Vol. 5, Iss. 2
In this issue...
Modern Welding Company, Inc., is the largest underground and aboveground steel tank manufacturer in the United States, with 11 manufacturing subsidiaries nationwide, including three in Kentucky. KPPC has worked with the Modern Welding facility in Owensboro (pictured at right) since 2010, addressing energy efficiency. The Center has provided technical assistance, conducted on-site assessments and identified ways to improve efficiency and reduce operating costs.
As part of its environmental sustainability assessment for the company, KPPC identified six specific energy-related opportunities for the Owensboro facility, including repairing air leaks, lighting upgrades, improving shutdown procedures, and developing an energy management program. By implementing these opportunities, the facility could reduce its energy use by 22 percent, saving more than $20,000 a year, with a simple payback on investment of two years.
John Austin, Vice President and Subsidiary Manager for Modern Welding, said, “I consider the study done by KPPC to have been extremely valuable for the information provided as well as the recommendations made. I need not speak to the value of all said information and suggestions given the 'price' paid for the service! It would be my personal opinion that anyone responsible for maximizing the efficiency of power consumption in an organization would be wise to utilize your organization’s services. I hope to be able to provide more examples of how we have responded to the excellent report provided by your study in the coming years.”
With KPPC’s help, the company has seen behavioral changes take root with everyone at the facility. Austin says that now, “I am consciously considering energy management regularly. It is a variable cost that can be affected…and we’re definitely trying to affect it in a positive manner!”
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Businesses and industries looking for environmental management services or products may find potential providers through KPPC's online Consultants Directory. KPPC maintains the directory as a free service made available through funding from the Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection's Hazardous Waste Management Fund.
The recently-updated directory includes 57 company listings, which can be searched by service category or region. Service categories include building commissioning, energy efficiency, energy savings performance contracting, environmental consulting or engineering, emergency response, laboratory services, regulatory compliance, site remediation, UST management, waste management, pollution prevention, renewable energy, environmental management systems and training.
The KPPC Consultants Directory is not a preferred vendor list. It is available to any environmental services company that requests to list its information in the directory. There is no charge to the company to post a listing or to access the information in the directory.
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The February 28 panel discussion drew nearly
40 attendees from across the campus community.
Nearly 40 sustainability-minded people gathered February 28 for a panel discussion presented at the University of Louisville Shelby Campus. The event, "Shelby Campus: Partnering for Sustainability," focused on successful and ongoing sustainability initiatives, the importance of partnerships in sustainable development, and specific ways community stakeholders can collaborate to increase the overall sustainability of the campus community.
- Larry Owsley, University of Louisville Vice President for Business Affairs
- Maria Koetter, City of Louisville Director of Sustainability
- Matt Ricketts, NTS Development Company Vice President of Construction and Development
- Stephanie Weldy, University of Louisville Get Healthy Now Program Coordinator
The event was sponsored by KPPC, the Shelby Campus Green Team and the Kentucky Institute for the Environment and Sustainable Development. KPPC Assistant Director Lissa McCracken said, "KPPC is proud to be a part of the Shelby Campus Green Team and serve as a co-host of this event. We feel it’s important to create awareness about the sustainability initiatives that are taking place at UofL and in our community through public/private partnerships. Through activities like this, we hope that others will be inspired to take action."
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- Significant New Industry Initiative to Push Recycling Forward
From Resource Recycling. Under the banner of Action to Accelerate Recycling, nearly 80 corporate, trade group, environmental and governmental leaders met for two days this month near Dallas to devise a plan to push recycling levels higher.
The event was sponsored by Alcoa and was produced with the assistance of other "Founders Circle" firms and groups, such as Waste Management, Owens-Illinois and the National Association for PET Container Resources. The attendees represented more than 70 percent of the soft drink industry, 90 percent of the glass container market and all of the aluminum cansheet industry. Executives from paper and plastic recycling firms were also at the meeting, as were those representing recycling collection and processing firms, and local and state governments.
The goal of the working meeting was to produce a plan to boost recycling rates by 20 percentage points in three years. Attendees were asked to consider ways to make "recycling the social norm, not the exception."
Participants we interviewed were generally supportive of the efforts of Alcoa and its partners. Similar initiatives have been undertaken by organizations, such as the National Recycling Coalition, but, "this is the first time such a project has been led by a company," noted one attendee. A beverage industry veteran said that "Alcoa deserves credit for pulling this together," while another attendee said, "I greatly appreciated the organizers' efforts."
That's not to suggest that the event was a love-fest. One of the executives we interviewed said that "knowing the challenges of consensus, opposing missions, disagreement, level of decision-making authority, experience … this process will take a while."
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- Industry Progressing in Voluntary Effort to Reduce Toxic Chemicals
This month, the U.S. EPA released the interim results of a voluntary effort by eight chemical manufacturers to reduce emissions and use of long-chain perfluorinated chemicals (LCPFCs), including perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA). Used in hundreds of manufacturing and industrial applications, LCPFCs are toxic, persistent in our environment worldwide and can accumulate in people. EPA’s 2010/15 PFOA Stewardship Program was established in 2006 in partnership with DuPont, Solvay Solexis, Asahi Glass Company, Daikin America, Inc., Clariant International Ltd., 3M/Dyneon, Arkema Inc. and BASF (formerly Ciba Specialty Chemicals Corporation).
Four of the companies have met the program’s intermediate goal of a 95 percent reduction in global emissions and product content by 2010. The companies continue to reduce emissions of LCPFCs as well as overall product content of LCPFCs. Additionally, more than 150 replacement chemicals have been developed. The eight participating companies have informed EPA that they are on track to phase out LCPFCs by the end of 2015.
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- Tools to Measure Sustainability: Life Cycle Assessment Webinar
March 7, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. ET
Life cycle assessment (LCA) is a tool used to quantify the environmental impacts of a product throughout the entire life cycle, including material extraction, manufacturing, transportation and end of life. The inputs and outputs of the product life cycle are quantified and then translated to environmental impact. Results are commonly used to compare the environmental footprint of multiple products which perform the same function.
LCA results are useful for communicating the environmental impact of a product both internally and externally. Internally, LCA results allow those operations or materials which contribute significant environmental impact to be identified, allowing future improvements to be targeted. Externally, LCA results can be used to validate marketing claims or compare the environmental impact of products of multiple manufacturers. This webinar will focus on the LCA process and how LCA results can be used to drive sustainability. Case study examples will also be presented.
Register online for this free webinar. Seating is limited. Hosted by the National Pollution Prevention Roundtable.
- Dr. Anahita Williamson, Director, New York State Pollution Prevention Institute
- Kate Winnebeck, Senior Environment, Health & Safety Specialist, New York State Pollution Prevention Institute
- Process Heating Systems Assessment Workshop
March 22, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. ET, Louisville, Kentucky
Join KPPC for this one-day workshop that provides an introduction to process heating and process heating equipment used by industry, such as furnaces, dryers, ovens, heaters and kilns. This technical training is designed for process & maintenance engineers, equipment designers & operators, energy coordinators & consulting engineers. Learn practical tips on process heating and maintenance, how to improve energy efficiency and reduce emissions from furnaces, and how to use DOE’s Process Heating Assessment and Survey Tool (PHAST).
Discussion topics include:
- combustion and other heating methods
- heat transfer in furnaces
- commonly used process heating controls
Presented as part of KPPC’s environmental sustainability training series, this workshop is offered in conjunction with the U.S. DOE’s Advanced Manufacturing Office.
- emissions from heating processes
The workshop will be led by U.S. DOE certified facilitator Dr. Richard Martin. Dr. Martin has over 30 years of experience in the process heating industry and holds 13 patents pertaining to combustion technologies. He currently teaches engineering courses at Oral Roberts University and manages an engineering consulting business specializing in serving the process heating needs of the chemical and refining industries.
Register by March 15. There is no charge to attend. Continental breakfast, lunch and workshop materials will be provided. Limit of two attendees per company.
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