• Ben Crutcher, Chair
UK Sustainability Task Force
• Dr. Subodh K. Das, FASM
President & CEO, Secat Inc.
Director, Center for Aluminum Technology
Executive Director, Sloan Industry Center
Center for a Sustainable Aluminum Industry
• Carol D. Hanley, Ed.D.
Director of Education and Communications
Tracey Farmer Center for the Environment
Cooperative Extension Service, 4-H Youth Development
Objective for Today:
• Inform the University of Kentucky, Fayette County Schools and
Lexington Fayette County Urban Government of the current
activities in the area of sustainability and environmental
• Three efforts to be discussed:
- Sustainability Task Force
- Recycling Study (Secat, LFUCG)
- Bluegrass Partnership for a Green Community
• Inform of the next steps of participation
University of Kentucky
Sustainability Task Force
Established in 2004
- Land Use/Buildings
- Energy Usage
- Increase Recycle
- Include sustainability concepts in building
- Include Sustainability Concepts in Academic
- Increase Student Involvement
• Earth Day 2005
• Communications Plan
• Official UK Commitment to Sustainability
• Solid Waste
• Hazardous/Radioactive/Medical Waste
• Waste Water and Storm Runoff
• Pest Control
• Air Quality/Emissions
• Water Quality/Usage
• Energy/Electrical Consumption
• Procurement Policies
• Fleet Management
• Campus Design and Growth
Land Use and Buildings
• Conduct an environmental audit
• Visit with other institutions that have completed a successful sustainable
• Identify emerging projects that could be LEED certified
• Encourage LEED training for key university employees
• Encourage and support applied research of sustainability design practices
• Promote sustainable design measures that have an immediate impact/payback
• Develop transportation policies and infrastructure that promote alternatives to
• Develop a plan to improve campus accessibility for bicycles
• Maintain and improve communication between UK and LFUCG on issues
related to transportation
• Consider a 'no-car' policy for freshman
• Sustainable Campus Internship Program (SCIP)
• Develop a 400-level multidisciplinary course on sustainability
• Service learning days
• Initiative toward a sustainability focused Learning Community in Housing
Aluminum Can Recycling in Fayette County:
Partnership Between Industry, University, Public Schools and Community
Presented by: A Sloan Industry Center Project:
Dr. S. Das Center for a Sustainable Aluminum Industry
University of Kentucky
Fayette County Public Schools
Lexington Fayette Urban County Government
CENTER FOR A Commonwealth of Kentucky-
SUSTAINABLE ALUMINUM INDUSTRY Economic Development Cabinet
A Sloan Industry Center
Baker Iron & Metal Co.
Wise Alloys LLC.
Clark Distributing Co.
Clark Distributing Co.
Sloan Foundation Industry Centers
• The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
• Established in 1934 by Alfred P. Sloan, Jr.
• A Sampling of Sloan Industry Centers:
• Textile and Apparel Research
• International Motor Vehicle
• Georgia Tech
• Paper Business
• Carnegie Mellon
Center for a Sustainable Aluminum Industry (CSAI)
• Founded in Jan. 2005
• Funded by several sources:
• Sloan Foundation Industry Centers Program
• A consortium of Aluminum Producers
• The Commonwealth of Kentucky
• The University of Kentucky
• Have about $800,000 in funding for research over the next three years.
• Faculty in Economics, Business and Engineering are members of CSAI
CSAI Research Areas
• Finding ways to enhance recycling rates is one of the major focus areas.
• The current project will study the aluminum recycling trends in Fayette County, KY.
• Fayette County will be the first “recycling test lab” in the nation.
• Incorporate “economic development” concepts into environmental benefits to
appeal to both “sandals and suits”.
Why Aluminum Beverage Can?
The Aluminum Can Recycling Rate, 1992-2004
1% change in recycling rate
70 has an economic impact of
approximately $12 million
50 Trashed cans contribute about $294 million to
the nation’s trade deficit each year
1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004
National Aluminum Beverage Can Recycling Rate Trends.
(Source: Aluminum Association)
Separation Process at Fayette County Recycling Facility
Commodities Shipped from LFUCG Recycling Center
06/01/04 to 04/15/05, 10 months
Weight by Weight of Composition of
Price for April 2005 Revenues Revenues
Recyclable Commodities Shipped Total Total Revenue
($) Generated ($) Generated to
(lbs) Commodities Generated (%)
Old Newspapers (ONP) 6,514,300 82.50 per ton 268,715 53 41 0.78
Old Corrugated Containers (OCC) 1,795,920 77.50 per ton 69,592 14 11 0.73
Mixed Plastic 302,820 0.04 per lb 12,113 2 2 0.76
High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) 140,340 0.29 per lb 40,699 1 6 5.47
Glass 1,752,980 4.80 per ton 4,207 14 1 0.05
Fiberboard 208,240 44.10 per ton 4,592 2 1 0.42
Aluminum Cans 181,400 0.75 per lb 136,050 1.46 20.72 14.16
Steel Cans 258,980 200.00 per ton 25,898 2 4 1.89
Sorted Office Papers (SOP) 767,720 105.00 per ton 40,305 6 6 0.99
Phone Books 223,380 49.70 per ton 5,551 2 1 0.47
PET-2 liters 243,160 0.20 per lb 48,632 2 7 3.78
Old Computers 6,360 80.00 per ton 254 0.1 0.04 0.76
Source: James Carter, Manager LFUCG Recycling Center
Ratio of Revenues Generated to Weight for Commodities Shipped
From LFUCG Recycling Center (06/01/04 to 04/15/05)
Aluminum Cans, 14.16
Mixed Plastic, 0.76
Old Corrugated Steel Cans, 1.89
Containers (OCC), 0.73
Sorted Office Papers
Old New spapers
(ONP), 0.78 Phone Books, 0.47
Old Computers, 0.76 PET-2 liters, 3.78
Industry and Government
• Work with LFUCG, Baker Iron & Metals and Wise Alloys to track monthly
aluminum can recovery in Fayette County.
• Work with beverage can distributors (Anheuser Busch, PepsiCo, Coca Cola,
Clark Distributing Co.- Coors, Miller) to track number of aluminum cans sold in
• Track the true recycling rate in Fayette County.
Fayette County Public Schools and University
• Work with Fayette County Public School Systems to promote
awareness and recyclability of aluminum cans.
• Work with University of Kentucky to enhance the recycling rate
among the 18-29 years old demographics.
• Integrating recycling messages into UK 101 classes.
• Locate and increase the numbers of recycle bins throughout UK.
• Working with fraternities and sororities to get them involved in the recycling
efforts as part of their civic duties.
• Target special events such as football games as opportunity to collect
Planned Path Forward
• LFUCG will fund a waste composition characterization study in targeted areas
and demographics in Fayette County.
• Bring “national best practices” to the county.
• Use Fayette County as the nation’s first “recycling test laboratory”.
Recycling as an Economic Development Initiatives
• Kentucky has one of the largest concentration of aluminum facilities in the US.
• Recycling of aluminum beverage can is crucial in sustaining Kentucky’s
• Most of Kentucky’s aluminum facilities rely on secondary (recycled) aluminum.
• Increasing recycling rate will grow existing jobs and bring high paying,
knowledge based jobs and modern aluminum plants to Kentucky.
Bluegrass Partnership for a Green Community
Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government - Fayette County Public Schools - University of Kentucky
•Goals •Potential Additional Outcomes
•To sustain and preserve regional quality of life •Cost Savings through purchasing agreements
•To protect the environment and conserve resources •Model Behaviour sets positive example
•To minimize waste and prevent pollution •BPGC collaboration leads to cooperation on non-
Why a Green Partnership?
• Create a community vision of a greener Lexington/Bluegrass region
• Encourage students at all levels and citizens to participate in sustainable
• Combined total of 18,350 employees, 2773 vehicles, and 58,180 students
creates tremendous opportunities for identifying synergies and sharing talents
to implement positive change
• Focus organizations on environmental issues
• Develop strategic plans for sustainability
• Identify specific, concrete values/goals/outcomes
• Create performance indicators and measures
• Develop a communication hub among the partners
Timeline to Date
• Louisville Partnership Executive Summary published; Lexington entities
indicated interest in similar venture
• Established Lexington steering committee (winter 2004-05)
• Contracted consultant Gordon Garner to oversee initial phases (winter 2004-05)
• Held Leadership Meeting to outline project and gain feedback (March 15, 2005)
• Presenting project overview to Mayor Isaac, Superintendent Silberman, and
President Todd (July 19, 2005)
• Sign official proclamation (Mayor, Superintendent, & President)
• Conduct online survey of designated participants from each organization
• Conduct leadership interviews
• Identify approximately three (3) target clusters (e.g., education, purchasing,
• Host media kick-off event
• Form sub-committees (approximately 25 people each) to create and achieve
specific goals for each target cluster
• Identify potential project partners and funding opportunities
• Distribute frequent, thorough progress reports from sub-committees to steering
committee and from steering committee to administrators
• Create executive summary for media and general public