Pataki Recognizes New York's Green Achievers

Pataki Recognizes New York's Green Achievers

New York Gov. George Pataki honored four companies Monday for their efforts to reduce pollution at its source and promote cleaner air, land, and water in New York State.

"By working with businesses throughout our state to protect public health and our environment, we have made New York a national leader in reducing pollution," Pataki said. "Each year more businesses in New York are recognizing the economic and environmental benefits of reducing pollution at its source."

"These organizations have implemented innovative projects that demonstrate how environmental protection can be incorporated into effective business practices," Pataki said.

The 2001 Governor's Awards for Pollution Prevention recognize pollution prevention projects that exceed regulatory requirements and reduce or eliminate pollution at its source. Applications for the awards are judged by a panel of representatives from the business community and environmental and government organizations, according to the project's success in reducing toxic or hazardous pollution.

The judges review as the overall environmental record of the applicant, the economic benefits of the project, the extent of employee participation, management commitment, and the applicability of the project to others.

Since 1994, the Governor's Awards for Pollution Prevention have been presented to more than 50 organizations. This year's winners:
  • G. W!ll!kers - Arkville, Delaware County. G. W!ll!kers, a family-owned children's clothing manufacturer, developed, tested, and installed a system that removes dye from its wastewater discharges. The dissolved air flotation (DAF) system reduced the company's need for chlorine by 3,200 gallons a year, saving the company approximately $300,000 a year.

  • IBM East Fishkill, Hopewell Junction, Dutchess County. This facility developed a strategy for minimizing waste, preventing pollution, and conserving water and energy. The projects provided a 63% reduction in perchloroethylene emissions; a 20.3% reduction in water use from 1998 to 1999; and a master energy pilot program that could save $1.2 million a year. The facility's projected annual savings from pollution prevention projects is about $5.5 million.

  • IBM Endicott - Endicott, Broome County. This facility reengineered a manufacturing process to eliminate the use of solvents and caustic chemicals, replacing them with water based processes and eliminating toxic wastes. The company saved $5.7 million a year through the initiatives.

  • Cornell University, located on the shores of Cayuga Lake, took advantage of this renewable source of cooled water to cool its campus buildings and equipment. The development of the Lake Source Cooling (LSC) project provided an alternative cooling source that allowed the university to phase out chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) refrigerants present in six of eight chillers used in the central cooling system. This system reduced electric power use by about 87%, saving more than 15 million kilowatt-hours of electricity since July 2000.