DEEP: 2011 Business/Industry GreenCircle Award Recipients

GreenCircle Award Recipients
2011 Business / Industry Related

Name of Business/industry

Category/Activity

Description Of Activity

Aptar - Stratford
Stratford, CT

Implement a project to reduce greenhouse gas emissions consistent with Connecticut's Climate Change Initiatives in one of the following sectors: transportation; agriculture, forestry or waste; electricity generation; education and outreach.

Aptar - Stratford's energy team is continuing to prioritize projects that save energy and reduce greenhouse gas. In 2011, their main focus was compressed air, both the efficiency of production and the usage. The energy team worked on many projects from adopting an energy policy, developing metrics, completing a survey for type and amount of refrigerants on site, and a dumpster dive to determine how successful the recycling program was and informed employees about new single-stream recycling. They also looked for outside expertise to help develop an energy strategy.

To increase the efficiency of producing compressed air, a new trim compressor was purchased along with an intelliflow. The new compressor trims, balances, and customizes the available compressed air supply to match the variable requirements of the production floor. The theory is that if there is a partial load on a compressor, the trim compressor only produces the required amount. This resulted in an annual savings of 71 tons of CO2.

The intelliflow also lowers the demand side pressure by operating at the lowest possible air pressure. Therefore, compressed air leaks consume less compressed air. The intelliflow also delivers compressed air at a constant pressure to the production process thereby minimizing varying pressure that can result in poor quality and lost dollars. This results in an annual GHG savings of 19 tons.

On the usage side, in late 2010 a leak survey was performed, and all leaks were repaired. This generated an annual energy savings of 58 tons of CO2 annually.

Aptar - Stratford joined the Business Sustainability Challenge (BSC) which was recently introduced by the Energy Efficiency Fund. Aptar has been working the BSC to implement a more comprehensive business sustainability strategy.

Aptar - Torrington
Torrington, CT

Implement a project to reduce greenhouse gas emissions consistent with Connecticut's Climate Change Initiatives in one of the following sectors: transportation; agriculture, forestry or waste; electricity generation; education and outreach.

During 2011, Aptar - Torrington undertook several energy saving projects.

1. Installation of an air-side-dual-enthalpy economizer to the existing HVAC system. The economizers utilize outside air for cooling instead of mechanical cooling when the outside temperature is between 50 and 65 degrees Fahrenheit. The use of outside air for comfort cooling instead of mechanical cooling effectively saves 17.6 tons of CO2 annually.
2. Two variable frequency drive pumps were installed, one for the chilled water system and one for the tower water system. The replacement of the existing pumps with the variable speed pumps saves 24.4 tons of CO2 annually.
3. A new electric injection molding machine was purchased replacing a hydraulic molding machine. This is one of three purchased in 2011, but the only one currently installed. The GHG savings of one electric molding machine over the hydraulic molding machine is minimum 40.3 ton.
4. An inspection of the compressed air system for leakage resulted in a savings of 74.5 tons of CO2 annually upon repair of the leaks.
5. A clean-up event was scheduled for the November 5th of Burr Pond that was cancelled due to heavy snow fall and power outages.

Branson Ultrasonics Corporation
Danbury, CT

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

Branson Ultrasonics Corporation reviewed its site manufacturing processes, focusing on the top 3 hazardous materials use areas. Raw material use was tracked, and compared to storage volumes. The ultrasonic cleaning lab, which consists of multiple units and is used to spec out customer orders, was identified as having a reduction potential. These units use a variety of cleaning solvents, depending on customer requirements.

By limiting the volumes ordered and received (i.e. only obtaining amounts equal to the equipment's tank volume), and by using a non-hazardous solution when no customer specific material was specified, Branson was able to significantly reduce the storage and use of hazardous materials. In 2011, the reduction in hazardous solutions stored and used on site in this area was 5,108 lbs. Also, this cleaning process has zero water discharge, so energy use for the process evaporator was also lower due to this reduction.

Creative Services Group, LLC
Madison, CT

Purchase "green-e" certified renewable power that equals or exceeds 20% of energy load of a business, government, or institutional facility; execute an innovative purchasing program that promotes the procurement of recycled and environmentally preferable products; and consistently use more than 40% recycled fiber in newspaper and other newsprint publications.

Creative Services Group, LLC of Madison, CT created and developed the newly published Department of Energy and Environmental Protection's Connecticut Aquifer Protection Area Program Municipal Manual. From conception, in collaboration with other sustainability-oriented business leaders, a wide array of design and production options were explored to make the most of our natural resources. The manual was printed locally on an indigo digital press, which consumes 25% less energy than previous press models and reduces oil waste and consumption by 50% through a built-in recycling system. The overall size of the Manual was selected to minimize paper waste. The paper for the Manual is recycled from 100% post-consumer waste and Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified and was manufactured using 100% wind power. Creative Services Group, LLC, purchases 100% renewable energy and employs telecommuting practices.

ESPN
Bristol, CT

Design and develop building projects that fulfill Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification requirements; implement clean energy generation projects utilizing fuel cells, solar, geothermal or wind power; successfully implement an innovative and unique pollution prevention plan or recycling program that generates an environmental benefit; execute an innovative purchasing program that promotes the procurement of recycled and environmentally preferable products; consistently use more than 40% recycled fiber in publications; and separate organic materials at schools or cafeterias for composting or animal feed.

In 2011 ESPN opened a Child Care Center. It is certified LEED Gold and has solar panels on the roof that supply 6% of the building power. That same year, ESPN launched a full-campus building monitoring system with an energy dashboard on their intranet so every employee can see the energy/gas/water usage in real time in their buildings. ESPN also launched some challenges to inspire behavior change to see reductions. Since 2006 the company has reduced energy consumption by 12%.

The company uses, at a minimum, 50% recycled paper for all jobs. The company has a full-scale composting collection program for every building, cafeteria, conference room, break room, and kitchenette on campus for 7 years.

ESPN works with their corporate office supply center partner, Office Max, to "prefer" recycled office supplies on their ordering website. The company recycling program includes: batteries, electronics, commingled bottles, cans, paper, cardboard, light bulbs, etc.

Hologic, Inc.
Danbury, CT

Certify to ISO 14001; document and implement a facility-wide pollution prevention plan; implement manufacturing processes that eliminate or significantly reduce the quantity or toxicity of a facility's waste stream; and successfully implement an innovative and unique pollution prevention plan or recycling program that generates an environmental benefit.

Hologic Danbury became ISO 14001 certified in April 2010. Fifteen key members of the Hologic team have earned the Green Collar Champion Certificate Program from ConnStep for successfully marrying environmentally sound practices with LEAN practices. They have significantly reduced solid waste by using reusable/recyclable carts and packaging for raw materials used in their manufacturing process. They have established recycling programs for the remainder of their waste.

Northrop Grumman Corporation
Norwalk, CT

Document and implement a facility-wide pollution prevention plan; successfully implement an innovative and unique pollution prevention plan or recycling program that generates an environmental benefit; and donate significant time or resources to assist with environmental projects.

The Northrop Grumman Corporation, located in Norwalk, Connecticut has been instituting pollution prevention and energy savings programs over the last ten years and has shown significant reductions in a variety of sustainability aspects. These efforts are led by a site Pollution Prevention team, comprised of various levels of employees, who work to establish goals and opportunities to minimize and/or reduce their environmental impact in various mediums and to effectively communicate to the employee population various ideas and aspects that they can carry forward outside the workplace. In 2010, the Pollution Prevention Committee set a goal for solid waste, more specifically, paper waste, with a 10 percent increase in recycling. The results that were attained were something far greater. By the end of 2010, Norwalk had recycled 17,000 pounds of paper, more than twice the total of the two previous years.

The Pollution Prevention Committee has established a number of environmental outreach programs with groups from the City of Norwalk, including the Earth Club at Norwalk High School which accepts bottles and cans from their facility during the year and uses the deposit money to fund their club activities and further "green" their school. In April 2011, the Pollution Prevention Committee held their annual "Earth Day" exposition featuring outside vendors to educate employees on various environmental impacts and ways employees can reduce their waste and energy use. Some of the vendors that attended include the CRRA Garbage Museum, South Norwalk Electric and Water and the Connecticut Energy Efficiency Fund. The Pollution Prevention committee also engaged the assistance of Northrop Grumman employee resource groups here on site to work along with their vendors to allow employees an opportunity to learn about a specific environmental impacts and what can be done to reduce the impact to the environment. The Norwalk High School Earth Club also participated in the event and collected used denim jeans from Northrop Grumman employees to have recycled and reused for use in non-fiberglass insulation to be used in Habitat for Humanity homes. At the completion of the event, over 100 saplings were donated to the Norwalk High School Earth Club to be planted around various school properties as well as around Nature Preserves throughout the City of Norwalk.

The Norwalk facility has continually improved by integrating processes and procedures to significantly reduce the output of solid waste and to increase the quantity of recyclable and reclamable wastes. As a result of these efforts, the site has been able to maintain an overall recycling rate greater than 60% which is approximately 116 tons of waste recycled to date.

As a result of the efforts made by the employees of Northrop Grumman Corporation in Norwalk, Aquarion Corporation awarded the site its 2011 Champion of Excellence Award during a ceremony in June 2011. This award was given to Northrop Grumman by the honorable Richard Blumenthal, Senator of the State of Connecticut, along with a grant of $2,500.00 to be given to a non-profit organization of Northrop's choice. The grant was given in the name of Norwalk High School and its Earth Club to further its goals in creating sustainable opportunities. This grant was awarded to the school in September of 2011.

The Northrop Grumman Norwalk facility continues its ongoing successful sustainable initiatives in minimizing its overall environmental footprint and improves on its sustainability and positive impact to the community.

NRG Energy, Inc.
South Norwalk, CT

Implement clean energy generation projects utilizing fuel cells, solar, geothermal or wind power; implement a project to reduce greenhouse gas emissions consistent with Connecticut's Climate Change Initiatives in one of the following sectors: transportation; agriculture, forestry or waste; electricity generation; education and outreach; improve public access to shore, waterfront, private lands, or streams through voluntary projects; and donate significant time or resources to assist with environmental projects.

NRG Energy Inc., Norwalk Harbor, Devon and remote jet stations worked jointly with the Norwalk Seaport Association for the Sheffield Island Solar project. Electricity was originally generated on the island by 3 or 4 gasoline-fired portable generators hooked up to panels in the various buildings. The system was both confusing and unsafe. Econrg provided fixtures and material to modify the electrical system to bring it up to a safe operating system. In addition, they added several low energy LED lighting fixtures for safety and replaced existing incandescent lights with either LED or compact fluorescent lamps. They buried over 1500 feet of conduit and installed weather resistant power panels at all the out buildings and the pavilion area. And finally they provided them with solar powered safety walk lighting fixtures for safe night time use around the island.

In 2011, NRG Energy designed, purchased, and installed a new stand alone solar photo voltaic electricity generating system capable of powering the entire island's demand. Norwalk Harbor Station, and the CT Jets employees all joined together along with Tony D'Andrea and Mark Schlegal and the volunteers of the Norwalk Seaport Association collaborated in this large project. The system consists of 14 solar panels that charge a bank of deep cell marine batteries. There is a back up diesel system that will be put in place which can recharge the batteries in a very short time period should there be several heavily clouded days in a row when there is electric demand. The system has been well tested and has even provided power to the island for a large wedding celebration. The system is designed to withstand low level hurricane winds and was hurricane tested (Irene in August 2011).

Olympic Steel
Milford, CT

Certify to ISO 14001.

Olympic Steel, Milford Division, applied and received ANSI/ISO 14001:2004 certification on January 22, 2009. SRI, their system registrar has conducted annual audits to ensure continued compliance to the 14001 standard.

Perk on Main, LLC
Durham, CT

Execute changes that reduce annual energy or water consumption rates by more than 15%; purchase "green-e" certified renewable power that equals or exceeds 20% of energy load of a business, government, or institutional facility; agreement to purchase power must include a minimum contract commitment term of 2 years; execute an innovative purchasing program that promotes the procurement of recycled and environmentally preferable products; and separate organic materials at schools or cafeterias for composting or animal feed.

Perk on Main has been a presence in the heart of Durham for ten years and in Guilford (Perk on Church) for one. Owners, Kate and Mark Hughes, bring an environmental ethic to every aspect of running their restaurants. Decisions are made based on doing the "right thing" for their business.

Perk on Main, LLC does more than recycling. Global Environmental picks up their food waste, compostable cups, packaging and paper napkins twice a week for composting at a facility in New Milford, which then gets turned into mulch and sold. They pay more for this service than for regular trash pick-up, but Kate says it is well worth it because it makes everyone who works at the restaurant more conscious about waste. They also offer their used coffee grounds for free to the public (for composting) to further minimize trash. Restaurant patrons who dine in can use the water cooler instead of buying bottled water.

Environmentally preferable products (EPPs) are always on the menu at Perk. They pay attention to minimizing packaging and buying products that are manufactured more responsibly and create less pollution, like cups, utensils and straws made from corn and unbleached napkins. Whenever possible, food comes from local businesses, including Deerfield Farms, Ceccarelli Farms, Dondero Orchards, Farm River Honey and Northford Farms. Perk is also a member of the Farm-to-Chef program and they sell their food at a local farmer's market.

The coffee is all organic and fair trade. No toxic cleaning products or chemical smells. They use only Dfe certified (Design for the environment). They also sell a small assortment of local and EPP products.

Perk on Main buys 100% renewable energy, primarily from wind, to run their restaurant; it costs a little more, but like so many of the other actions they have taken, it is important enough to spend a little extra on.

Perk on Main reaches out to the community by hosting Awakening the Dreamer gatherings (a worldwide initiative empowering people to change the world) and supporting many local charities and fund raising events. They offer an interesting selection of books in their "lending library."

Philson, Inc.
Watertown, CT

Sponsor a river, beach, or neighborhood clean-up day.

Just before Earth Day 2011, Philson Incorporated sponsored its 10th Annual SteeleBrook River Clean-up in Watertown, CT. Employees, neighbors, and suppliers all contributed to an effort to clean the banks of a section of the SteeleBrook River. Roughly 30 trash bags full of debris were collected.

Pratt & Whitney - Facilities & Services Department
East Hartford, CT

Sponsor a river, beach, or neighborhood clean-up day.

Thirteen employees from Pratt & Whitney's Facilities & Services (F&S) Organization volunteered their time and muscle to make the Connecticut River a cleaner waterway. The team spent a Saturday scrubbing a section of the East Hartford shoreline by picking up trash and other out-of-place debris.

The volunteers removed the following items while cleaning: a wheelbarrow, tires, bicycle parts, syringes, plastic wrapping paper, plastic and glass bottles, lighters, coffee cups, polystyrene foam packaging; and more. The team removed, approximately 20 large garbage bags full of these items.

While the team was working, they noticed an eagle's nest in one of the nearby trees, making them even prouder of the time they spent removing any potential harm from the animal's nearby habitat.

Precision Punch Corp.
Berlin, CT

Execute changes that reduce annual energy or water consumption rates by more than 15%.

The project at Precision Punch Corp., partnered with Traver Electric IDC to reduce energy consumption at the 304 Christian Lane in Berlin, CT facility. A spreadsheet was created to show both current and future state energy consumption after implementing the changes. The document also shows the return on investment of the project. Some of the changes include upgrading motors on machinery to enhance efficiency and replacing all lights in the factory to energy savings units with attached motion sensors. All of the changes identified on the spreadsheet will reduce energy costs by up to 40%. Annually $167,336 had been spent on energy to power the plant. After incorporating all the changes, the estimated cost will be about $101,700, a total savings in the range of $65,600. That is about a 40% reduction in energy cost and consumption.

Saybrook Point Inn
Old Saybrook, CT

Implement a project to reduce greenhouse gas emissions consistent with Connecticut's Climate Change Initiatives in one of the following sectors: transportation; agriculture, forestry or waste; electricity generation; education and outreach.

Saybrook Point Inn has installed an electric vehicle charging station. The charging station is available to guests of the Inn, restaurant, Spa and Marina at no charge. A portion of the electricity used is provided by onsite solar panels.

Sumner Communications, Inc.
Bethel, CT

Consistently use more than 40% recycled fiber in newspaper and other newsprint publications.

The publishing company, Sumner Communications, Inc., has been printing publications in recycled newsprint for 3 consecutive years.

 
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Content Last Updated on November 28, 2012