2017-2018 Annual Report

A Message from Lissa McCracken, KPPC’s Executive Director

I am pleased to present the Center’s 2017–2018 annual report. This annual report represents the board’s case statement to Kentucky’s Governor, General Assembly, business and industry leaders, environmental organizations and the community-at-large that the Commonwealth’s investment in KPPC will result in economic success and responsible environmental stewardship for Kentucky.

Throughout this past fiscal year, KPPC continued to impact the success of our clients through our technical services platform. The report outlines the programs, services and client success stories that demonstrate what a valuable resource KPPC is for Kentucky. As a nationally recognized Center of Excellence, KPPC is dedicated to offering its services and expertise to Kentucky’s industries and businesses and providing the training and resources needed for success in the 21st century.

Partners are critical to our success and for providing added value to our clients. We spent a significant amount of time building and growing new relationships and maintaining existing ones with key partners, which include organizations at the local, state and national level that advance and promote sustainable growth for the Commonwealth.

I would like to thank our staff, members of the Board of Directors and our partners whose efforts contribute so much to KPPC’s continued success. If you have questions or would like to learn more about the Center, please call me at (502) 852-0965 or visit the Center’s website at www.kppc.org.


KPPC 2017-2018 Impact


KPPC’s Core Services

KPPC provides Pollution Prevention (P2) and Energy Efficiency (E2) technical assistance as part of its service mission. Core services are provided at no cost to Kentucky clients.

KPPC engineers use a systematic approach to assist industrial, commercial and institutional clients as they develop and implement environmental management solutions, which often include both P2 and E2 technical assistance.

Through this approach, KPPC engineers have identified significant potential cost savings while helping clients develop long-term behavioral changes within their organizations.



KPPC’s core technical services are:

Free, Confidential & Non-Regulatory


Delivering Measurable Results

In Fiscal Year 2017-2018, KPPC:

  • Served 15 unique industrial, commercial or institutional facilities
  • Conducted 9 on-site assessments
  • Assessed approximately 733,000 square feet of space
  • Conducted 1 client-specific training session
  • Completed 28 Brief Assistance requests


KPPC’s assessments identified the following potential savings:

Site Electrical (KWh/yr) 1,817,845
Site Natural Gas (MMBtu/yr) 7,630
Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Equivalent (MT/yr) 1,919
Identified Cost Savings ($/yr) 139,468


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2017 KPPC Environmental Sustainability Award


Each year, the Kentucky Pollution Prevention Center presents the Douglas C. Griffin Environmental Sustainability Award to those Kentucky companies and organizations that have demonstrated a commitment to the principles of sustainability by reducing waste, lowering energy use and practicing environmental stewardship.

KPPC created the award in 2009 and recognizes winners each year in conjunction with National Pollution Prevention Week. The memorial award is named for the late Douglas C. Griffin, KPPC’s Board Chairman from 1999 to 2015. The 2017 Douglas C. Griffin Environmental Sustainability Award was presenter to:

Kentucky Association of Manufacturers

The Kentucky Association of Manufacturers (KAM) has been selected as the Kentucky Pollution Prevention Center (KPPC) Douglas C. Griffin Environmental Sustainability Award winner for 2017. KPPC created the award in 2009 to recognize Kentucky entities that have demonstrated a commitment to the principles of sustainability and environmental stewardship. The award is presented each year in conjunction with National Pollution Prevention Week.

Established in 1911, KAM’s mission is to create and protect a manufacturing-friendly environment in Kentucky through advocacy, education and provision of cost-saving programs and products to members. For several years, KAM has hosted an annual Energy Conference to inform manufacturers about energy efficiency, reliability and affordability. KAM has been an integral partner working with KPPC on numerous other projects promoting sustainable practices that conserve energy and reduce environmental impacts, helping manufacturers preserve jobs and enhance overall competitiveness.

KPPC’s Executive Director, Lissa McCracken, presented the award to Lee Lingo, incoming Executive Director, along with retiring CEO Greg Higdon in Louisville on October 26. Higdon acknowledged the support of the staff and Board of Directors in the association’s successful sustainability efforts, “We are honored to accept this award for our environmental sustainability achievements. I would like to thank our team for their hard work and foresight to promote the projects we have been able to accomplish, and I challenge them to pursue additional opportunities to further our sustainability efforts. I also want to thank our Board of Directors and KAM’s advocacy team for their leadership and support, We also appreciate the assistance the staff of KPPC has provided to help us achieve our goals.”

There have been fourteen Kentucky companies that have won the Environmental Sustainability Award since KPPC created the award program: Akebono Brake in Elizabethtown, Denyo Manufacturing in Danville, Fetter Group, Kindred Healthcare and Republic Conduit in Louisville, Sherwin Williams in Richmond, The United States Playing Card Company in Erlanger, Indelac Controls in Florence, A. Raymond Tinnerman Manufacturing in Flemingsburg, Owensboro Grain and Hausner Hard-Chrome in Owensboro, Cox Interior in Campbellsville, Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green and KAM in Frankfort.

Find out more about the Sustainability Award and past award winners.

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Sustainability Initiatives & Outreach


Sustainability Initiatives

Kentucky Pollution Prevention Partnership (135)

KPPC partners with the Kentucky Division of Compliance Assistance (DCA) through the Kentucky Pollution Prevention Partnership (KP3) to provide P2 technical assistance and training to business, industry and other organizations in the Commonwealth. KP3 is supported through a Pollution Prevention Grant from the U.S. EPA.

Two workshops were hosted focusing on “The Wonders of Steam” and “Peak Demand” with a total of 45 participants.

As part of the partnership, KPPC also provides P2 technical support to members of the Kentucky Excellence in Environmental Leadership (KY EXCEL) program which is administered by DCA. Below are KY EXCEL events where KPPC hosted an exhibitor booth, reaching out to over 80 members.

• KY EXCEL Member Celebration – February 2018
• KY EXCEL Workshop: “Leading the Way” – May 2018
• KY EXCEL Open House – June 2018


Outreach Events

KPPC exhibited at the following events, reaching over 350 participants:

  • 41st Governor’s Conference on Energy & the Environment
    October 2017 – Lexington
  • Kentucky Association of Manufacturers (KAM) Conference
    May 2018 – Lexington
  • DCA Compliance Assistance Workshop
    May 2018 – Frankfort


The following presentation were conducted, reaching 50 participants:

  • Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator Training
    Understanding Utility Bills
    November 2017
  • Bell County Chamber of Commerce Meeting
    Reduce Energy, Capture Savings
    February 2018

The Kentucky Sustainable Manufacturing Initiative (KSMI)

KSMI, made possible through a Source Reduction Assistance Grant from the U.S. EPA, was initiated in 2017. This initiative is designed to assist manufacturers with learning how to integrate sustainability, into day to day manufacturing operations and new product development, from a life cycle perspective, in order to drive efficiency, reduce costs, and spur innovation and new product development across the enterprise.

For KSMI, KPPC provided a series of webinars and workshops to demonstrate how sustainable manufacturing principles and practices can drive a strategy to enhance environmental performance and help achieve business goals and objectives into the future. A total of 85 attendees participated in the training. More information and recordings of each session are provided through the links below:


Visit the KSMI webpage to learn more about the initiative and check out at all the resources developed.


ESRC Training Series: Enhancing Business Operations through Sustainability (over 150)

The Environmental Sustainability Resource Center (ESRC), administered by KPPC, delivered a training series of webinars intended to enhance business operations through applied sustainability strategies. This four-part webinar series provides insight on making the business case for environmental sustainability, identifying the building blocks of a systematic approach for success and provides examples and resources to help turn actions into outcomes. More information for each webinar can be found at the following links:

Practical Approaches to Source Reduction
Basics of Energy Management
Influence of Corporate Culture
Developing an Action Plan and Success Stories


Louisville Energy Alliance (145)

KPPC supports the LEA’s efforts to promote energy efficiency and conservation to commercial building owners and operators through education, training and collaboration. Specific activities included providing presentations and exhibiting at the following events:

• Making Cents of Energy Informational Seminar – July 2017 (53)
• Energy Awareness Breakfast/KY Association of Manufacturers Awards Presentation – July 2017 (40)

KPPC provided hands-on technical assistance on how to utilize the ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tracking tool at the following workshops:

• Portfolio Manager Training 101 – June 2018 (6)
• Portfolio Manager Training 201 – June 2018 (4)

KPPC representatives serve on the selection committee for LEA’s Kilowatt Crackdown Awards program. The program promotes a city-wide competition that challenges building owners and operators to decrease energy use in their buildings. The awards were presented at a luncheon in April 2018. (45)


Building Operator Certification Program (24)

KPPC and the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (MEEA) collaborated to bring the nationally-recognized Building Operator Certification (BOC) program to the Commonwealth. Funding was provided by the Kentucky Department for Energy Development and Independence through the Tennessee Valley Authority Environmental Mitigation Projects Program.

The training targeted building operators, energy managers, HVAC technicians, and others in the facility operations and maintenance (O&M) field. Education and technical assistance provided through this project was designed to encourage reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, and support conservation of energy in existing buildings and facilities through implementation of energy efficiency measures.

Three BOC Level 1 training courses were conducted during this fiscal year:

• BOC 1001-A&B – Energy Efficient Operation of Building HVAC Systems – May 2018 (2 days)
• BOC 1002 – Measuring and Benchmarking Energy Performance – June 2018
• BOC 1003 / Efficient Lighting Fundamentals – June 2018

The project also focused on the development of a Kentucky-based instructor infrastructure.
Six Kentucky-based energy professionals, including two KPPC engineers, were approved by the Northwest Energy Efficiency Council (NEEC) to teach various Level 1 courses related to their expertise. Two of those instructors were also approved to teach courses for Level II training.

Visit the BOC webpage to learn more about the program and upcoming sessions.

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KPPC’s Budget – Leveraging Funds for Kentucky


With core funding from the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet‘s Hazardous Waste Management Fund, KPPC provides a wide range of environmental sustainability resources and services throughout the Commonwealth.

To enhance those services and better serve our clients, the Center leverages state funding by seeking additional grants and contracts from a variety of agencies. In fiscal year 2016-2017, KPPC spent $354,080 in core funding that provided P2 technical assistance and outreach services as well as organizational and administrative support for the Center. KPPC also spent $304,779 from other funding sources.

Funding Source
$325,862 Hazardous Waste Management Fund – KY Energy and Environment Cabinet
$43,193 Higher Education Fund – UofL J.B. Speed School of Engineering
$79,669 Pollution Prevention Information Network Grant – U.S. EPA
$52,110 Pollution Prevention Grant – U.S. EPA – KY Department for Environmental Protection
$58,677 U.S. DOE – KY Department for Energy Development & Independence
$6,800 Tennessee Valley Authority Environmental Mitigation Projects Program
$627,742 Total Budget


Since KPPC began in 1994, the Center has received $8 million in core funding and additionally has leveraged more than $25 million from state and federal agencies through grants and appropriations.

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Student Co-op Program

KPPC offers J.B. Speed School engineering students an opportunity to gain “real-world” experience in the rapidly growing field of environmental sustainability.

As a co-op with KPPC, students may work with business and industry clients, government agencies, schools and non-profit organizations on sustainable solutions to environmental issues, including waste reduction, water conservation, energy efficiency and renewable energy.

A co-op experience at KPPC includes activities such as learning to perform sustainability assessments, conducting workshops and training sessions, developing web-based resources and more.

During this past fiscal year, University of Louisville J.B. Speed School Co-op student engineers Emily Draper, Nia Johnson, Michael Lawson and Nathan Williams gained valuable experience working with KPPC engineers and technical staff members.

The students also helped to develop and execute KPPC’s annual KY Excel sustainability project. The project for 2017 focused on conducting a lighting assessment of the KPPC office space at Burhans Hall on UofL’s Shelby Campus and making recommendations for de-lamping overhead fixtures where areas were excessively lit. Based on their measurements and data analysis the student’s de-lamping recommendations yielded 6,335 kWh in potential energy savings per year resulting in an estimated reduction of 20 tons of CO2 emissions.

KPPC Staff & Board of Directors


Lissa McCracken – Executive Director
Debbie Elswick – Unit Business Manager
Cheryl Eakle – Senior Engineer
Mark Toda – Senior Engineer
Ken O’Hara – Program Manager

Board of Directors

Mayor Claude Christensen, Local Government, Chair
Mr. John Clay, Sr. At-Large Agricultural Producer
Mr. Steve Dale, Environmental Protection Community
Mr. Joey Harris, Industrial Community
Mr. Scott Kirkpatrick, Environmental Engineering, Vice Chair
Mr. Darrell Link, At-Large Public
Mr. David Pedigo, At-Large Industrial Facility
Mr. Larry Taylor, KY Energy and Environment Cabinet
Dr. Gail Depuy, Interim Dean, J.B. Speed School of Engineering, UofL
Dr. Larry Holloway, Interim Dean, College of Engineering, UK

Learn more about KPPC’s staff members and Board of Directors.

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Strategic Partnerships


KPPC would like to thank the following partners for their support in ongoing initiatives. We could not do it without you!

Kentucky Sustainable Manufacturing Initiative

Advantage Kentucky Alliance
UofL J.B. Speed School of Engineering
Kentucky Association of Manufacturers
Kentucky Energy & Environment Cabinet
• Louisville Office of Sustainability
• Institute for Environmental Sustainability (University of Kentucky)
U.S. EPA Region 4

Building Operator Certification Program

Kentucky Office of Energy Policy
Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance
Energy Services Coalition – Kentucky Chapter
LGE and KU
East Kentucky Power Cooperative
Owensboro Municipal Utilities
• Louisville Office of Sustainability

KPPC a leader in P2


National Pollution Prevention Roundtable

Board of Directors, EPA Region 4 Representative

Louisville Energy Alliance

Board of Directors

University of Louisville Sustainability Council


Kentucky Excellence in Environmental Leadership (KY EXCEL) Program

Advocate Member


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KPPC’s Mandate

Kentucky Revised Statutes (KRS) 224.46-305 et. seq. established KPPC in 1994 to facilitate and promote the implementation of pollution prevention technologies and procedures by providing technical assistance to business and industry. KPPC has executed this mandate by assisting clients to effectively implement source reduction technologies and practices that result in reduced environmental impact and operating expenses, which contributes to preserving and strengthening industry in Kentucky.


Per the Kentucky Revised Statutes, the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet remits 20 percent of the funds received by the Hazardous Waste Management Fund to KPPC each fiscal year.

This base funding that KPPC receives allows the Center to provide its core services and helps leverage state resources through federal grants to provide pollution prevention services to Kentucky.

More statutory information about KPPC’s…

Mandate is available at: KRS 224.46-320
Funding is available at: KRS 224.46-330
Board of Directors is available at: KRS 224.46-315

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This Annual Report publication was designed, written and produced by KPPC’s staff.