Owensboro Company Wins KPPC Sustainability Award

Owensboro Grain Company has been selected as the Kentucky Pollution Prevention Center’s (KPPC) Douglas C. Griffin Environmental Sustainability Award winner for 2015. KPPC created the award in 2009 to recognize those Kentucky companies that have demonstrated a commitment to the principles of sustainability by reducing waste, lowering energy use and practicing environmental stewardship. The award is presented each year in conjunction with National Pollution Prevention Week. The memorial award is named for the late Douglas C. Griffin, KPPC’s Board Chairman from 1999 to 2015.


John Wright, Executive Vice President of Owensboro Grain and Lissa McCracken, Executive Director of KPPC

This year’s winner, Owensboro Grain Company, was founded in 1906 and is now in its fifth generation of ownership. Owensboro Grain produces a wide variety of products at its plant locations on the Ohio River in western Kentucky. The company also operates a biodiesel production facility, which has added millions of gallons of fuel per year to the nation’s energy supply. Owensboro Grain has been actively engaged in sustainability efforts for a number of years and has been working with the Kentucky Pollution Prevention Center (KPPC) since 2011.

John Wright, Executive Vice President of Owensboro Grain, accepted the award in Owensboro on September 29. Wright acknowledged the efforts of the staff and management team in the company’s successful sustainability efforts, “I want to accept this award on behalf of our staff – especially those who helped push our sustainability efforts through – they’re the ones on the front lines who have made energy management, waste reduction and sustainability a priority for our company and for our community.”

A video of the award presentation and an interview with John Wright is on KPPC’s webpage.