Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet presents Awards at its Conference on Energy and the Environment

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Oct. 15, 2018) – The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet presented 13 environmental awards October 12 at its annual Governor’s Conference on Energy and the Environment at the Lexington Convention Center.

The awards reflect a commitment by those honored to preserving and enhancing the Commonwealth through energy efficiency, soil conservation, mine land reclamation, farmland stewardship or innovation.

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Environmental Advocate Fitzgerald Honored, 2018 Governor’s Conference Concludes

IMG_3605.JPGTom Fitzgerald, who has spent nearly four decades advocating for those, “downhill, downwind and downstream,” as was inscribed upon his award, was the recipient of the 2018 Secretary’s Award at the Governor’s Conference on Energy and the Environment.

Lt. Governor Jenean Hampton and Energy and Environment Cabinet Secretary Charles Snavely presented “Fitz,” as he is widely known, with the award at the conclusion of the Awards Luncheon on Friday afternoon.

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2018 Governor’s Conference on Energy and Environment Wraps Day One

Energy and Environment Cabinet Secretary Kicked off the 2018 Governor’s Conference on Energy and the Environment with remarks about the future of Kentucky’s energy profile, environmental regulations and continuing to keep Kentucky’s environment and citizens protected.

IMG_3483Governor Matt Bevin was the keynote speaker on the first day of the conference. The governor touted his energy policies, covered cyber security, the changing energy landscape and updating the power grid. He also took questions from the audience which included a discussion on subsidizing alternative energy forms.

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Waste Management Employee Jason Craig Honored After Life-Saving Actions at Capitol

Craig was the right person in the right place at the exact right time

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Jason Craig is presented an award for heroism by Energy and Environment Cabinet Secretary Charles Snavely on Oct. 10, after he saved a man’s life with an AED machine at the Capitol.

September 18 was supposed to be just another Tuesday for Energy and Environment Cabinet Employee Jason Craig.

As a resource recovery worker in the Division of Waste Management, for the past 11 years, Craig visits state office buildings, gathers recycled paper, then shreds and recycle it. His rounds took him to the Capitol building that day.

“We got to the first floor, almost there at the end,” Craig said. “We come up the last hallway and I hear someone say, ‘Hey, call 911, someone’s passed out.’ So I ran up to a girl I know there and said ‘I know CPR, is there anything I can do to help?’ ”

The next minutes were a blur, Craig said.

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Kentucky Division of Waste Management Waste Tire Collection, Recycling Efforts Are Highlights of Annual Report

See ways the Kentucky Division of Waste Management worked to serve the people of the Commonwealth in fiscal year 2018 (July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018).

This annual report includes highlights and accomplishments for the following branches within the division:

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Energy and Environment Cabinet Reminds Residents of Regulations on Removing Storm and Flood Debris

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As Hurricane Florence makes landfall today with an unpredictable path, the Energy and Environment Cabinet would like to remind residents of how to handle storm and flood debris, should the storm bring bad weather to the commonwealth.

The Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection (DEP) has specific guidelines for
proper disposal of debris left in the aftermath of severe weather. DEP wants storm-affected Kentuckians to be aware of health, safety, and compliance hazards associated with debris handling and disposal.

These hazards include, but are not limited to, burning of debris, asbestos removal, and mold growth.

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Applications for Illegal Dump and Litter Abatement Grants Sought by Division of Waste Management

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Aug. 6, 2018) – The Energy and Environment Cabinet’s (EEC) Division of Waste Management (DWM) is calling for grant applications for two of its signature programs, illegal dump cleanup and litter cleanup along public roads.

“These popular grant programs have played an important role in maintaining the natural beauty of communities across the Commonwealth and in helping improve Kentuckian’s quality of life,” said EEC Secretary Charles Snavely.

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