DEEP: 2004 Business/Industry GreenCircle Award Recipients

GreenCircle Award Recipients
2004 Business / Industry Related

Name of Company/Individual


Description Of Activity

Electrical Wholesalers, Inc.
Hartford, CT

Successfully implementing an innovative and unique recycling program. Electrical Wholesalers, Inc. (EW), Connecticut’s largest electrical distributor, has implemented a fluorescent lamp recycling program for its customers. Through EW’s twenty Connecticut stores, both customers and the general public have a convenient and cost effective solution for the proper recycling of fluorescent lamps. EW has enlisted the support of WeRecycle! for the management of the entire program, including: training for all EW staff at each store; containers that are labeled and dated according to environmental requirements; and environmentally sound recycling of all lamps collected. The program is promoted in each branch through the distribution of flyers at the time of lamp purchases. All invoices for lamp purchases are printed with a message warning that the lamps contain mercury and cannot be disposed of as solid waste. Through this program, EW has demonstrated a genuine commitment to providing customers with an environmentally sound and convenient outlet for recycling fluorescent lamps.

Emsar Incorporated - Torrington
Torrington, CT

Successfully implementing an innovative and unique recycling program. In October of 2003, EMSAR, Torrington formed a team to look at ways to reduce the amount of trash generated and improve recycling at the facility. The team focused on High Density Polyethylene and Polypropylene, as both are significant contributors to the overall volume of trash. A company interested in this type of recycled material was located in Naugatuck and transportation arrangements made through the recycler. A plan was implemented to relocate grinders to a central area where they could be used more efficiently and to establish procedures for the separation, collection, grinding, and storage of these materials prior to shipment for recycling. Since the onset of the project, eight and one-half months ago, EMSAR, Torrington eliminated 232,732 pounds (over 116 tons) of material from entering the facility waste stream. EMSAR expects the number to reach approximately 330,000 pounds (164 tons) by the end of the first year.

Stratford, CT

Installing a 100% recycled process or cooling water system and successfully implementing an innovative and unique recycling program. EMSAR invested approximately $25,000.00 in a closed loop cooling water system to maintain a consistent operating temperature for three molding machines. These machines mold plastic parts which are used as prototypes for new products and color samples. Through the continual reuse of this water, EMSAR saves approximately 870,000 gallons of water each year. EMSAR also successfully recycles 100% of the plastic used for manufacturing gaskets through their gasket and tubing department, Department 29. Plastic strip stock is extruded and gaskets are punched out leaving webbing and "punchout" as by-products. The webbing is sent through a granulator where it is ground, thus producing "regrind". The punchout is collected from each machine. The punchout and regrind account for 50% of the material used for extruding "new" material. EMSAR also participated, through the sponsorship of WeRecycle!, in the Nike Reuse-A-Shoe campaign. EMSAR employees brought in over fifty pounds of used athletic shoes which were picked up by WeRecycle!, delivered to Connecticut Recycling Coalition and then sent to Nike for grinding to be reused as: field turf, playground surfacing or padding under hardwood basketball floors. In coordination with WeRecycle!, EMSAR began a recycling program for batteries, used computer components and fluorescent tubes. Prior to this alliance, EMSAR initially used a facility with mercury recovery capabilities ranging between 50-80%. The unique feature about this new recycling program is that WeRecycle! uses the only facility in the United States that is capable of recovering 99.9% of the mercury contained in fluorescent tubes.

Hamilton Sundstrand
Windsor Locks, CT

Executing changes that reduce annual energy or water consumption rates by more than 15% and successfully implementing an innovative and unique recycling program. The Hamilton Sunstrand, Windsor Locks facility implemented both office and factory lighting upgrades to improve overall light levels and lighting uniformity while significantly reducing lighting costs and improving energy efficiency. Over 5,300 Building 1 and 2 factory lighting fixtures were replaced with high efficiency fixtures, resulting in a 35% reduction in energy consumption. This resulted in a savings of approximately 2.89 million KWH with an associated savings of $260,000.00 per year. Over 2,500 Building 1A office lighting fixtures were also replaced with high efficiency fixtures, which reduced energy consumption by 25%. This 25% reduction saved approximately 637,000 KWH with an associated savings of $51,000.00 per year.

National Conveyors Company, Inc.
East Granby, CT

Certifying to ISO 14001. National Conveyors Company, Inc. was certified to the ISO 14001 Standard for its Environmental Management System effective July 17, 2003.

Pfizer Global Research & Development
Groton Laboratories
Groton, CT

Converting or purchasing fleet vehicles that run on natural gas, electricity or other alternative fuels. Pfizer Inc., Groton Laboratories Security colleagues recently purchased three new Global Electric Motorcars (GEM). The zero-emission vehicles replaced three internal combustion engine/gas powered vehicles on the campus used for short trips. Internal combustion engines pollute the most when first started since the catalytic converter is not warm. Using the GEM for short trips on campus instead of the internal combustion engine vehicles reduces this problem. The electric cars run on six batteries, get 35 hours to a charge, and reach a top speed of 25 miles per hour. Since the GEM is designed for lower speeds and weighs less than conventional cars, it requires less energy. As a result, the environmental impacts of the GEM are far less than those of conventional cars.

Philson, Inc.
Watertown, CT

Sponsoring a river, beach or neighborhood clean up day and certifying to ISO 14001. After one year of developmental progress towards achieving certification, on December 16, 2003 Philson in Watertown, received its ISO 14001 certification. BEM Systems was selected as the ISO consultant and was under contract in late 2002 to assist Philson in certifying their EMS and Philson's ISO 14001 attainment. On April 10, 2004, Philson Incorporated sponsored the Third Annual SteeleBrook River Clean-Up Day in Watertown, CT. Over thirty-seven employees, employee's children and Philson suppliers collected five yards worth of trash and river debris from along the banks of a section of the SteeleBrook River.

Record-Journal Publishing Company
Meriden, CT

Consistently using more than 40% recycled fiber in newspaper and other newsprint publications. The Record-Journal Publishing Company consistently uses more than 40% recycled fiber in newspaper and other newsprint publications.

Sikorsky Aircraft
Stratford, CT

Implementing manufacturing processes that eliminate or significantly reduce the quantity or toxicity of a facility's waste stream. In March, 2001, Sikorsky Aircraft implemented Pre-Saturated/Pre-Packaged Handwipes into its manufacturing operations. Previous handwiping methods utilized cheesecloth and solvent containers resulting in excessive solvent usage contributing not only to operator exposure, but also VOC air emissions. The new system allows the operator to have a small dispenser located directly at the work site rather than walking to a centrally located area. The specific chemicals presently used in this format are: Methyl Ethyl Ketone, Acetone and various Alcohols. Since the introduction of the Pre-Saturated/Pre-Packaged Handwipes, solvent usage has been reduced by 52% with an annual air emission reduction of approximately 4,000 pounds.

The Connecticut Municipal Electric Energy Cooperative
Norwich, CT

Creating or purchasing and retiring air emission reduction credits beyond minimum compliance requirements. The Connecticut Municipal Electric Energy Cooperative of Norwich funded a new forest to offset 238 tons of inventoried CO2 emissions from its administrative building and fleet of cars.

W & M Properties
Stamford, CT

Successfully implementing an innovative and unique recycling program. W & M Properties has established an innovative electronics recycling program at eight Connecticut and New York properties. This new program is an expansion of their Universal Waste recycling program for fluorescent lamps and batteries. W & M provided all of its tenants with information on the environmental requirements for recycling used electronic devices in Connecticut. Training from WeRecycle! was provided to Universal Waste and E-Waste Management to all building and management personnel, including managers, engineers, maintenance staff, and porters. W & M Properties has developed "Site Procedures" for each property that outline individualized services and clearly define the recycling program for each building. Since the program's inception, W & M Properties has collected and recycled over 12,000 pounds of mixed electronics from their building tenants. Through this program, W & M Properties has demonstrated a genuine commitment to providing their tenants with a real solution for managing electronics.

Carlos M. Rojas
Reforest The Tropics®, Inc.
Costa Rica

Creating or purchasing and retiring air emission reduction credits beyond minimum compliance requirements. Mr. Rojas is a farmer in Costa Rica. He signed a 25-year contract with Reforest The Tropics®, Inc. to establish and maintain the forests for Connecticut's emitters of carbon. This undertaking includes removing cattle from a pasture and convert it back into a forest. A grant is provided to enable him to pay for seedlings and the labor to establish the new forest. The forest belongs to him, but he legally cedes to RTT the rights to register the carbon sequestered in the name of the emitter. The amounts of carbon sequestered can be periodically measured and reported to the Energy Information Agency.

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