DEEP: 2004 Government/Institutional GreenCircle Award Recipients

GreenCircle Award Recipients
2004 Government / Institutional Related

Name of Company/Individual

Category/Activity

Description Of Activity

State of Connecticut
Department of Motor Vehicles

Wethersfield, CT

Voluntarily contributing significant time or resources to environmental instructional programs. The Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) licenses approximately 5,200 facilities, which include auto body and repair shops, used and new vehicle dealerships, junkyards and some vocational-technical schools. To insure that these businesses are run properly, they inspect about 550 facilities and investigate over 1,200 complaints per year. The Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) also has interest in these facilities since the nature of their business involves the use of many hazardous substances that can impact the environment, if not properly managed. The DMV inspectors distribute DEP's Pit Stops Fact Sheets which include regulatory and pollution prevention information for the vehicle service industry. They also field questions from business owners regarding environmental requirements. As part of an EPA grant, the DEP Office of Pollution Prevention staff, with assistance from the DEP Waste, Water, and Air Bureaus, along with the DMV, developed a twenty-question compliance checklist. In the fall of 2002, DEP staff trained more than twenty DMV inspectors in how to recognize when a facility was not in compliance with environmental regulations. The DMV inspector can use the checklist not only to determine if the facility is in compliance, but can use it as a tool to educate facility owners and employees about what they are required to do by law. Completed forms are then sent to the DEP Office of Pollution Prevention for review and if any violations are noted, a referral is made to the appropriate Bureau for follow-up. The partnership between the DMV and the DEP is a great example of state agencies working together to protect the residents of Connecticut and the environment.

The City of New Haven
New Haven, CT

Converting or purchasing fleet vehicles that run on natural gas, electricity or other alternative fuels; implementing clean energy generation projects utilizing fuel cells, solar, geothermal or wind power; purchasing "green-e" certified renewable power that equals or exceeds 10% of energy load of a business or governmental facility; and purchasing an alternative fueled vehicle that generates lower emissions. The City of New Haven continues to commit to its Energy Management and Environmental Pollution Reduction Program. This year's projects include the startup of a 200 kWh Fuel Cell at the Waste Water Treatment Plant, start-up of a Natural Gas Fueling Station at the Public Works Garage for City vehicles, conversion of over 11,000 street lights to lower wattage lamps and low light pollution fixtures. Other energy improvements installed this year include power factor reduction equipment on all significant motors, boiler control equipment to reduce boiler cycling and expansion of the Real Time Energy Management System to control consumption and demand. The City also issued an RFP for the procurement of Green Power over the next five years to meet the State goal of 20% renewable by 2010. The City has committed over $17,600,000.00 towards these investments and expects to reduce both cost and environmental pollution by significant amounts.

The City of New Haven
Board of Education
New Haven, CT

Designing and developing building projects that fulfill Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification requirements. The City of New Haven, Board of Education has adopted design standards for all new schools which require them to be designed to meet Energy Star Target Finder goals as well as meet The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification requirements. The LEED Green Building Rating System® is a voluntary, consensus-based national standard for developing high-performance, sustainable buildings.

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