March, 2019 – Volume 12, Issue 3
Save money by painting more efficiently
Toyota driving demand for solar power in Ohio Valley
Bioplastics for packaging market to register substantial expansion by 2027
Microsoft expands energy portfolio
GreenBiz: Useful supply chain sustainability resources, all in one place
Spray Paint Efficiency Webinar
Nonylphenol Ethoxylates (NPEs): New EPA Reporting Requirements and Availability of Alternatives Webinar
Environmental Leader & Energy Manager Conference
Sustainable Brands 2019 Conference Detroit
Building Operator Certification Level I Training Series- Eastern Kentucky
ENERGY STAR and Green Building Rating Systems
ENERGY STAR – Portfolio Manager Webinars
Building Operator Certification (BOC) Level I training begins June 13, 2019
Another round of the Building Operator Certification training program Level I classes has been scheduled to begin on June 13, 2019 in Hazard, Kentucky and will be hosted by the Mountain Association for Community Economic Development (MACED).
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.
MACED 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.
LG&E and KU begin building first 500-kilowatt section of Solar Share Program facility
Louisville Gas and Electric Company (LG&E) and Kentucky Utilities Company (KU) recently announced that they have started construction on the first 500-kilowatt section of a new solar facility for the utilities’ Solar Share Program.
“Our customers who are participating in our Solar Share Program are a part of something very special for our community,” Beth McFarland, LG&E and KU vice president–Customer Services, said. “Together, we’re empowering the growth of renewable energy and keeping it local here in Kentucky.”
The Solar Share Program is a subscription-based program designed to enable the utilities’ residential, business and industrial customers to cost-effectively support solar energy. When the shared facility produces energy, customers earn credits on their monthly bills according to their subscription levels.
Approximately 300 of the utilities’ customers will earn bill credits from this first section of solar panels.
The facility is expected to begin producing energy mid-summer.
Ford Motor Company is the first major founding partner in the program.
“Ford is excited to be a founding partner in this renewable energy program as we support the corporate sustainability goal to reduce our carbon footprint,” George Andraos, director of Engineering and Energy for Ford Motor Company, said.
Sustainable bars are the ‘it’ food trend – and Louisville is getting one
An upcoming downtown Louisville cocktail joint has a twist — and it’s more than a lemon peel. It’s about how to make the most of the whole fruit and reduce waste in general.
A sustainable cocktail bar is moving into 114 W. Main St.
You’ve probably heard of sustainable transportation, sustainable gardening and even sustainable fashion, but coming this spring, you can put an environmentally friendly spin on your happy hour, too.
The name of the bar has not yet been released, but Lynsey Trager, a spokesperson for the project, said owners Nickle Morris and Lindsey Johnson intend to open sometime before the 145th Kentucky Derby, set for May 4.
Trager said it was too soon to give specifics on the bar, its cocktail menu or its sustainable practices, but said she’d be releasing more information in the coming weeks.
Sustainable cocktail bars have steadily been building momentum in Europe and Asia for a few years, but the concept is now taking hold in the United States, according to a story published in Fortune last summer.
The idea is for drinks to minimize precious natural resources, conserve energy and minimize pollution. That means sustainably focused bartenders reuse, recycle or upcycle ingredients that would otherwise be put in the trash, the Fortune story says.
““There are so many facets of the drinks business that are incredibly wasteful,” Morris told Drink. “It goes beyond straws and cups. From packaging to menus, coasters and more, to the lack of composting and recycling options. We need to change our habits, redefine expectations for patrons and lead by example. Being accountable is an act of solidarity.”
Save money by painting more efficiently
A webinar to provide spray paint efficiency training will be held on March 28th. This free webinar will cover EPA’s 6H surface coating regulation and the spray efficiency techniques required. Become more familiar with 6H and learn how simple technique refinements can improve paint quality and maximize transfer efficiency.
Companies implementing spray efficiency have saved from thousands to tens of thousands of dollars in annual paint and maintenance costs using these techniques.
This webinar will benefit painters, supervisors, trainers and technical assistance providers.
This training session is co-sponsored by the Pacific Northwest Pollution Prevention Resource Center, the Kentucky Pollution Prevention Center, and the Great Lakes Regional Pollution Prevention Roundtable.
Toyota driving demand for solar power in Ohio Valley
Automaker Toyota is planning to announce a major investment in solar and other renewable energy in Appalachia and the Southeastern U.S. The plan includes a massive new solar facility on an old surface coal mine property in Kentucky.
Sources close to the deal tell the Ohio Valley Resource that the Kentucky site is part of a much larger plan. Toyota plans to purchase as much as 800,000 megawatt hours per year, or roughly 365 megawatts, of renewable energy, primarily from developers in Appalachia and the South.
“A project of this magnitude is certainly significant,” said Alex Hobson, director of communications for the Solar Energy Industries Association, a leading industry research group. “You’re talking enough energy to power about 50,000 homes.”
Toyota has already undertaken ambitious energy efficiency goals, with a similarly sized solar array installed on its headquarters in Plano, Texas. But once completed, Toyota’s solar mega-project would place the automaker among the largest corporate investors in renewable energy.
The portion of the project scheduled to be built in Pike County, Kentucky, is a 15- to 20-year power purchase agreement. Partners in the development include: coal company RH Group; French renewable energy company EDF Renewables; and Adam Edelen, former state auditor and current candidate for governor in Kentucky’s Democratic party primary.
At 100 megawatts, the site would be largest solar array in Kentucky and, according to one of the project’s developers, would likely be visible from space. The project is expected to cost $130 million, will be built on a 700-acre reclaimed surface mine site and could create between 50 and 100 renewable-energy jobs in a region still reeling from the loss of coal employment.
Toyota declined to confirm the scope of the project. A spokesperson issued a written statement hinting at an upcoming announcement. “We have been working with certain electric power providers on a very innovative initiative.”
Developers say the massive project is a smart business decision that happens to make a larger point: It’s proving that Kentucky’s economic future is in energy production, but perhaps that energy won’t be limited to coal and other fossil fuels.
Bioplastics for packaging market to register substantial expansion by 2027
High demand for bioplastics for packaging food and beverage products; consumer goods industry also expected to witness progressive growth in demand during 2017-2027.
Bioplastics are the type of plastics that are either biodegradable or non-biodegradable and are largely used in the packaging of products from various industries such as food and beverages, pharmaceuticals, consumer goods etc. Bioplastics can be rigid or flexible. Rigid bioplastics are used for packaging of bottles, cups, trays, clamshells etc. Manufacturers are investing in research and development to develop bioplastics that are developed from algae and bacteria – these are known as 3rd generation bioplastics.
According to the market analysis, the food and beverage industry is expected to witness maximum demand for bioplastics. The F&B segment is expected to hold a market value of over US$ 12,700 Mn by the end of 2027, growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 15.2% during the forecast period. However, the consumer goods market is also projected to experience growth at a high rate, with a CAGR of 13.3% during the forecast period 2017-2027.
The growing demand for bioplastics from the food and beverage industry is helped by an increasing inclination towards packaged food items.
The busy lifestyles of people have created a high demand for packaged foods and buyers have begun contributing more towards packaged food and beverages. Consumer spending on packaged products has considerably increased in the last few years due to a high disposable income. In this way, huge amounts of plastic packaging waste is created every month, leading to landfill issues. Makers are leaning toward bioplastics over customary plastics. Manufacturers are concerned about the rising packaging waste across the globe.
A high consumption rate of plastic packaging products has created tons of waste across industries. With the rising concern towards sustainability, urban consumers have started buying bioplastics products. As a safe living environment has become one of the major concerns of consumers, they have started preferring bioplastics packaged products over plastic packaged products.
Microsoft expands energy portfolio, partners with Invenergy, EDP Renewables
Following previous partnerships with Sunseap in Signapore, GE in Ireland, and Vattenfall in The Netherlands, Microsoft has announced a brand new pair of partnerships centered on renewable energy. Whereas the aforementioned ones were external to the U.S., these two new ones are domestic.
The first concerns Invenergy, with whom the Redmond giant has a 15-year power purchase agreement (PPA) in place to become the sole offtaker of 74 Megawatts from the former’s Wilkinson Solar Energy Center in North Carolina. This is the largest such facility in the state, and is expected to begin operation later this year, with its construction generating 500 jobs. On the partnership, Brian Janous, Microsoft’s general manager of Energy and Sustainability, had this to say:
“When we invest in renewable energy, we are investing in the future — enabling sustainable growth of our business, of the clean energy sector and the local communities that benefit economically from Microsoft’s commitment to sustainability,”
“Our work with companies like Invenergy is an integral step toward our goal of enabling a clean energy future for everyone. We are pleased our partnership will bring new solar resources to the PJM region.”
For folks not familiar, the PJM region referred to in the quote is the one operated by PJM Interconnection, a regional transmission organization that’s part of the Eastern Interconnection grid which serves Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, as well as the District of Columbia.
In addition to the partnership above, Microsoft also announced a deal with EDP Renewables for two 15-year PPA (power purchase agreements) which would total 125 Megawatts. The electricity will be provided by the Timber Road IV Wind Farm, the construction of which will take place in Ohio’s Paulding County – approved by the state’s Power Siting Board on February 21, 2019.
During construction, the farm is expected to generate 200 “full-time equivalent” jobs, with seven full-time positions being present during regular operation. Timber Road IV is expected to be operational this year, though no exact date was given.
These two partnerships above bring Microsoft’s total directly purchased renewable energy portfolio to almost 1.4 Gigawatts, and represent another step towards the company’s goal of 60% carbon-neutral data center operations by early 2020.
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 Heather Clancy:
Useful supply chain sustainability resources, all in one place
The initial focus of the Supply Chain Solutions Center is on six areas — agriculture, energy, chemicals, waste, forests and freight — and the site can be filtered by those topics.
As more companies hunker down to research and develop specific strategies for addressing the environmental and carbon footprints of their supply chains, the NGO and consulting community has obliged with literally hundreds of helpful resources — ranging from templates to tech toolkits — to guide that journey.
The challenge, frankly, often comes down to figuring out the best place to look for the information.
The Environmental Defense Fund is hoping to make the quest a bit simpler with the launch of what it describes as a “crowdsourced” knowledge resource center for corporate sustainability professionals that aggregates “hundreds” of case studies, strategy templates, executive interviews, webcasts, articles and reports.
The initial focus of the library, dubbed the Supply Chain Solutions Center, is on six areas — agriculture, energy, chemicals, waste, forests and freight — and the site can be filtered by those topics. Examples of such things you might find include case studies from Smithfield Foods, IKEA and Panera Bread, as well as models for corporate chemical policies.
Our goal is to make finding sustainability solutions as easy as finding a movie on Netflix or a song on Spotify.
Aside from EDF itself, the contributors of this wealth of information at launch during GreenBiz 19 include BSR, CDP, Conservation International, Field to Market: The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture, Further with Food, GreenBiz Group (the parent organization of this web site), ReFED, the Sustainability Consortium and the Sustainable Packaging Coalition. Marketing firm Shelton Group designed the site.
Find the latest articles, videos and resources on the GreenBiz website.
Upcoming Training, Events and Conferences
- Spray Paint Efficiency Webinar
This free webinar will cover EPA’s 6H surface coating regulation and the spray efficiency techniques required. Become more familiar with 6H and learn how simple technique refinements can improve paint quality and maximize transfer efficiency. Companies implementing spray efficiency have saved from thousands to tens of thousands of dollars in annual paint and maintenance costs using these techniques.
March 28, 2019 at 2:00 p.m.
Register for this spray efficiency training webinar.
- Nonylphenol Ethoxylates (NPEs): New EPA Reporting Requirements and Availability of Alternatives
Join the United States Environmental Protection Agency Region 5 and Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) Program – in collaboration with Canberra Corporation and ISSA, the Worldwide Cleaning Industry Association – for a webinar about new reporting requirements under TRI, tools to find alternatives, and successful NPE replacements.
April 2 at 2:00 p.m. – Webinar
Register for this informative webinar.
- Environmental Leader & Energy Manager Conference
Unique in its field, the Environmental Leader & Energy Manager Conference (ELEMCON) will help attendees navigate the ever-increasing interaction among energy, sustainability, and environmental professionals. You’ll learn firsthand from an elite group of thought leaders and changemakers who will share case studies from large enterprises that are navigating today’s most complex challenges in energy management and corporate environmental sustainability.
May 13-15, 2019 – Denver, CO
Find out more about this conference and how to register.
- Sustainable Brands 2019 Conference Detroit
The premier event for purpose-driven brand innovation. Navigate your brand’s sustainability journey to deliver business success! SB’19 Detroit will help brands and organizations map their way forward to a sustainable future by equipping product and service innovation teams to deliver The Good Life, engaging marketing/communications teams to support Good Life values, and evolving supplier relationships with principles of The Good Life.
June 3-6, 2019 – Detroit, MI
Find out more and register for this conference.
- Building Operator Certification Level I Training Series- Eastern Kentucky
Building Operator Certification (BOC) training includes nearly 74 hours of classroom and project work (7.4 CEUs) in building systems operation and maintenance. Each course in the series is completed in a one day training session, except BOC 1001 Energy Efficient Operation of Building HVAC Systems, which is a two day course.
Begins June 13, 2019 – Hazard, KY
Find out more about BOC training and register for this series.
EPA ENERGY STAR webinars:
- ENERGY STAR and Green Building Rating Systems
During this session, attendees will learn how to use EPA tools and resources to help meet requirements for green building rating systems such as the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), the Green Globes system, IREM Certified Sustainable Properties, and BOMA BEST.
March 28, 2019 at 12:00 p.m. ET
Portfolio Manager Series
- 101 – April 9, 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 – April 16, 2019 at 1 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 – April 23, 2019 & September 13 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.