The Kentucky Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has been recognized by the Kentucky Clean Fuels Coalition’s (KCFC) Green Fleets of the Bluegrass Program. DEP received the leadership award at KCFC’s annual meeting on March 23, 2015 in Louisville.
Western Kentucky University’s (WKU) Center for Environmental Education and Sustainability was the recipient of a Clean Water Act Section 319(h) grant for $655,000 from the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Kentucky Division of Water to create Durbin Estates, a green housing community, in the city of Bowling Green. WKU partnered with Habitat for Humanity, a non-profit agency that builds and repairs homes to provide affordable housing to those in need, and enlisted several state and local groups to integrate green infrastructure in the development to reduce nonpoint source pollution. WKU students from a variety of educational programs have participated in the design and development of the community. Continue reading “Kentucky’s first “green” housing community: Phase 1 funded by the Division of Water is complete”→
On Dec. 17, 2013, DEP received the Greenest State Fleet Award from the Kentucky Clean Fuels Coalition (KCFC). The award was presented at historic Boone Tavern in Berea where DEP staff arrived in green fleet style driving a Chevrolet Volt.
The DEP Chevrolet Volts have received quite a bit of attention as Department for Environmental Protection (DEP) employees drive them across the state. The department has been operating four Volts and two charging stations since early 2013 and has learned a lot about the plug-in electric vehicle in that short time span.
“No matter where we go, people are curious about how the car drives, fuel economy, money savings, and safety,” said Division for Air Quality Director John Lyons. “Part of why we purchased these vehicles is to be a technology leader and educate the public on alternative transportation technology, in addition to reducing emissions.” Continue reading “Keeping Up with the Volts”→
The Kentucky Government Recycling Section (KGRS) recently invested $326,000 to upgrade equipment at its paper-processing facility located in Frankfort. The facility handles mixed office paper, white paper, newsprint and corrugated cardboard from state agencies and state universities across the Commonwealth. The service not only provides cost savings for shredding confidential documents, it also ensures benefits such as energy savings inherent to recycling.
“KGRS is a revenue-generating program and part of the proceeds from the sale of recycled materials allowed us to purchase the new equipment,” said Brian Bentley, KGRS Supervisor. “Our equipment was outdated and we spent countless hours repairing various components. The new equipment, which includes a conveyor-grinder-baler system, will go a long way in improving the efficiency of our operation.”
Every year, Americans burn more than 800 million gallons of gasoline mowing their lawns. Our love affair with the perfect lawn comes at a hefty price for public health and the environment. Gas mowers emit hydrocarbons, particulate matter, carbon monoxide, and carbon dioxide. The smaller engines in lawn mowers and other lawn care equipment also burn fuel less efficiently and emit far more of these pollutants than the family car.
First Lady Jane Beshear welcomed the first electric vehicles into the state vehicle fleet yesterday in a ceremony that kicked off a day of Earth Day activities. Energy and Environment Cabinet Secretary Len Peters, Finance and Administration Cabinet Lori H. Flanery, and Division for Air Quality director John Lyons joined the First Lady in the ribbon-cutting.
The First Lady led the ceremony surrounded by four new Chevy Volts and two charging stations that were recently installed outside the headquarters for the Department for Environmental Protection. The vehicles and charging stations will be used by state workers conducting official business on behalf of the Commonwealth.