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Energy and Environment Cabinet

2015 Governor's Conference on Energy and the Environment

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:
American Express
ACH Debit/Credit
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.
Cancellation/Refund Requests
Cancellations and refund requests must be received in writing to by COB Friday, Aug. 21, 2015. Organizations can make personnel substitutions for employees who are registered but unable to attend the conference.
Exhibit Hall
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.
Hotel Information
Conference attendees can stay at the Hyatt Regency Lexington at 401 West High Street in Lexington. 
Conference Agenda
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.
Click here for a nomination form. Deadline for submission is July 15, 2015. Detailed information about the awards is available on this web page.
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.
The 2015 Energy Leadership Nomination Form can be submitted through email to or by fax to 502-564-7484. The mailing address is Department for Energy Development and Independence, 500 Mero Street, 12th floor, Frankfort, KY 40601.
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

Innovative Communities

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

Brownfield Successes

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 

Sustainable Waters

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

Infrastructure Challenges

BEAM Regional Infrastructure Report
Presented by Greg Heitzman, Louisville Metro Sewer District

Infrastructure Challenges in Kentucky
Presented by Carey Johnson, Kentucky Division of Water

Infrastructure Challenges
Presented by Eric T. Belle, Columbia Gas of Kentucky, Ohio