The summer issue of Land Air and Water is now available for download at http://eec.ky.gov/Pages/LandAirWater.aspx. This issue highlights the following articles:
- From Cooking Oil to Biodiesel – Students at Franklin County Career and Technical Center are producing biodiesel made possible by a $5,000 grant they received last year. Read on Page 1 how the conversion process takes place and the uses found for the biodiesel products at their school.
- And the winner is…Kentucky – For the first time, EPA has presented a state government agency with the ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Award. On Page 3, read how the cabinet’s Department for Energy Development and Independence (DEDI)
rated such a high honor with its exceptional energy efficiency programs.
- Urban meets “wild” in Rubbertown – The name Rubbertown instantly brings to mind acres filled with industrial and chemical factories in southwest Louisville. However, employees of one company are bringing new life to a closed landfill near their rubber manufacturing facility. On Page 6, read how American Synthetic Rubber Co. created a wildlife habitat that provides a green space full of educational opportunities for local groups and school children.
- After the Storm – It’s been four months since an EF-3 tornado tore through Morgan County and West Liberty leveling most of the area. The centerfold story starting on Page 9 highlights the efforts of cabinet staff in responding to cleanup of environmental hazards and providing guidance of safe handling of storm debris to some of the hardest hit areas. In a related story on Page 14, see the destruction of the Division of Forestry’s Morgan County Nursery and read how forestry employees worked to salvage bags of seedlings and equipment.
- KET spotlights Kentucky communities at their best – Dave Shuffett, host of KET’s Kentucky Life, picked up trash and old tires in Rabbit Hash in Boone County during Commonwealth Cleanup Week. Read some tips for improving your community’s environment on Page 17, as well as some highlights from the cleanup event.
This issue is also packed with awards highlighting forestry employees, the annual conservation Envirothon competition winners, DEP’s Eco-Art Contest winners, Earth Day award winners and many others. The stories provided in each issue share the work and progress that our cabinet employees make in preserving our state’s air, land and water resources.