September, 2017 – Volume 10, Issue 9
– Energy awareness business breakfast
– Free steam efficiency workshop
– Green lodging trends report
– New chemicals case backlog cleared
– Brewery founders sustainably driven
It is Pollution Prevention Week!
Pollution prevention (P2) means reducing or eliminating sources of pollution to prevent damage to the environment while also eliminating the need for costly controls and cleanup.
EPA works with federal, state and local governments, businesses, non-governmental organizations, and the public to prevent pollution through a variety of voluntary initiatives and partnerships. P2 practices include modifying industrial production processes; using less toxic substances in manufacturing processes and products; using conservation techniques; and reusing materials.
Spray Paint Efficiency Training on November 2, 2017
Will save painting shops money and prevent emissions.
Louisville, KY. – On Thursday, November 2, the Pacific Northwest Pollution Prevention Resource Center (PPRC) is offering a Training in Spray Paint Efficiency co-hosted by the Environmental Sustainability Resource Center (ESRC) at the University of Louisville—Shelby Campus. The training will help painters and managers of any kind of paint shop save money and protect worker health. Two sessions are offered: an afternoon session from noon to 4:00 p.m. EDT (registration and lunch at 11:30 a.m.); and an evening session from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. EDT (registration at 4:00 p.m and dinner at 6:00 p.m.)
This hands-on training will help participants reduce paint material costs, save money, improve air quality, and meet environmental standards. Participants also receive a five year 6H Certification as well as an understanding of NESHAP and 6H surface coating regulations.
The training is for painters and paint shop managers of all kinds and sizes—from collision repair and auto shops to industrial paint shops and fleet management facilities. The training is in English, but Spanish language services are available. The registration fee for the event is 85 dollars, but the fee is well worth the expense for even the smallest paint shops.
Upon completing the training, painters improve their spray efficiency by an average of 20 percent. For most shops, this improvement makes a significant difference. In 2014 PPRC’s spray efficiency program saved businesses over one million dollars in material and other costs as well as preventing over 18,000 pounds of air emissions. An average shop of 10 painters can expect VOC reductions of about 2600 pounds and annual savings of 5,000 to 50,000 dollars.
The head trainer, Ken Grimm, has provided train-the-trainer courses to more than two dozen Community and Technical Colleges in the Pacific Northwest, as well as training to more than 150 collision repair shops and industrial facilities.
Joanna Pierce, Pollution Prevention Coordinator for the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality, has praised Ken’s impact on the Idaho auto body industry: “The STAR program has provided a huge value to Idaho’s auto body industry, helping shops save money and materials, and comply with federal regulations and sending painters out into the workforce educated on spray efficiency techniques and other best practices.”
Covington development is first new construction project in state to use PACE financing for energy efficiency improvements
COVINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 22, 2017) — A new residential and commercial development project being built by Flaherty & Collins Properties at the southwest corner of Fifth and Main Streets in Covington’s Mainstrasse neighborhood will be the first new construction project in Kentucky to use an Energy Project Assessment District (EPAD) to finance energy-efficiency improvements.
In 2015, the Kentucky General Assembly passed legislation that allowed local governments to establish EPAD districts to finance energy-efficiency improvements on commercial, industrial, and multi-family properties. These districts allow Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing to pay for the improvements.
Shortly after the EPAD law was enacted in 2015, the City of Covington became the first city in the state to create the special taxing district and the first to utilize the financing tool when it authorized $750,000 in energy-efficiency improvements to the Ivy Knoll Senior Retirement Community building on Highland Avenue in the city’s Peaselburg neighborhood.
While property owners in Covington and other Kentucky cities have used PACE to finance energy improvements in existing structures, the Flaherty & Collins “RiverHaus” project in Covington is the first new-construction project in state to utilize this financing tool, said Chris Jones, director of Energize Kentucky, the PACE-financing program that the nonprofit Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance operates in Kentucky.
City of Maysville and Mason County team up for energy savings
A process that began more than a year ago with the city and county working together to identify ways to reduce energy costs and consumption has resulted in statewide recognition.
The Department for Local Government and the Energy and Environment Cabinet recently awarded the 2017 Leadership in Energy Management to Mason County Fiscal Court and the City of Maysville for their cooperative working relationship in energy conservation services.
“EEC’s Department for Energy Development and DLG partnered together to recognize energy efficiency efforts by local governments as a method to decrease energy consumption and manage expenses,” said EEC Secretary Charles Snavely. “We are proud of the joint leadership of Mayor (David) Cartmell and Judge-Executive (Joe) Pfeffer in working towards better energy standards in Mason County and the city of Maysville.”
The city and county first began exploring energy saving options in April 2016, when Gregory Copley, program coordinator at the University of Kentucky Center for Applied Energy Research, addressed both concerning energy saving performance contracting, a service which provides local governments with a means to finance facility improvements, addressed delayed maintenance issues and implement energy efficiency.
Both the city and county agreed to the proposal and both underwent energy audits at no cost and received assistance with writing a proposal for an energy services company, or ESCO. An ESCO would help the county:
— Identify and evaluate energy saving opportunities.
— Provide engineering services.
— Order and install equipment.
— Provide long-term energy management.
After the audits were completed and needs identified for projects such as roof or HVAC improvements or light replacement, Ameresco was contracted as the energy services company by the city and county. According to its website, Ameresco’s energy-saving solutions range from upgrades to facility’s energy infrastructure to the development, construction and operation of renewable energy plants combined with tailored financial solutions.
LEA and KAM to host an energy awareness breakfast event for business
This breakfast event will feature industry experts presenting on best practices for optimizing manufacturing processes, energy markets, green manufacturing, and ways several businesses in Kentucky have developed and implemented continuous improvement programs.
Mark Toda, Senior Sustainability Engineer with the Kentucky Pollution Prevention Center, will be participating on the panel of experts to address sustainable manufacturing and will also share about an upcoming training series beginning in November that is designed to help manufacturers integrate green engineering concepts into a circular and cost effective strategy.
The event will be held at the Galt House in Louisville, October 27, 2017, from 8:00am to 10:00 am. A continental breakfast is included.
Space is limited. Visit the KAM website at http://kam.us.com/energy-bkfst/ to register.
Free workshop on steam efficiency September 28th
To assist steam users in Kentucky, the Division of Compliance Assistance (DCA) and the Kentucky Pollution Prevention Center (KPPC) have partnered to provide The Wonders of Steam workshop to be held on September 28, 2017 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Dow Chemical Company faciilty in Louisville, Kentucky. The theme of the workshop is energy savings through steam efficiency and is free to attend.
Steam experts speaking at this workshop will show how maintaining a steam system can save money. Topics to be covered will address the properties of steam, achieving steam efficiency, selection and operation of steam traps, insulating to reduce energy loss and an overview of boiler efficiency and regulations. A workshop agenda is available on the DCA website.
The target audience for this workshop includes facility managers and owners, environmental, health and safety professionals, and representatives of manufacturing and industrial facilities.
If your facility uses steam energy, make plans to attend this free workshop by registering online at https://dca.ticketleap.com/wonders-of-steam/dates/Sep-28-2017_at_0800AM
Green Lodging News, Greenview Launch Green Lodging Trends Report 2017
September 18, 2017 – Green Lodging News, lodging’s leading environmental news source, and Greenview, a leader in advancing hotel sustainability, have released the Green Lodging Trends Report 2017. The second annual report details the results of the Green Lodging Trends Report Survey. The report is based on data from 2,093 hotels in 46 countries and provides industry trends on topics ranging from energy management to communication to—for the first time in its own category—Health & Wellness. The report includes results of 110 best practices in 12 categories.
“I am excited to announce the release of this second annual groundbreaking report,” says Glenn Hasek, Publisher & Editor of Green Lodging News. “This year’s report saw increased participation, thousands of best practices and innovations, and insight into common operational steps hoteliers are taking to reduce their environmental impact while reducing costs and improving the guest and staff experience at the same time. We owe a huge thank you to the survey’s sponsors and supporters for their assistance with this project.”
“Hotels need multiple resources to improve in their journey toward sustainability,” said Grace Kang, Managing Partner at Greenview. “With more data and empirical trends on best practices and visibly by hotel type and geographic region, the Green Lodging Trends Report is the first place a hotel can see what it should be doing to keep pace, and learn what the leaders are doing this year.”
EPA Administrator announces elimination of case backlog
Administrator Scott Pruitt with the Environmental Protection Agency reported on Monday, August 7 that backlog of new chemical cases has been eliminated.
Over 600 new chemicals were ‘stuck’ in the EPA review process when Administrator Pruitt was confirmed. Currently, the caseload is in line with the typical active workload. Administrator Pruitt committed to being a partner in the regulatory process, and ensuring safety for health and the environment, while also seeking ways to allow new chemicals to enter the market quickly, once EPA is assured that the chemical is not likely to present unreasonable risk for the intended and reasonably foreseen uses.
“EPA has a tremendous responsibility to review new chemicals intended to enter the U.S. market for safety,” said Pruitt. “EPA can either be a roadblock to new products, or it can be supporter of innovation and ever-improving chemical safety. I am happy to report that the backlog of new chemical reviews is eliminated. With the ongoing commitment of the staff working on TSCA reviews, and input from stakeholders, our goal is to ensure a new chemicals program that is both protective of human health and the environment, while also being supportive of bringing new chemicals to market.”
The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), amended by the 2016 Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act, ensures that EPA must make an affirmative safety determination before a new chemical can come to market. EPA can request more information from chemical companies if it needs more information to make a safety determination.
EPA Administrator Pruitt isn’t stopping there. He is also committing the Agency to a more predictable and transparent process for making safety determinations through a commitment to following operating principles; continuously improving; and, increasing the transparency in the decision-making for new chemical safety determinations.
“Not only do I support reducing the backlogs that have built up at this Agency, I also encourage continuous improvement and increased transparency,” said EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt.
It’s not just beer and money: What drives West Sixth Brewery founders?
Should business be about more than just making money?
When Ben Self, Brady Barlow, Joe Kuosman and Robin Sither opened Lexington’s West Sixth Brewery five years ago, they thought so.
“We started with the goal of not just making great beer but also having a positive impact on the communities we’re a part of,” Self said.
That meant they wanted their privately held company to be environmentally responsible, philanthropic, supportive of Lexington and other communities where it sells beer and good to their employees.
West Sixth Brewery just published its first annual Sustainability Report, outlining its efforts for the year 2016, and the results were impressive. Among the highlights:
The company has a goal of contributing at least 6 percent of annual profits to non-profit organizations “we believe in.” Last year, the company says donations totaled $122,141.
Fifty cents of every six-pack of Pay It Forward Porter sold went to a variety of charities. Each taproom customer who purchases a flight of beers gets a wooden nickel, worth $1 for company merchandise or a charity donation.
Six percent of sales at a monthly Sixth for a Cause event go to a designated non-profit. The company donated money and gift baskets to non-profits, it sponsored events and generated $69,831 in matching donations from partners.
“We specifically look for opportunities that are mutually beneficial,” Self said of the company’s philanthropy. For example, he said, non-profit events and sponsorship help attract new customers.
“The nice thing about making it mutually beneficial is that it also makes it sustainable long-term,” he said. “It’s not just that when times are good we can do these things and when times are bad we can’t. It’s something that’s so integrated into our business that it will be there always.”
To help build community ties, West Sixth hosts a running club, yoga classes, a Wednesday night farmer’s market and a Pedaling for a Purpose charity program in partnership with the Bluegrass Cycling Club.
See What’s New at ESRC
The Environmental Sustainability Resource Center (ESRC) is a member of the Pollution Prevention Resource Exchange (P2Rx™), a national network of regional information centers. The objective of the ESRC is to provide technical environmental sustainability information and training to industrial service providers in EPA Regions 3 & 4. The primary service area for the ESRC is EPA Region 3 & 4. Region 3 includes Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, D.C., Delaware and Maryland. Region 4 includes Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. ESRC resources and staff are available to users in industry, consulting and universities. Please visit the ESRC website or call toll free (855) 531-3772 for more information.
GreenBiz – Sustainability news 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 Ellen Martin:
We will close the loop on waste by 2030
On Labor Day, a typical American shopper bought a bag of chips, a tub of salsa and a six-pack to bring to a friend’s barbeque. Behind that purchase are a variety of actors, including brands, retailers and packaging manufacturers.
If that shopper does not recycle, instead disposing of the empty bag and tub in the trash, the shopper will add to a growing problem of vast amounts of waste floating in our oceans, littering parks and filling landfills.
Solutions to this problem exist. The development of circular supply chains — closing the loop on consumer packaging and post-consumer waste by connecting consumers, municipal recycling infrastructure and product manufacturing — at massive scale would provide the following benefits annually:
* Save cities more than $20 billion.
* Reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by more than 500 million tons of CO2 (equivalent).
* Drive revenues of at least half a trillion dollars across multiple industries.
How we will get there
Simply put, we need to follow the money. We at Closed Loop Partners see opportunities for new markets, sources of profit and value creation when products and packaging are returned to supply chains. We are demonstrating that investment in circular business models generates market rate returns and creates replicable solutions at scale.
We are witnessing the emergence of a new wave of innovation and investment that is disrupting old models.
Our aim is to unlock a much larger pool of capital from traditional and mainstream investors. During the past three years, Closed Loop Fund has invested more than $30 million. Results include:
* Memphis has saved nearly $200,000 in less than a year by expanding curbside recycling collection to more than 100,000 households.
* Lakeshore Recycling has diverted nearly 100,000 tons of recycled material for the Chicago area in 18 months, helping to reduce GHG emissions by almost 250,000 metric tons of CO2 (equivalent to taking 35,000 cars off the road for that time).
* IntegriCo is doubling its capacity to manufacture railroad ties out of post-consumer waste plastics to more than 200,000 railroad ties (or more than 60 miles of ties) per year.
Each dollar invested by the fund has attracted $3 of co-investment from financial partners, including commercial lenders, municipal bonds, private equity and impact investors. Our portfolio projects have put $100 million to use toward circular production. Over the same period, more than $30 billion has been deployed into waste, recycling and related manufacturing by both private and public sources.
Find the latest articles, videos and resources on the GreenBiz website.
Upcoming Training, Events and Conferences
- The Wonders of Steam – Free Workshop
Efficient generation and use of steam can provide a significant cost savings opportunity and minimizes its impact on a facility’s environmental footprint. To assist steam users in Kentucky, the Division of Compliance Assistance (DCA) and the Kentucky Pollution Prevention Center (KPPC) have partnered to provide The Wonders of Steam workshop.
September 28 – Louisville, KY
Read more about this free workshop and how to register.
- Sustainable Spirits Summit 2017
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.
October 3 – Louisville, KY
Read more about the summit and how to register.
EPA ENERGY STAR webinars:
Portfolio Manager Series
- 101 – October 13 at 1 p.m. EDT – 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 – October 17 at 1 p.m. 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 28 at 1 p.m. 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 recorded ENERGY STAR webinars at any time.
- Webinar: WaterSense Sanitary Fixtures and Equipment
Water use in restrooms and laundries can account for nearly 50 percent of water use within a facility. Join us to learn about water-efficient operations and maintenance practices and retrofit and replacements options that can help reduce water and energy use in public and private bathrooms and commercial laundries. Find out how using WaterSense labeled and ENERGY STAR qualified products in these areas can significantly reduce your facility operating costs.
October 11 at 1:00 p.m.
Register for this and other informative Energy Star webinars.
- Sustainable Fleet Technology Conference and Expo 2017
The Sustainable Fleet Technology Conference will showcase the latest and greatest technologies in the biofuels, electric, natural gas, and propane arenas. The conference will also have a strong focus on data driven decisions and technologies. Attend to learn more, network with professionals, and see the latest technologies.
October 11 – Raleigh, NC
View the agenda and register online for this conference.
- AASHE 2017 Conference and Expo
The AASHE Conference & Expo is the largest event for the higher education sustainability community. It offers networking opportunities, inspiration and key insights on major impacts to the campus sustainability movement. The conference is a “can’t miss event” covering all aspects of sustainability in higher education.
October 15-18 – San Antonio, TX
Find out more on the AASHE Conference and Expo website.