KPPC - Kentucky Pollution Prevention Center


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State: Kentucky

Organization Type:  Technical Assistance Provider (TAP)

Project Lead Contact Information:

Lissa McCracken
University of Louisville
Louisville, KY 40292


Other Project Contact(s) Information:

Bruce Hepke
Senior Engineer
Office: 502-852-0148
Fax: 502-852-0964

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Project status:  Active

Project Begin Date: 2011

Project Description/Focus: Small to medium size manufacturers

Client Interaction

  • Number of E3 assessment clients: 4
  • Average time spent per client (hours): 240

Client Size (Number of employees)

  • Largest: 85
  • Smallest: 23

Client Types

  • Industrial


Technical Assessments

  • Number Conducted: 2 Completed; 1 In Progress; 1 Scheduled
  • Types Provided:
    • Environmental Assessments
    • Energy Assessments
    • Greenhouse Gas Evaluations
    • Lean Assessments

Technical Assessments – Comments

  • KPPC provides the Energy/GHG and Environmental assessments. The Lean portion is provided by an outside entity such as the state MEP or local community college.

Pre/Post Assessment Training Conducted

  • Lean 101 & Value Stream Mapping has been conducted.
  • Additional training needs will continue to be identified.

Marketing Materials / Activities 

  • Partner Networking
  • Web Content
  • Success Stories
  • Flyers/Brochures
  • Email Communications
  • Events (e.g. – Conferences, forums, sessions, etc.)

Marketing Strategies – Comments 

  • Marketing materials continue to evolve as we strive to present a “clearer” message to the targeted audience.
  • Currently working with EPA contractor to develop a formal Case Study of an E3 client.

E3 Partner Communication Activities

  • Initially held monthly meetings with partners as the KY E3 program was getting started. The majority were conference calls with face-to-face meetings twice a year. Meetings now occur more on a twice per year basis with emails in between.

Tools Used / Developed

  • Calculators
  • Software (e.g. – customized spreadsheet, 3rd party products, etc.)
  • Pre-assessment Questionnaire
  • Metrics Tracking (e.g. – database, spreadsheet, etc.)
  • Management Systems
  • MEP Lean Assessment

Experience / Processes

Client Report Process Description

  • Information for each assessment (lean, energy/GHG, environment) is integrated into one assessment report detailing observations and recommendations, with each component assimilated into the Value Stream Map. Supplemental information includes partner resources and contact information. Clients are given the option of a formal report-out either in person or via conference call.

Implementation (Follow-up) Strategy

  • KPPC serves as an implementation coach for the first year. This has included participating in monthly calls during the client’s environmental team meetings and occasional on-site participation. KPPC also conducts routine three, six, nine and twelve month follow-ups to evaluate metrics and identify any additional assistance or resources needed by the client. KPPC serves as the facilitator to put clients in contact with partner resources.

Project Barriers 

  • Difficulty articulating the “what’s in it for them” value proposition to get companies to jump on board.
  • Turnover within the company can slow down the momentum.

Project Outcomes (Results)

Results from 2 completed assessments:

  • 440,000 lbs/yr – reduced hazardous waste/hazardous materials usage
  • 545,000 gal/yr – reduced water usage
  • 6.2 billion Btu – energy reduction
  • 978 kW – energy demand reduction
  • 5,460 metric tons – annual CO2 emission equivalent reduction
  • 100 lean opportunities identified – 36 implemented/26 in process
  • Total estimated annual savings = $437,384


  • Local Utilities
  • NIST Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP)
  • Regional/Local – Department of Agriculture Extension Offices
  • Regional/Local – Small Business Development Centers
  • Regional/Local – Community Colleges
  • State – Environmental Agency (other than P2 office)
  • State – Energy Agency
  • State – U.S. Small Business Administration Office (SBA)
  • State – U.S. Department of Agriculture Office (DOA)
  • State – Workforce Development Agency
  • U.S. EPA Regional Office
  • University-based Pollution Prevention Technical Assistance Program (TAP)

Funding Source

  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)