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Kindred Healthcare, which operates long-term care hospitals and nursing centers across the United States, has earned recognition for its progress in reducing energy usage through the Kentucky Save Energy Now (KY SEN) initiative. Administered by KPPC, KY SEN helps energy-intensive facilities build self-sustaining energy-savings programs.
Kindred was the first company to sign the KY SEN pledge in 2010, committing to reducing energy use at the facility by 2.5 percent per year for 10 years. Since then, they have worked with KPPC engineers to strengthen their energy management program, and have been recognized at previous KPPC events for progressing through the first four levels of achievement for KY SEN.
The award presented on November 14 recognizes the company’s success in reaching the final level of the program. Level Five requires companies to develop and implement an internal recognition program for employees, and to mentor other KY SEN program participants as they seek to improve energy management at their facilities.
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Twenty-nine companies from across the Commonwealth have signed on to the KY SEN program, and Kindred is the first commercial facility to achieve Level Five status. The Louisville Support Center houses more than 1,000 full-time employees, a 50,000 square-foot data center and an on-site cafeteria.
Receiving the award, Senior Director of Corporate Facilities Management, Stephanie Warren said, “Kindred Healthcare's Support Center employees are committed to sustainability. Through our partnership with KPPC, we've made energy management a key component of our sustainability master plan. We're proud of our achievements and we thank KPPC for our 5-star recognition.”
KPPC hosted a week-long Sustainable Manufacturing Workshop this month in Louisville to help energy managers, engineers and plant managers at industrial and commercial facilities advance their understanding of technical aspects of pollution prevention. Simulations, case studies and exercises were used to demonstrate concepts ranging from solid wastes, green chemistry and hazardous materials to process reengineering and energy efficiency.
The workshop drew industrial facility representatives from across the Commonwealth and also helped KPPC engineers further develop their knowledge base so that they can better assist Kentucky companies with their sustainability efforts. Rick Spurlock, Facility Engineer for The United States Playing Card Company, said that, "What I learned during the course of the workshop was eye opening. Many of the requirements included in the Clean Air Act and the Clean Water Act are just common sense, and the EPA gets a bad rap in that sense." He said that the most valuable parts of the course for him included discussions of strategies for waste reduction, SWOT analyses and how to incorporate Lean into regular operations.
Steve Burke, of Hausner Hard-Chrome, Inc., said, "This was an excellent week of courses. Understanding how to map the process, prioritize what you found for most improvement return, and utilizing the four 'R's* to make the most of every opportunity was very helpful. Being green isn’t just spending more time and effort to recycle. Of all the ways we’re looking to bring more economic return, looking for waste reduction opportunities in your process is another great way to get there."
*Four 'R's - Refuse to use a material, Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.
The training sessions were designed by Purdue University Technical Assistance Program's Green Enterprise Development and licensed for presentation by the Alabama Technology Network. The sessions were conducted by Anthony Holden, a Lean Enterprise Specialist and trainer certified by both the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and MIT’s Lean Advancement Initiative.
On November 9, KAM presented the 2012 Manufacturers & Employee of the Year awards at a luncheon event in Louisville. Catlettsburg Refining, LLC won in the Large Business Category; Denyo Manufacturing Corporation won in the Mid-Size Business Category; and Universal Woods, Incorporated, won in the Small Business Category.
Denyo Manufacturing, is a long-time KPPC client, and Plant Manager/Director Joey Harris shared his appreciation with KPPC Executive Director Cam Metcalf, saying, "I would like to thank you to you and the rest of the staff at the Kentucky Pollution Prevention Center for your advice and assistance over the past several years. A big part of the reason that Denyo Manufacturing Corporation was selected for the Kentucky Association of Manufacturing’s mid-size 'Manufacturer of the Year' award was due to the environmental sustainability improvements that we implemented due to you and your staff’s guidance."
As a result of its work with KPPC, Denyo has improved its recycling of scrap metal, cardboard, paper, plastics and wood; reduced water and natural gas consumption; improved wastewater treatment; and achieved better management of process chemicals.
See details of the awards and this year's winners at the KAM website.
As a result of a partnership between the University of Kentucky Painting Technology Consortium and the Division of Compliance Assistance (DCA), virtual painter training is now available to facilities and educational organizations. Developed at the University of Northern Iowa’s Waste Reduction Center, the VirtualPaint® training system uses the latest technologies to train current and future spray technicians without wasting time and money. The system allows users to view and interact with real spray application equipment while simulating the actual application on to a virtual surface.
Spray coating operations emit particulate matter and volatile organic compounds that can include hazardous air pollutants. Most operations require an air quality permit. By improving a painter’s spray technique, facilities can save money, reduce emissions, and reduce the amount of materials used resulting in less wasted product. Traditional training programs require the use of “real” paints and solvents thereby generating emissions and waste products. VirtualPaint® allows facilities to train employees without spending money on supplies or travel while at the same time eliminating emissions and providing real time feedback.
“If DCA can help facilities realize that small behavior changes result in both environmental improvements and savings in time and money, then that is a win-win for everyone. It is even better that we can do this in a virtual environmental and reduce our training footprint as well,” said Kenya Stump, Environmental Assistance Manager at DCA. Entities interested in arranging onsite training should contact Ms. Stump at email@example.com.
In recognition of the small business community’s contribution to the American economy and society, the President of the United States designates one week each year as National Small Business Week. The national celebration will take place in the spring of 2013 in Washington, DC. Prior to National Small Business Week 2013, the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Kentucky District Office, in conjunction with the Kentucky Small Business Development Center, will have a special event in Frankfort, KY to honor and present awards to local entrepreneurs and those who support and advocate for small businesses.
In celebration of National Small Business Week, the SBA Kentucky District Office will give the following awards for 2013:
For eligibility requirements, nomination procedures and questions, contact Michael Ashcraft, SBA Kentucky District Office at 502-582-5971 x225 or firstname.lastname@example.org.