DEEP: 2001 Business/Industry GreenCircle Award Recipients

GreenCircle Award Recipients
2001 Business/Industry Related

Name of Business

Category/Activity

Description Of Activity

Branson Ultrasonics Corp.
Danbury, CT
Implementing manufacturing process changes that eliminate or significantly reduce the quantity or toxicity of a facility's waste stream and installing a 100% recycled process or cooling water system In calendar year 2000, Branson reduced their electronic printed circuit board production wave solder process dross and flux waste by 3.2%. This exceeded the targeted 3.0% waste reduction goal established to minimize and recycle lead based wastes. In addition, 100% recycled water processes have been established in their customer applications cleaning lab, final ultrasonic system test, and unmanned machining cell rinsewater.
Clairol, Inc.
Stamford, CT
Monitoring reductions in Greenhouse Gas emissions and meeting the U.S. Department of Energy reporting requirements for the "Voluntary Reporting of Greenhouse Gases" program and reducing or eliminating the use of elemental mercury or products containing mercury (thermometers, thermostats, etc.) Clairol, Inc. participated in the "Voluntary Reporting of Greenhouse Gases" program, which monitors reductions in Green House Gas Emissions. They also replaced mercury containing instruments throughout the Q/A and R&D Laboratories.
Connecticut Association for Modern Psychotherapy, PC
Bristol, CT
Separating organic materials at schools and cafeterias for composting or animal feed and adopting a vacant lot, park, community garden, stretch of highway or beach for a year The association uses vacant lots, with the permission of owner, for developing a large compost supply. They grow, use and donate organically produced vegetables and fruits. Currently they are seeking a grant to renovate and operate a greenhouse to enhance production.
Connecticut Light and Power Co. and
Northeast Utilities

Environmental Department Employees
Middletown, CT
Sponsoring a river, beach or neighborhood clean up day Environmental Department employees volunteered their time in three river clean up projects along the Connecticut River in the Glastonbury and Cromwell areas. Along with the Community Relations Department employees, they provided 180 man power hours removing several tons of trash and debris from the banks of the Connecticut River.
Connecticut Light and Power Co. and
Northeast Utilities

Community Relations Department Employees
Middletown, CT
Sponsoring a river, beach or neighborhood clean up day Community Relations employees volunteered their time in three river clean up projects along the Connecticut River in the Glastonbury and Cromwell areas. Along with the Environmental Department employees, they provided 180 man power hours removing several tons of trash and debris from the banks of the Connecticut River.
Connecticut Northeast Organic Farming Association
Organic Land Care Committee
Northford, CT
Voluntarily contributing significant time or resources to environmental instructional programs The Committee consists of landscapers, scientists and citizen activists from Connecticut and Massachusetts. They met for over 100 hours between October, 1999 and August, 2001 to develop and publish the 66-page "Standards for Organic Land Care: Practices for Design and Maintenance of Ecological Landscapes". The document provide first-in-the-nation organic land care standards designed for use by land care professionals. They have also laid the foundation for a training course beginning next year for these professionals. The Committee also produced an "Organic Land Care" brochure which is being widely distributed to encourage homeowners to reduce their use of synthetic chemicals.
Connecticut State Dental Association
Hartford, CT
Reducing or eliminating the use of elemental mercury or products containing mercury (thermometers, thermostats, etc.) Connecticut State Dental Association partnered with DEP's Pollution Prevention Office to organize a collection of unused bulk dental mercury from dentists statewide. Voluntary collection sites were set up at dental office parking lots in seven cities. A total of 412 pounds of mercury was collected. The Dental Association also partnered with DEP on the creation and distribution of "The Environmentally Responsible Dental Office" guide, which provides best management practices to dentists.
Dominion Nuclear, Connecticut
Waterford, CT
Certifying to ISO 14001 Dominion Nuclear, Connecticut was certified to ISO 14001 on 6/28/00.
EMERSON Process Management Fisher Controls
North Stonington, CT
Implementing manufacturing process changes that eliminate or significantly reduce the quantity or toxicity of a facility's waste stream EMERSON purchased a steam powered wastewater evaporator. This unit uses excess boiler steam to evaporate process wastewater. This new process will eliminate the need to ship approximately 40,000 gallons of wastewater annually off-site for treatment and disposal.
Frito-Lay, Inc.
Dayville, CT
Installing a 100% recycled process or cooling water system In February, 2000, the Killingly Frito-Lay site installed two high efficient air compressors and a closed loop cooling system. This initiative, along with several others in the processing areas, resulted in a 79% reduction in the amount of non-contact cooling water flows which translates to over 100,000 gallons per day reduction.
Fuel Cell Energy, Inc.
Danbury, CT
Implementing clean energy generation projects utilizing fuel cells, solar, geothermal or wind power Fuel Cell Energy, Inc. was selected to develop a $3.123 million program by the U.S. Department of Energy to support the design of an ultra-high efficiency direct fuel cell turbine power plant which began operating on July 31, 2001. The direct fuel cells generate electricity with no combustion. Since the fuel is not burned, there is no pollution commonly associated with the combustion of fossil fuels. The high efficiency leads to more electric power from less fuel with less carbon dioxide emissions. They are focused on developing a new generation of high performance fuel cells that can generate clean electricity at power stations or in distributed locations near the customer, including hospitals, schools, data centers and other commercial and industrial applications.
Hamilton Sundstrand Corporation
Farmington, CT
Documenting and implementing a facility-wide pollution prevention plan and successfully implementing an innovative and unique recycling program and exceeding mandatory recycling requirements and goals The Hamilton Sundstrand Farmington facility has created a Pollution Prevention Team that conducts inspections of the entire outside, including the parking lots, the shipping and receiving dock, all outfalls and outside storage practices. They also conduct stormwater pollution prevention inspections, analysis of waste streams and research "cradle to grave" process for regulatory compliance. They recycled over 58,000 pounds of material from January through July, 2001, which included scrap metals, batteries, leaves, aluminum cans, wire, glass and metal food containers, transparencies, packing material, chip trays, newspaper and white office paper.
Hamilton Sundstrand Corporation
Windsor Locks, CT
Creating or purchasing and retiring air emission reduction credits beyond minimum compliance requirements The Hamilton Sundstrand (HS) Windsor Locks facility signed a Nitrogen Oxide (NOx) Trading Agreement, which allows HS to generate emission reduction credits to reduce NOx emissions. They installed 3 low-NOx burners in Building #1 and converted 2 boilers in Building #3 from #4 oil to #2 oil. This reduced NOx emissions by approximately 20 tons annually.
Highland Acres Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation
Winsted, CT
Implementing a facility-wide integrated pest management program Highland Acres Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation implemented an integrated pest management program at the facility through a local pest control company. Highland Acres works with the pest control company to develop both short term and long term pest management strategies and goals. Tracking and sighting logs have been created in an effort to identify specific pest issues at the facility. There is some regular use of certain pesticides at the facility due to the pet (typically dogs and cats) therapy policy adopted for the benefit of the residents.
Pantera, Inc.
Torrington, CT
Implementing manufacturing process changes that eliminate or significantly reduce the quantity or toxicity of a facility's waste stream Pantera is manufacturing environmentally safe metal working fluids, eliminating the need for chlorinated parrifins and trichlor III solvents. According to Pantera, their lubricants are 100% biodegradable and environmentally safe.
Pfizer Global Research and Development
Groton Laboratories
Environmental, Health & Safety Department
Groton, CT
Sponsoring a river, beach or neighborhood clean up day and voluntarily contributing significant time or resources to environmental instructional programs The Environmental, Health & Safety Department developed recycling programs for such items as: computers/electronics, glass, metal, beverage containers, paper cardboard, waste oil and wood pallets. In June, 2000, they also participated in the Thames River Clean-up Day.
Pfizer Global Research and Development
Groton Laboratories
Groton, CT
Successfully implementing an innovative and unique recycling program and exceeding mandatory recycling requirements and goals; sponsoring a river, beach or neighborhood clean up day; and voluntarily contributing significant time or resources to environmental instructional programs Since January, 2000, the Groton Lab has recycled 43% of its municipal waste. They also recycled over 2000 toner cartridges not factored into this percentage. In June, 2000, the Groton Lab sponsored the Thames River Watershed Association's "Thames River Clean-Up Day", donated $5,000.00 for the Association to hire a video crew, and provided shirts for all participants plus clipboards, pens, gloves and trash bags.
Pitney Bowes, Inc.
Stamford, CT
Monitoring reductions in Greenhouse Gas emissions and meeting the U.S. Department of Energy reporting requirements for the "Voluntary Reporting of Greenhouse Gases" program; executing an innovative purchasing program which promotes the procurement of recycled and environmentally preferable products; implementing manufacturing process changes that eliminate or significantly reduce the quantity or toxicity of a facility's waste stream; and participating in a voluntary employee commute program (e.g. vanpool, carpool) Pitney Bowes, Inc. participated in the "Voluntary Reporting of Greenhouse Gases program which monitors reductions in Green House Gas emissions. They are actively working with the DEP and the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund to develop a competitive market for Green Power in Connecticut. They participated in a 0% discharge program and contracted with a shuttle bus transportation company to transport employees to their buildings. They are also actively purchasing 30% recycled paper and they are the partner of the year in EPA's WasteWise program.
Pratt & Whitney
Turbine Module Center
East Hartford, CT
Implementing manufacturing process changes that eliminate or significantly reduce the quantity or toxicity of a facility's waste stream Pratt & Whitney Turbine Module Center installed a distillation unit reducing hazardous waste acid generation by 240,000 pounds or 60% of total hazardous waste. They also replaced aluminum oxide grinding wheels to a CBN Technology which will eliminate 400,000 pounds of solid waste and reduce 100,000 pounds of recycled waste.
Pratt & Whitney
East Hartford Campus
East Hartford, CT
Certifying to ISO 14001 and reducing annual energy or water consumption rates by more than 15% The Pratt & Whitney East Hartford Campus received ISO 14001 certification in November, 2000. In preparing for this certification, environmental engineers identified opportunities to reduce air emissions, waste, energy and water use in various processes. Controls were put in place to reduce output, and goals were set for the future, including 60% reductions in air emissions and non-recycled waste, as well as 25% reductions in energy and water usage by 2006. They installed a closed-loop cooling system for a heat exchanger resulting in reductions in average daily flow. Combined with various process changes that have been implemented, their reduction in water usage for once-through cooling is approximately 45%.
Pratt & Whitney
Middletown Campus
Middletown, CT
Certifying to ISO 14001 and documenting and implementing a facility-wide pollution prevention plan The Pratt & Whitney Middletown site completed implementation of an ISO 14001 compliant environmental management system in August, 2000. The Middletown site is included under a multi-site Pratt & Whitney registration, issued by Underwriters Laboratories. This site maintains a facility-wide pollution prevention program including technology transfer projects, waste reduction initiatives, and goals and timelines for projects such as rubbish and alkali waste reduction.
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.
Sailer Environmental, Inc.
Madison, CT
Donating significant time or resources to assist with environmental projects Sailer Environmental chair is the CMTA Environmental Committee and is on the DEP Clean Marina Steering Committee. The company donates over 100 hours per year to the clean marina/compliance programs.
Saybrook Point Inn, LLC
Old Saybrook, CT
Installing a 100% recycled process or cooling water system and reducing annual energy or water consumption rates by more than 15% Saybrook Point Inn, LLC integrated a Dolphin System electromagnetic coil into their existing environmental system. The electronic pulses provided by the unit cause a change in the minerals in the system water thus eliminating the need for any chemical treatment. They also installed 90 energy saving programmable thermostats.
Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation
Stratford, CT
Monitoring reductions in Greenhouse Gas emissions and meeting the U.S. Department of Energy reporting requirements for the "Voluntary Reporting of Greenhouse Gases" program and implementing manufacturing process changes that eliminate or significantly reduce the quantity or toxicity of a facility's waste stream Energy conservation projects were documented and reported from 1991 forward at Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation. Carbon dioxide reduction for the year 2000 was 5,078 metric tons. Sikorsky is the first manufacturer to paint a complete aircraft with a zero-rated volatile organic compound paint. The paint is considered environmentally friendly because it has a zero rating for both volatile organic compound and hazardous air pollutants.
Soundwaters, Inc.
Stamford, CT
Implementing clean energy generation projects utilizing fuel cells, solar, geothermal or wind power; sponsoring a river, beach or neighborhood clean up day; promoting conservation and preservation of critical plant or animal habitats; voluntarily contributing significant time or resources to environmental instructional programs and donating significant time or resources to assist with environmental projects Soundwaters, Inc. opened Soundwaters Community Center for Environmental Education in September, 2000. The building is heated and cooled by a geo-thermal heating and cooling system using five 600-foot closed-loop wells and heat-exchange pumps. There is no back-up system. It is housed in a renovated 1830's building and offers environmental education programs for schools and the public. They also hold periodic beach clean-up days. They have live aquatic marine tanks with animals, plants and representative habitats of the Long Island Sound watershed and interactive exhibits promoting conservation.
The Connecticut Water Company
Clinton, CT
Implementing manufacturing process changes that eliminate or significantly reduce the quantity or toxicity of a facility's waste stream The Connecticut Water Company provided assistance in reducing the quantity of zinc entering the sanitary sewer systems in the Towns of Naugatuck and Stafford Springs in voluntary cooperation with the DEP Bureau of Water Management. In May and June, 2001, they changed the type of corrosion inhibitor chemical used at their potable water treatment plants from a phosphate compound containing zinc to a non-zinc chemical. This change, approved by the Connecticut Department of Public Health, will result in an average annual reduction of zinc (dry weight basis) of 1,368 pounds at Naugatuck and 220 pounds at Stafford Springs.
The Lee Company
Westbrook, CT
Reducing annual energy or water consumption rates by more than 15% The company’s Industrial Micro Hydraulics (IMH) Plant achieved a 17% reduction in electricity and a 31% reduction in fuel use per square foot by relocating and enclosing 5 small process chillers enabling the rejected heat to be vented outside. They replaced 3 continuously operating air compressors with one high efficiency variable speed air compressor; installed high efficiency fluoresant lighting; 2 high efficiency air conditioning units; and expanded their Honeywell Excel 5,000 Direct Digital Control System.
The Siemon Company
Watertown, CT
Reducing annual energy or water consumption rates by more than 15% A new energy efficient air compressor package was installed at The Siemon Company. Their electrical reduction was 30% or approximately $10,000 monthly.
VDO North America, LLC
Cheshire, CT
Successfully implementing an innovative and unique recycling program and exceeding mandatory recycling requirements and goals VDO North America, LLC installed settling tanks, centrifuges and/or filtration devices on approximately 95 pieces of manufacturing equipment to prolong the life of the oil used in this equipment thereby reducing the volume of recyclable waste generated from these processes.

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