August, 2019 – Volume 12, Issue 8
Yum! Brands 2018 Global Citizenship & Sustainability progress update
Studying sustainability’s spillover effect
Bendix workforce across North America practices living and working sustainably
GreenBiz: How to create a ripple effect from your sustainability team
Shining the Light on Solar Panel Recycling: A Status Update
The Resource Recycling Conference and Trade Show
KY EXCEL Solar Energy Workshop
EPA Energy Star Portfolio Manager Training
22nd Annual Pollution Prevention Conference & Tradeshow
The 2019 Best Practices Expo & Conference
North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) Conference
How to Apply for the ENERGY STAR
Discovering Energy Savings with Treasure Hunts
ENERGY STAR – Portfolio Manager Webinars
Building Operator Certification (BOC) Level I training begins September 11, 2019
Another round of the Building Operator Certification training program Level I classes has been scheduled to begin on September 11, 2019 in Frankfort, Kentucky.
Building Operator Certification (BOC) is a nationally recognized, competency-based program focusing on energy-efficient building operations and preventive maintenance procedures. The program will train facility personnel to understand how their building systems work together, and how to bring them to their most efficient level of operation.
The Kentucky Energy and Environment (KEEC) Cabinet and the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (MEEA) have collaborated to continue the availability of the Building Operator Certification (BOC) program in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. KPPC will provide coaching to training participants for assistance with course assignments and facility-level operations to enhance the training effectiveness and increase implementation rates.
Building Operator Certification (BOC) training includes nearly 74 hours of classroom and project work (7.4 CEUs) in building systems operation and maintenance. Each class in the series is completed in one day, except BOC 1001 – Energy Efficient Operation of Building HVAC Systems, which is a two day class. To complete the series, participants must pass a test at the end of each training day and complete five assigned projects. Tuition must be paid prior to the first day of class.
Find out how to register for Building Operator Certification classes beginning September 11th.
Celebrate National Pollution Prevention Week – September 16-22
This year’s National Pollution Prevention (P2) Week begins on September 16, 2019.
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.
Louisville falls behind other cities for energy efficiency
By Haley Cawthon
– Reporter, Louisville Business First
Louisville has made strides towards creating clean energy, but data from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, says it has substantial room for improvement.
The nonprofit council tracks policy efforts to advance renewable energy and ranks cities on energy efficiency through a “City Clean Energy Scorecard.”
Louisville ranks 55 out of 75 U.S. cities in the 2019 scorecard, which was released July 24, 2019. The scorecard ranks each city’s efforts in five key areas including: local government operations, community-wide initiatives, buildings policies, energy and water utilities and transportation policies.
Louisville is not alone in its struggle to implement climate goals. According to a news release, one-third of the 75 cities surveyed haven’t set greenhouse gas reduction targets, and those with targets are not fully tracking their progress.
Boston took the No. 1 spot on the energy scorecard because of its stringent building energy code. It scored 77.5 out of a possible 100, while Louisville came in with just 22.5. Here’s a few highlights of Louisville’s score:
Local government greenhouse gas emissions
Louisville’s local government operations received a 3 out of a possible 9 points for its energy-reduction and renewable energy goals. ACEEE says the city tracks building energy use and retrofits buildings using energy savings performance contracts. But, there are few other initiatives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from local government operations, according to the report.
Transportation goals not on track
Move Louisville, the city’s 20-year multi-modal plan announced in 2016, was created to fix and maintain existing infrastructure and reduce the number of miles residents drive by providing and improving mobility options.
ACEEE says Louisville is not on track to meet the goal to reduce vehicle miles traveled to 500,000 miles daily by 2040. Even so, Louisville scored slightly better than the median score of 8.5 for the transportation category — receiving 9 out of 30 possible points.
Yum! Brands 2018 Global Citizenship & Sustainability progress update
Highlights Company’s Commitment to Socially Responsible Growth
KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell parent advances agenda around priority areas of food, planet and people
LOUISVILLE, Ky., Jul. 30 /CSRwire/ – Yum! Brands, Inc. (NYSE: YUM) today released its 2018 Global Citizenship & Sustainability Progress Update, outlining the Company’s work to advance its citizenship and sustainability agenda around its strategic focus areas of Food, Planet and People.
“As a global citizen, Yum! Brands believes in acting responsibly as we grow KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell around the world when it comes to serving food people trust, growing sustainably and unlocking potential in our people,” said Greg Creed, CEO, Yum! Brands, Inc. “I couldn’t be more proud of the tremendous progress our organization has made over the past year to advance our Recipe for Good agenda and to drive socially responsible growth and manage risk.”
The Company’s citizenship and sustainability strategy, called its Recipe for Good, plays an important role in uniting customers, employees, franchisees and the supply chain around its most material issues. Yum! is focused on leveraging its scale and the power of its brands to help address global issues including working to remove antibiotics important to human medicine in its food production, expanding its deforestation commitments and progressing its work around diversity and inclusion.
The content in the 2018 Global Citizenship & Sustainability Progress Update reflects key announcements and commitments made since Yum! published its first investor-grade report last year.
Studying sustainability’s spillover effect
Bad news hurts more than good news helps.
The Spillover Effect Studies conducted by researchers at Wheaton College, the University of Northern Kentucky, and East Carolina University explored how news about supply chain operations related to triple bottom line sustainability can have an impact on consumer perceptions.
John Elkington, a global authority on corporate responsibility and sustainable development, first coined the term “triple bottom line” 25 years ago. The TBL concept is a sustainability framework that examines a company’s social, environmental, and economic impact.
Many refer to the framework as the three Ps: people, planet, and profits.
In a Harvard Business Review article from June 2018, Elkington hoped to broaden the TBL concept beyond corporate accounting and a tradeoff mentality to encompass a more strategic approach to embracing all three bottom lines simultaneously.
Elkington argued that TBL has not been broadly implemented beyond a few leading companies or B-corporations (those legally required to embrace purpose beyond profit to include environmental and social outcomes).
So, the Spillover Effect Studies tackled the value of all three bottom lines by exploring the impact of supply chain news—both positive initiatives and unintended negative outcomes—and consumer perceptions of this information.
Good news vs. bad news
When information about a company or product—which may be unrelated to the actual quality of the product—influences whether or not a consumer purchases the item, this is called the spillover effect.
For example, in a study on spillover effect, a newspaper article that relayed positive information about the shock absorption of a pair of shoes improved consumers’ perception of the quality of the support, durability, and comfort of the shoe.
These attributes are not necessarily connected to shock absorption. Similarly, for a produce brand, a recall of one product (such as spinach) could potentially reduce consumers’ perceptions of the health benefits of that product in the future.
Alternately, negative information relayed about shock absorption could lead consumers to believe the shoe also had inadequate support, durability, and comfort. It probably comes as no surprise that negative information has a much greater spillover effect than positive, and further, that spillover effects go beyond product attributes.
As the Accenture study found, news about TBL initiatives can indeed spill over into consumer concerns about product quality and affect their willingness to buy. The Spillover Effect Studies explored how significant the effect was across economic, environmental, and social news.
This is an excerpt from a recent Produce Blueprints quarterly journal. Read the full version on the Produce Blueprints website.
Bendix workforce across North America practices living and working sustainably
As part of the annual Knorr-Bremse/Bendix Values Day, this month more than 2,500 Bendix men and women across North America are taking part in educational and volunteer opportunities to tackle the goal of eliminating waste. Among the activities, at Bendix headquarters in Elyria, team members planted a community garden and participated in the “Escape the Waste” team challenge.
From eliminating single-use plastic to planting a community garden and attending workshops on reducing waste, Bendix employees are learning how to live and work more sustainability. Across North America this month, more than 2,500 Bendix men and women are taking part in educational and volunteer opportunities to tackle one major goal: eliminating waste.
Their activities are happening in conjunction with the annual Knorr-Bremse/Bendix Values Day and are taking place throughout July. This year’s efforts focus on fulfilling the United Nations’ (UN) Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 12: Responsible Consumption and Production. The UN’s SDGs are a set of objectives to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. As a global company and part of the international community, Bendix aims to positively contribute to all the SDGs, with a particular focus on SDG 12 and SDG 13 (Climate Action) through its long-standing corporate sustainability strategy. For Values Day 2019, Bendix employees throughout the U.S., Canada, and Mexico are working toward reducing waste in their workplace and homes.
On July 10, nearly 600 employees who work at Bendix’s Elyria headquarters gathered to celebrate Values Day. Throughout the day, they learned from visiting experts, put themselves to the test with zero-waste competitions, and planted a community garden.
The day kicked off with a panel of speakers from three local, sustainably focused companies. These entrepreneurs raised awareness among Bendix employees on a range of topics, including food waste, composting, and responsible water consumption.
After the panel, 30 employees worked together to plant a community garden consisting of flowers, herbs, berries and vegetables. The garden will be overseen by the Bendix Elyria Green Team – a group of employees focused on zero-waste goals. Members will care for the garden and donate the proceeds to local nonprofits.
Other employees participated in the “Escape the Waste” team challenge. In the activity, inspired by popular “escape room” games, teams of eight solved clues to unlock a zero-waste kit, which would help them live sustainable lives. This game helped educate participants on zero-waste programs currently implemented at Bendix and raised awareness on ways to help employees reduce waste in their personal lives as well.
The day concluded with a Sustainability Fair, where both internal and external vendors provided insight on being eco-conscious. To encourage employees to commit to eliminating waste, a Sustainable Living Pledge was created for those who promised to “say goodbye” to plastic straws, plastic bags, plastic water bottles, and Styrofoam. After signing the pledge, each employee had a chance to dunk one of the company’s leaders by taking a toss at the Bendix Leadership Dunk Tank.
As a company, Bendix also pledged to eliminate waste by banning certain items. The bans – which are now corporate policy – include Styrofoam, single-use plastic bottles and single-use plastic utensils. All Bendix locations agreed not to purchase, procure, or utilize any of these items at their locations or at off-site events. This is part of the zero-waste initiative to eliminate not only industrial waste, but general food and office waste as well.
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 Nikki Pava:
How to create a ripple effect from your sustainability team
The following is an excerpt from the recently released paperback edition of “Green Wisdom: A Guide for Anyone to Start, Engage and Energize a Sustainability Team,” by Nikki Pava
The book highlights the Green Wisdom shared by the Sustainability Team leaders from some of the most innovative brands — how their teams originated, how they embed their work into the corporate business model, how they re-inspire members when momentum decreases, and the best practices they use to promote team unity. The stories, tools and frameworks serve as inspiration for leaders to do good, to create valuable and engaging initiatives for employees and to show the same level of commitment to their company’s social and environmental values as they dedicate to making a profit.
Inspiring your company to ‘walk the talk’
Many companies interviewed for this book walk their talk by striving to get closer to overall zero waste. Each year, they calibrate their operations to find better ways to reuse or recycle so their waste output number decreases. For well-established companies, drastic changes can be challenging and unnerving. Thankfully, huge improvements can be achieved in small steps when everyone on the team works together.
A suggestion about workspace layout made by a Green Team volunteer who works in the shipping department at Dr. Bronner’s made a huge impact on decreasing waste output in 2017. By merely changing the manner in which it collects and processes waste, the company was able to see a significant drop in waste output, even while production increased. “That’s a win that we’ve been able to see in the last year,” Shiber-Knowles reflects.
While the Green Team at Dr. Bronner’s will analyze and reduce the company’s waste output first, the team is excited to tackle many aspects of sustainability that will motivate a bigger cross-section of the entire company over time. “I anticipate that we will touch all aspects of our environmental footprint and potential handprint over the coming years,” Shiber-Knowles shares. “We have a solid foundation for tackling our waste goals first, and I imagine we’ll next look at water use and electricity, start an on-site composting process, and we’ll probably do some cool water and grey water projects.
“By merely changing the manner in which it collects and processes waste, the company was able to see a significant drop in waste output, even while production increased.
Shiber-Knowles says that the team members at Dr. Bronner’s have also talked about researching more effective construction and demolition practices and installing hand dryers in all bathrooms, in addition to focusing on their social and environmental purchasing policy. With so many potential areas to contribute, she believes that even more team members will be excited about contributing their energy and green wisdom into at least one project.
Mountain Rose Herbs is another business that is walking its talk and taking responsibility for their actions through their waste reduction initiatives, all of which have been greatly influenced and inspired by the efforts of its Green Team members.
In 2015, MRH diverted 96.2 percent of its waste. This means that only 3.8 percent of all material that left the company’s site went to landfill. As a result, MRH became the first TRUE Zero Waste Certified company in Oregon by Green Business Certification Inc. The title is a big victory for the company and a motivating factor to continue striving towards 100 percent waste diversion. While this feat required buy-in from all levels of the company, Bascue attributes the Zero Waste award to the Green Team and facilities staff. “Our facilities crew members are really the ones who made this happen,” she says. “They sort every piece of material that’s put in the trash bin and all the different bins. They examine the material and decide whether it can be upcycled or recycled. Without our devoted staff, we couldn’t have achieved this goal.”
For MRH, packing peanuts represent one of the challenges embedded in that last 4 percent. Dry herbs sourced from vendors in the Pacific Northwest arrive at their facility with minimal packing waste. However, despite requesting that their vendors stop using packing peanuts, the fragile items that MRH sells, such as teapots and tincture containers, continue to arrive at their headquarters surrounded by the small, puffy, pieces of styrofoam.While it would be easier to put the peanuts into the dumpster, Mountain Rose Herbs dedicates time and energy into finding a way to recycle or reuse them.
The company could simply externalize the issue, passing along the peanuts to those who purchase the fragile items, but Bascue knows that MRH customers would not appreciate opening a package awash in tiny little pieces of styrofoam — even if MRH is reusing the material.
To ensure that the little peanuts do not end up in a landfill, a Green Team member from the receiving department formulated a simple solution. MRH formed relationships with local non-profit organizations that can use or recycle the styrofoam peanuts. A point person in the Receiving Department collects, sorts and stores the peanuts in large bags before transporting them to the new location. “It is challenging to find a partner who will consistently take the volume [of styrofoam peanuts] that we have,” admits Bascue.
While it would be easier to put the peanuts into the dumpster once the boxes of breakable teapots from other parts of the world are opened, Mountain Rose Herbs walks its talk by dedicating time and energy into finding a way to recycle or reuse these small plastic bits.Analyzing and fine-tuning waste processes is one of the many ways the Green Team members work together on issues that have a direct impact on the entire company. Though their work was not motivated by winning prestigious awards, being named the first TRUE Zero Waste company in the state sure doesn’t hurt.
The green wisdom ripple effect
Walking the talk isn’t easy. Sometimes it means overhauling decades-old operational systems or tracing sustainability issues down the supply chain and asking people on the other side of the world to change their behavior. But as these examples show, your relentless commitment to positive action, even within a small group, can transform the way a whole industry does business.Whether it starts at the top or the bottom, awareness and care at any level changes how people relate to their roles and can lead to solutions that reach far beyond the company doors.
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Upcoming Training, Events and Conferences
- Shining the Light on Solar Panel Recycling: A Status Update
The solar energy market has grown significantly in the past few years. With the increasing number of solar panels being sold and installed in the United States each year, solar panels are ending up in the waste stream as well. This webinar will cover the basics of the solar panel technology design and will explore the impact of these solar panels on the waste management and recycling systems of today.
August 22 @ 1:00 p.m.
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- The Resource Recycling Conference and Trade Show
he Resource Recycling Conference and Trade Show, in partnership with the The Recycling Partnership, Association of Plastic Recyclers and National Recycling Coalition, is the must-attend conference for the recycling industry’s most influential policy leaders, CEOs and government officials. The conference, now entering its 10th year, is your opportunity to network with clients, prospective partners, vendors and top materials management decision-makers all in one location, saving you precious time and travel expenses.
August 26-28, 2019 – New Orleans, LA
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- KY EXCEL Solar Energy Workshop
KY EXCEL, Kentucky’s environmental leadership program, invites you to join us for a interactive day of learning the “ins and outs” of how to access solar energy and manage electricity. This is a great educational and networking opportunity for all of Kentucky’s current and developing stewards and environmental educators.
August 26, 2019- Frankfort, KY
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- EPA Energy Star Portfolio Manager Training
The Louisville Energy Alliance, in partnership with Louisville Metro Government’s Office of Sustainability, invite you to attend a free ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager training session. The training will consist of a one-hour webinar hosted by an ENERGY STAR professional followed by on-site assistance with entering data into the software.
September 17, 2019 – Spalding University, Louisville, KY
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- 22nd Annual Pollution Prevention Conference & Tradeshow
For the past twenty two years, the Indiana Partners for Pollution Prevention (Partners) have sponsored a statewide pollution prevention conference and trade show. Conference topics have ranged from new and innovative pollution prevention technologies being used in Indiana to training on how pollution prevention (P2) can save facilities money.
September 18, 2019 – Indianapolis, IN
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- The 2019 Best Practices Expo & Conference
The BEST PRACTICES 2019 conference is designed to educate and provide tools to the people who make industrial utility projects happen at a factory. Factory personnel (General Managers, Production Managers, Energy Managers, Plant Engineers, Maintenance Managers) will convene here to identify Key Performance Indicators, learn to measure them and identify projects to reduce kW and H2O consumption per unit of product produced.
October 13-16, 2019 – Nashville, TN
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- North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) Conference
With more than 1,000 formal and nonformal environmental educators from more than thirty countries, this conference is one of the largest gatherings of environmental educators in the world. This year’s conference focuses on educating for a more just and sustainable future, building on the three interwoven pillars of sustainability—social equity, shared prosperity, and environmental integrity.
October 16-19, 2019 – Lexington, KY
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EPA ENERGY STAR webinars:
- How to Apply for the ENERGY STAR
Learn about applying for ENERGY STAR Certification in Portfolio Manager. Understand the value of the ENERGY STAR certification, see the step-by-step process of applying, and gain tips to help your property get from application to award.
September 5, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. ET
- Discovering Energy Savings with Treasure Hunts
During an Energy Treasure Hunt, groups of people walk around a building looking for opportunities to save energy. Treasure Hunts focus on quick fixes with a short payback period. Hundreds of organizations have used Energy Treasure Hunts to reduce their facilities’ energy use by 7 to 15 percent. During this webinar, you’ll hear from two ENERGY STAR partners that have used Treasure Hunts as a way to improve day-to-day operations and engage building operators and employees in “discovering” treasure in their facilities.
September 12, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. ET
Portfolio Manager Series
- 101 – September 11, 2019 at 1 p.m. ET – 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 – September 18, 2019 at 2 p.m. ET – 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 24, 2019 at 1 p.m. ET – 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.
To view these and other sustainability-related events, please visit the KPPC Events Calendar.