November 26, 2012
DEEP Presents GreenCircle Awards 19 Recipients Recognized for Environmental Achievements
The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) today recognizes 19 Connecticut businesses and individuals for their environmental efforts at a GreenCircle awards ceremony at its headquarters in Hartford.
“The prestigious GreenCircle Award Program is now celebrating its fourteenth year with recognition of voluntary efforts, both large and small, that make an environmental difference in our state of Connecticut,” said Daniel C. Esty, Commissioner of the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. “Through this program DEEP is able to recognize environmental achievements of individuals, civic organizations, businesses and schools for their impact on the quality of life in Connecticut.”
Since the Agency launched the GreenCircle Award Program in 1998, approximately
1025 awards have been granted to people, businesses, schools and organizations have been recognized for more than 1450 projects that have made a real difference in preserving natural resources and protecting the quality of the state’s air, water and lands.
“The award ceremony on Monday will recognize the efforts of two groups: businesses, who, by their actions, are becoming ‘greener’ everyday and individuals, whose tireless efforts make a positive environmental impact in their homes, schools, and communities. The actions of our award winners makes Connecticut a better place for all of us to live and work in everyday,” added Esty.
Since the program began fourteen years ago, GreenCircle award winners have made tremendous improvements, including reducing:
• Water use by more than 645,000,000 gallons each year (municipal, river and/or well water);
• Air emissions by 11,500,000 pounds each year;
• Hazardous waste generation by more than 1,000,000 pounds each year (including 750+ pounds of elemental mercury);
• Spent solvents by more than 920,000 gallons each year; and
• Solid waste by more than 9000 tons each year.
An analysis of the GreenCircle Awards shows that businesses, municipalities, civic organizations and individuals are moving towards more environmentally friendly life decisions such as:
• Business compliance with ISO 1400l Certification requirements;
• Installation of “closed loop systems” to avoid the discharge of contaminants and hazardous materials into rivers and streams;
• Increased recycling of solvents, hazardous waste, solid waste and electronic equipment;
• Major reductions in electricity consumption;
• Purchasing of “Green-E” energy; and
• Construction of more environmentally friendly buildings such as LEED certified buildings.
GreenCircle recipients are presented a certificate of commendation and recognized publicly for their efforts. The GreenCircle Program is an on-going award program and award categories are for both common and innovative activities in the environmental field. For a list of GreenCircle award recipients and a description of the program, visit the DEEP website at: www.ct.gov/deep/greencircle
This year’s Business/Individual GreenCircle Award Recipients:
BUSINESS/INDIVIDUAL GREEN CIRCLE AWARD RECIPIENTS
Anita Goerig, Community Outreach Chair, led the Community Forum that helped advance the conservation commission’s natural resource planning initiatives. The Forum featured presentations by leading environmental specialists.
Precision Punch Corporation executed changes there that reduced energy consumption at their Christian Lane facility. As a result, there was a 40% reduction in energy costs and consumption.
Sumner Communications, a publishing company, has been printing publications in recycled newsprint for three consecutive years. They have consistently used more than 40% recycled fiber in their newspaper publication.
ESPN opened a Child Care Center that is LEED Gold certified and has solar panels that supply 6% of the building power. They also launched a full-campus building monitoring system with an energy dashboard on their intranet so that every employee can see the energy/gas/water usage in real time in their buildings.
Branson Ultrasonics Corporation reviewed its site manufacturing processes and focused on the top three hazardous materials use areas. By limiting the volumes ordered and received and by using a non-hazardous solution when no customer specific material was specified, Branson was able to significantly reduce the storage and use of hazardous materials.
Hologic, Inc. became ISO 14001 certified. Fifteen key members of the hologic team have earned the Green Collar Champion Certificate Program from ConnStep for successfully combining environmentally sound practices with LEAN practices.
Perk on Main is a restaurant with an environmental ethic. Food waste, compostable cups, packaging and paper napkins are composted at a facility in New Milford which then gets turned into mulch and sold. Used coffee grounds are free to the public for composting to minimize trash. Environmentally preferable products (EPPs) are always on the menu. Perk on Main buys 100% renewable energy, primarily from wind, to run their restaurant.
Pratt & Whitney (P&W) – Facilities & Services Department in East Hartford undertook a
clean up effort on the shoreline of the Connecticut River. Thirteen employees volunteered their time to collect 20 large garbage bags full of garbage.
Marcia A. Leclerc sponsored the Main Street Bridge to Bridge clean-up. Over 125 volunteers made up of town employeees, student groups, churches, businesses, and civic organizations cleaned up a two mile downtown commercial and residential area.
Creative Services Group, LLC created and developed the newly published DEEP’s Connecticut Aquifer Protection Area Program Municipal Manual. The Manual was printed locally on an indigo digital press, which consumes 25% less energy than previous press models and reduces oil waste and consumption by 50% through a built-in recycling system.
Olympic Steel, Milford Division applied and received ANSI/ISO 14001:2004 certification in 2009. Their system registrar has conducted annual audits to ensure continued compliance to the 14001 standard.
US Coast Guard Academy cadets and staff partnered with Connecticut Audubon, the USFWS, Connecticut College, and New London Magnet School and built 200 nesting boxes for the Roseate Tern, a state and federally listed endangered bird. Tropical Storm Irene destroyed 200 nesting boxes, located on Falkner Island, critical to the survival of the Roseate Tern. The special ground boxes are designed to protect eggs and young chicks from predators like herons, owls, gulls and other raptors. Before the nesting boxes were used, approximately30% of hatched tern chicks successfully fledged. With nesting boxes the fledging rate increased to 81%.
Northrop Grumman Corporation has been instituting pollution prevention and energy savings programs over the last ten years and has shown significant reductions in a variety of sustainability aspects. The pollution prevention team is involved in many projects including reduction of paper waste, creating environmental outreach groups with local schools, and has improved their integrating processes and procedures to significantly reduce the output of solid waste while increasing the quantity of recyclable and reclaimable wastes.
Saybrook Point Inn has installed an electric vehicle charging station. The charging station is available to guests of the Inn, restaurant, Spa and Marina at no charge. A portion of the electricity used is provided by onsite solar panels.
NRG Energy, Inc., Norwalk Harbor, Devon and remote jet stations worked jointly with the Norwalk Seaport Association for the Sheffield Island Solar project. NRG Energy modified the electrical system to bring it up to a safe operation system. They added several low energy LED lighting fixtures for safety and replaced existing incandescent lights with either LED or compact fluorescent lamps.
Aptar – Stratford’s energy team is continuing to prioritize projects that save energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This year their focus was compressed air, both the efficiency of production and the usage. The energy team adopted an energy policy, developed metrics, completed a survey for type and amount of refrigerants on site and a dumpster dive to determine the success of the recycling program. Employees were informed about new single-stream recycling.
Aptar – Torrington undertook several energy saving projects including installation of an air-side-dual-enthalpy economizer to the existing HVAC system which uses outside air for cooling instead of mechanical cooling. This new, improved method saves 17.6 tons of CO2 annually. Another project included the repairing of leaks in an existing compressed air system that resulted in a savings of 74.5 tons of CO2 annually.
Jon Petersen has worked many years working on the trails at Millers Pond State Park. Through the years he has cleared trails and designed the layout of sections of trails. Eventually, Jon and his volunteers completed 10 miles of new trails. Since the trails have been completed park attendance by trail users has increased dramatically throughout the year. Over the years, Jon has committed hundreds of hours of volunteer time in trail design, clearing, maintenance, and volunteer organizing and continues to be a steward for the trails at Millers Pond State Park.
Philson Incorporated for the past ten years, on or near Earth Day, initiates and sponsors the Annual Steele Brook River Clean-Up. Employees, neighbors, and suppliers all contributed to an effort to clean the banks of a section of the Steele Brook River. Approximately 30 trash bags full of debris were collected.