In this issue...
KPPC’s 2012–2013 annual report is now available to view or download on the Center's Publications web page. The report highlights KPPC's successful completion of a number of important projects for the Commonwealth this fiscal year. Through its pollution prevention (P2) technical assistance services and outreach programs, KPPC has helped its clients succeed while improving the state’s overall environmental and economic performance.
Several of the Center’s clients who have won awards and received national and statewide recognition for their environmental management efforts this fiscal year are featured in the report. As KPPC Board Chairman Doug Griffin remarked, "The annual report is the board’s case statement to Kentucky’s Governor, General Assembly, business and industry leaders, environmental organizations and the community-at-large that an investment in responsible environmental stewardship does indeed pay off."
We invite you to take a look at this year's report.
On October 15, Dr. Neville G. Pinto, Dean of the J. B. Speed School of Engineering, announced the appointment of Lissa McCracken as Acting Director of KPPC.
Dean Pinto stated in his announcement, "Lissa has over 23 years of professional experience in the environmental field. She has been a part of the KPPC team for over 15 years where she’s served in various roles including: Pollution Prevention Specialist, Training Coordinator, Communications & Outreach Program Manager, and Assistant Director. Her expertise includes identification and development of new programs and initiatives related to pollution prevention and energy efficiency and building public/private partnerships to promote environmental sustainability. Lissa was previously employed with the Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection and received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Eastern Kentucky University. She is a Certified Green Manufacturing Specialist, Certified ISO 14001 Lead Auditor, and has also completed the UofL University Business Training Certification program.
From UofL Today
Team Kentuckiana, a joint venture of the University of Louisville, Ball State University and the University of Kentucky, was selected to participate with 20 other collegiate teams from the United States, Canada and Europe in the 2013 Department of Energy Solar Decathlon.
Just like the mythical bird, the Team Kentuckianan’s Phoenix House was conceived to regenerate communities destroyed by a natural disaster, such as the deadly tornadoes that are common in the Midwest. The Phoenix House can be transported rapidly via the interstate and assembled as a permanent, durable and energy-efficient home. This home is intended to serve as a permanent solution to disaster relief. (Photo at right shows the interior of the Phoenix House).
The Phoenix House is fabricated in two modules and can be assembled on site in a week. The Module 1 roof is supported by wood trusses that are designed to be collapsible during transportation. The primary roof is raised at a slope for optimal performance of the PV panels, and infill pieces are put into place. The corrugated metal roof supports a 7.8 kilowatt array of solar panels that will completely power the house.
The home has many energy-efficient and sustainable features. All appliances and fixtures were chosen for their high efficiency. The bedrooms have operable windows that allow for natural ventilation and plenty of daylight. The lighting enhances the space and provides task lights for each area. The master bedroom has a set of French doors that open to a private patio. The patio is enclosed by the “green wall.” This is made of grape vines, which provide shade, privacy and also fruit for the family. Waste water is organically treated in a series of planters and then reused for irrigation. The water heater uses 62 percent less energy by absorbing the heat in the ambient air and using it to heat the water.
Read Professor McGinley's entire article about the Phoenix House in UofL Today.
The 6th edition of the "State of Green Business 2013" report published by GreenBiz, details many of the sustainability challenges and opportunities facing businesses worldwide.
From the report's introductory section: "With increasing volatility, where everything from natural resources to supply chains to political realities to the global economy can be turned topsy-turvy in relatively short order, “sustainability” takes on new, poignant meaning. It has to do with aligning economic, environmental and social interests, of course. But increasingly, it is taking on even more strategic importance, linked to reducing supply-chain risk and ensuring business continuity during disruptions, the right to operate in resource-stressed areas, reliable and cost-efficient energy supplies, and brand value and reputation. In other words, the things upon which companies sink or swim. Ours is a world in which a flood in Thailand can cut off global supplies of computer disk drives for the better part of a year; where a record-low Mississippi River can choke the flow of commerce; where an unprecedented hurricane (or “superstorm”) can upend one of the world’s financial centers for weeks. In that context, how should a company view climate change, renewable energy, and resource efficiency? How should its shareholders view risk and resilience as it relates to the surety of their investments? And how should communities assess the responsibility of companies within their regions, in terms of the fair appropriation of local resources when they become scarce?
The entire 90-page report is available as a free download from the GreenBiz website.
The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) has created a new Safer Chemistry website that is designed to help businesses and industries establish a chemical management system that goes beyond simply complying with OSHA standards and strives to reduce or eliminate chemical hazards at the source through informed substitution that best protects workers.
The site provides a step-by-step toolkit for employers and workers with information, methods, tools and guidance on using informed toxic chemical substitution in the workplace. By using this toolkit, businesses can improve worker well-being through eliminating or reducing hazardous chemicals, while creating other benefits, including:
OSHA cites the National Pollution Prevention Roundtable’s (NPPR) 2025 Safer Chemistry Challenge Program as an example of a successful approach to chemistry safety. NPPR established a seven step program that companies can use to eliminate or reduce chemicals of concern. The NPPR program provides companies with a simple and useful method of setting performance goals and creating action plans.