Summary of 2001 WinnersThe 2001 NYS Governor's Awards for Pollution Prevention were presented by Commissioner Erin M. Crotty at a ceremony held at the DEC's Headquarters, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY on January 14, 2002.
G. W!ll!kers (2001) G. W!ll!kers - Arkville, Delaware County:
G. W!ll!kers is a family-owned manufacturer of garment-dyed children's clothing. The company, which uses over 40 colors of dye in the manufacture of its products, wanted to increase production without increasing its dependence on chlorine to decolor or oxidize the color in its wastewater. G. W!ll!kers conducted an on-site pilot test of a dissolved air flotation (DAF) system which successfully removed the color from the process water. Following the successful pilot trial of the DAF system, a full-scale system was installed and commissioned, resulting in the elimination of 3,200 gallons of chlorine annually. G. W!ll!kers also implemented process improvements that allowed the company to double its production capacity while keeping water use at the same level, and also reduced the amount of chemicals needed for their DAF pre-treatment system. As a result of these initiatives, the company saved nearly $300,000 annually through reductions in waste disposal and chemical purchasing costs, and added four jobs.
IBM East Fishkill (2001) IBM East Fishkill, Hopewell Junction, Dutchess County:
A primary mission of IBM's East Fishkill Facility is to develop, manufacture and test semiconductor packaging technologies and to develop future semiconductor products and processes. The facility has developed an overall strategy for continual improvement in waste minimization and pollution prevention, including reductions in hazardous air pollutants and chemical use, and water and energy conservation projects. The projects provided the elimination of perchloroethylene from manufacturing operations; a 20.3 percent reduction in water usage from 1998 to 1999; and development of a master energy pilot program that is projected to save $1.2 million annually. Overall, the facility's projected annual savings from pollution prevention is approximately $5.5 million.
IBM Endicott (2001) IBM Endicott - Endicott, Broome County:
IBM's Endicott plant manufactures state-of-the-art microelectronic interconnect components, including semiconductor chip carriers and printed wiring boards for use by IBM and for sale to other high tech companies. During the development of a new product line, teams of employees re-engineered a manufacturing process to eliminate the use of numerous solvents and caustic chemicals, replacing them with aqueous-based processes, which provide a simpler, safer and more environmentally-friendly manufacturing process. By utilizing the aqueous-based process, the facility was able to eliminate all solvents and associated emissions and wastes that required off-site treatment. This process also reduces safety risks in the workplace and environmental threats. The total cost savings for this project is $5.7 million annually, as a result of increased production efficiency and reductions in chemical use and waste disposal costs.
Federal, State and Local Governments and Educational Institutions
Cornell University (2001) Cornell University - Ithaca, Tompkins County:
Located on the shores of Cayuga Lake, Cornell 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 approximately 87 percent, which is equivalent to the electricity required to support activities for more than 2,500 non-electrically heated homes in Tompkins County. Since July 2000, LSC has saved more than 15 million kilowatt-hours of electricity. Estimates based on conventional coal-fired power plants show that LSC reduces coal burning by more than 19 million pounds per year, which in turn reduces annual emissions of sulfur dioxide by 656,000 pounds, nitrogen oxides by 60,000 pounds, and carbon dioxide by 57 million pounds