Student Nominations Sought for EcoArt Contest

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Dec. 1, 2017) – It’s that time of year again! The Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection (DEP) is soliciting nominations for the 2017–18 EcoArt Contest. The contest, which is in its ninth year, provides an opportunity for students to gain statewide recognition for their artwork as it relates to Kentucky’s environment.

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HJR 56 Subcommittee Makes Recommendations for Small Wastewater Systems to House Local Government Committee

FRANKFORT  – Officials from the Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection (DEP) today appeared before the House Interim Joint Committee for Local Government to present the Department’s report on meeting House Joint Resolution 56, which directed it to identify potential solutions to challenges relating to small wastewater systems.

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Division for Air Quality Shares Best Practices with Mongolian Visitors on Cross-cultural Tour

The Kentucky Division for Air Quality (DAQ) was delighted to host some international visitors recently – all the way from Mongolia! Their visit was part of a cross-cultural tour of American cities to learn best practices in air monitoring and pollution prevention at the state level.

The visit was made possible by the U.S. Dept. of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program and was organized by the World Affairs Council (WAC) of Kentucky & Southern Indiana.  Members of the Mongolian delegation included:

  • Nyamdavaa Shagdar, Sr. Officer of the Environmental Monitoring Department, Nat’l. Agency for Meteorology & Environment Monitoring of Mongolia;
  • Narmandakh Luvsandorj, Information Technology and Public Affairs Officer, Air Quality Agency of Ulaanbaatar
  • Erdenetsogt Jamiyansuren, Board Chair, Mongolian National Committee on Green Development and Clean Technology

To read more about our visitors, click here.

2017 Governor’s Conference on Energy and the Environment Video Online

If you missed part or all of the 2017 Governor’s Conference on Energy and the Environment, or just want to experience it again, now is your chance to read about it, or to see it all, session by session on video through the Cabinet’s website.

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Kentucky Division of Environmental Program Support 2017 Annual Report Available Online

The Kentucky Division of Environmental Program Support (DEPS) is pleased to announce the release of the annual report for the 2017 state fiscal year. The mission of the division is to support the mission of the Department for Environmental Protection by:

  • Managing all of the administrative functions of the department including budgeting, human resources, facilities, vehicle fleet and information technology;
  • Providing analytical laboratory services; and
  • Managing the Environmental Response Team for response to environmental emergencies.

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Energy and Environment Cabinet to Offer Workshop on 21st Century Energy Infrastructure Through Partnership with PEER

The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet (EEC) is addressing energy resilience and security through a partnership with a new program called PEER, or Performance Excellence in Energy Renewal.

Modeled after the LEED rating system for Green Buildings and run by GBCI and USGBC, PEER is a new tool to measure and improve power system performance in cities, commercial and industrial complexes, and developed campuses such as military installations. Kentucky is the first state to formally partner with this program and as part of this partnership is creating exclusive opportunities for Kentucky energy leaders.

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Karen Wilson Honored as Distinguished Alumnus

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Energy and Environment Cabinet Secretary Charles Snavely, Karen Wilson, former Energy and Environment Cabinet Secretary Dr. Len Peters.

Karen Wilson was honored Friday by the Martin School at the University of Kentucky as its Distinguished Alumnus for 2017. The award was presented during the school’s annual Alumni and Friends Reception at the University’s Boone Center.

Wilson is an environmental scientist consultant senior in the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet. She has worked in Kentucky state government for 21 years in the cabinet overseeing environmental protection, natural resources, and energy programs. She has had roles in communications and outreach, legislative, regulatory and intergovernmental affairs, and strategic planning.

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