2016-2017 Annual Report

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


A Message from Steve Dale, Board Chairman, 2016-2017

On behalf of KPPC’s Board of Directors, I am submitting this annual report of KPPC’s activities for fiscal year 2016-2017. KPPC has had a successful fiscal year and is working hard to expand its activities, partnerships and technical services to businesses, industries and organizations throughout the Commonwealth.

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.

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.

Once again, on behalf of KPPC’s Board of Directors, I offer my thanks to you for your continued interest and support. I hope you enjoy reading about the Center’s programs and initiatives.


A Message from Lissa McCracken, KPPC’s Executive Director

I am pleased to present the Center’s 2016–2017 annual report. Throughout this past fiscal year, KPPC has had many successful outcomes, most important of which is the continued success of our clients and partners. While we have had impressive results this year, we recognize the need to help our clients develop sustainable, economically viable strategies for meeting the challenges of the 21st century. One such strategy is what economists call the “Circular Economy” model. This model looks beyond the current method of “take, make and dispose” and looks toward designing and building products that can be re-purposed for maximum value.

These emerging economic strategies mirror KPPC’s long-held Principles of Sustainability and show how sustainable practices work to reduce costs, improve operations and provide a competitive advantage in a global marketplace. We encourage Kentucky’s businesses and industries to partner with the Center to help develop and implement new, creative ideas which can improve both their economic and environmental performance.

Again this year, the Center has worked closely with its many strategic partners, including the Kentucky Association of Manufacturers (KAM), the Advantage Kentucky Alliance (AKA) and the KY Energy and Environment Cabinet, among others, on new and ongoing initiatives. KPPC continues to build and maintain strong partnerships with organizations at the local, state and national level that advance and promote sustainable growth for the Commonwealth.

It is now more important than ever for KPPC to continue to seek additional funding from a variety of sources to support the Center’s service mission. Grants and funding on a state or federal level will help us continue to be a resource for the environmental and economic benefit of the Commonwealth. As our Board Chairman acknowledged, KPPC has been working hard to reach out to as many businesses and organizations as possible to help them succeed – now and in the future.

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.


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Building a Circular Economy

In order to build a sustainable economy, we must look beyond the current extractive industrial model of “take, make and dispose”, and toward a circular economy that is restorative and regenerative by design. The circular model redefines products and services to extract the maximum value from them while in use, then recycle and regenerate products and materials at the end of each service life. Business and sustainability experts across the globe are making a move to “go circular,” implementing better processes for sustainable inputs, improving product design and closing material loops.

A circular economy works effectively at every scale and can be a model for building sustainable businesses and industries. KPPC works with Kentucky organizations to help them improve their environmental and economic performance and work toward a sustainable ecomomy.

Principles of Sustainability

KPPC provides technical assistance programs, training and resources to Kentucky’s businesses, industries and other organizations while following the principles of environmental sustainability. These principles include:

Taking responsibility for social well-being

When an organization improves its environmental performance, it is acting in the best interests of its owners, employees, the community in which it operates and the nation as a whole.

Achieving economic benefits

As organizations move toward sustainability, they find that there are economic as well as environmental benefits that can dramatically improve operational performance, reduce costs and provide a competitive advantage in the global marketplace.

Practicing environmental stewardship

By taking a balanced approach, an organization can become an environmental steward by thoughtfully using our natural and economic resources while considering the needs of future generations.

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.

Delivering Measurable Results

In Fiscal Year 2016-2017, KPPC:

  • Served 14 unique industrial, commercial or institutional facilities
  • Conducted 10 on-site assessments
  • Assessed approximately 657,000 square feet of space
  • Completed 19 Brief Assistance requests


KPPC’s assessments identified the following potential savings:

740,328 Site Electrical (KWh/yr)
1,917 Site Natural Gas (MMBtu/yr)
718 Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Equivalent (MT/yr)
108,534 Identified Cost Savings ($/yr)


Helping Kentucky’s Businesses, Citizens and Environment

KPPC is a state-mandated technical assistance resource center
that was established in 1994 as part of the J.B. Speed School of
Engineering at the University of Louisville.

The Center’s resources, expertise and experienced engineering and
technical staff make it a valuable resource that helps Kentucky’s
businesses, industries and other organizations stay environmentally
sustainable and competitive.

KPPC has been recognized on both state and national levels as a
Center of Excellence. The Center has conducted over 825 work-
shops, seminars and training sessions, and more than 42,100
attendees have benefited from these learning opportunities.

KPPC’s on-site assessments have helped more than 815 Kentucky
businesses and organizations improve their environmental perfor-
mance and lower their operating costs.


KPPC’s core technical services are:

Free, Confidential & Non-Regulatory


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Sustainability Initiatives

Kentucky E2 Initiative for Commercial and Industrial Facilities

The project was developed to provide training and technical assistance to reduce energy use in commercial and industrial facilities.

Kentucky Sustainable Manufacturing Initiative
The Kentucky Sustainable Manufacturing Initiative (KSMI) 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.

Get the Green Ball Rolling

KPPC partnered with the Kentucky Division of Compliance Assistance (DCA) on this project designed to facilitate source reduction by reducing the generation of pollution within Kentucky’s collegiate sporting events sector. The primary targets for this project were 20 independent colleges and universities in the state.

A workshop for 16 attendees was held on April 28, 2016 at the University of Louisville Papa John’s Football Stadium. Topics included green trends at sporting venues, landscaping with native species, methods of water conservation and increasing efficiency, garnering support from employees, students, and sport fans, how to identify energy efficiencies and source of pollution at a sporting venue. KPPC led a tour of the University of Louisville, Dr. Mark & Cindy Lynn soccer stadium, which has a LEED Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

This fiscal year, KPPC provided follow-up technical assistance to attendees which included on-site assessments and coaching assistance.

A tool kit and other resources to assist sporting venues in their environmental stewardship practices can be found on DCA’s website.


Training, Workshops and Presentations

2016 Governor’s Conference on Energy and Environment

KPPC participated in the 40th annual Governor’s Conference, which was held in Lexington on September 21-22.

2017 Kentucky Association of Manufacturers (KAM) Energy Conference
The Kentucky Association of Manufacturers held its annual Energy Conference at the Lexington Center on May 31-June 1. One of the afternoon panels discussed the energy pipeline issue, with representatives from Direct Energy, Wacker Chemical Corporation, and Marathon Petroleum Company, moderated by Lissa McCracken, Executive Director of the Kentucky Pollution Prevention Center.

KY Technology Student Association Conference
Kentucky Pollution Prevention Center Senior Sustainability Engineer Mark Toda served as a judge for the Kentucky Technology Student Association State Conference which was held on April 24 and 25 at the Crowne Plaza Louisville Airport Expo Center in Louisville, Kentucky. Toda and other professionals within the competition areas judged middle and high school events during the conference.

The TSA is a national organization of students engaged in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and is open to students enrolled in or who have completed technology education courses.

Carbon Footprint Workshop
KPPC co-hosted a Carbon Footprint workshop at 3M-Cynthiana, a Master member of KY EXCEL, on August 31, 2016. The workshop provided information to 29 attendees supporting efforts in developing and conducting beneficial, environmentally and business conscious projects by incorporating pollution prevention and energy efficiency as part of routine business practices. Sessions included calculating your carbon footprint, energy efficiency, building automation systems and alternative energy options in Kentucky.

Energy Conservation Conversation: Save Energy. Drive Profits.
KPPC participated in the vendor expo at this event hosted by the Louisville Energy Alliance and the Kentucky Chapter of the International Facility Management Association on November 9, 2016. Over 150 people were on hand to learn about ways to increase profits through innovative energy saving methods and technologies.

More info can be found on the Louisville Energy Alliance website.

Sharing Expertise through the ESRC

KPPC hosted three webinars in fiscal year 2016-17:

The Qlik Sense Data Visualization Tool
Utilizing Public Data to Target Technical Assistance
Project Development Strategies for Energy Improvement

The webinars are available as videos on the ESRC YouTube channel.

KPPC also participated on an EPA Region 7 P2 Roundtable call hosted by the Nebraska Business Development Center on April 14, 2017. The purpose was to provide information on compressed air technologies and tools. Attendees on the call included representatives from P2 technical assistance centers located in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, and also nine tribal nations within those states.

Kentucky Energy Workshop – Reduce Energy, Capture Savings

KPPC partnered with the Kentucky Office of Energy Policy and local utility companies to provide basic energy efficiency fundamentals training to over 150 commercial and industrial facility representatives in the eastern Kentucky area. Presentations at Chamber of Commerce and Area Development District meetings throughout the Commonwealth on understanding utility bills, energy savings opportunities, utility programs and incentives and financing opportunities.

Presentations were conducted at the following locations:

Training Sessions (1st Quarter)

• Cumberland Valley Area Development District, London
• Big Sandy Area Development District
• Green River Area Development District, Owensboro
• Madisonville Community College, Madisonville

Awareness Sessions (2nd Quarter)

• McLean County Chamber
• Webster County Chamber
• Harlan County Chamber
• Clay County Chamber
• Floyd County Chamber
• Breathitt County Chamber
• Cumberland Valley Area Development District
• Leslie County Chamber
• Knox County Chamber
• Kentucky River Area Development District

High Performance Public Facilities Workshop
KPPC conducted a presentation on utility baselining & benchmarking to local government representatives. The event was hosted by the Kentucky Office of Energy Policy on March 22, 2017 in Frankfort.

Creating a Green Footprint Workshop
KPPC and KY EXCEL, Kentucky’s environmental leadership program, partnered to organize a free “Creating a Green Footprint Workshop” that was held on April 26, 2017. There were sessions on calculating your carbon footprint, energy efficiency, building automation systems and alternative energy options in Kentucky. The workshop was hosted by the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government. During the half-day event, the Division of Compliance Assistance (DCA); KPPC, an Inaugural Leader member of KY EXCEL; Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government, a KY EXCEL Leader member; and the Division of Forestry shared their knowledge and expertise.

ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager: Making Cents of Energy
KPPC partnered with the Louisville Energy Alliance to host pre-recorded sessions on utilizing the ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool for Louisville area facility representatives. KPPC made a short presentation on energy management, cost savings opportunities and financial resources. KPP was also available to address any questions or assist attendees with utilizing the tool. Sessions were held on May 23, 2017 and June 28, 2017 at Spalding University.


Note: During this fiscal year the Department of Energy Development & Independence (DEDI) changed to the Office of Energy Policy (OEP).


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2016 KPPC Environmental Sustainability Awards

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. KPPC recognized two award winners this year.

Cox Interior, Inc.

Cox Interior, Inc. accepts the 2016 Environmental Sustainability Award from Lissa McCracken, Executive Director of KPPC (third from right) in recognition of the company’s sustainability efforts.

Cox Interior is located in Campbellsville, Kentucky. The company, which was founded in 1983, manufactures interior and exterior finishing products such as trim, doors, and stair parts for homebuilders throughout a nine-state region. The company recently completed a lighting upgrade project which replaced over 1,200 fluorescent bulbs and 1,000 metal halide lamps with energy efficient LED lighting. Their facility also uses wood waste as boiler fuel to generate steam and electricity for use on site.

Cox was mentioned in the Kentucky Living April 2016 article “Untapped energy recovered from waste” for this combined heat and power (CHP) system that is capable of producing about 75 percent of the electricity needed by the millwork operations when the factory is running.

Barry Cox, President of Cox Interior, Inc. accepted the award in Campbellsville on September 29. Cox acknowledged the efforts of the staff and management team in the company’s successful sustainability efforts, “We are honored to accept this award for our environmental sustainability achievements. I would like to thank my staff 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. We also appreciate the assistance the staff of KPPC has provided to help us achieve our goals.”

Western Kentucky University (WKU)

WKU Chief Facilities Officer Bryan Russell and other staff members accepted the Kentucky Pollution Prevention Center’s Douglas C. Griffin Environmental Sustainability Award for 2016 presented by Lissa McCracken, KPPC Executive Director (third from left).

Western Kentucky University (WKU) was founded in 1906 and now enrolls approximately 20,000 students at four campuses in Bowling Green, Glasgow, Owensboro and Elizabethtown/Fort Knox. WKU has been actively engaged in sustainability efforts for a number of years, and has a very successful energy management program, academic programs related to sustainability, important research initiatives, and an overall culture of sustainability. WKU was a key contributor to KPPC’s Energy Efficiency Outreach and Training initiative in 2015-16, sharing their successes and hosting a workshop on campus.

Bryan Russell, Chief Facilities Officer at WKU, accepted the award in Bowling Green on Oct. 27. “I want to accept this award on behalf of our staff, students, faculty and our campus partners – especially those who practice and support our sustainability commitments – they’re the ones on the front lines who have made energy management, waste reduction and sustainability a priority on our campus and for our community,” he said.

Thirteen Kentucky companies and organizations have won the Environmental Sustainability Award since KPPC created the ES award program:

• Akebono Brake in Elizabethtown
• Denyo Manufacturing in Danville
• Fetter Group, Kindred Healthcare and Republic Conduit in Louisville
• Sherwin Williams in Richmond
• Owensboro Grain Company and Hausner Hard Chrome in Owensboro
• The United States Playing Card Company in Erlanger
• Indelac Controls in Florence
• A. Raymond Tinnerman Manufacturing in Flemingsburg
• Cox Interior, Inc. in Campbellsville
• Western Kentucky University

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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
$354,080 Hazardous Waste Management Fund – KY Energy and Environment Cabinet
$43,462 Higher Education Fund – UofL J.B. Speed School of Engineering
$104,748 Pollution Prevention Information Network Grant – U.S. EPA
$34,028 Pollution Prevention Grant – U.S. EPA – KY Department for Environmental Protection
$34,541 Source Reduction Assistance Grant – U.S. EPA – KY Department for Environmental Protection
$88,000 U.S. DOE – KY Department for Energy Development & Independence
$658,859 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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Strategic Partnerships

KPPC has worked with local, state and federal partners to help Kentucky businesses and industries achieve cost savings and performance improvements.

CHP – Combined Heat and Power
Kentucky Department for Energy Development and Independence (DEDI)
Kentucky Association of Manufacturers (KAM)
U.S. Department of Energy CHP Regional Program -Southeast

East Kentucky Technical Assistance Providers (EKyTAP)

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
U.S. Department of Energy
KPPC is an Energy Star Partner and has been awarded:
• 2011 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year
• 2012 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year
• 2013 “Sustained Excellence” ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year

Pollution Prevention Resource Exchange
Environmental Sustainability Resource Center (U.S. EPA Regions 3 and 4)

Kentucky E3 Initiative
(Economy • Energy • Environment)
Kentucky Education and Workforce
Development Cabinet
Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet Kentucky Community and Technical College System
Kentucky Small Business Development Centers
U.S. Small Business Administration (KY Office)
U.S Department of Agriculture (KY Office) Advantage Kentucky Alliance
Kentucky Utility Companies – East Kentucky Power Cooperative, Duke Energy Corporation, LG&E and KU Energy LLC
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency – Region 4

National Pollution Prevention Roundtable
Board of Directors and Membership Committee Member
KPPC is a 2025 Safer Chemistry Challenge Program Alliance Member


Partnership for a Green City
University of Louisville
Louisville Metro Government
Jefferson County Public Schools
Jefferson Community and Technical College

Louisville Energy Alliance
Board of Directors
KPPC is a Sustaining Partner

University of Louisville Sustainability Council

WasteWise Program
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
KPPC is a WasteWise Program Endorser

KY EXCEL – Kentucky Excellence in Environmental Leadership
Kentucky Division of Compliance Assistance KPPC is an Advocate Member

KPPC is an Inaugural Leader Member of KY EXCEL. KPPC was recognized at the 2017 KY EXCEL Member Celebration at the Locust Trace Agriculture Center in honor of the 10-year anniversary of the KY EXCEL program.

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Student Co-op Program

Co-op student Emily Draper gives a presentation to the KPPC Board of Directors

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.

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

Mr. Claude Christensen, Local Government
Mr. John Clay, Sr. At-Large Agricultural Producer
Mr. Steve Dale, Environmental Protection Community
Mr. Joey Harris, Industrial Community
Mr. Scott Kirkpatrick, Environmental Engineering
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 University of Louisville
Dr. Larry Holloway, Interim Dean, College of Engineering University of Kentucky

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

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Year in Review

A look back at some of the Center’s successful activities and outcomes for fiscal year 2015-2016

    • KPPC’s services, programs and online resources were delivered to two-thirds of the state in 75 of Kentucky’s 120 counties.
    • KPPC’s website received 34,614 page views and 10,609 visits from 88 countries/territories – 81 percent of those were new sessions. The website was visited from 85 Kentucky cities in the Commonwealth.
    • The Center’s e-newsletter Sustainable Solutions Post, which provides industry-specific news, tips and resources, is mailed each month to more than 700 subscribers.
    • KPPC’s video channel had 859 views with over 2,694 minutes watched this year bringing the lifetime views to more than 16,920.



ESRC – KPPC serves as the administrator for the Environmental Sustainability Resource Center (ESRC) and maintains the Center’s website. Funding for ESRC is provided by EPA. ESRC is a member of the Pollution Prevention Resource Exchange (P2Rx™), a national network of regional information centers. Visit the ESRC website at www.esrconline.org.


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