DEEP: 2009 Government/Institutional GreenCircle Award Recipients

GreenCircle Award Recipients
2009 Government / Institutional Related

Name of Government or Institutional Entity


Description Of Activity

City of Hartford

Department of Public Works & Energy Management

Hartford, CT
Executing changes that reduce annual energy or water consumption rates by more than 15% and successfully implementing an innovative and unique pollution prevention program that generates an environmental benefit.

In 2008 the City of Hartford implemented a year-long incentive-based single-stream recycling pilot with 4,500 households.  The pilot sought to increase household recycling by making it convenient for residents while offering reward points that could be used in local participating businesses.

An interim report completed during the Fall 2008, documented a 100% plus increase in recycling rate among pilot participants and resulted in approximately 28% RecycleBank Rewards account activation.  The interim report provided detailed metrics regarding set-out rates, actual tonnages collected on a weekly basis.  The pilot report showcased the best single-stream recycling practices.  The success of Hartford's pilot was the impetus for CRRA (Mid-Conn) to invest $3 million into revamping its recycling processing facility.  Hartford is committed to city-wide expansion, including 18,000 1-6 family households, starting September 2009.

Additionally, the City of Hartford implemented a program of retro-commissioning facilities to ensure a more efficient operation.  Noah Webster Elementary School had a new building controls system installed that has resulted in a 22% energy savings from baseline data.

Hospital of Central Connecticut

New Britain, CT
Documenting and implementing a facility-wide pollution prevention plan; implementing manufacturing processes that eliminate or significantly reduce the quantity or toxicity of a facility's waste stream; implementing a facility-wide integrated pest management program; and successfully implementing an innovative and unique pollution prevention program that generates an environmental benefit.

The Hospital of Central Connecticut (HCC) at the New Britain campus implemented a xylene recycling program.

This closed system unit allows used xylene collected from laboratory processes to be completely recycled so that it can be re-used.  Approximately 206 gallons of xylene is recycled per month.  This also reduces the amount of xylene that is being purchased and ultimately disposed of.  HCC has reduced xylene waste from 1200 gallons in 2005 to just under 600 gallons per year.

HCC at the New Britain campus eliminated the use of Ethylene Oxide (EtO).  EtO was used as the primary sterilizing agent for surgical tools but now the campus uses hydrogen peroxide.

The HCC Universal Waste Program is part of the Pollution Prevention Program.  The reduction of solid waste has primarily come from the development of their Universal Waste Program which supports and encourages recycling of all batteries, fluorescent lamps, used electronics and any remaining mercury (as applicable).

Northeast Lamps brings bulk storage boxes with them during a pick up and they fill it up when they get here.  This is mainly for used electronics as they are the most bulky.

For battery recycling they targeted the largest quantity generating departments and provided them with receptacles.

Their Maintenance Crib is where the fluorescent lamps are managed.  All maintenance employees are instructed to bring all waste lamps to the crib where they are labeled and stored.  In 2005 HCC went Mercury free, however, there are occasional thermometers that need disposal as well as any mercury from equipment upgrades.

For example in 2007 the controls that govern the three boilers in the HCC Central Plant were all upgraded and therefore replaced with non-mercury containing devices.  All of the mercury containing devices are disposed of as a universal waste, where applicable.

The HCC at the New Britain Campus grounds utilizes Integrated Pest Management (IPM) practices before resorting to chemicals.

Town of Farmington

Farmington, CT
Purchasing “green-e” certified renewable power that equals or exceeds 20% of energy load of a business or governmental facility and successfully implementing an innovative and unique pollution prevention plan or recycling program that generates an environmental benefit.

In January 2009, the Town of Farmington established the Green Efforts Committee with the goals of ensuring a more environmentally friendly Town, seeking cost savings, increasing public awareness and encouraging town-wide participation in “green efforts”.  The committee has been charged with examining and recommending cost saving opportunities and initiatives for the Town and Board of Education and reducing the Town’s reliance on traditional energy resources.

The Committee hired an energy consultant to assist the Town with Performance Contracting in all Town buildings.  Performance contracting, a multiphase process, resulted in the hiring of a consultant to research the feasibility of using an Energy Services Company for a town-wide, long-range energy plan.  It is anticipated that the Energy Services Company would work with the Town to assist in the financing of larger capital improvement projects through energy savings and energy cost avoidance.  As an example, all of the lights at the Town Hall were retrofitted with more efficient lighting at no cost to the Town through a specific CL&P incentive program.Through mailings and meetings, the Committee has been very proactive in promoting green initiatives for Town residents.  The green initiatives include, but are not limited to 1) suggestions on how people can help minimize stormwater runoff pollution; 2) sign up opportunities supporting clean energy; 3) suggestions on ways to reduce home energy costs and improve energy efficiency; and 4) re-educating Town residents on what items should be recycled and how to prepare the recyclable materials.

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