Governor’s Conference on Energy and the Environment Award Winners Announced

Governor’s Conference on Energy and the Environment Award Winners Announced

Bill Stephens

September 16th, 2016



(FRANKFORT, Ky. Sept. 16, 2016) – The Energy and Environment Cabinet is pleased to announce the individuals and organizations that will be honored next week at the 40th Governor’s Conference on Energy and the Environment  for making positive contributions to Kentucky’s environment.

Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton will join Energy and Environment Cabinet Secretary Charles Snavely on Thursday, September 22 to at an awards luncheon to present the annual Environmental Excellence Awards, Energy Leadership Awards and a new award this year, the Secretary’s Award, which will honor the outstanding people, businesses or entities across Kentucky that have demonstrated a lifetime or sustained commitment to improving the Commonwealth’s environment.

The 40th Governor’s Conference on Energy and the Environment will be held Sept. 21-22, 2016, at the Lexington Convention Center. Sessions will include discussions on corporate sustainability, energy solutions and federal environmental and energy regulations.

Award winners include:

The Secretary’s Award for an Individual – Lloyd Cress

Whether legal counsel, regulator, advisor or author, Lloyd 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.

There is still time to register. Conference prices are outlined below:

Pre-Registration (Online) Prices
Full Conference — $200
Sept. 21 only — $100
Sept. 22 only (includes Awards Luncheon) — $125

Awards Luncheon only – $40

 On-Site Registration Prices

Full Conference — $225
Sept. 21 only — $125
Sept. 22 only (includes Awards Luncheon) — $150

To register, visit the conference website at

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