DEEP: 2009 Business/Industry GreenCircle Award Recipients

GreenCircle Award Recipients
2009 Business / Industry Related

Name of Business/industry

Category/Activity

Description Of Activity

Branson Ultrasonics Corporation

Danbury, CT
Executing changes that reduce annual energy or water consumption rates by more than 15%. Branson Ultrasonics Corporation contracted a third party energy auditor to identify energy conservation and electricity cost reduction opportunities in a manufacturing and office environment.  Implementation of eleven audit action items resulted in an energy assessment action plan saving annually $61,300 and 418,700 kWh.  As a result of the energy audit, non-perishable drink vending machine energy controllers were immediately installed with occupancy sensors to reduce vending machine energy consumption 45% and save 1500 kWh/year.

Bristol-Myers Squibb Pharmaceutical Co.

Wallingford, CT
Promoting conservation and preservation of critical plant or animal habitats; implementing habitat enhancements for fish or wildlife on public or private 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; donating significant time or resources to assist with environmental projects (e.g., projects or programs promoted by youth groups, community based organizations, businesses, or environmental entities. Brystol-Myers Squibb Company (BMS) has undertaken many projects aimed to promote environmental awareness and increase species diversity and habitat enrichment at the Wallingford Campus.  Some of the key projects prepared for the Wildlife Habitat Council for 2010 recertification include development and upkeep of two nature trails, implementation of butterfly and pollinator gardens, conservation of endangered species bluebird monitoring program, pond management program, migratory geese control, carbon footprint off-set, land care initiatives, and employee and community involvement.

Efficient Lighting & Maintenance

Brookfield, CT
Executing changes that reduce annual energy or water consumption rates by more than 15%; 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 pollution prevention plan or recycling program that generates an environmental benefit.
Efficient Lighting & Maintenance, Inc., has been successfully helping their customers recycle spent mercury-laden lamps and thermostats for several years through their recycling program.  In addition to mercury-laden items, they also recycle their customerís batteries and ballasts containing PCBs.  In 2009, they helped their customers obtain 5,712,805.404 kwh of energy savings through their energy-efficiency measures.  Through their efforts, they were able to reduce 6,701,854 pounds of Carbon Dioxide (CO2) emissions, sulfur dioxide emissions (SO2) by 4,767 pounds and nitrogen oxide emissions (NOx) by 4,135 pounds.  These environmental savings are equal to removing 610 cars from highways or planting an equivalent of 1665 trees this year. 
They also held their first annual "Free to the Public" compact fluorescent and Linear Lamp recycling weekend where they removed 2 pallets worth of lamps that would have otherwise ended up in the trash.

EMSAR - Stratford

Stratford, CT
Successfully implementing an innovative and unique pollution prevention program that generates an environmental benefit. In August 2009, EMSAR - Stratford partnered with A Greener Solution to recycle all secondary materials.  Prior to this partnership EMSAR had been unable to find a recycler with the capabilities to recycle fully and partially assembled pumps due to the variety of the components.  Since August 2009, EMSAR's trash generation has dropped 68% from an average of 20.98 tons/month to 6.7 tons/month.  During this time EMSAR recycled an additional 41.57 tons of secondary materials.  And due to additional training and worker awareness cardboard recycling has increased 21% from an average of 14.78 to 20.98 tons/month.  EMSAR feels this program is both unique and successful.

EMSAR - Torrington

Torrington, CT
Successfully implementing an innovative and unique pollution prevention program that generates an environmental benefit.
In 2008 EMSAR - Torrington decreased the number of trash hauls in half by initiating a plastics recycling program.  In 2009 to further the amount of recyclable material and reduce trash.  EMSAR recycled over 400,000 pounds of plastic scrap in 2009. 
An outside vendor is used to grind scrap components for reuse in EMSAR's production, four hot runner molds were purchased as they do not generate a "runner" which reduces the opportunity for scrap.  By partnering with a new vendor, K-resin, obsolete color concentrates and quality control resins are now recycled.  Fibre drums are reused to supply resin to outside molding vendors.  In 2010 EMSAR plans to cut it in half, again the number of trash hauls by increasing the amount of materials being recycled.

Franklin Construction

New Haven, CT
Executing changes that reduce annual energy or water consumption rates by more than 15%; designing and developing building project that fulfill Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification requirements; adopt a vacant lot, park, community garden, stretch of highway or beach for a year; joining EPAís Energy Star program and actively participate in DEPís CT partnership; adopting a vacant lot, park, community garden, stretch of highway or beach for a year; reducing or eliminating the use of elemental mercury or products containing elemental mercury; documenting and implementing a facility-wide pollution prevention plan; implementing clean energy generation projects utilizing fuel cells, solar, geothermal or wind power; implementing recycling specifications for construction and demolition waste in state or municipality funded building projects; executing an innovative purchasing program that promotes  the procurement of recycled and environmentally preferable products and successfully implementing an innovative and unique recycling program. Franklin Construction owns and manages over 800 apartments in southern Connecticut.  Currently they are installing solar thermal tubes on 10 of their apartment complexes in Hamden.  Management purchases environmentally friendly cleaning supplies.  Their cleaning crew has a station to mix their own cleaning agents to cut down on extra plastic.  All thermostats, light bulbs and batteries are recycled properly.  Last year they created a community garden for their residents in the place of an unused bocce court.  This year they will create a larger community garden at their Rosewood Condo Complex.  Their new construction projects comply with LEED requirements, but are not registered.  About 95 % of construction debris is recycled and reused.

J. F. Fredericks Tool Company

Farmington, CT
Executing changes that reduce annual energy or water consumption rates by more than 15% and successfully implementing an innovative and unique pollution prevention program that generates an environmental benefit. J. F. Fredericks Tool Company has implemented a unique recycling program for plastic inserts and tooling containers.  These containers are sent to a large recycling plant that specializes in hard plastics.  This unique recycling program is another step toward eliminating waste for Fredericks.  Whereas, other manufacturers may still throw their containers in the trash instead of recycling them.

North Haven Health & Racquet

North Haven, CT
Implement clean energy generation projects utilizing fuel cells, solar, geothermal or wind power.

The system at North Haven Health & Racquet is designed for over 190 kW of production.  It achieves this by using 623 Sunpower photovolataic panels, that feed into two commercial grade Sat Com inverters.

The system utilizes multiple roof areas, both being sloped and low sloped.  Using different mounting system for the different areas of the roof allows for higher production in the different areas and a greater flexibility of location options for the system.

Perkins + Will

Glastonbury, CT
Designing and developing building projects that fulfill Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification requirements and consistently using more than 40% recycled fiber in newspaper and other newsprint publications.
Perkins + Will is a medium size Architecture and Interior Design firm who focuses its work on sustainable design and is considered a leader in this evolving shift in the design industry.  Perkins + Will as a firm is a Carbon Neutral, offsetting 100% of their carbon footprint with the Chicago Climate Exchange each year.  Their Connecticut based office believes so strongly in the preservation of the environment that they participate in their firm wide Green Operations Plan. 

Along with recycling of certain paper products, cans, bottles, cardboard, etc., they monitor their water and power usage and gauge their conservation efforts against the remainder of the firm.  Recently, in a firm wide recycling challenge, their Connecticut office diverted 81% of their waste from landfills over the course of one week.  In addition to this they also power down lighting on bright days, monitor their indoor quality, and maintain the use of all Green Seal Certified cleaning products on their inter-office housekeeping tasks.

They have significant strength as a national organization focused on sustainable design with 45 LEED Certified Projects and 178 LEED Registered projects firm wide. 

This includes the LEED CI Platinum Certified design of the United States Green Building "USGBC" headquarters in Washington, DC.  Perkins + Will is currently looking beyond LEED and today's sustainability trends.  They have adopted the 2030 challenge (architecture2030.org), where they have committed that by the year 2030 their building designs will be carbon neutral and functioning on zero fossil fuel based energy consumption. 

They participate in LEED, Sustainable design, Living Building, and 2030 Challenge presentations throughout the state.  In the past year they have presented at the American Institute for Architects, and at numerous high schools and conventions throughout the state.

Perkins + Will remains a leader in sustainability, and their participation in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), The United States Building Council (USGBC), the AIA Committee on the Environment (COTE), and other organizations differentiate their design firm nationally and within the state of Connecticut.

Philson Incorporated

Watertown, CT
Sponsoring a river, beach or neighborhood clean up day. Philson Incorporated hosted the 8th annual SteeleBrook River Clean-up on April 28, 2009.  Philson employees as well as other local and affiliated companies participated in the clean-up.  Companies who volunteered their time were EVO Design,Watertown; RAMCO Recovery, Thomaston;  Clearwater Industries, Shelton; and, EMSAR, Inc., Stratford.  Debris from the SteeleBrook river and along Main Street Watertown were collected by those who participated.

Pratt & Whitney

East Hartford, CT
Documenting and implementing a facility-wide pollution prevention plan.

Pratt & Whitney's team recognized the need to reduce the usage of liquid IPA (Isopropyl Alcohol) at the East Hartford campus to meet established UTC corporate pollution prevention standards. 

To accomplish this goal, they switched from liquid IPA to pre-soaked wipes and other non-toxic alternative for cleaning their parts.  They started this process on June 30, 2008 and by 2009 they observed a decrease of 51% in the use of liquid IPA.

S&S Worldwide

Colchester, CT
Sponsoring a river, beach or neighborhood clean-up day.

S&S Worldwide held the first Annual "Clean to the Green" event last April to help promote and support Earth Day.  The inaugural event had the company and community volunteers walking various routes from the company's 75 Mill Street headquarters to the Colchester Green, picking up litter along the way.

Over 50 employees and other members of the community spent the morning walking and picking up trash in Colchester.  All volunteers met at the Colchester Green in the middle of town to collect their trash and recyclables.

The company celebrated with free lunch for all those who participated and free "Go Green" canvas tote bag.  Prides Corner Farms in Lebanon donated 100 plants to be handed out at the event.

In addition to this event, S&S maintains an active recycling program, promotes earth-friendly manufacturing and distributes products made with rapidly renewable sources.

"Clean to the Green" was a great success and S&S Worldwide will be hosting another Clean to the Green this April.  This year we hope to make it bigger and better to help get more people within the community involved.

Saybrook Point Inn, Spa & Marina

Old Saybrook, CT

Implement clean energy generation projects utilizing fuel cells, solar, geothermal or wind power. Saybrook Point Inn, Spa & Marina has installed 144 PV panels on the roof of the Inn, with lobby monitoring, as part of an ongoing commitment towards environmental sustainability.  This will provide an estimated 46,742 kWh of power.

The Hartford Courant

Hartford, CT
Consistently using more than 40% recycled fiber in newspaper and other newsprint publications.

The Hartford Courant has consistently used newsprint for the publication of the Hartford Courant and its alternative publications having a recycled fiber content of greater than 55% for the last three years.

The Siemon Company

Watertown, CT
Successfully implementing an innovating and unique recycling program.

The Siemon Company launched on September 14, 2009 a new waste management program that helped the company achieve a self certified zero-landfill status (99%).  Siemon recycles all waste material, including manufacturing by products, compositables and office scrap.  All remaining non-recyclable items are transported to a local waste to energy plant.  A small amount of ash, the by-product of the waste-to-energy process is all that reaches a landfill.

They also installed 700 solar panels on their 96,000 square foot Dynamic Building.  This was brought online on December 31, 2008 and generated over 216,000 Kwh of clean energy in 2009.  A noticeable change to the Dynamic Building's electric bill was the missing high peak demands for the summer months caused by air conditioning demand.

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Content Last Updated on October 20, 2010