(FRANKFORT, Ky. Sept. 22, 2016) – The Energy and Environment Cabinet is pleased to announce the individuals and organizations that were honored at the 40th Governor’s Conference on Energy and the Environment for making positive contributions to Kentucky’s environment.
Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton joined Energy and Environment Cabinet Secretary Charles Snavely to present the annual Environmental Excellence Awards, Energy Leadership Awards and a new award this year, the Secretary’s Award, which honored the outstanding people, businesses or entities across Kentucky that have demonstrated a lifetime or sustained commitment to improving the Commonwealth’s environment.
Award winners were:
The Secretary’s Award for an Individual – Lloyd Cress
The Secretary’s Award for an Entity – The Kentucky Natural Lands Trust
For more than two decades, The Kentucky Natural Lands Trust has been committed to preserving Kentucky’s diminishing natural places and protecting its rich biodiversity.
KY EXCEL Champion Award – Leggett & Platt Inc. – Winchester Spring
Community Environmental Luminary Award – City of Radcliff, Parking Complex
Nucor Steel, in Gallatin County, was recognized for investing in a waste-minimization project that allowed it to redirect 880 tons of waste material from a landfill to a recycling facility.
Rick Palmer, plant environmental manager at Johnson Controls, in Georgetown, was honored for his leadership in energy management.
The Klausing Group, of Lexington, was recognized as a leader in developing green spaces.
Environmental Pacesetter Award (Medium to Large Business) – Smithfield Middlesboro
Covington was honored for being one of the first local governments in the state to use energy savings performance contracting with a $2.25 million project to modernize and enhance its city hall, police headquarters, public works, fire station, and parking garages, plus several traffic signals.
Perdue Farms Inc. was recognized for successfully implementing energy conservation measures such as lighting reduction strategies, waste heat recovery projects, boiler efficiency improvements, and building automation at its locations.
Kentucky Heritage Land Conservation Fund Stewardship Award – Shelby County Fiscal Court