Governor's Conference on Energy and the Environment
Sept. 8-9, 2015
Lexington Convention Center
(The speaking agenda for this year's conference is subject to change.)
Gov. Steve Beshear is scheduled to give the keynote address at 2 p.m. on Sept. 8. Other distinguished speakers over the two-day conference include:
- Andy Battjes, Brown-Forman Corp.
- Eric Wolff, L'OREAL USA
- Joe Hoagland, Tennessee Valley Authority
- Anda Ray, Electric Power Research Institute
- Andrew McNeill, Kentucky Oil and Gas Assocation
- Brandon Nuttall, Kentucky Geological Survey
- Doug Scott, Great Plains Institute
- Tom FitzGerald, Kentucky Resources Council
- Bill Bissett, Kentucky Coal Association
- Kentucky State Rep. Jim Gooch
- Jim Gardner, Kentucky Public Service Commission
Local Officials Training Program
County officials may earn up to eight credit hours toward the fulfillment of training requirements outlined in House Bill 810.
Pre-Registration (Online) Prices
Full Conference -- $200
Sept. 8 only -- $100
Sept. 9 only (includes Awards Luncheon) -- $125
Sept. 9 Awards Luncheon only-- $40
On-Site Registration Prices
Please note that credit and debit cards cannot be accepted at the door and prices increase for onsite registration:
Full Conference -- $225
Sept. 8 only -- $125
Sept. 9 only (includes Awards Luncheon) -- $150
Sept. 9 Awards Luncheon only -- $40
The following methods of payment are accepted for online registration:
State agencies that would like to register employees for the conference and be inter-accounted for the registration fee, please contact Ricki Gardenhire by email or phone 502-564-5525.
Cancellations and refund requests must be received in writing to Ricki.Gardenhire@ky.gov by COB Friday, Aug. 21, 2015. Organizations can make personnel substitutions for employees who are registered but unable to attend the conference.
Additional exhibitor space has been made available!
Please contact Ricki.firstname.lastname@example.org
to reserve a free spot. Those who staff the exhibit booth must register online for the full conference.
Here are agencies that have signed up to host an exhibit:
|Division of Compliance Assistance|
|Kentucky Pollution Prevention Center|
|Kentucky Sustainable Business Council|
|Division of Water|
|University of Louisville Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research|
|Department for Natural Resources|
|Kentucky Heritage Land Conservation Fund|
|University of Kentucky Center For Applied Energy Research|
|Kentucky Division of Forestry|
|Kentucky School Boards Association|
|Tennessee Valley Authority|
|Kentucky Geological Survey|
|Kentucky Environmental Education Council|
|Kentucky Housing Corp.|
Stephen Hillenmeyer Landscape Services
West Kentucky Ag Bioworks
2015 Environmental Excellence Awards
The Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection's Environmental Excellence Awards will be presented during the awards luncheon on Sept. 9, 2015.
Three Environmental Pacesetter Awards recognize exemplary efforts to protect the environment, conserve resources and set an example of environmental stewardship. The Community Luminary Award highlights achievements in community-based environmental education and outreach. The Resource Caretaker Award focuses on efforts to conserve Kentucky's resources and the KY EXCEL Champion Award recognizes a KY EXCEL member who has shown leadership in promoting positive environmental behaviors.
2015 Energy Leadership Awards
The Energy Leadership Awards, sponsored by the Department for Energy Development and Independence, recognize leaders in the Kentucky energy field who have made significant contributions by promoting and utilizing energy efficiency and alternative energy sources to achieve their sustainability goals and cut costs.
This year's awards will be presented at the conference on Sept. 9, 2015.
The following presentations were shared during the 2014 Governor's Conference on Energy and the Environment.
Economic and Energy Trends
Presented by Michael Childress, Center for Business and Economic Research
Demographic, Employment and Economic Trends
Presented by Ron Crouch, Director, Research and Statistics, Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet
Business Case for Environmental Stewardship
Environmental Awareness in the Workplace
Presented by Kim Harmon, Heaven Hill Distilleries, Inc.
Case Study: Habitat for Humanity Green Infrastructure Demonstration, Bowling Green, Kentucky
Presented by Nancy Givens
Fort Knox Energy Initiatives
Presented by RJ Dyrdek
Greenhouse Gas Proposed Regulations
EPA's Clean Power Plan: An Overview
Presented by David Crews, East Kentucky Power Cooperative
Glasgow Regional Landfill Methane Recovery to Electrification Project
Presented by Glasgow Mayor Rhonda Trautman
Berea Solar Farm
Presented by Berea Municipal Utilities
Greensburg Energy Saving Project
Presented by Mayor Lisle Cheatham
Kentucky's Brownfield Redevelopment Program
Presented by Karen Thompson, Smith Management
Dow Porter, Shield Environmental
Urban Forestry and Reforestation
Increasing Rural Community Wealth and Environmental Health in Southeastern Kentucky
Presented by Sarah Gracey, Kentucky Division of Forestry
Stewardship in Agriculture
Growing Kentucky Agriculture and Investing in its Future
Presented by the Governor's Office of Agriculture Policy
Sustainability in Agriculture
Presented by Jennifer Elwell
Kentucky Corn Growers/Small Grain Growers
Predicting Water Quality in Kentucky Lakes using Remote Sensing
Presented by Garrett Stillings and Mark Martin
Kentucky Division of Water
Harmful Algal Blooms in Kentucky
Presented by Mark Martin, Kentucky Division of Water
Restoring Water Quality: Using Nonpoint Source Funding to Improve Water Quality for Recreation
Presented by Brooke Shireman, Kentucky Division of Water
What's the Message in the Glass? And, Can You Trust the Messenger?
Presented by Kelley Dearing Smith, Louisville Water Company
BEAM Regional Infrastructure Report
Presented by Greg Heitzman, Louisville Metro Sewer District
Infrastructure Challenges in Kentucky
Presented by Carey Johnson, Kentucky Division of Water
Presented by Eric T. Belle, Columbia Gas of Kentucky, Ohio