June, 2020 – Volume 13, Issue 6
GreenBiz: How we can fight the pandemic by embracing circularity
Digital Transformation in EHS: Leading the way to the Next Normal
How Businesses Can Overcome Barriers to Achieving Climate Goals
Do Power Purchase Agreements Still Make Sense Following COVID-19 and Low Energy Prices?
How to Use EPA Database Tools to Help Identify Potential Pollution Prevention Opportunities and Solutions at Manufacturing Facilities
ENERGY STAR Higher Education Benchmarking Initiative
Beat the Peak – Using Water Wisely for Commercial Outdoor Space
Energy Treasure Hunts During Covid-19
ENERGY STAR – Portfolio Manager Webinars
MVP2 Award nominations now being accepted
Do you know an individual or a project that is worthy of a Most Valuable Pollution Prevention (MVP2) Award? The National Pollution Prevention Roundtable (NPPR) is currently accepting nominations.
Nominations are being accepted in seven categories:
Awards for individuals (5): “P2 Champion”, “Volunteer of the Year”, “Educator of the Year”, “Student of the Year”, and the “Fred Granek Memorial P2 Ambassador”
Award for multimedia (1): “Best P2 Multimedia” (publication, writing, video)
Award for project/program (1): “Best P2 Project/Program” (material use, waste, water, energy, natural resources, air emissions)
Award Applications are available at http://www.p2.org/mvp2-awards/.
There is a $50 application fee for each submittal. Applications should be no longer than two pages, unless otherwise noted (i.e., Multimedia, Project/Program).
Winners will be announced during Pollution Prevention (P2) Week that is September 21-27, 2020.
Kroger pledges $1.5 million to UofL in an effort to end hunger, food waste
Kroger’s new Zero Hunger, Zero Waste initiative includes UofL
The Kroger Louisville Division is making a $1.5 million pledge to the University of Louisville as part of a broad-ranging effort to reduce hunger and waste in the local community.
The gift will create the Kroger Zero Hunger, Zero Waste Fund at UofL. The fund will provide support in three main areas: diversity and inclusion, food security and sustainability and leadership development.
“Kroger is so proud to be part of this innovative and truly remarkable partnership,” said Ann Reed, Louisville Division President for Kroger. “We love the University of Louisville and all the wonderful programs that are available in the city through its leadership. Our combined efforts around food insecurity and sustainability and our focus on diversity and inclusion will drive innovation and improvement for Kroger and the university.”
Part of the gift will provide annual funding to UofL’s Sustainability Center for increased zero waste efforts and on-site composting expansion.
“We are thankful to the Louisville Kroger Division and its many associates for stepping up to assist the students, faculty and staff of the University of Louisville,” said UofL President Neeli Bendapudi. “This generous gift will greatly strengthen our efforts to foster diversity and inclusion, promote sustainability on campus and build the next generation of leaders.”
Kentucky’s Kenton County School District and Schneider Electric honored for energy savings and leadership programs
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Southeast region recently honored two Kentucky enterprises as 2020 ENERGY STAR Partners of the Year for their outstanding contributions to public health and the environment.
They are among the 191 ENERGY STAR Award Winners nationwide honored this year as ENERGY STAR Award Winners for demonstrating national leadership in cost-saving energy efficient solutions.
Kenton County School District, Ft. Wright, was awarded 2020 Partner of the Year Sustained Excellence for achieving ENERGY STAR certification for 12 schools in 2019, avoiding more than $1.6 million in energy costs and saving more than $15 million in energy costs since 2005.
Schneider Electric, Louisville, is an energy management and automation services company. Schneider Electric supported organizations in bench marking more than 31,000 properties, including nearly 6,000 newly managed properties.
One way local governments can prepare for tax revenue declines
By Carrie Ray, MACED
Local governments across Eastern Kentucky have been facing budget shortfalls since 2012 as coal severance taxes have fallen. But now, they are preparing for bigger budget impacts as occupational tax revenues continue to fall because of the COVID-19 crisis. There is one way they could potentially save money right now without spending a dime: Get an energy bill analysis with the help of the Mountain Association for Community Economic Development (MACED).
MACED’s energy program has been working with local governments for years on energy efficiency and solar projects to help them upgrade their lighting, improve their HVAC, and install solar panels. We have also offered energy bill analyses free of charge to help correct errors that save local governments money.
The Elliott County Senior Citizens Center is saving $1,100 a year through a rate-class change and canceling the sales tax that was being erroneously assessed. The Letcher County Public Library received a $2,280 refund of overpaid sales tax. And the Lee County Courthouse is saving more than $20,000 a year after correcting how they were being charged for part of their Kentucky Utilities electric service. Over the last few months, MACED has worked with Elliott County Judge-Executive Myron Lewis on energy efficiency audits and solar assessments on six county buildings. We’ve also helped with an audit and solar assessment on the Owsley County Recreation Center.
We stand ready to help any other local government – in this moment, or otherwise – that would like to know how they can save on their energy bills. Even though the COVID-19 pandemic prevents us from doing on-site energy audits right now, we can still complete billing analyses to check for errors and do desktop solar assessments – for free.
Even if no billing errors are found, a billing analysis shows how buildings are using electricity and can point to simple changes that can be made to reduce usage, or even uncover larger issues. For example, an analysis of a non-profit in Barbourville revealed that they were paying to run an expensive electric furnace that they didn’t need. It will also let local governments see exactly what taxpayer dollars are paying for when they pay their electric bills.
Diageo takes stride towards climate change goal with first carbon neutral distillery
Global beverage leader Diageo announced today that its new Kentucky whiskey distillery, which will distill Bulleit, is expected to be carbon neutral – one of the largest in North America, and a first for Diageo. Reinforcing Diageo’s global commitment to reducing its carbon emissions and addressing climate change, the site will be powered by 100% renewable electricity, with a capacity to produce up to 10 million proof gallons per year.
The new distillery, which is currently under construction in Lebanon, Kentucky, reflects Diageo’s commitment to achieving net-zero carbon emissions and moves the company closer to its goal of sourcing 100% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2030. Employing electrode boilers, the site will utilize a mix of renewable electricity sources to power a 72,000 square-foot distillery, dry house, and warehousing facilities. As previously announced “The Diageo Lebanon Distillery” will have the capability to distill a variety of bourbon and American whiskey brands. Bulleit will be the first and lead brand produced at the new distillery – supplementing existing production at The Bulleit Distilling Co. in Shelbyville, Kentucky. This move will further strengthen the brand’s commitment to a more sustainable future.
“As a company we know that our long-term sustainable growth depends on reducing our reliance on fossil fuels that contribute to climate change,” said Perry Jones, President, North America Supply for Diageo. “This groundbreaking undertaking to electrify our operations and then power them with renewable electricity will result in one of the largest carbon neutral distilleries in North America. This is a significant step to strengthen our commitment to minimizing our carbon emissions and will result in an important reduction of Diageo’s environmental impact on a global level.”
“For Bulleit, our passion for sustainability began when we built the Bulleit Distilling Co. in Shelbyville, where we focus on reducing carbon emissions, water conservation and waste management during production. Then, when we opened our Visitor Experience there, we chose to implement practices like eliminating single use plastics from our bar and sourcing locally-grown organic cocktail garnishes from our onsite garden,” said Sophie Kelly, SVP Whiskies, Diageo NA. “Our commitment to the environment evolves with the Lebanon distillery, where no fossil fuels will be consumed for the production of Bulleit. This allows us to really begin to double down on our ambition to reinvent category standards.”
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 Garry Cooper:
How we can fight the pandemic by embracing circularity
Throughout the pandemic response, a key issue has been a lack of communication and coordination to get personal protective equipment (PPE) and other medical supplies to where they are most needed, with many areas of the country suffering from severe resource shortages as a result. The only truly successful solution has been, and will continue to be, to strategically adopt two core elements of a circular economy model: reuse and resource sharing.
The key goals of the circular economy are “designing out waste and pollution, keeping products and materials in use, and regenerating natural systems.” Unlike in our current linear economic model, which generally discards materials once used, the circular economy enables more value to be extracted from an item by eschewing the “take-make-waste” pattern. In a situation where supply is limited, the circular model gets far more use out of the same supply.
While the need for a circular economy has been growing for decades, especially as the impacts of climate change have begun to loom larger, this pandemic has caused that need to increase dramatically. Taking on the circularity principles of reuse and resource sharing — and equally important, having a more coordinated approach around those efforts — is critical for directing supplies to the places where there is the greatest need in a timely and equitable fashion.
To truly fight the virus, we must all adopt a circularity approach, sharing physical resources and human capital. Even beyond the pandemic, this approach will allow us to more efficiently and cooperatively operate as a global community. The first step is to change the way we think about the resources we have.
Find the latest articles, videos and resources on the GreenBiz website.
Upcoming Webinar Training and Events
- Digital Transformation in EHS: Leading the way to the Next Normal
Companies are beginning to reopen and enter into a new phase – the ‘next normal’ while the COVID-19 pandemic continues to have significant effects on the economy and how business is conducted. Many companies are revisiting their business continuity plans and looking for ways to minimize risks, increase efficiency, improve sustainability and decrease operational costs. It’s become more important than ever before to rethink old operating models and merge technology with strategy. Digital transformation is the key to ensuring organizational resilience and helping EHS teams do more with less.
July 8, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. EDT
Register for this online session.
- How Businesses Can Overcome Barriers to Achieving Climate Goals
Discover the findings of research conducted by NRG Energy and GreenBiz Group, examining key plans and actions businesses are taking to address climate change. The research represents responses from hundreds of business executives and thought leaders, revealing that many are taking the right steps to reach their goals. A range of factors, however, threatens to disrupt progress including a lack of attention to risk, developing consistent resilience and financial disclosures such as those recommended by the TCFD, and a general need for greater expertise.
July 14, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. EDT
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- Do Power Purchase Agreements Still Make Sense Following COVID-19 and Low Energy Prices?
Investing in sustainability initiatives makes environmental and economic sense, and the COVID-19 pandemic has not changed that. The pandemic has had a tumultuous impact on the economy and the priorities of companies around the globe. However, it is important for corporations to continue their pursuit of a sustainable energy strategy as evidence of their effort to reduce their carbon footprint, and promote the energy transition. This webinar will focus on why companies continue to invest in renewables.
July 15, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. EDT
Register for this sustainable energy strategy webinar.
- How to Use EPA Database Tools to Help Identify Potential Pollution Prevention Opportunities and Solutions at Manufacturing Facilities
EPA offers this webinar to demonstrate the online tools available to help grantees find information on selected facility operations, chemical use and possible pollution prevention (P2) opportunities. To make the training as relevant as possible, we are asking you to share your experience using EPA databases, such as TRI, for targeting purposes.
July 16, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. EDT
Register for this EPA Database Tools webinar.
EPA ENERGY STAR webinars:
- ENERGY STAR Higher Education Benchmarking Initiative
This July, ENERGY STAR is launching a new campaign for higher education: ENERGY STAR College and University Comparison Campaign. The campaign seeks to provide a new way for colleges and universities to understand how their campus building energy performance stacks up against that of peer institutions, based on key institutional characteristics. The hope is that this information will spark dialogue and action on energy efficiency.
July 15, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. EDT
- Beat the Peak – Using Water Wisely for Commercial Outdoor Space
Outdoor water use peaks during the summer, raising water bills and straining water supplies. Learn how to design and maintain attractive, healthy landscapes while minimizing irrigation and water losses during the dry summer months and throughout the year. Our featured speaker from Banyan Water will highlight their case study implementing their Irrigation Insight software on the HP campus to monitor water usage from city and reclaimed water sources daily to maximize available recycled water and minimize domestic water costs.
July 23, 2020 12:30 p.m. EDT
- Energy Treasure Hunts During Covid-19
The Covid-19 pandemic has created challenges for conducting energy treasure hunts that usually involve teams of people roaming around a facility. But despite social-distancing and other safety requirements, some companies are developing ways to conduct treasure hunts using remote & virtual techniques and modifying how hunts are done on site. This session will examine strategies for conducting treasure hunts during Covid-19 and feature speakers from companies who have adapted their treasure hunts for the current times.
July 22, 2020 at 3:00 p.m. EDT
Portfolio Manager Series
- 101 – July 8, 2020 at 1:00 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 – July 22, 2020 at 1:00 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 – July 28, 2020 at 1:00 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.
To view these and other sustainability-related events, please visit the KPPC Events Calendar.