Sustainability in Action at Sherwin-Williams Plant in Richmond
Gary Satler, Manager for Engineering, Maintenance & Safety, presented a case study detailing the facility's progress.
On December 3, 2010, nearly 50 attendees gathered at the Sherwin-Williams facility in Richmond for a facility tour and the inaugural meeting of the Kentucky Energy Alliance. Attendees got a first-hand look at the energy management techniques that helped the company realize a 24.9 percent drop in electricity usage between 2006 (their baseline year) and 2009. Sherwin-Williams has implemented dozens of energy-saving projects over the past few years, and has been recognized nationally for its significant progress in energy efficiency.
Gary Satler, Manager for Engineering, Maintenance & Safety at the facility, presented a case study detailing the progress that has been made. During the facility tour, members of the site sustainability team talked with meeting attendees, explained projects, highlighted the returns achieved and discussed lessons learned.
Describing Sherwin-Williams' commitment to sustainability, Mr. Satler said, "Our site has made energy reduction a critical component of our continuous improvement mindset. The projects completed over the past several years have had a positive impact on site expenses while improving morale, work atmosphere and the appearance of the site." He added that as they implemented more sustainability projects, and the returns on investment continued to add up, they have been able to get financial support for more capital-intensive projects. The initiative taken by the sustainability team at the Richmond Plant has proven itself and is now being implemented company-wide.
Energy efficiency equipment at the
Many people on the tour expressed great interest in the LED lighting being tested at the facility. Mr. Satler said, "At the Richmond Plant we are trialing T8 LED lighting due to the significant energy reduction along with reduced maintenance costs." The T8 LED lights under trial are only 15 total watts each. This is a significant drop from most T8 bulbs that are 32 watts.
Kentucky Energy Alliance
The inaugural meeting of the Kentucky Energy Alliance (KEA) also took place at Sherwin-Williams. KEA's mission is to promote and achieve better energy management through networking, program activities and education. The Alliance is targeted to industrial and large commercial facilities. During the KEA meeting, representatives from Kindred Healthcare and Reynolds Packaging each gave short overviews of what their companies have been doing to improve energy management. Attendees asked questions and received feedback from their peers about what works and what doesn't at their facilities. The Alliance will begin holding regular meetings in 2011 and will be open to all industries in Kentucky.
Thanks to our Host
KPPC thanks the Sherwin-Williams team for graciously hosting the meeting, sharing their experiences with attendees and providing lunch for the visitors.
As part of its commitment to hosting environmentally-friendly events, KPPC purchased 1.5 metric tons of carbon dioxide offsets for this event. The credits were purchased through the Mountain Association for Community Economic Development (MACED).