2010 Environmental Excellence Award Winners
Garlock Sealing Technologies of Palmyra - Wayne County
Project Name: VOC Elimination Project
Garlock Sealing Technologies of Palmyra voluntarily eliminated 119 tons of toluene emissions in the manufacturing of fiber sheet gaskets. By using a non-hazardous solvent to produce a viable product, Garlock Sealing Technologies provided the industry with a new benchmark for environmentally responsible manufacturing practices. The new gasket is being made at a comparable price and seals even better than its solvent-containing predecessors. This has additional benefits for the environment since tighter seals mean less fugitive emissions and a healthier work environment for employees. Other highlights of this innovative pollution prevention project include a reduction of fire risk and the ability to recover and recycle over 95 percent of the non-hazardous solvent.
Monroe Industries - Livingston County
Project Name: Robal Recycled Glass Products
Monroe Industries' Robal Recycled Glass product line exemplifies how a small, family-owned business of nine employees, can achieve environmental excellence, serve as a model of innovation and sustainability, and enter emerging markets for green products. The company custom manufactures cast-polymer countertops, shower walls and floors, and vanity tops. Traditionally these product lines are made with a variety of mined minerals and gemstones, such as granite and quartz. The products are typically mixed with a liquid polyester resin and binder which is then cast into a mold and allowed to cure. While developing the Robal product line, Monroe identified a resin supplier who would provide them with bio-based resins. This innovative product line is not only using 60,000 lbs of recycled glass each year; it is using a more sustainable binder formula as well.
Remains Lighting - Brooklyn
Project Name: Sustainable Building Renovation
Remains Lighting demonstrated that sustainable buildings don't necessarily mean high-tech designs with high costs. Remains Lighting is a traditional artisanal maker of lighting fixtures and custom metal work in Brooklyn. This small company's comprehensive renovation of an industrial building shows a commitment to both environmental and social stewardship. In 2008, Remains Lighting purchased and renovated a 25,000 square foot industrial building in Bushwick. Following the renovation, Remains Lighting moved its production workforce and brought its design, engineering and project management staff under its "green" roof. Gardens have replaced parking lots, the facility operates solely by renewable energy sources combining on-site solar panels and purchased wind power and materials are purchased regionally and reused or recycled whenever possible. As a result, electricity consumption was reduced by 18,000 kilowatts per year and carbon dioxide emissions were reduced by 110 tons per year. During the renovation process, 27 of the 32 tons of construction waste was separated and recycled.
Town of Babylon - Suffolk County
Project Name: Long Island Green Homes Project
The Long Island Green Homes (LIGH) project in Suffolk County is the first municipally-administered and financed energy efficiency retrofit program in the nation. The program began in 2008 and has resulted in more than 400 houses being more energy efficient due to upgrades and retrofits. The average participating homeowner saves over $1,000 annually in utility costs. Residents from the near-by environmental justice community of Wyandanch, NY are being trained in green jobs and provide a skilled workforce to the program's contractors. Utility use has been reduced significantly. For example, the project has saved 115,300 kilowatts of electricity, 75,485 gallons of oil, 29,000 cubic feet of natural gas and 2,421 gallons of propane - along with a reduction of 1,080 tons of carbon dioxide emissions.
Bank of America - Manhattan
Project Name: The Tower at One Bryant Park
The Tower at One Bryant Park is situated in New York City at 42nd Street and Sixth Avenue. The Tower is 945 feet tall, 55 stories high and has 2.1 million square feet of building space, and is the largest development site in midtown Manhattan. The Tower has received the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Core and Shell Platinum certification. By using environmentally friendly design, benefits being achieved include: saving 7.7 million gallons of water annually; using a 4.6 megawatt, on-site cogeneration system to reduce daytime peak electricity demand by 30 percent; providing approximately 25 percent of the building's annual cooling requirements by using an ice storage system; and reducing lighting and cooling energy by up to 10 percent by using an automated daylight dimming system.