This year's winners demonstrated that reducing pollution and protecting the environment can also save on the pocketbook. Combined, the winners reduced pollution by nearly 8829 tons/year, conserved more than 28.0 million kilowatts of energy, and reduced water consumption by 108 million gallons a year, while cutting costs by over $6 million.
P2 Project/Program Award: DynMcDermott Petroleum Operation Company and US DoE Strategic Petroleum Reserve (New Orleans, LA)
Methane is a major component of crude oil an has the potential to be released during a crude oil distribution. The Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) discovered that methane gas intrusion and geothermal heating had increased the vapor pressure of crude oil stored underground to a point where the methane gas would come out of solution at atmospheric conditions, resulting in the release of greenhouse gases and volatile organic emissions (VOC’s) to the air. The SPR controls its own emissions by using pressurized storage systems; however, on reaching customer facilities, the oil is depressurized which could result in substantial emissions. For this project a portable degasification plant was constructed to remove the methane and other light end gases of the crude oil stored at each SPR facility, to prevent these greenhouse and VOC emissions during a crude oil distribution at customer facilities.
P2 Project/Program Award: East Metro Clean 'n' Press (West St. Paul, MN)
East Metro Clean ’n’ Press reduced their carbon footprint and overall waste with a comprehensive process energy efficiency program and other measures at their large dry cleaning and shirt laundry facility located in West St. Paul, Minnesota. Through equipment modification and upgrades, recycling programs, and space and process heat exchange they were able to lower their impact on the environment.
P2 Project/Program Award: Garlock Sealing Technologies (Palmyra, NY)
Garlock Sealing Technologies developed a new generation of sheet gasket styles for which they are pursuing patents. In addition to a product process that does not emit VOC/HAP’s, two long-time customer desires were fulfilled with the addition of superior anti-stick and improved branding. Both advancements address customer needs to quickly and safely remove gaskets from flanges and to accurately identify the correct product for use. A further environmental benefit is that the new gasket materials seal 20% better than the toluene processed predecessors. With this attribute Garlock customers also reduce VOC pollutants and steam energy robbing fugitive emissions.
P2 Project/Program Award: IBM Vermont (Essex Junction, VT)
IBM Vermont’s wastewater treatment team routinely investigates optimization of the site’s wastewater treatment process to ensure effluent quality and identify innovative technological solutions. Their improvements have resulted in a yearly reduction in discharges of 45,500 pounds for the following four parameters: phosphorous, iron, total suspended solids (TSS), and fluoride. In addition to these reductions, the modifications have also resulted in improved process control and stability. IBM Vermont has been able to idle two of its three treatment clarifiers resulting in chemical, energy, maintenance, and manpower savings. Total annual savings from the improvements is over $200,000.
P2 Project/Program Award: Kansas State University Pollution Prevention Institute (Manhattan, KS)
The Kansas State University Pollution Prevention Institute’s (PPI) pollution prevention intern program is a non-regulatory, summer program designed to link top-level engineering and environmental sciences students with business and industry. Collaborations focus on projects to reduce energy use, emissions, and wastes, which benefit a company’s bottom line and the Kansas environment. Students work with a technical advisor from PPI and a host company to research energy efficiency/pollution prevention projects.
P2 Project/Program Award: Lubrications Technologies, Inc. (Golden Valley, MN)
Lubrication Technologies, Inc. worked with the Ford Motor Company to develop and test a cleaning product that works better than a solvent, contains less VOC's per gallon, improves worker safety, and is competitively priced. After 17 prototypes, a formula was developed that breaks the paint sludge bonds by separating the solvent from paint solids thereby causing it to work effectively and longer on more surfaces than originally intended. As a result, Ford Sludge Remover (FSR) reduced paint department costs both in product and labor, provided a more employee friendly product, and significantly decreased Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) emissions.
P2 Publication Award: Kentucky Pollution Prevention Center (KPPC) and Kentucky Institute for the Environment and Sustainable Development (KIESD) (Louisville, KY)
The Kentucky Pollution Prevention Center (KPPC) and Kentucky Institute for Environment and Sustainable Development (KIESD) collaborated on the Fall/Winter 2008 issue of “Sustain”, which was dedicated to the topic of “Evolving Pollution Prevention”. The issue takes the reader from the grass roots definition and conception of P2 as related to waste minimization in the 1980's to a snapshot of the matured, comprehensive multi-media approach that encompasses air, water and energy efficiency. This is accomplished through case studies reflecting successful, innovative P2 applications and metrics achieved both from an industry and technical program perspective, examples of integrated strategies for evaluating technical assistance programs, a profile of EPA’s Green Suppliers Network, promotion of competency-based training for P2 facilitators, demonstration of emerging technologies and how one region is addressing waste reduction through a variety of resources. The information communicated provides a holistic view on how P2 is interrelated in providing human health, economic and environmental benefits. https://ir.library.louisville.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1036&context=sustain
P2 Publication Award: Pollution Prevention Resource Exchange (Omaha, NE)
The Pollution Prevention Resource Exchange (P2Rx) developed their 2009 calendar to include specific pollution prevention information on every month, with references to additional information on that month’s topic available on the internet. The theme of the 2009 calendar is Sustainability and how it relates to pollution prevention (P2). In 2009, the photographs were all submitted by members of the P2 community, capturing scenes of environmental importance and beauty. The calendar also highlights days of environmental significance – from the anniversary of the signing of the P2 Act to the birth date of Dr. Seuss. This calendar not only inspires and amuses, it also provides pertinent and interesting information regarding sustainability and pollution prevention. The calendar is printed on 100% post-consumer content paper with soy-based inks. The paper is FSC certified.
P2 Publication Award: New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (Concord, NH)
The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services developed the Making Your Business Greener Workbook to provide a simple, fairly comprehensive description of those strategies, projects, and programs generally associated with environmentally responsible businesses. The Workbook offers a series of descriptions and checklists that guide a business from implementing a basic recycling program up to becoming a sustainable business. This publication has been popular since its introduction and has been copied by several other state programs and environmental organizations. https://www.des.nh.gov/sites/g/files/ehbemt341/files/documents/2020-01/green-business-wkbook.pdf
P2 Champion Award: Jean Waters
Jean Waters has served as the National Coordinator for the Pollution Prevention Resource Exchange (P2Rx) for over six years. In that capacity she has helped to advance a number of efforts of the Network while always focusing on how the Network can best serve the broader Pollution Prevention community and businesses. Beyond Jean’s role as P2Rx National Coordinator, she provides leadership nationally on a variety of P2 issues.
P2 Volunteer of the Year: Robert Jackson
Robert Jackson with the Michigan Department of Energy, Labor, and Economic Growth is an active member of the National Pollution Prevention Roundtable (NPPR). He has been an NPPR Board of Directors member since 2006. Currently, Robert serves as Chairman of the Board and served previously as the Board Secretary. He also has been instrumental in helping NPPR address fiscal concerns and long-term partnerships with other organizations.
P2 Volunteer of the Year: Thomas Vinson
Thomas Vinson with the Zero Waste Network is an active member of the National Pollution Prevention Roundtable (NPPR). He has been on the NPPR Board of Directors since 2005 and was the leader of the Busan, Korea P2 Technical Assistance Project and the NPPR Strategic Plan. Thomas is also a member of the P2 Results Task Force and is the Board of Directors liaison for the Lean Manufacturing Discussion Group.