Governor's Conference on Energy and the Environment
Sept. 8-9, 2015
Lexington Convention Center
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.
One change to this year's conference is that exhibit space is FREE! We are limited to 15 booths so it's first come, first served. Those who staff the exhibit booth must register online for the full conference. Call Ricki Gardenhire today at 502-564-5525 to reserve your space.
This year's conference will focus on the following general topics:
- Looking Back at Kentucky's Energy Plan
- Looking Forward: Energy in the Future
- The Utility of the Future: The Changing Utility Business Model
- Business Sustainability
- A Conversation with the Energy and Environment Cabinet
- Research at Kentucky's Public Universities
A detailed agenda, with topics and speakers, will be available soon.
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. The deadline for nominations is Aug. 21, 2015.
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