DEEP: 2007 Business/Industry GreenCircle Award Recipients

GreenCircle Award Recipients
2007 Business / Industry Related

Name of Business/industry

Category/Activity

Description Of Activity

Branson Ultrasonics, Corp.
Danbury, CT

Documenting and implementing a facility-wide pollution prevention plan.

Branson Ultrasonics, Corp., implemented a summertime air conditioning on/off temperature management plan for twenty-one office and manufacturing operations locations within the facility. Selectively increasing the ambient temperature at least one to two degrees, and shortening the air conditioning on-time by one to five hours enabled Branson to achieve an 8% reduction in annual electricity consumption and, inturn, reduce pollution.

EMSAR
Stratford, CT

Successfully implementing an innovative and unique pollution prevention program that generates an environmental benefit.

EMSAR for three days in August operated an employee EWASTE (electronics waste) collection site. Employees were encouraged to bring in used/unwanted/broken electronics for recycling. Each participant was given a compact fluorescent bulb. The majority of the EWASTE was sent to eRevival in New Jersey. eRevival was chosen because they offer a full spectrum of services where reuse of working equipment is donated to charity and others and disposal of nonworking equipment is sent to waste management companies for reclamation of raw materials for recycling. Cell phones were segregated and sent to ReCellular in Michigan where they refurbish, reuse and responsibly recycle discarded cell phones. All phones and accessories that cannot be reused are recycled and millions of dollars are donated to charities. EMSAR collected five ganlords of EWASTE and 39 cell phones diverting a total of 2298# from the wastestream.

Emsar - Torrington
Torrington, CT

Sponsoring a river, beach or neighborhood clean up day.

Fifteen (15) EMSAR Torrington employees, friends, and family volunteered to pick up trash from the Stillwater Pond boat launch area on August 11, 2007. This was a cooperative venture between EMSAR and the maintenance department of Burr Pond State Park. Burr Pond maintenance department provided trash bags and collected the bagged trash from the road. EMSAR provided the volunteers who filled the bags with garbage and left them at the side of the road. This was the first of what EMSAR would like to become an annual event to improve the community in which they work. Approximately five (5) yards of trash was collected from the boat launch and surrounding area.

ESPN, Inc.
Bristol, CT

Sponsoring a river, beach or neighborhood clean up day.

ESPN co-sponsored Bristol Neighborhood Clean Up Day held on Saturday, April 28, 2007. This was an event involving over 100 residents who volunteered to pick up trash from streets and parks throughout the city. In addition, seven (7) ESPN employees assisted by cleaning up a one-mile stretch of Pine Street. ESPN donated promotional t-shirts to all volunteers.

Oil Purification Systems, Inc.
Shelton, CT

Implementing manufacturing processes that eliminate or significantly reduce the quantity or toxicity of a facility's waste stream.

Oil Purification Systems, Inc., (OPS), is the developer of the OPS-1, a patented on-board oil refining system that continuosly removes the solid and liquid contaminants from engine oil, allowing the engine to run with clean oil 100% of the time. OPS-1 technology filters the engine oil so effectively that routine oil changes are virtually eliminated. Customers routinely log 100,000 miles and more without having to change their oil, and as a result are able to reduce their oil consumption and maintenance costs by 80% and dramatically reduce the amount of waste oil they generate. OPS has successfully sold the OPS-1 to hundreds of companies in trucking, busing, construction, mining, and other industries. It is also installed for evaluation in numerous municipalities and other government organizations including the City of Waterbury, CT Public Works Department, and several U.S. metropolitan public transit systems.

Philson
Watertown, CT

Voluntarily converting or retrofitting existing diesel-powered fleet or off-road construction vehicles to significantly reduce air emissions and sponsoring a a river, beach or neighborhood clean up day.

Philson, Inc., in 2007, sold their 1995 gas powered truck and signed a rental agreement with Ryder for a new 2007 ultra low sulfur diesel fuel truck. This truck has a rating of 10-14 mpg, while the old truck was rated at 5-7 mpg. The new truck meets the 2007 vehicle emissions standards challenge requiring the reduction of nitrogen oxides and hydrocarbons by 50% and particulate matter by 90%.

Philson Incorporated conducted a 6th Annual Steelebrook River Clean-up on Saturday, April 21, 2007. A half of a dumpster of garbage and debris was hauled out of the Steelebrook River which is a tributary to the Naugatuck and Housatonic River systems.

Saybrook Point Inn & Spa
Old Saybrook, CT

Completing an Energy Star benchmarking of a building and/or quality for the Energy Star program; implementing habitat enhancements for fish or wildlife on public or private property; and, successfully implementing an innovative and unique pollution prevention program that generates an environmental benefit.

Saybrook Point Inn & Spa was awarded an Energy Star by E.P.A. on June 14, 2007, for superior energy performance. This award is the first to be given to a full service hotel in Connecticut.

Saybrook Point Inn & Spa has partnered with Connecticut Audobon Society to place bird sanctuaries on their property. In particular, they have installed a purple heron house. They are in the process of eliminating chemical fertilizers and are running bird watching, eco tours. These packages are sold during peak periods at discounts to promote wildlife appreciation. Saybrook Point Inn & Spa is also a sponsor of the Connecticut Eagle Festival.

Saybrook Point Inn & Spa installed a large heat exchanger to capture excess heat to pre-heat all hot water used throughout the facility. Thereby reducing the need for oil (home heating oil). They have experienced a 20F increase in their incoming water to their boiler which helps reduce loads into their cooling tower. The facility has witnessed a 15-20% decrease in oil consumption.

Schick Manufacturing, Inc.
Milford, CT

Implementing manufacturing processes that eliminate or significantly reduce the quantity or toxicity of a facility's waste stream.

Schick Manufacturing, Inc., has modified a major manufacturing process to eliminate the use of a solvent containing material. The former process used in excess of 4,000 gallons of solvent per year. In addition, the required roof-top incinerator (thermal after-burner) used as control equipment to treat this material will no longer be necessary. This incinerator used over 8,000,000 cubic feet of natural gas per year. By eliminating the solvent use, Schick has reduced air pollution & green house emissions, use of non-renewable natural resources, environmental risks such as potential spills, and eliminated potential employee exposure issues. This process modification fits in line with Schick's ISO 14001 policy of compliance, prevention of pollution and continual improvement. Schick is an ISO14001 certified company and OSHA VPP Star site.

Spirol International Corporation
Danielson, CT

Certifying to ISO 14001.

Spirol International Corporation's Environmental Management System was certified to ISO 14001 on August 16, 2006. During 2006, Spirol set several objectives and targets to minimize environmental impacts resulting from manufacturing processes. The most significant successes of Spirol's Environmental Management System were a 22.67% decrease in Waste Oil disposal resulting from 100% recycling of metal cutting lubricants. In addition, Spirol reduced electricity consumption by 7.78% with the installation of a High Efficient Lighting System equipped with motion detectors in office areas.

Stericycle, Inc.
Middletown, CT

Reducing or eliminating the use of elemental mercury or products containing elemental mercury (e.g., thermometers, thermostats, etc.).

Stericycle continues to reduce the amount of mercury going into the Biomedical Waste Stream. This has been accomplished through their Amalgam Mail Back program. All amalgam waste from dental customers goes to a mercury recycling facility. These items include teeth, filters and amalgam waste.

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