The fall 2015 issue of Land, Air & Water is available for download at http://eec.ky.gov/Pages/LandAirWater.aspx.
The cover features a shot of the Cumberland River, captured by Harold Kelly of Glasgow. On the inside page, Energy and Environment Cabinet Secretary Len Peters bids us all a final farewell as he relays his hopes and recounts the last eight years he has spent leading the cabinet. He also addresses the challenges that come, but he has no doubt, the cabinet will work together to address, ‘make improvements and seek out better and more cost effective ways of doing our work.’
These stories also appear in the fall 2015 issue:
- Renewable energy – This second-in-a-series of articles about Kentucky’s drive for energy
- independence focuses on hydroelectricity and how it can be a viable energy source in our state. Kenya Stump of the Department for Energy Development and Independence answers questions about the history of hydroelectricity, how it works and the challenges facing its growth in Kentucky on Page 1.
- Environmental Protectors – Lanny Brannock of the Department for Environmental Protection takes us to when environmental disaster strikes and explains how the Environmental Response Team handles each unique situation. Read how they work with other agencies in Kentucky to limit environmental damage on page 5.
- Energy tour offers and eye opening experience for Kentucky educators – Take a tour with Roberta Burnes of the Division for Air Quality as she tours various energy plants across Kentucky and Tennessee. Read about her adventure and how educators get inspired on page 13.
- Smaller communities think bigger savings – On page 4, journey to Greensburg and learn what Energy Savings Performance Contracts can do for a community. In this article Eileen Hardy of the Division of Efficiency and Conservation, explains how the Department for Local Government is working to cut energy costs and make updates along the way.
- The Jesse Stuart State Nature Preserve – Travel to a land that inspired the legendary Jesse Stuart at the state nature preserve located in Greenup, Kentucky. Read about the connection Stuart had with his land on page 9, and how his last wishes were fulfilled to educate and inspire others with the beauty of the Appalachia’s.
Other stories include how Kentucky firefighters were first to respond to other states, as this year was an usually dry and hot summer (page 6); how a tree can inspire people and even poetry (page 12); how we can all come together to explore the inhabitants of our land (page 11); how we can all join the effort to keep our water clean (page18); multiple awards stories that showcase people and companies that work for the environment and case studies that spotlight people, associations and companies that are making a difference across the Commonwealth.
If you have comments, suggestions or photography for future stories or covers, please contact myself by phone at (502) 564-5525 or by e-mail at Carrie.Searcy@ky.gov.