Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Workshop @ Muhammad Ali Center
May 21 – May 24 all-day

The biennial Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (RE3) Workshop will be held May 21-24 at the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville, Kentucky. The workshop is funded by the National Science Foundation and coordinated through the Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research (CCRER) at the University of Louisville J.B. Speed School of Engineering.

The workshop theme is “Defining and Refining the Energy-Water-Food Nexus.” The workshop encourages, strengthens and creates partnerships among stakeholders at the state, region and national arenas, forging connections and fostering innovation and intellectual exchange among academic, small businesses and entrepreneurial start-ups, and mature industrial partners.

Who should attend?

Participation is encouraged from faculty, students and staff of universities and institutes, business/corporate partners, national laboratories and entrepreneurs across the nation, as well as local and regional high schools and junior colleges.

What will be covered? 

The 2017 RE3 Workshop features presentations by speakers from universities, businesses, national laboratories and funding agencies on the latest technical discoveries and thematic priorities for renewable energy and efficiency in the following key areas: Energy-Water-Food (EWF) Nexus, Materials and Process Innovation, and Materials and Energy Entrepreneurship. Plenary lectures will focus on the grand challenges facing the EWF Nexus, with particular emphasis around how clean energy research can link the necessary science to push the scientific boundaries of the nexus further.

The workshop will be divided into three topical tracks that will be the focus of afternoon sessions of invited and submitted talks: Clean Energy-Food, Clean Energy-Water and Clean Energy-Entrepreneurship.

In addition to plenary lectures and presentations, short educational courses for students, faculty and industry are offered as a prelude to the kickoff for the workshop, including: 1) Materials Discovery and Advanced Materials Characterization; 2) Additive Manufacturing, Biogas production and Combined Heat & Power; and 3) The Next Step: Technical Entrepreneurship in the Materials and Energy Sector.

A key outcome is enabling students and researchers in academia, government and industry in energy-related fields and disciplines to increase national research competitiveness and viable renewable energy technology transfer and commercialization offerings.

The workshop agenda also features a poster session and formal and informal networking opportunities in addition to the short courses, presentations and product demonstrations. Conference talks will be presented as papers as a special online issue of ACS Energy Letters.

Visit the workshop website to learn more, submit papers and posters, apply for Student Travel Awards and to register. Early Bird registration is available until April 28.









FREE: In-Person ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager Training and Webinar @ Spalding University’s Kosair College of Health and Natural Sciences, Room 113
May 23 @ 1:00 pm EDT – 3:00 pm EDT

epa-energy_star_logo-jpgThe Louisville Energy Alliance, in partnership with Louisville Metro Government’s Office of Sustainability, will host a FREE EPA ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager training session on May 23 from 1-3 p.m.

The training will include a one-hour webinar hosted by an EPA ENERGY STAR professional followed by on-site assistance with creating Portfolio Manager accounts and entering data into the software. Attendees will learn the basic functionality of Portfolio Manager as well as how to log energy and water use data and generate custom reports using the data. By the end of the session, attendees will have entered one year of energy data, have a basic understanding of the capabilities of Portfolio Manager and be one step closer to ENERGY STAR certification. Additionally, senior engineers from the Kentucky Pollution Prevention Center (KPPC) will be on-hand to answer any technical assistance questions.

Portfolio Manager is a free, online software that enables building owners and managers to track and evaluate a facility’s energy and water consumption over time. Buildings that perform in the top 25% of their peers, receiving a minimum score of 75/100, are eligible to receive the ENERGY STAR certification.

Attendees will learn how to:

  • Operate Portfolio Manager
  • Set up a new property
  • Set up water and energy meters
  • Log energy and water use data
  • Create custom reports from the data


Why ENERGY STAR Certification?

  • ENERGY STAR buildings are seen as top performers in energy-efficiency
  • Lower operating costs
  • Higher marketability
  • Fewer greenhouse gas emissions
  • Higher rental rates


Visit the training website for more information and to register.louisville-energy-alliance-logo-png






Portfolio Manager® 101
May 23 @ 1:00 pm EDT – 2:00 pm EDT

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Join us as we introduce and demonstrate the core functionality of EPA’s ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool. Attendees will learn how to: navigate Portfolio Manager; add a property and enter details about it; enter energy and water consumption data; share properties; and generate template performance reports to assess progress.

Register for this and other informative Energy Star webinars.

Webinar: Ask the Expert
May 24 @ 12:00 pm EDT – 12:30 pm EDT

epa-energy_star_logo-jpgEvery Wednesday at noon, we’ll hold Portfolio Manager “Ask the Expert.” It’s a live webinar that gives all users an opportunity to ask their questions directly to EPA experts in an open forum. Want to talk to a “real” person? Have a question about how Portfolio Manager calculates your score? Want to learn more about entering Green Power? Join us, and we’ll answer all your questions about ENERGY STAR’s Portfolio Manager in this public forum.

Register for this and other informative Energy Star webinars.


Portfolio Manager® 201
May 24 @ 1:00 pm EDT – 2:00 pm EDT

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Continue to learn about EPA’s new ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool, with a deeper dive into more advanced functionalities such as: managing and tracking changes to your property uses over time; using spreadsheet templates to update property data; setting goals and targets to plan energy improvements for properties; generating and using custom reports; and using the Sustainable Buildings Checklist.

Register for this and other informative Energy Star webinars.

Portfolio Manager® 301
May 25 @ 1:00 pm EDT – 2:00 pm EDT

Energy Star LogoWith a good background on the basic functionality of EPA’s ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager® tool, learn about some advanced features including: using spreadsheet upload templates to update property data; setting goals and targets to plan energy improvements for properties; creating custom reports; and using the Sustainable Buildings Checklist.

Register for this and other informative Energy Star webinars today!


The Recycling Partnership – State of Curbside Report
May 25 @ 1:00 pm EDT – 2:00 pm EDT

Recycling-Partnership-logo-pngIn its inaugural State of Curbside Report, The Recycling Partnership identifies key attributes of the highest-performing cities (those collecting more than 400 pounds per household, per year) for recovering recyclables curbside in the U.S. One common attribute that the cities shared was that each community had some sort of public action to support recycling.

What is a “public action?” It’s a term that refers to a trigger or tool that a local government implements to influence curbside recycling collection. Examples of this can include 1) having a licensing agreement or franchise that mandates recycling collection be provided with garbage collection, 2) delivering a container to every home in the community and mandating automatic collection, or 3) other action or policy that supports recycling and includes it in every household’s service.

In this Webinar, The Recycling Partnership will share details and data from its far-ranging State of Curbside Report. Representatives of three high-performing cities — Florence, Alabama; Madison, Wisconsin; and Portland, Oregon — will share how their communities brought recycling to its residents in a way that makes them public action stars of recycling.

Register for this webinar.

2017 Kentucky Association of Manufacturers Conference & Trade Show @ Lexington Center
May 31 – Jun 1 all-day

SSP-jpeg-KAMlogoRegistration is open for the 2017 KAM Conference & Trade Show. The deadline to register is May 24. The Kentucky Association of Manufacturers (KAM) is facilitating the conference, which will be held May 31 and June 1 at the Lexington Center in Lexington, Kentucky. The theme for this year’s conference is “Manufacturing Our Future.” The goal for the conference is for manufacturers to understand and leverage where they are now to influence manufacturing’s future. Trade show and sponsorship registrations must be received by close of business on May 10 to ensure inclusion in all event materials.

The conference offers a full agenda of relevant information from renowned speakers, including Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt, who will speak about his new position in Washington, D.C., and his perspectives about energy and the environment. The conference will have 11 sessions over two days, and will include an industry trade show.

Additionally, the Kentucky Pollution Prevention Center (KPPC) will have a booth at the conference. KPPC helps Kentucky businesses and industries develop environmentally sustainable, cost-saving solutions for improved energy efficiency.

KAM invites manufacturers, suppliers, legislators, educators, policy makers, large energy consumers and key decision makers to join them at the conference for focused discussion on topics such as: The pipeline of qualified and skilled talent; reliable and affordable energy now and into the future; and cybersecurity, hacking and the Internet of Things (IoT).

KAM is focused on giving manufacturers practical, relevant information that can immediately be put into practice to see positive results right away. It is also committed to ensuring Kentucky has a manufacturing-friendly environment now and into the future.

Conference and Trade Show information, the agenda, sponsorship opportunities and registration are available online. 



Emerging Contaminants in the Aquatic Environment Conference @ I Hotel and Conference Center
May 31 – Jun 1 all-day

The Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC) and Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant (IISG) are co-organizing the Emerging Contaminants in the Aquatic Environment Conference (ECAEC17), which will be held May 31-June 1 in Champaign, Illinois.

The conference will feature presentations and posters on the latest in emerging contaminant research, policies, and education. In addition, there will be opportunities for discussion with those interested in all aspects of emerging contaminants in the aquatic environment.

Who should attend?

Researchers, educators, businesses, government officials, regulatory agencies, policy makers, outreach and extension professionals, environmental groups, members of the general public, and medical, veterinary, and public health professionals are encouraged to attend the conference.

Keynote presentations include:

  • Contaminants of emerging concern during de facto water reuse (Susan Glassmeyer – Research Chemist, United States Environmental Protection Agency)
  • Microplastic and anthropogenic litter in rivers is abundant, mobile and selects for unique bacterial assemblages (Tim Hoellein – Assistant Professor, Loyola University Chicago)
  • PAHs and coal tar — old contaminants with emerging concerns (Barbara Mahler – Research Hydrologist, United States Geological Survey)

On May 31, oral sessions will run from 9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. CDT, with a reception and poster session following from 4:15 to 6 p.m. CDT. On June 1, oral sessions and a panel discussion will run from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. CDT. Registration is open until May 12. (Times are subject to change once the agenda is finalized.)

Please note: If you are submitting an abstract for an oral presentation or poster you will need to register for the conference separately.

For more information and to register, please visit the conference website. Early bird registration ends April 30.



Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Green Infrastructure Conference @ Cobo Center
May 31 – Jun 2 all-day

The first ever Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Green Infrastructure Conference will be held May 31-June 2 at the Cobo Center in Detroit, Michigan. This conference will draw more than 1,000 engineers, landscape architects, water quality professionals, government officials (local, state, provincial and federal), developers, planners, academia, drain and road agencies, conservation and non-profit organizations, and interest groups from around the Great Lakes basin in Canada and the U.S.

The conference will focus on using green infrastructure across the landscape with a primary goal of protecting the surface waters in the Great Lakes region. The conference location is in the middle of the Great Lakes chain and at the forefront of many innovative green infrastructure projects.

Conference information and registration are available online.