DEEP: 1999 Business/Industry GreenCircle Award Recipients

GreenCircle Award Recipients
1999 Business/Industry Related

Name Of Business

Category/Activity

Description Of Activity

Advanced Refurbishment Operation
North Haven, CT
Installing a 100% recycled process or cooling water system The company replaced an old Fluorescent Penetrant Line occupying 400 square feet with a new system occupying only 70 square feet. The new system includes a water recycling system that eliminated the need for an electric water heater. The old system discharged approximately 667,000 gallons of water per year. The new system discharges only 3,600 gallons of water per year and has eliminated the need for a water discharge permit.
Battiston's of West Hartford, Inc.
West Hartford, CT
Documenting and implementing a facility-wide pollution prevention plan and implement manufacturing process changes that eliminate or significantly reduce the quantity or toxicity of a facility's waste stream Since June 1998, the company processed two-thirds of its drycleaning business in a biodegradable solvent called Rynex. This is a replacement solvent for the hazardous air pollutant perchloroethylene. This company was the first drycleaner in the world to use this new earth friendly solvent.
Pratt & Whitney
Combustion Systems

East Hartford, CT
Implementing manufacturing process changes that eliminate or significantly reduce the quantity or toxicity of a facility's waste stream The waxless process devised by Pratt eliminates the need for using PERO. Engineering drawings were modified to accommodate the new environmentally friendly waxless process. There was a re-engineering of parts and processes that culminated in the elimination of a chemical milling line. New methods were devised to substitute water-borne maskants, which eliminated the need for a perc-maskant system. One part could not be re-engineered and was transitioned to a supplier in CA.

The chemical milling tank line and oven/perc maskant system were shut down due to parts re-engineering and process changes. The shutdown of these systems eliminated approximately 130K pounds of hazardous waste annually, allowed for the shutdown of air discharge vents and eliminated 2 out of 3 air permits with DEP

Branson Ultrasonics Corporation
Danbury, CT
Certifying to ISO 14001 Certified August 20, 1998. Certificate #98-HOU-EMS-1893
Yellow Cab Company
Bloomfield, CT
Converting or purchasing buses or other fleet vehicles which run on natural gas, electricity, or other environmentally friendly alternative fuels Yellow Cab purchased 31 new Honda Civic natural gas clean burning vehicles while replacing a third of its fleet. Mr. Henry, CEO of Yellow Cab, is a member of the Capitol Clean Cities Coalition Board. Mr. Henry also donates many hours of his personal time to promote the use of clean alternative energy and fuel.
Nathan L. Jacobson & Associates
Chester, CT
Implementing habitat enhancements for fish or wildlife on public property; 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; and donating significant time or resources to assist with environmental projects. Nathan L. Jacobson & Associates provided vital pro bono engineering assistance to the development of the Mary Griswold Stuebe Fishway in Old Lyme.
Hamilton Standard
Farmington, CT
Certifying to ISO 14001; joining and actively participating in DEP/EPA Climate Wise Program; and executing changes which reduce annual energy or water consumption rates by more than 15% Hamilton Standard was the first manufacturing facility in Connecticut to become registered to ISO 14001. The company established an action plan for the DEP/EPA Climate Wise program at its Farmington site for 1999 and 2000.
Engelhard Corporation
East Windsor, CT
Installing a 100% recycled process or cooling water system Engelhard Corporation installed a 100% recycled cooling water system on its vapor degreasers. The system utilizes a cooling tower for cooling purposes, thereby eliminating the continuous use of city water for cooling.
Fisher Controls
North Stonington, CT
Executing changes which reduce annual energy or water consumption rates by more than 15% Fisher Controls converted the factory from UHO fluorescent to metal halide. Standard office fluorescent lamps were changed from mag ballast to electronic and T8 bulbs. Air compressor efficiency measures were introduced, including repairing most leaks. Machine tools were upgraded to improve water efficiency. These changes resulted in Fisher Controls reducing its energy consumption by approximately 25%.
Doncasters, Inc.
New England Airfoil Division

Farmington, CT
Executing changes which reduce annual energy or water consumption rates by more than 15% Doncasters installed new heat exchanger controls in March 1999. The company water bill for the 1st quarter in 1999, after installing the new controls, was reduced 60% over the bill for the fourth quarter in 1998. Water consumption rates were further reduced by the end of the second quarter of 1999. Over the past 18 months, Doncasters' water consumption rates dropped from more than 7,000,000 gallons per quarter to approximately 100,000 gallons per quarter (projected for quarter ending 6/30/99).
Casco Products Corporation
Bridgeport, CT
Certifying to ISO 14001 Casco received its certification on December 11, 1998.
Pitney Bowes, Inc.
Stamford, CT
Joining and actively participating in DEP/EPA Climate Wise Program; documenting and implementing a facility-wide pollution prevention plan; and implementing manufacturing process changes that eliminate or significantly reduce the quantity or toxicity of a facility's waste stream Pitney Bowes recently signed on as a DEP/EPA Climate Wise partner. Over the past 3 years, Pitney Bowes has implemented dozens of energy conservation projects in their facility. The company also participates in the Green Lights Program and has adopted a zero discharge program thereby eliminating virtually all of their reportable wastes
Cedar Island Marina, Inc.
Clinton, CT
Voluntarily contributing significant time and/or resources to environmental instructional programs, DEP fish and wildlife projects, water quality monitoring programs, or lake, river or watershed associations Cedar Island Marina, Inc. fully funded a project to sample Clinton Harbor eelgrass beds in 1990. Results of the study were published in RHODORA in February, 1999
Saybrook Point Inn
Old Saybrook, CT
Executing changes which reduce annual energy or water consumption rates by more than 15% Saybrook Point Inn, a 710 room facility , implemented daily logs for measuring water use at the facility. The facility purchased water efficient toilets for guestrooms and public areas and water efficient dishwater. Even with a 4.3% increase in guestroom occupancy rates and a 5.2% increase in meals served, Saybrook Point Inn still realized more than a 15% reduction in water usage due to their conservation practices.
Hamilton Sundstrand
Windsor Locks, CT
Implementing manufacturing process changes that eliminate or significantly reduce the quantity or toxicity of a facility's waste stream Hamilton Sunstrand uses fluorescent penetrast in nondestructive testing procedures and an ultrafiltration system to treat the dilute fluorescent penetrast wastewater that produces 120,000 pounds of waste per year. The company installed an ozonator in the ultrafiltration system. The ozone breaks down, oxidizes the hydrocarbons, thereby producing CO2 and water resulting in the elimination of 120,000 pounds of waste during 1998.
Bristol-Myers Squibb
Stamford, CT
Installing a 100% recycled process or cooling water system and implementing manufacturing process changes that eliminate or significantly reduce the quantity or toxicity of a facility's waste stream Bristol-Meyers Squibb completed the installation of a 100% cooling water system in January, 1999. Reformulations and yield improvements were responsible for significant and consistent reductions in "TRI" chemicals. The facility continues to operate as a SQG and since 1991 has exceeded a 50% recycling rate.
Montowese, LLC
New Haven, CT
Improving public access to shore/waterfront/private lands/streams through voluntary projects Montowese, LLC donated 13.59 acres of tidal marsh land to the Branford Land Trust and provided a 5.16 acre conservation easement for another parcel of land.
Frito-Lay, Inc.
Dayville, CT
Documenting and implementing a facility-wide pollution prevention plan Frito-Lay developed and implemented a facility-wide pollution prevention (P2) plan that details what the facility is doing and has done to promote P2. The Plan focuses on 3 categories: waste minimization, source reduction, and resource conservation (saving natural resources by reducing and optimizing the use of electricity, water, natural gas, compressed air and nitrogen).
Glastonbury Citizen
Glastonbury, CT
Consistently using more than 40% recycled fiber content in newspaper publications The Glastonbury Citizen has consistently (at a minimum in 1996, 1997 and 1998) used at least 40% recycled newsprint fiber in newspapers they publish or print.
Trumbull Printing
Trumbull, CT
Consistently using more than 40% recycled fiber content in newspaper publications Trumbull Printing has consistently (at a minimum in 1996, 1997 and 1998) used at least 40% recycled newsprint fiber in newspapers they publish or print.
Norwich Bulletin
Norwich, CT
Consistently using more than 40% recycled fiber content in newspaper publications The Norwich Bulletin has consistently (at a minimum in 1996, 1997 and 1998) used at least 40% recycled newsprint fiber in newspapers they publish or print.
The Advocate & Greenwich Time
Southern CT Newspapers, Inc.
Stamford, CT
Consistently using more than 40% recycled fiber content in newspaper publications The Advocate & Greenwich Times has consistently (at a minimum in 1996, 1997 and 1998) used at least 40% recycled newsprint fiber in newspapers they publish or print.
Record Journal Publishing Co.
Meriden, CT
Consistently using more than 40% recycled fiber content in newspaper publications The Record Journal Publishing Co. has consistently (at a minimum in 1996, 1997 and 1998) used at least 40% recycled newsprint fiber in newspapers they publish or print.
Hometown Publications
Shelton, CT
Consistently using more than 40% recycled fiber content in newspaper publications Hometown Publications has consistently (at a minimum in 1996, 1997 and 1998) used at least 40% recycled newsprint fiber in newspapers they publish or print.
Unilever Home & Personal Care USA
Clinton, CT
Certifying to ISO 14001 The company received its certification in July, 1999.
Metropolitan District Commission
Barkhamsted, CT
Voluntarily contributing significant time and/or resources to environmental instructional programs, DEP fish and wildlife projects, water quality monitoring programs, or lake, river or watershed associations The Metropolitan District Commission Natural Resources Unit constructed a demonstration forest that is designed to give students and the general public an outdoor experience through which they can learn about forestry, wildlife, soils, geology, and how people affect the environment. Handouts are provided to teachers and natural resource professionals.
United States Repeating Arms Co.
New Haven, CT
Executing changes which reduce annual energy or water consumption rates by more than 15% The United States Repeating Arms Co. mandated that water use be turned off in the blueing operation during downtime and at the end of the shift. This simple, but effective technique, reduced daily water consumption by nearly 32% (9,000 gallons of water per day or 2,160,000 gallons of water per year).
VDO Control Systems, Inc.
Cheshire, CT
Certifying to ISO 14001 VDO Control Systems, Inc. received its certification on June 25, 1999. The facility Registration number is UM 1-19-0126.
Risdon-AMS
Thomaston, CT
Implementing manufacturing process changes that eliminate or significantly reduce the quantity or toxicity of a facility's waste stream Risdon converted their operations from a solvent-based lacquer process to a water-based lacquer coating process. This process reduced VOC content from 6 pounds per gallon to 3 pounds per gallon. It also eliminated the need to use harsh industrial cleaning solvents. The installation of an electrostatic spray system further reduced VOC emissions. The combined effect of these measures resulted in a reduction of VOC emissions from 75 tons per year to 20 tons per year.
Risdon-AMS
Danbury, CT
Implementing manufacturing process changes that eliminate or significantly reduce the quantity or toxicity of a facility's waste stream Risdon incorporated process changes in their parts cleaning operation. Four separate degreasers were consolidated into one line. State of the art controls, refrigeration and condensing coils reduced "drag out" of the solvent. Prior to the process change, annual emissions were about 440,000 pounds. The new process system cut emissions to zero. Total cost of the project was $650,000, but operating costs were trimmed $300,000 per year (slightly more than a two year pay back).

Risdon also changed their spindle cleaning process. The process change reduced air emissions from a peak of 45,750 pounds to a total emission discharge of 70 pounds for VOC, NOx, CO and PM10. Equipment costs were $75,000, but operating costs were reduced by $50,000 per year.

Pratt & Whitney - North Haven
North Haven, CT
Certifying to ISO 14001 Pratt & Whitney - North Haven received its certification in January 1999.
ABB Alstom Power
Windsor, CT
Certifying to ISO 14001 ABB Alstom Power received its certification on August 3, 1999. The certificate number is No. 00058.
Eyelet Toolmakers, Inc.
Watertown, CT
Implementing manufacturing process changes that eliminate or significantly reduce the quantity or toxicity of a facility's waste stream Eyelet Toolmakers, Inc. replaced an existing vapor degreaser with a state of the art system, thereby reducing emissions of perchloroethylene by almost 99%. In 1998, Eyelet's emissions were 20.37 tons; in 1999, Eyelet's emissions dropped to 0.26 tons.
ABB Combustion Engineering Nuclear Power, Inc.
Windsor, CT
Certifying to ISO 14001 ABB Combustion Engineering Nuclear Power, Inc. received its certification on August 3, 1999. The certificate number is No. 00059.

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