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Kentucky E3

A Unique Opportunity for Manufacturers and Local Economies

The Economy, Energy and Environment (E3) initiative is a collaborative effort to support sustainability, boost competitiveness and spur job growth and innovation in local and regional economies. E3 is a model for collaboration among manufacturers, local economic development organizations, utilities, local government, and federal resources intended to:

  • Invest in local communities
  • Provide valuable technical training and assessments
  • Address energy and sustainability challenge
  • Enable economic growth

E3 focuses on helping small- and medium-size manufacturers advance efforts to use lean, clean and energy-efficient practices to conserve energy, reduce environmental impacts, preserve jobs and enhance overall competitiveness.

There is strong support at the local, regional and national level for the E3 initiative through state and local governments, utilities, manufacturers and six federal agencies:

  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • Department of Commerce
  • Department of Energy
  • Small Business Administration
  • Department of Labor
  • Department of Agriculture


How E3 Can Help Your Community

The E3 partnership is seeking to bring together local resources, such as economic development organizations, businesses and government agencies, to assist local manufacturers or businesses with on-site facility assessments, training, and partner resources available through participation in an E3 project. 

There are significant benefits that E3 can bring to your business:

  • Economic Growth
  • Improved competitiveness
  • Enhanced ability to attract new business
  • Job retention
  • Trained workforce with skills for a sustainable economy


To Get Started...

Please contact KPPC to learn more about the initiative and how you could help your business and your local economy.


KPPC - Kentucky Pollution Prevention Center
J.B. Speed School of Engineering
University of Louisville

Phone: (502) 852-0965
Fax: (502) 852-0964
Toll Free: (800) 334-8635 ext. 8520965



Kentucky E3 Partners

KPPC - Kentucky Pollution Prevention Center is the project lead and facilitator for the Kentucky E3 initiative.

Advantage Kentucky Alliance (NIST-MEP Affiliate)

Kentucky Community and Technical College System

Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet - Office of Employment and Training

Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet

Kentucky Small Business Development Center

Representatives from:

  • Duke Energy Corporation
  • East Kentucky Power Cooperative
  • LG&E and KU Energy LLC
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture
    - Rural Development Kentucky Office
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency - Region 4
  • U.S. Small Business Administration Kentucky District Office


Learn more about regional and national E3 initiatives at the Environmental Sustainability Resource Center (ESRC) website. 

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E3 in Action

In 2011 alone, E3:North Carolina collaborated with 21 manufacturers, conducted 68 assessments, trained over 100 workers and identified $9.3 million in savings.

“Being part of E3 has allowed us to network with suppliers and businesses in our area we didn’t even know existed. For instance, instead of getting charged to have our pallets taken away, we were introduced to people who actually paid us for those pallets.”

Bill Fassnacht
Director of Operations
Draka Elevator Products, Inc.
Rocky Mount, NC


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