If you have ever wondered how you, your business or your community could reduce greenhouse gas emissions daily, there is a workshop designed for you. The Kentucky Pollution Prevention Center (KPPC) and KY EXCEL, Kentucky’s environmental leadership program, have partnered to organize a free “Creating a Green Footprint Workshop” to be held on April 26. Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government will be hosting the workshop from 12:30–4:30 p.m. EDT at the Tate Building located at 125 Lisle Industrial Avenue, Suite 180, in Lexington. Registration will begin at 12:30 p.m. followed by the workshop at 1 p.m.
During this half-day event, the Division of Compliance Assistance (DCA); Kentucky Pollution Prevention Center, an Inaugural Leader member of KY EXCEL; Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government, a KY EXCEL Leader member; and the Division of Forestry will share their knowledge and expertise. Participants will leave knowing the basics of how to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and prevent pollution from everyday activities through heating and cooling or planting a tree. Participants will not become experts, but will gain a general overview in order to create a green footprint. Each attendee will leave the workshop with a free sapling to plant.
What will be covered?
- How to reduce greenhouse gas emissions daily
- Cost and GHG emission analysis of multiple heating and cooling options
- Insight into creating a forestry program
- Guidance on tree planting and sapling care
This workshop is free, but registration is required. For more information and to register, please visit the workshop website. Seating is limited, so reserve your spot today!
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.
The 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