The fourth annual Maryland’s Green Registry Leadership Awards, in cooperation with Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE), were hosted by Green Drinks Annapolis at the Westin on June 11, 2013. The recipients received this honor for their stellar green practices and the following key factors that contribute to their success: An organization-wide commitment to environmental performance; a green team that meets on a regular basis; annual environmental goals, and measurement of results.
The cumulative measurable results are…
- 603,000 lbs. of hazardous waste reduced
- 11.8 million lbs. of nonhazardous waste reduced
- 532 million lbs. of non-hazardous waste recycled
- 2.7 million gallons of wastewater reduced
- 446,000 gallons of fuel saved
- 9.8 million vehicle miles traveled reduced
- 441 million kWh electricity saved
- 517 million gallons of water conserved
- 2 million metric tons carbon dioxide equivalent (MTCO2e) reduced
- $74 million saved
These statistics truly demonstrates that going green benefits the environment and the bottom line, proving that both can be achieved at the same time.
2013 Leadership Award Winners are…
Coca Cola Refreshments Baltimore Production Facility in Baltimore, this past year they reduced their electrical bill by over $200,000 by installing skylights, energy efficient lighting, and modified the air and ammonia compressor systems to run at top efficiency.
Salisbury University has a student population of 8,600 students and they achieved an annual reduction of more than 11 million gallons of water because of the installation of low-flow plumbing fixtures and an Energy Star laundry upgrade.
Goodwill Industries International reorganized their kitchen to encourage the use of reusable dishware and glassware alleviating paper products, Styrofoam, and plastic ware ending up in the trash and local landfill.
La Prima Food Group, Inc. is considered a Near Zero Waste producer by the Green Restaurant Association based on its recycling and composting practices. The College Park kitchen composts over 10,000 lbs of food waste per month.
Life Technologies, the Frederick Distribution Center led a project to reduce the weight of coolers used in shipping and eliminated the cardboard boxes they were sent in, reducing customers’ waste by 100,000 lbs per year, and 220 tons in CO2 emissions, saving $421,000 annually.
Oakland Nursing and Rehabilitation Centeris located in a rural area and has been resourceful by identifying local reuse and recycling opportunities that support the community. All paper is shredded and taken to a local pulp mill for recycling; office furniture and equipment is donated to local businesses; worn sheets, towels, blankets and hospital gowns are taken to the local animal shelter; and newspapers and bottles are taken to the local elementary school.
This just highlights a fraction of each company’s commitment and contribution to making Maryland greener today than it was yesterday.
For further detailed achievements, please view the following link:
By Guest Blogger Danielle Angeline