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Sustainability Task Force

  1. 1. Presenters <ul><li>Ben Crutcher, Chair UK Sustainability Task Force </li></ul><ul><li>Dr. Subodh K. Das, FASM President & CEO, Secat Inc. Director, Center for Aluminum Technology Executive Director, Sloan Industry Center Center for a Sustainable Aluminum Industry </li></ul><ul><li>Carol D. Hanley, Ed.D. Director of Education and Communications Tracey Farmer Center for the Environment Cooperative Extension Service, 4-H Youth Development </li></ul>
  2. 2. Objective for Today: • Inform the University of Kentucky, Fayette County Schools and Lexington Fayette County Urban Government of the current activities in the area of sustainability and environmental stewardship. • Three efforts to be discussed: - Sustainability Task Force - Recycling Study (Secat, LFUCG) - Bluegrass Partnership for a Green Community • Inform of the next steps of participation
  3. 3. University of Kentucky Sustainability Task Force <ul><ul><ul><li> Established in 2004 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li> Subcommittees: </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>- Communications </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>- Operations </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>- Land Use/Buildings </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>- Transportation </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>- Education </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li> Goals: </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>- Energy Usage </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>- Increase Recycle </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>- Include sustainability concepts in building design </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>- Include Sustainability Concepts in Academic Curriculum </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><li> - Increase Student Involvement </li></ul>
  4. 4. Communications <ul><li>Earth Day 2005 </li></ul><ul><li>Communications Plan </li></ul><ul><li>Official UK Commitment to Sustainability </li></ul>
  5. 5. Operations <ul><li>Solid Waste </li></ul><ul><li>Hazardous/Radioactive/Medical Waste </li></ul><ul><li>Waste Water and Storm Runoff </li></ul><ul><li>Pest Control </li></ul><ul><li>Air Quality/Emissions </li></ul><ul><li>Recycling </li></ul><ul><li>Water Quality/Usage </li></ul><ul><li>Energy/Electrical Consumption </li></ul><ul><li>Procurement Policies </li></ul><ul><li>Fleet Management </li></ul><ul><li>Campus Design and Growth </li></ul>
  6. 6. Land Use and Buildings <ul><li>Conduct an environmental audit </li></ul><ul><li>Visit with other institutions that have completed a successful sustainable building </li></ul><ul><li>Identify emerging projects that could be LEED certified </li></ul><ul><li>Encourage LEED training for key university employees </li></ul><ul><li>Encourage and support applied research of sustainability design practices </li></ul><ul><li>Promote sustainable design measures that have an immediate impact/payback </li></ul>
  7. 7. Transportation <ul><li>Develop transportation policies and infrastructure that promote alternatives to automobiles </li></ul><ul><li>Develop a plan to improve campus accessibility for bicycles </li></ul><ul><li>Maintain and improve communication between UK and LFUCG on issues related to transportation </li></ul><ul><li>Consider a 'no-car' policy for freshman </li></ul>
  8. 8. Education <ul><li>Sustainable Campus Internship Program (SCIP) </li></ul><ul><li>Develop a 400-level multidisciplinary course on sustainability </li></ul><ul><li>Service learning days </li></ul><ul><li>Initiative toward a sustainability focused Learning Community in Housing </li></ul>
  9. 9. A Sloan Industry Center Project: Center for a Sustainable Aluminum Industry University of Kentucky Fayette County Public Schools Lexington Fayette Urban County Government Commonwealth of Kentucky- Economic Development Cabinet Baker Iron & Metal Co. Wise Alloys LLC. Anheuser Busch Clark Distributing Co. Aluminum Can Recycling in Fayette County: Partnership Between Industry, University, Public Schools and Community CENTER FOR A SUSTAINABLE ALUMINUM INDUSTRY A Sloan Industry Center Presented by: Dr. S. Das
  10. 10. Sloan Industry Center- Synergy of Partnership Clark Distributing Co.
  11. 11. Sloan Foundation Industry Centers <ul><li>The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Established in 1934 by Alfred P. Sloan, Jr. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>A Sampling of Sloan Industry Centers: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Harvard </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Textile and Apparel Research </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>MIT </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>International Motor Vehicle </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Georgia Tech </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Paper Business </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Carnegie Mellon </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Steel </li></ul></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Center for a Sustainable Aluminum Industry (CSAI) <ul><li>Founded in Jan. 2005 </li></ul><ul><li>Funded by several sources: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Sloan Foundation Industry Centers Program </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A consortium of Aluminum Producers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The Commonwealth of Kentucky </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The University of Kentucky </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Have about $800,000 in funding for research over the next three years. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Faculty in Economics, Business and Engineering are members of CSAI </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. CSAI Research Areas <ul><li>Finding ways to enhance recycling rates is one of the major focus areas. </li></ul><ul><li>The current project will study the aluminum recycling trends in Fayette County, KY. </li></ul><ul><li>Fayette County will be the first “recycling test lab” in the nation. </li></ul><ul><li>Incorporate “economic development” concepts into environmental benefits to appeal to both “sandals and suits”. </li></ul>
  14. 14. National Aluminum Beverage Can Recycling Rate Trends. (Source: Aluminum Association) 1% change in recycling rate has an economic impact of approximately $12 million Trashed cans contribute about $294 million to the nation’s trade deficit each year Why Aluminum Beverage Can?
  15. 15. Separation Process at Fayette County Recycling Facility
  16. 16. Source: James Carter, Manager LFUCG Recycling Center 06/01/04 to 04/15/05, 10 months Commodities Shipped from LFUCG Recycling Center 0.76 0.04 0.1 254 per ton 80.00 6,360 Old Computers 3.78 7 2 48,632 per lb 0.20 243,160 PET-2 liters 0.47 1 2 5,551 per ton 49.70 223,380 Phone Books 0.99 6 6 40,305 per ton 105.00 767,720 Sorted Office Papers (SOP) 1.89 4 2 25,898 per ton 200.00 258,980 Steel Cans 14.16 20.72 1.46 136,050 per lb 0.75 181,400 Aluminum Cans 0.42 1 2 4,592 per ton 44.10 208,240 Fiberboard 0.05 1 14 4,207 per ton 4.80 1,752,980 Glass 5.47 6 1 40,699 per lb 0.29 140,340 High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) 0.76 2 2 12,113 per lb 0.04 302,820 Mixed Plastic 0.73 11 14 69,592 per ton 77.50 1,795,920 Old Corrugated Containers (OCC) 0.78 41 53 268,715 per ton 82.50 6,514,300 Old Newspapers (ONP) Ratio of Revenues Generated to Weight Shipped Composition of Total Revenue Generated (%) Composition by Weight of Total Commodities Shipped (%) Revenues Generated ($) Price for April 2005 ($) Weight Shipped (lbs) Recyclable Commodities
  17. 17. Ratio of Revenues Generated to Weight for Commodities Shipped From LFUCG Recycling Center (06/01/04 to 04/15/05)
  18. 18. Initiatives Underway <ul><li>Industry and Government </li></ul><ul><li>Work with LFUCG, Baker Iron & Metals and Wise Alloys to track monthly aluminum can recovery in Fayette County. </li></ul><ul><li>Work with beverage can distributors (Anheuser Busch, PepsiCo, Coca Cola, Clark Distributing Co.- Coors, Miller) to track number of aluminum cans sold in Fayette County. </li></ul><ul><li>Track the true recycling rate in Fayette County. </li></ul>
  19. 19. Fayette County Public Schools and University <ul><li>Work with Fayette County Public School Systems to promote awareness and recyclability of aluminum cans. </li></ul><ul><li>Work with University of Kentucky to enhance the recycling rate among the 18-29 years old demographics. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Integrating recycling messages into UK 101 classes. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Locate and increase the numbers of recycle bins throughout UK. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Working with fraternities and sororities to get them involved in the recycling efforts as part of their civic duties. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Target special events such as football games as opportunity to collect cans. </li></ul></ul>
  20. 20. Planned Path Forward <ul><li>LFUCG will fund a waste composition characterization study in targeted areas and demographics in Fayette County. </li></ul><ul><li>Bring “national best practices” to the county. </li></ul><ul><li>Use Fayette County as the nation’s first “recycling test laboratory”. </li></ul>
  21. 21. <ul><li>Kentucky has one of the largest concentration of aluminum facilities in the US. </li></ul><ul><li>Recycling of aluminum beverage can is crucial in sustaining Kentucky’s aluminum industry. </li></ul><ul><li>Most of Kentucky’s aluminum facilities rely on secondary (recycled) aluminum. </li></ul><ul><li>Increasing recycling rate will grow existing jobs and bring high paying, knowledge based jobs and modern aluminum plants to Kentucky. </li></ul>Recycling as an Economic Development Initiatives
  22. 22. Bluegrass Partnership for a Green Community Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government - Fayette County Public Schools - University of Kentucky <ul><li>Goals </li></ul><ul><ul><li>To sustain and preserve regional quality of life </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>To protect the environment and conserve resources </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>To minimize waste and prevent pollution </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Potential Additional Outcomes </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Cost Savings through purchasing agreements </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Model Behaviour sets positive example </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>BPGC collaboration leads to cooperation on non- environmental projects </li></ul></ul>
  23. 23. Why a Green Partnership? <ul><li>Create a community vision of a greener Lexington/Bluegrass region </li></ul><ul><li>Encourage students at all levels and citizens to participate in sustainable community-wide projects </li></ul><ul><li>Combined total of 18,350 employees, 2773 vehicles, and 58,180 students creates tremendous opportunities for identifying synergies and sharing talents to implement positive change </li></ul>
  24. 24. Challenges <ul><li>Focus organizations on environmental issues </li></ul><ul><li>Develop strategic plans for sustainability </li></ul><ul><li>Identify specific, concrete values/goals/outcomes </li></ul><ul><li>Create performance indicators and measures </li></ul><ul><li>Develop a communication hub among the partners </li></ul>
  25. 25. Timeline to Date <ul><li>Louisville Partnership Executive Summary published; Lexington entities indicated interest in similar venture </li></ul><ul><li>Established Lexington steering committee (winter 2004-05) </li></ul><ul><li>Contracted consultant Gordon Garner to oversee initial phases (winter 2004-05) </li></ul><ul><li>Held Leadership Meeting to outline project and gain feedback (March 15, 2005) </li></ul><ul><li>Presenting project overview to Mayor Isaac, Superintendent Silberman, and President Todd (July 19, 2005) </li></ul>
  26. 26. Next Steps <ul><li>Sign official proclamation (Mayor, Superintendent, & President) </li></ul><ul><li>Conduct online survey of designated participants from each organization </li></ul><ul><li>Conduct leadership interviews </li></ul><ul><li>Identify approximately three (3) target clusters (e.g., education, purchasing, etc.) </li></ul><ul><li>Host media kick-off event </li></ul><ul><li>Form sub-committees (approximately 25 people each) to create and achieve specific goals for each target cluster </li></ul><ul><li>Identify potential project partners and funding opportunities </li></ul><ul><li>Distribute frequent, thorough progress reports from sub-committees to steering committee and from steering committee to administrators </li></ul><ul><li>Create executive summary for media and general public </li></ul>