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Winners announced for 40th Governor’s Conference on Energy and the Environment

Conference Sept. 21-22 in Lexington

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Sept. 16, 2016) — The Energy and Environment Cabinet today announced the individuals and organizations that will be honored Sept. 22 at the 40th Governor’s Conference on Energy and the Environment for making positive contributions to Kentucky’s environment. The conference will held from Sept. 21-22 at the Lexington Convention Center.

Award winners include:

The Secretary’s Award for an Individual – Lloyd Cress: Cress has been a key participant in the development and implementation of Kentucky’s environmental policy for decades.

The Secretary’s Award for an Entity – The Kentucky Natural Lands Trust: For more than two decades, The Kentucky Natural Lands Trust has been committed to preserving Kentucky’s diminishing natural places and protecting its rich biodiversity.

KY EXCEL Champion Award – Leggett & Platt Inc.: Leggett & Platt Inc., in Winchester Spring, is named an EXCEL champion for its use of recycled materials within its manufacturing processes to reduce landfill pickups.

Community Environmental Luminary Award – City of Radcliff: The city of Radcliff is being presented the award for its eco-friendly transformation of the City Hall parking complex.

Resource Caretaker Award – Nucor Steel: Nucor Steel, in Gallatin, is being recognized for investing in a waste-minimization project that allowed it to redirect 880 tons of waste material from a landfill to a recycling facility.

Environmental Pacesetter Award (Individual/Organization) – Rick Palmer: Rick Palmer, plant environmental manager at Johnson Controls, in Georgetown, is being honored for his leadership in energy management.

Environmental Pacesetter Award (Small Business) – Klausing Group: The Klausing Group, of Lexington, is recognized as a leader in developing green spaces.

Environmental Pacesetter Award (Medium to Large Business) – Smithfield Foods: Smithfield Foods, in Middlesboro, is being honored for reducing packaging waste and saving energy and landfill space.

Leadership in Energy Management – The City of Covington: Covington has demonstrated leadership by being one of the first local governments in the state to use energy savings performance contracting with a $2.25 million project to modernize and enhance its city hall, police headquarters, public works, fire station, and parking garages, plus several traffic signals.

Leadership in Energy Innovation – Perdue Farms, Inc.: Perdue Farms Inc. is being recognized for successfully implementing energy conservation measures such as lighting reduction strategies, waste heat recovery projects, boiler efficiency improvements, and building automation at its locations.

Kentucky Heritage Land Conservation Fund Stewardship Award – Shelby County Fiscal Court: Shelby County Fiscal Court is being recognized for its efforts in managing the Shelby Trails Park addition.