Jay Box. “This is an initiative that helps us continue to keep our tuition low while providing a healthy and comfortable environment for learning and working.”

A typical KCTCS college may pay in the neighborhood of $50000-$60,000 a month for utilities. Under the energy savings performance contracts, the contracted agency reviews water usage as well as heating and air usage. The contractors also assess buildings and current equipment to determine efficiencies and whether there are savings measures to be found by making changes or enhancements.

Using these contracts, which are regulated by state legislation, also saves money on repairing or purchasing big-ticket items, such as HVAC units, which could cost as much as $150 thousand for a KCTCS building.

“Over the last several years, we have looked for a number of ways to cut costs,” Box said. “Energy savings performance contracts are paying off in a big way for us, and we continuously seek additional savings in all areas of our system.”

Currently, seven KCTCS colleges are participating in a second round of energy savings performance contracting and are guaranteed savings exceeding $38.8 million over the life of the contracts. The first round of energy savings performance contracting resulted in savings exceeding $28 million for the 16 KCTCS colleges.

The KCTCS System Office in Versailles also recently earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star certification. ENERGY STAR certified buildings are verified to perform in the top 25 percent of buildings nationwide, based on energy use that takes into account occupancy, hours of operation and other key metrics.

From Kentucky Community and Technical College System on the KyForward website.

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UofL Envirome Institute adds Center for Healthy Air, Water and Soil to portfolio; Smith named director

The Envirome Institute at the University of Louisville has absorbed a new center and named a former city official as director.

Theodore “Ted” Smith, Ph.D., the former chief of civic innovation for the Office of the Mayor, Louisville Metro Government, and CEO of Revon Systems of Crestwood, Ky., has been named director of the Center for Healthy Air, Water and Soil (CHAWS). The center was formerly known as the Institute for Healthy Air, Water and Soil and was absorbed from Community Foundation fiscal sponsorship. It has evolved to become a research center in the Envirome Institute.

“In Ted Smith, we have a skilled leader who will help us lead environmental health research into the next century,” said Aruni Bhatnagar, Ph.D., director of the Envirome Institute and the Smith and Lucille Gibson Chair in Medicine at UofL. “His expertise in directing programs in environmental health will be invaluable as we ramp up the work of the Envirome Institute generally and the Center for Health Air, Water and Soil specifically.”

CHAWS has a mission to create a healthier Louisville by building a modern urban laboratory that supports innovative research projects driven by a health in all policies philosophy.

“The center combines people and data to encourage new conversations and new solutions to health challenges in the Louisville community,” Bhatnagar said. “Through citizen empowerment and inventive technology, we can improve the health and harmony of our world.”

CHAWS is the first new center announced to be part of the Envirome Institute that was established in June 2018 with a $5 million gift from the Owsley Brown II Family Foundation to support the first research facility dedicated to the study of the human envirome. Taking a holistic approach to researching how the human-environment interrelationship impacts peoples’ lives, the institute builds on Bhatnagar’s pioneering work in the field of environmental cardiology.

The institute incorporates community engagement and citizen science to introduce a singular, new approach to the study of health, Smith said. It works to create actionable knowledge about all forms of health and how they are affected by the environment beyond the genomic aspect of citizens.

Read the full article on the UofL News website.

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NPPR Briefing available for viewing

The National Pollution Prevention Roundtable recently hosted an online briefing to highlight current activities and future plans for the organization. Over 70 people joined in on the discussion, which included an overview of the organization, advocacy efforts, workgroups, upcoming events, and membership. NPPR Workgroup leaders will be following up during September with individuals who attended the webinar and selected interest in specific workgroups.

The webinar recording, entitled “NPPR Briefing August 2018”, has been published and is available for viewing on the KPPC YouTube channel. A timestamped agenda is provided in the description below the video to allow navigation to agenda topics of interest.

View the recorded NPPR Briefing webinar.

Join NPPR today and your membership will be extended through December 2019!


More than 100 Work Ready Skills Initiative proposals submitted to workforce development cabinet

The Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet received 112 project pre-applications — totaling more than $510 million in requests —for first-round funding consideration through the Commonwealth’s new $100 million statewide workforce development bond fund.

Announced by Gov. Matt Bevin, Education and Workforce Development Cabinet Secretary Hal Heiner and Cabinet for Economic Development Acting Secretary Erik Dunnigan in July, the Kentucky Work Ready Skills Initiative is aimed at developing a highly trained, modernized workforce to meet the needs of employers and promote sustainable incomes for Kentuckians.

Individual project funding requests range from $40,000 – $28 million. Proposals came from all 10 state workforce areas and addressed a wide array of key industry sectors, including manufacturing, health, technology, transportation and trades.

“The response to this program has been truly astounding,” said Bevin. “It dramatically underscores both the needs of our private sector employers and the willingness of our educational institutions and community partners to address those needs.”

The Work Ready Skills Initiative infuses resources to expand career and technical education facilities and to upgrade equipment in those schools to current and future industry standards through local partnerships between private industry and educational institutions. The locally driven initiatives will train and educate workers to meet the workforce needs of Kentucky’s employers now and in the future.

Eligible projects include: construction and equipping of a new facility to provide workforce training and education, renovation or enhancement of an existing facility, purchase of new or upgraded equipment, and first-year marketing expenses.

Applicants must provide at least a 10 percent financial match for all projects, and required partners include: private sector employers, high school/secondary technical schools and postsecondary institutions.

“Local business, education and community leaders across the Commonwealth have expressed great enthusiasm for this initiative,” said Heiner. “They appreciate that unlike traditional top-down government mandates, this program provides communities the opportunity to identify their individual needs and to develop grassroots, sustainable solutions.”

Read the full announcement on the KyForward website.


Schneider Electric Introduces New Sustainability Reporting Tools

– New functionality in EcoStruxure™ Resource Advisor collects and integrates data into surveys for CDP and other key reporting frameworks

– Upgrades offer sustainability teams insight into program improvements and year-long visibility into progress toward goals

Energy and sustainability expert Schneider Electric today announced new external reporting features in the company’s cloud-based enterprise software platform EcoStruxure™ Resource Advisor. The updates will enable organizations to turn sustainability disclosure into an ongoing process and better use data collected throughout the year, reducing the stress and associated expense of reporting season.

“Companies are under increasing pressure from customers and investors to improve transparency
on environmental and sustainability performance,” said Steve Wilhite, senior vice president of Energy & Sustainability Services, Schneider Electric. “These enhancements will allow sustainability teams to take their reporting to the next level, and free up valuable time to focus on projects and initiatives that move the needle and help meet targets.”

Resource Advisor, which supports more than 4,500 clients in over 300,000 sites globally, lets organizations track and manage sustainability programs on one centralized platform, increasing the speed and accuracy of data collection and reporting. The software currently analyzes more than 400 different data streams across economic, environmental and social indicators. It is also used to expand companies’ sustainability strategies into the supply chain.

The new features in Resource Advisor automate reporting end-to-end, including data validation, internal collaboration, task management and quality control. Sustainability teams now have access to a library of templates for reporting frameworks, such as CDP, GRESB and GRI, and can map data to multiple frameworks that require similar information. The software also helps pinpoint areas for future improvements, providing continual insight into progress toward organizational commitments.

“Sustainability and profitability are linked, and reporting on environmental progress is key to strengthening that connection,” said Paul Robins, head of partnerships at CDP, the leading climate research provider and disclosure platform. “So for an ever-growing list of companies it’s not a question of ‘why,’ but ‘how’. Tools such as Resource Advisor not only make data collection and disclosure efficient, they help uncover opportunities to refine and accelerate climate action.”

Read the full announcement on the PRNewswire website.


Supply base turns a deeper shade of green

An industry transformation has occurred in the 10 years since the economic crash of 2008, when automakers and suppliers alike were facing layoffs, bankruptcies and an unclear future.

The North American auto industry is now heavily invested in more environmentally conscious products, lower-emission vehicles, components made of lighter-weight materials, vehicle systems that siphon off less engine power, and a widespread adoption of electric technologies and more efficient factory processes.

From the anguish and ashes of 2008 arose a decade of the greening of the auto industry.
At the moment, political uncertainties are hovering over the industry effort. The Trump administration has taken steps to ease off the drive, offering lower fuel-efficiency regulatory targets that could influence technology strategies in the years ahead. But in interviews with suppliers across the industry over the past two years, it is apparent that companies are determined to keep up their push to greener vehicles.

“Making products with increased fuel efficiency or lower emissions is just good business,” says BorgWarner spokeswoman Kathy Graham. “Eight or 10 years ago, fuel economy came at about 25th on the list of customer needs and wants. Since the recession, customers are asking for better fuel efficiency and lower emissions. The future is in being sustainable.”

BorgWarner moved into numerous new green technologies after the recession. Its “cam torque actuated” variable cam timing system, which launched in the Subaru Forester in 2011, helped Subaru meet U.S. super ultra low emissions vehicle standards. In 2016, BorgWarner invested in its plant in Water Valley, Miss., to produce its Eco-Launch hydraulic accumulator and solenoid valves, which enabled fast and smooth engine restarts for Cadillac’s new fuel-saving stop-start engine systems.

The industry’s 10-year transformation has been huge.

Since 2008, automakers have spent more than $63 billion to upgrade and modernize 100 auto plants, with $12 billion more in investments planned through 2020. Much of that commitment has been aimed at improving fuel-economy strategies, such as Ford Motor Co.’s overhaul of its truck factory in Louisville, Ky., to build its popular F-150 pickups with aluminum bodies, or Nissan Motor Co.’s investment to put the electric Leaf into production in Smyrna, Tenn.

Suppliers followed suit.

A report published this year by a partnership of environmental and union interests calculated that one-third of American auto industry manufacturing and engineering jobs rely on producing green products.

“Building clean vehicle technology directly supports 288,000 manufacturing and engineering jobs in the United States,” reported the joint study by Natural Resources Defense Council and the BlueGreen Alliance, a consortium of labor unions and environmental advocates.

The jobs are at more than 1,200 factories and engineering facilities in 48 states, the report concluded. The authors conducted the research to illustrate the point that the industry’s pursuit of greener parts and vehicles was not merely an environmental effort, but also an economic one.

Read the full article on the AutoNews website.


The U.S. EPA pulls funding from the Pollution Prevention Information Network

The Environmental Sustainability Resource Center (ESRC) and the Pollution Prevention ESRC-Logo120x120Resource Exchange (P2Rx™), formerly a national network of regional information centers, will be shutting down as a result of the U.S. EPA no longer funding the Pollution Prevention Information Network (PPIN). KPPC began to receive this funding back in 2011 to assume administration of the operational objectives of the ESRC from the North Carolina Department of Natural Resources.

These objectives have been to provide technical environmental sustainability information and training to industrial service providers in EPA Regions 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.

A key resource that emerged from the PPIN funding and has evolved over the years is the ESRC website ( which represents and makes available a collection of sustainability and pollution prevention resources.  This web content will remain available for a short time after the funding ends while KPPC works to evaluate and migrate valuable web content and products to the website.  Web content on the ESRC website will no longer be maintained as the site becomes static beginning October 1, 2018.  A status of any ESRC content that is migrated will be provided in a future edition of the SSP and announced on the KPPC website.


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 Jennifer Kefer:

A simple truth: Energy efficiency is good for manufacturers’ bottom lines

If a manufacturer can produce the same amount of product using less energy, why wouldn’t it? The strategy makes perfect economic “cents”: If a company spends less on energy, it will have more resources available to expand output, to pay its employees or to invest in researching and developing new products.

Earlier this summer, my organization decided to find out if manufacturers have discovered this simple truth. We examined 160 of the nation’s largest companies from industries as diverse as health care and apparel to chemicals and the automotive sector to find out their various levels of commitment to energy efficiency. Our research found that 69 of these companies (43 percent) clearly recognize the benefits of energy efficiency and have established robust public targets to reduce power consumption.

Energy efficiency may not have popular appeal like strategies for procuring wind or solar electricity. But for companies that want to save money — and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the process — energy efficiency is an essential part of the business plan. Remarkably, we found that more companies have set energy efficiency targets than renewable energy goals. With good reason: The cheapest energy is the energy you don’t have to produce in the first place. In short, energy efficiency is good for the bottom line.

Our conversations with manufacturers certainly back this up. ArcelorMittal, the world’s largest steel producer, reports annual savings of $257 million from energy-saving technologies at its U.S. facilities. Cummins, a major U.S. manufacturer of heavy-duty engines, components and power generators, estimates that the company has saved $40 million to $50 million each year through its energy efficiency efforts. Agri-food processor Cargill has slashed energy use by 16 percent since adopting targets in 1999, generating annual savings of more than $100 million in energy costs. (Editor’s note: You can learn more about all three companies’ efficiency programs as part of a Sept. 6 webcast organized by Ceres and the Alliance for Industrial Efficiency.)

These leaders are not alone. In fact, the 190 companies in the Department of Energy’s Better Plants Program collectively have saved $4.2 billion in energy costs through energy efficiency programs. That’s $4.2 billion that can be used to make better products and to build a better economy for U.S. businesses.

Energy efficiency helps manufacturers save money, improve operations, motivate and inspire staff and even improve workplace safety, all while boosting bottom lines.

But energy efficiency does more than help the bottom line. Our conversations with manufacturers revealed a suite of unexpected benefits.

Larry Fabina, manager of continuous Improvement for ArcelorMittal, described how the company has installed variable speed drives over the last decade to control the speed of motors, fans and pumps at its facilities. Doing so has prolonged the life of its equipment, reducing downtime and maintenance costs and improved worker safety.

The company historically had replaced an average of two motors and two fans out of the 42 in operation at its Burns Harbor, Indiana, plant each year. Since installing the variable speed drives, those replacements have plummeted, with only a handful of failures in the past eight years. That simple improvement not only has led to energy savings of $200,000 annually, it also has allowed ArcelorMittal employees to avoid making physically challenging repairs in hot conditions at elevated heights. With this upgrade, the company not only reduced its energy and maintenance costs, it also improved worker safety and freed up time for other projects.

Read the full article on the GreenBiz website for examples of how leading companies with a commitment to efficiency has meant looking beyond the factory walls.

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

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Upcoming Training, Events and Conferences

  • Clean Energy Finance: Green Banking Strategies for Local Governments
    Local governments are pursuing innovative financing to support energy efficiency, renewable energy and other clean energy investments in their operations and communities. Learn about exciting advancements in green banking in the United States and how these strategies can help local governments pursue their environmental, energy, and economic priorities.
    October 1 at 1:00 p.m. EDT
    Register for this webinar.
  • 16th Global Conference on Sustainable Manufacturing
    The Institute for Sustainable Manufacturing at the University of Kentucky, together with the Technical University of Berlin, and Fraunhofer IPK, cordially invites you to the 16th Global Conference on Sustainable Manufacturing (GCSM). The GCSM serves as a forum for academics, researchers, and specialists from international universities, research institutes and Industry working on topics related to sustainable manufacturing to share research advances and engage in intellectual dialogue.
    October 2 through 4 – Lexington, KY
    Find out more and register for this conference.
  • Behavior, Energy & Climate Change Conference
    The Behavior, Energy & Climate Change Conference (BECC) is the premier international conference focused on understanding human behavior and decision making and using that knowledge to accelerate the transition to a low-carbon future. Currently in its 12th year, BECC is associated with a growing set of allied conferences in Europe and Asia.
    October 7 through 10 – Washington, D.C.
    Find out more and register for this conference.
  • The Path to Holistic Energy Management
    GreenBiz Research, in partnership with Siemens Building Technologies, will present the findings and recommendations from research that explores how large companies can effectively manage energy in a holistic manner. You’ll learn about the major drivers of strategies, the barriers to action and the opportunities to accelerate project adoption across energy efficiency, supply and generation.
    October 9 at 1:00 p.m. EDT
    Register for this GreenBiz webinar.
  • VERGE 18 conference – Where Technology Meets Sustainability
    The VERGE 18 conference and expo is the platform for accelerating a clean economy. The event convenes a high-powered audience of more than 2,500 leaders — from companies and utilities, city and regional governments, policymakers, NGOs, solution providers and startups — to explore scalable solutions at the intersection of technology and sustainability within three dynamic and influential markets: clean energy, transportation and mobility and the circular economy.
    October 16 through 18 – Oakland, CA
    Find out more and register for this conference and expo.
  • 2018 Sustainability Summit @ University of Louisville
    Join us for the 2018 Louisville Sustainability Summit where we expect that over 250 members of our community will connect to discover successes, identify opportunities, and creatively learn from each other about real steps to create this culture at your place of work, worship, and learning. This is Louisville’s annual opportunity for everyone interested in sustainability to gather under one roof. The 5th annual Sustainability Summit is hosted by the Louisville Sustainability Council and the Metro Louisville Office of Sustainability.
    October 19 – Louisville, KY
    Learn more and register for the 2018 Sustainability Summit.
  • Sustainable Spirits Summit 2018
    Since 2011, the Division of Compliance Assistance, in collaboration with the Kentucky Distillers’ Association, has been bringing members of the distillery, brewery and winery industries together via an annual Sustainable Spirits Summit. In these summits, attendees discuss and share their experiences about current environmental issues and aspire to shape future opportunities for Kentucky’s spirits sector. Please join us at this year’s summit as we discuss the challenges of sustainable growth.
    October 23 – Angel’s Envy Distillery
    Find out more, view the agenda and register for this event.



  • Minimizing Water Use in Mechanical/HVAC Systems
    Facilities with extensive heating and cooling requirements can still be water-efficient. Optimizing your heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) system efficiency will help save your facility water, energy, and money. EPA’s WaterSense program will teach you how to reduce water waste in cooling towers and steam boilers, optimize chilled water systems, and address equipment that uses single-pass cooling water.
    October 17 at 1:00 p.m. EDT
  • Waste Management: Strategies for a Successful Recycling Program
    A brief overview of waste tracking in Portfolio Manager, and to hear recycling best management practices and strategies from The Recycling Partnership. Tips on how to audit your current waste stream, educate tenants, and increase your recycling rates will also be shared.
    October 18, 2018 at 1:00 pm EDT
  • Overview of CBECS Survey Used to Refresh ENERGY STAR Scores
    An overview of the Commercial Building Energy Consumption Survey (CBECS) data published by the Energy Information Administration. A representative from EIA will provide details on the survey such as what it is, the purpose for carrying out CBECs, methodology, data collected, and who uses the data. We’ll also discuss how EPA uses CBECS data, such as for refreshing ENERGY STAR scores.
    October 25 at 2:00 p.m. EDT


View these plus more ENERGY STAR training opportunities and to register.


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