Clean Utah Honors Businesses for Pollution Prevention
Business and community leaders at the forefront of reducing pollution in Utah gathered on Nov. 12 at the Salt Lake City Public Safety Building for the Annual Clean Utah Luncheon. The new Public Safety Building is the first building of its kind in the nation to achieve a net zero pollution rating.
"Salt Lake City has made an important investment in Utah's community," said Amanda Smith, executive director of the Utah Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). "Their demonstrated commitment to protecting the environment is motivating others to take big and small actions to help ensure that Utah remains a great place to live and work."
Salt Lake City received the 2013 Outstanding Award in Pollution Prevention at this year's luncheon. The award recognizes the innovative technologies and energy efficient strategies employed in the design of the new Public Safety Building, including the use of roof canopy solar panels, an off-site solar farm, strategic use of natural light and florescent or LED low energy lights, a solar hot water heating system and energy monitoring systems.
A traditional building of comparable size produces approximately 2,670 metric tons of greenhouse gases each year. Salt Lake City's Public Safety Building has an Energy Star performance rating of 100 (the highest possible), with an 80 percent savings in energy use and emissions. The building itself will produce just 524 metric tons per year, which will be offset by solar to reach the net zero goal. The energy savings from the building will pay back the initial investment within five years.
Meritorious Awards for Pollution Prevention were awarded to Momentum Recycling and Northrop Grumman. Momentum Recycling, a Salt Lake City-based company, expanded its recycling services for glass, and green and mixed waste; and upgraded two fleet vehicles to compressed natural gas (CNG). Northrop Grumman, one of the world's largest defense and commercial aerospace
Clean Utah Partners were also honored for their annual accomplishments. Clean Utah Partners have been measuring and reporting accomplishments for over a decade. This year Partners reported saving 11.6 million gallons water and 1.3 million kWh of electricity. Additionally hazardous chemicals used in production were reduced 830,664 pounds and the generation of hazardous waste was reduced by over 5 million pounds. Over 2510 metric tons of solid waste was reduced by partners through recycling. One partner, Hexcel, recycled 5,338,304 lbs. or 2427 metric tons of material. Hexcel's calculations based on the EPA "WARM" software indicated recycling 5,338,304 lbs. is equivalent to conserving 1,210,449 gallons gasoline or 56 railway cars of coal. Also of significance is a reported economic savings of over $686,618 dollars between the eight Clean Utah members at the Partner level.
Clean Utah is a voluntary statewide environmental leadership and recognition program, administered by the Utah Department of Environmental Quality's Pollution Prevention Program. The program's goal is to incorporate pollution prevention practices into all aspects of operations resulting in environmental improvements. Clean Utah encourages and rewards Utah businesses and other permit holders for going beyond compliance to preserve and protect Utah's environment. For more information, call Paul Harding at 801-536-4108 or visit Clean Utah.