DEEP: 2003 Business/Industry GreenCircle Award Recipients

GreenCircle Award Recipients
2003 Business/Industry Related

Name of Business

Category/Activity

Description Of Activity

Bayer Pharmaceuticals Corporation
West Haven, CT

Sponsoring a river, beach or neighborhood clean up day and voluntarily contributing significant time or resources to environmental instructional programs, DEP fish and wildlife projects, water quality monitoring programs, or lake, river, or watershed associations On April 20, 2002, Bayer Pharmaceuticals sponsored the annual Beach Clean-Up in West Haven in collaboration with the local Land Trust. In addition to Bayer employee volunteers, high school students, a cub scout troop and other citizens participated in the clean-up as part of the annual Earth Day celebration.

Bayer Pharmaceuticals Corporation
Wildlife At Work Team

West Haven, CT

Implementing habitat enhancements for fish or wildlife on public or private property During the spring and summer months of 2002, Bayer Pharmaceuticals - Wildlife At Work Team volunteered to work on the 5-acre nature trail located on the Oyster River that runs through the West Haven/Orange Campus. Over twenty-five volunteers monitored the trail by cutting brush, improving trail signs and wildflower gardens, as well as hosting tours for school age children throughout the year.

Bayer Pharmaceuticals Corporation
Health, Environment & Safety Department

West Haven, CT

Sponsoring a river, beach or neighborhood clean up day and voluntarily contributing significant time or resources to environmental instructional programs, DEP fish and wildlife projects, water quality monitoring programs, or lake, river, or watershed associations In 2002, Bayer Pharmaceuticals - Health, Environment & Safety Department utilized its corporate campus for environmental and wildlife education through special outreach efforts to several local schools. The first PROJECT SEARCH team was established with West Haven High School on Bayer property in 2002. SEARCH is a program that teaches students important lessons in earth and environmental science, biology, chemistry, geography, and mathematics from water samples they collect from local rivers and streams. The high school students come onto the Bayer property twice a year to monitor water quality in the Oyster River. Grammar school students are treated to a bird banding session conducted by Connecticut Audubon Society on Bayer property and tours of the Nature Preserve highlighting many of its wildlife habitat features. Bayer's involvement with PROJECT SEARCH is an extension of the well-established Making Science Make Sense outreach program.

Branson Ultrasonics Corporation
Danbury, CT

Successfully implementing an innovative and unique recycling program Branson Ultrasonics Corporation developed a plan and organized a cross-functional employee team to collect and measure incoming employee junk mail for a "baseline" metric with the overall objective to reduce the amount of unwanted mail and, in turn, preserve our natural resources. The reduction plan was communicated throughout the company, and employees were encouraged to refuse unwanted mail offers. Large junk magazine and catalog sources were contacted to cease delivery. Efforts included stopping mail addressed to former employees. After seven months, junk mail was collected and remeasured for a month. The results showed a 65% reduction in junk mail. Lastly, 35% of the remaining junk mail sources were sorted-out by the team as major sources for further reduction efforts.
Coelho Landscaping
Warren, CT
Adopting a vacant lot, park, community garden, stretch of highway or beach for a year Lionel Coelho volunteered his landscaping crew to remove sod in order for Warren School to fulfill their gardening goals of 2003. This was a labor intensive job, and Mr. Coelho and his crew completed it without hesitation. The removed sod is being stored in a designated area and will be used to repair the school grounds at a future date.

EMSAR
Stratford, CT

Successfully implementing an innovative and unique recycling program

EMSAR’s utilization of environmentally friendly products and services was considered prior to EMSAR forming an alliance with "We Recycle" to begin a recycling program for all batteries, used computer components and fluorescent tubes. What is innovative about this recycling program is that "We Recycle" uses the only facility in the United States that is capable of recovering 99.9% of the mercury contained in fluorescent tubes. This is accomplished by processing the whole tube under a high temperature and vacuum which leaves no mercury residue on the glass and metal. Prior to this alliance, EMSAR was utilizing a facility with capabilities of mercury recovery in the 50%-80% range, as only the phosphor powder was processed under high temperature and vacuum. This process resulted in leaving mercury residue on glass and metal endcaps.

EMSAR’s gasket and tubing department, Department 29, has continued to successfully recycle 100% of the plastic used for manufacturing gaskets. Plastic strip stock is extruded and gaskets are punched out leaving webbing and “punchout” as by products. The webbing is then sent through a granulator where it is ground, thus producing “regrind”, and the punchout is collected from each machine. The punchout and regrind account for 50% of the material used for extruding “new” material.

EMSAR
Torrington, CT

Implementing manufacturing processes that eliminate or significantly reduce the quantity or toxicity of a facility's waste stream Emsar has achieved a 50% reduction, to date, in the amount of hazardous (flammable) chemicals used by the maintenance department. This was achieved by the utilization of a parts-washer that uses a non-hazardous (non-flammable) chemical. The parts-washer was placed in service in 2003 by the Waterworks division of Hubbard Hall.

Enviro Shield
Stratford, CT

Improving public access to shore/waterfront/private lands/streams through voluntary projects Enviro Shield has supported Clean Sound, Inc. volunteer efforts for the past several years. Most recently they provided heavy equipment services and transportation in support of a Clean Sound, Inc. public access project in the Stratford Great Meadows Salt Marsh. The type of service Enviro Shield provides is extremely valuable to the success of Clean Sound, Inc. projects. Clean Sound, Inc. also operates a 56' landing craft (steel hull) in support of its programs as well as projects for the US Fish and Wildlife Service. Enviro Shield provides aid in the maintenance of the hull’s engine room.

ESPN, Inc.
Bristol, CT

Sponsoring a river, beach or neighborhood clean up day ESPN, along with the Bristol Chamber of Commerce, sponsored a City-wide Clean Up Day on Saturday, April 26th. To raise interest, ESPN donated t-shirts to all participants. A group of ESPN employees also cleaned up a 1.5 mile stretch of Pine Street in Bristol.

Hamilton Sundstrand
Windsor Locks, CT

Reducing or eliminating the use of elemental mercury or products containing elemental mercury (e.g., thermometers, thermostats, etc.) and successfully implementing an innovative and unique recycling program The Hamilton Sunstrand (HS) Windsor Locks facility implemented innovative changes to its waste disposal practices during 2002. Process and non-process metal and wood items, which were considered to be of little or no value, were sent off site for recycling to scrap metal or wood product recycling facilities. A screening process for these items was instituted during 2002 to redirect saleable materials to the Pratt & Whitney surplus store for resale. Product examples include wood crates, pumps, racks, tooling, fasteners and furniture. The results were 225,000 pounds of waste eliminated in 2002. Between January and April 2003, another 220,000 pounds of waste were eliminated from the waste stream. In addition, HS eliminated the use of mercury manometers and screens waste for elemental mercury. During 2002 and the 1st quarter of 2003, 17.5 pounds of mercury were collected and sent to an approved mercury disposal facility.
New Milford Farms
New Milford, CT
Adopting a vacant lot, park, community garden, stretch of highway or beach for a year Approximately four years ago, New Milford Farms adopted Warren School to support their environmental projects. Upon creating the garden last year, New Milford Farms generously donated and delivered compost and mulch, covered the cost of bus transportation to environmental related field trips and continues to offer their assistance whenever possible. Their unwavering assistance has facilitated the creation of their community outreach garden.

Pfizer Global Manufacturing
Groton, CT

Implementing manufacturing processes that eliminate or significantly reduce the quantity or toxicity of a facility's waste stream Pfizer Global Manufacturing has developed and implemented two new processes to recycle solvents. The recycled solvents are methanol and isopropanol. The new process allows the spent solvents to be recovered and recycled back into the originating process. Significant reductions in the amount of spent solvent requiring disposal and the purchase of new solvent have been realized by the company. Approximately 650,000 gallons of new solvent will be recycled annually by these process changes. Over 210 truck shipments per year for new and waste solvents have been eliminated as a result of this recycling effort.

Philson, Inc.
Watertown, CT

Executing changes that reduce annual energy or water consumption rates by more than 15%; sponsoring a river, beach or neighborhood clean up day; and reducing or eliminating the use of elemental mercury or products containing elemental mercury (e.g., thermometers, thermostats, etc.) Philson, Inc. has reduced the use of products containing elemental mercury by eliminating the use of mercury filled thermometers and replacing them facility-wide with “Enviro-Safe” thermometers. Enviro-Safe thermometers contain a non-hazardous, biodegradable liquid and dye. Additionally, the lead glass, typically used for thermometers, has been replaced with soda lime glass. Thus, the entire thermometer is non-hazardous.

On May 3, 2003, Philson, Inc. initiated and sponsored a second Steele Brook River Conservation Clean-up event that ran from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon. Approximately 17 employees, neighbors, and employees’ children aided and assisted in the pick up and hauling of approximately three yards of trash and debris that was pulled from the Steele Brook River in Watertown.

Philson, Inc. contracted with Traver Electric/Sebago Energy Conservation Group and the Connecticut Light and Power Corporation to replace/upgrade energy inefficient motors and electrical devices with the latest energy efficient products. Among the upgrades are seventeen premium efficiency motors, two exhaust fan motors with variable frequency drives, and 148 light fixture upgrades. These replacements and upgrades equate to roughly a 20% savings over 2002 electricity consumption figures.

Procter & Gamble - Clairol, Inc.
Stamford, CT

Executing changes that reduce annual energy or water consumption rates by more than 15% Procter & Gamble-Clairol, Inc. implemented a successful water conservation program during the past year. The lack of rainfall from the Fall of 2001 through the Spring of 2002 created a severe drought emergency for the City of Stamford. Procter & Gamble-Clairol, Inc. designed and implemented a comprehensive program to conserve water. The program included many key elements, from raising employee awareness in order to conserve water both at work and at home, to installing new water conservation equipment. A process water reclamation system was designed and built at a cost of $250,000. This system reclaims process water for use in air conditioning equipment and scrubbers. The results are both impressive and sustainable. Water usage for 2002 was 90 million gallons, down from 109 million gallons for 2001. Results for 2003 are even better - only 29 million gallons of water have been used for the first six months of the year.

Schick Manufacturing, Inc.
Milford, CT

Certifying to ISO 14001 Schick Manufacturing has developed and implemented an Environmental Management System (EMS) that conforms to the standards of ISO 14001. The EMS consists of all appropriate documentation and operational controls for effective environmental management of the site. The EMS was audited by a third party certified/accredited registrar. The third party registrar determined that Schick Manufacturing, Inc. met all the requirements of the ISO 14001 Standard and recommended ISO 14001 registration. Schick has an environmental commitment to compliance, prevention of pollution, and continual improvement. Schick is continually striving to reduce its environmental footprint by recycling as much material as practical, taking measures to reduce the generation of waste, and adopting more environmentally friendly materials.

The Siemon Company
Watertown, CT

Executing changes that reduce annual energy or water consumption rates by more than 15% The Siemon Company installed 33 premium efficient motors, eight variable frequency drives, and retrofit appoximately 1,800 light fixtures which extend bulb life by 8,000 hours at the same or better lighting levels. They also installed two capacitor banks, thereby improving the current power factor to over 90. The approximate dollar savings for these energy efficient tasks equals $100,000 annually.

Sikorsky Aircraft
Stratford, CT

Implementing manufacturing processes that eliminate or significantly reduce the quantity or toxicity of a facility's waste stream Since Sikorsky Aircraft’s initial trial (Lead the Fleet) application onto a U.S. Navy Seahawk helicopter (11/00), 17 helicopters have been painted using the zero VOC material. In addition, the interior tub and tail cone sections are now being painted with the zero VOC clear paints. Presently, an approximate 38.5 pound reduction of air emissions is attained for U.S. Navy Seahawk aircraft. Efforts are on-going to reduce emissions. Plans to conduct two Lead the Fleet applications of the zero VOC onto rotor blades is scheduled for September, 2003. The introduction of zero VOC primers is anticipated to commence in the 4th quarter of 2003. Also, a Low VOC paint intended for use on U.S. Army aircraft that represents a 57% emission reduction has been applied onto test aircraft. A Lead the Fleet application onto a production helicopter is scheduled for September, 2003. An approximate 20% reduction in paint usage has been associated with the newly introduced paints.

Trans Clean
Stratford, CT

Improving public access to shore/waterfront/private lands/streams through voluntary projects Trans Clean has supported the Clean Sound, Inc. volunteer efforts for the past several years. Trans Clean never hesitates to send a crew or lend Clean Sound, Inc. equipment as needed for shoreline clean ups, habitat restoration programs, or public access projects such as the Stratford Salt Marsh. The service provided by Trans Clean is extremely valuable to the success of Clean Sound, Inc. projects. Clean Sound, Inc operates a 56' landing craft (steel hull) that supports their programs as well as the US Fish and Wildlife Service. Trans Clean has provided services to aid in maintenance of the hull and the engine room. Their handling of wash water and cleaning materials is extremely professional.

United Illuminating Company
New Haven, CT

Executing changes that reduce annual energy or water consumption rates by more than 15% United Illuminating (UI) has worked closely with the Town of Hamden to reduce municipal electric consumption rates. The Town of Hamden received over $250,000.00 in rebates, credits and incentives from UI for its energy conservation activities, whereby Hamden residents and businesses saved more than $1.6 million in energy costs over the life of the partnership initiative. Over 3,000 of Hamden's 21,000 households benefited from the UI Help Program targeted for low and fixed income residents. UI's Small Business Energy Advantage Program assisted 23 local businesses.

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Content Last Updated on December 19, 2006