Reminder – Eco-Art Contest Submissions Due March 15

The deadline for nominations for the Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection’s (DEP) Eco-Art Contest is fast approaching. All nominations must be submitted by COB, March 15, 2013.

This contest, which is open to all Kentucky high school students, provides an opportunity for students statewide to gain recognition for their artwork as it relates to Kentucky’s environment, while supporting DEP’s mission to protect the environment.

Multiple awards will be presented to eligible Kentucky high school students who create art using the contest themes or categories of conservation, pollution prevention and environmental protection. Students may submit artwork using media types, such as drawing/painting/print, mixed media, sculpture and photographs, with one winner per art type within each category.

All nominations must be sent to Continue reading “Reminder – Eco-Art Contest Submissions Due March 15”

Department for Environmental Protection Awarded by Green Fleets of the Bluegrass

The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet’s Department for Environmental Protection (DEP) has been honored by the Kentucky Clean Fuels Coalition (KCFC) for the agency’s work to improve the environmental performance of its state vehicle fleet. DEP earned the status as an “Achieving” member of the Green Fleets of the Bluegrass program.

The department’s participation in Green Fleets supports the governor’s energy plan, which calls for a 30 percent improvement in the fuel economy of the state vehicle fleet by 2015 and a 50 percent improvement by 2025. A key strategy of the governor’s plan is the development of purchasing criteria to increase the overall fuel efficiency of the vehicles in the state fleet.

“The department has made great strides in downsizing and ‘right-sizing’ its fleet,” said DEP Commissioner Bruce Scott.  “In addition to substantially cutting fuel costs, these actions are having a positive impact on public health and the environment, since transportation accounts for an estimated 30 percent of all air emissions in the U.S.”

Participating fleets are evaluated on an annual basis for improvements in seven areas –   vehicles, fuel, maintenance, operation, Continue reading “Department for Environmental Protection Awarded by Green Fleets of the Bluegrass”

What to Expect From a DEP Inspection

If you’re a facility regulated by the department, then at some point, you will receive a visit from one of our air, water or waste inspectors. This can be a nerve-racking experience for many; but there are things you can do to prepare and feel comfortable when visited by one of our inspectors.

First, all inspections follow a standard procedure. Each inspection begins with an opening meeting where inspectors will review records, facility layouts and ask questions about facility operations and processes.  Following the opening meeting, a walk-through of the facility will be conducted. The inspector may ask questions about company processes and practices, as well as take pictures. In some instances, an inspector may take samples of soil, water or waste materials. Finally, the inspection process ends with a closing meeting. The inspector may summarize the findings, but often inspectors cannot give a complete report that day. In that instance, the inspector will detail the paperwork procedures from the inspection and when to expect the inspection report.

To better prepare for and deal with an inspection, here are a few Continue reading “What to Expect From a DEP Inspection”

Student Nominations Sought for Eco-Art Contest

Calling all high school students! Let us see your creativity. The Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection (DEP) is soliciting nominations for the 2012–13 Eco-Art Contest. The contest provides an opportunity for students to gain statewide recognition for their artwork as it relates to Kentucky’s environment. Used as a tool for environmental education, art supports DEP’s mission to protect Kentucky’s environment.

Multiple awards will be presented to eligible Kentucky high school students who create art using the contest themes or categories of conservation, pollution prevention and environmental protection. Students may submit artwork using the media types of drawing/painting/print, mixed media, sculpture and photographs, with one winner for each submitted art type within each category.

“Our goal with this contest is to heighten awareness of the importance of protecting our environment by inspiring students, our future leaders, to reflect their Continue reading “Student Nominations Sought for Eco-Art Contest”

2012 Environmental Excellence Awards presented by Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection

The Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection honored the six recipients of its 2012 Environmental Excellence Awards during an awards luncheon at the Governor’s Conference on Energy and the Environment at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Louisville.

Through this awards program, the department recognized the efforts and activities of individuals, businesses or organizations that are committed to protecting and improving Kentucky’s environment.

“With this awards program, part of the Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection’s mission to protect and enhance Kentucky’s environment, the department recognizes some of the environmental leaders in the Commonwealth and highlights their achievements,” said R. Bruce Scott, DEP commissioner. “Their efforts Continue reading “2012 Environmental Excellence Awards presented by Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection”

DEP Environmental Excellence Awards

Have you either worked with or seen the results of an outstanding individual, organization or business working toward bettering the environment? If so, you have the unique opportunity to be able to recognize those outstanding environmental stewards through the DEP Environmental Excellence Awards. Through this awards program, DEP is providing a platform to tell the stories of the environmental stewardship taking place in the Commonwealth. The awards include three Environmental Pacesetter Awards to recognize exemplary efforts to protect the environment, conserve resources and set an example of environmental stewardship. The Community Environmental Luminary Award highlights achievements in community-based environmental education and outreach. The Resource Caretaker Award focuses on efforts to conserve Kentucky’s resources. Award winners will be recognized at the Governor’s Conference on Energy and the Environment. Continue reading “DEP Environmental Excellence Awards”

Welcome!

If you are reading this, then you have found your way to the Department for Environmental Protection’s (DEP) newest venture, Naturally Connected. DEP has created Naturally Connected as a communications tool to better keep in touch with Kentucky citizens. Through this tool, we hope to provide a variety of information, including departmental news, changes on regulations, press releases and division updates.

To receive updates from Naturally Connected, you have several options. First, you can bookmark this page and check the site at your own leisure. However, if you are like most people, a bookmark begins to collect dust easily, so why not make it easier on yourself? One way to avoid this predicament is to subscribe to emails via the button in the right column. Every time a post becomes active, you will be sent an email with the title and content of the entry, as well as a link to the full article. Another option is to subscribe to our RSS feed and automatically receive snippets of each article right on your computer or smart phone. Continue reading “Welcome!”