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.
Tom 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.
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.
Governor 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.
Craig was the right person in the right place at the exact right time
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?’ ”
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.
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.
FRANKFORT, Ky. (July 31, 2018) – The Kentucky Waste Tire Work Group will meet on Tuesday, August 7, 2018, at 1 p.m. in Training Room B at the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet building, 300 Sower Blvd., Frankfort, Ky. 40601.
Agenda items will include updates on Kentucky’s waste tire programs, a presentation on recycling used tires via rubber-modified asphalt technologies, and discussion of old and new group business.
FRANKFORT, Ky. (July 11, 2018) – The Energy and Environment Cabinet (EEC) today announced that up to $444,988 in grant funding has been awarded for rubber-modified asphalt projects that use crumb rubber manufactured from waste tires.
The grants will be used for the application of chip seal or asphalt overlay to county or metro government roads. Chip seal is a road surface treatment that combines asphalt with fine aggregate, and can extend a road’s life up to eight years. Asphalt overlay is a new layer of asphalt applied over an existing asphalt surface, and can extend the road life from seven to 10 years.
The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet is calling for nominations for its annual environmental awards to be presented during the 2018 Governor’s Conference on Energy and the Environment on Oct. 11-12 at the Lexington Convention Center.
The awards will include the Secretary’s Award, the Kentucky Excellence in Energy Leadership Award, the Environmental Pacesetter Award, the Resource Caretaker Award, the Community Environmental Luminary Award, and the KY EXCEL Champion Award. Those selected to be honored will received their awards during the conference luncheon on Thursday, Oct. 12.
The deadline for all nominations is Aug. 1, 2018. The awards are as follows: