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Seven Governor’s Awards for Environmental Excellence were presented on October 2, during the Association of Indiana Solid Waste Management District Conference in Bloomington. Here are the recipients and their projects.

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    • Wabash River Enhancement Corporation in partnership with Purdue Water Community (Tippecanoe County). To reduce negative impacts to the Wabash River, staff from the Wabash River Enhancement Corporation (WREC) and Purdue University worked together to educate college students, high school students and area landowners about positive practices and encourage action to reduce negative impacts. Known as TippEcoNow, the public awareness campaign enlisted the help of dedicated volunteers who spent thousands of hours actively promoting conservation, storm water pollution prevention, green building solutions, alternative energy ideas, and lawn maintenance tips. A comprehensive website serves as a resource for individuals who want to learn more about projects for homeowners, receive news and updates about local events and programs, and even apply for financial assistance with green roof and storm water projects. The award is presented in the Outreach and Education category. In the photo (l-r): Lisa Perez, IDEM; Sara Peel, Director of Watershed Projects, Wabash River Enhancement Corporation; and Laura Esman, Water Quality Program Coordinator, Purdue Water Community.
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    • Merrillville Stormwater Utility (Lake County). To help reduce water pollution from contaminated run-off, the Merrillville Stormwater Utility took the initiative to construct a rain garden incorporating native plant species, soil amendments and grade modifications to create a bioremediation area for roadway runoff. Thermal pollution was reduced through the use of concrete, which also ensures the project’s sustainability. More than 2,000 plants make up the garden, which has an area of 8,739 square feet, allowing 30 percent more water to soak into the ground. The rain garden project is estimated to treat more than 215,000 gallons of storm water run-off each year. A portion of the project funding was provided by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources through the Lake Michigan Coastal Programs/U.S National Oceanic and Atmospheric administration. The award is presented in the Greening the Government category. In the photo (l-r): Richard Hardaway, Ward 2 Councilman, Town of Merrillville; Matthew Lake, Executive Director, Stormwater Utility, Town of Merrillville; and Lisa Perez, IDEM.
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    • Eli Lilly and Company, Indianapolis (Marion County). Eli Lilly and Company in January 2013 removed more than 10,000 trash cans and recycle bins from its Indianapolis offices, cubicles, and workstations. Along with the objective of increasing its recycling rate and reducing the environmental impact related to waste, the initiative was aimed at establishing good waste reduction and recycling practices in its corporate culture. The results are positive. Lilly’s Indianapolis sites have increased recycling by more than 30 percent and decreased trash by more than 10 percent, which helps the environment and significantly lowers custodial and waste disposal costs. The award is presented in the Recycling/Reuse category. In the photo (l-r): Greg Spratt, Advisor, Environmental Sustainability, Eli Lilly and Company; and Lisa Perez, IDEM.
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    • Electronic Recyclers International (ERI), Indiana Inc. (Plainfield, Hendricks County). Electronic Recyclers International installed two state-of-the-art shredder components, enabling the company to recycle 100 percent of the electronics processed there. Using the new technology, the company is able to send plastics and metals straight to a recycler and has increased its processing capability by more than 30,000 pounds per hour. The resulting increase in monthly throughput from 4.86 million pounds to over 12.6 million pounds has led the company to increase its workforce from 20 to 150 employees. Compared with raw materials, using recycled materials to manufacture new products often requires less energy and conserves natural resources. The award is presented in the Recycling/Reuse category. In the photo (l-r): John Shegerian, Chief Executive Officer and Owner, Electronic Recyclers International, Indiana Inc.; and Lisa Perez, IDEM.
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    • City of Carmel Utilities (Hamilton County). Carmel Utilities implemented a program to provide affordable service for all homes and townhomes by offering curbside recycling pickup upon request. Residential participation has increased from 30 percent to more than 80 percent since the program’s inception in January of 2012 and more than 11,800 tons of material have been diverted from landfills, equating to a reduction of more than 31,500 metric tons of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions. The award is presented in the Recycling/Reuse category. In the photo (l-r): John Duffy, Director, City of Carmel Utilities; and Lisa Perez, IDEM.
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    • City of Indianapolis Brownfield Redevelopment Program (Marion County). The City of Indianapolis is being recognized in the category of Land Use, for its contribution to a large public/private project that is providing housing for veterans in need. Following its work to secure funding for and to remediate nearly three acres of contaminated property at the site of an old iron works and foundry that ceased operations decades ago, the Indianapolis Brownfield Redeveloment Program donated the land for the Lincoln Apartments. The facility is located less than one mile from the Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center, in a walkable neighborhood, less than one block from a public transit stop. By redeveloping a brownfield property located in an older section of the city, close to existing infrastructure, the project represents a far more sustainable approach to development than projects built on previously undeveloped ‘greenfield’ sites. The 75 unit complex opened in November 2013 and provides furnished homes to veterans who are disabled or were homeless. In the photo (l-r): Steven Meyer, Executive Director, King Park Development Corporation; Cameron Starnes, Administrator, Brownfield Redevelopment Program, City of Indianapolis; and Lisa Perez, IDEM.
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    • Clay Township Regional Waste District (Indianapolis, Hamilton County). Clay Township Regional Waste District turned the grounds of its wastewater treatment plant into a wildlife friendly habitat by planting 17 acres of native Indiana prairie grass, flowers, trees, and plants, complete with bat boxes and bird houses. The naturalization project, which was done in partnership with the Indiana Wildlife Federation, has resulted in a savings of nearly $300 per week in mowing costs. The district’s conservation initiatives also include using non-potable water to clean tanks and water trees and an electronic billing system to reduce paper billing and other waste it generates. The award is presented in Land Use category. In the photo (l-r): Bob Roudebush, Laboratory Analyst, Clay Township Regional Waste District; Scot Watkins, Plant Superintendent, Clay Township Regional Waste District; and Lisa Perez, IDEM.

The Indiana Partners for Pollution Prevention welcomed six new members at a ceremony during the organization’s 17th Annual Conference and Trade Show on September 17. The Partners is a group of Indiana industries, businesses, nonprofit organizations and governmental entities that are interested in pollution prevention and the financial and environmental benefits pollution prevention projects can bring. IDEM’s Office of Pollution Prevention and Technical Assistance facilitates Partners by coordinating and promoting networking opportunities, voluntary pollution prevention activities and participation in state recognition programs. For information about the Partners, visit the Partners for Pollution Prevention website. Members inducted on September 17 include:

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    • Fagerdala Global Packaging Group, Plainfield (Hendricks County). Fagerdala Global Packaging Group has been in manufacturing for 30 years globally, in six countries, employing 20 Hoosiers. In addition to foam and foam cushions, Fagerdala Global Packaging Group provides a wide variety of packaging products, containers, and services, fabrication services, and recycled products and recycling services. In the photo (l-r): Rick Bossingham, IDEM; Ryan Franz, Sales Manager and Sustainability Lead, Fagerdala Global Packaging Group; and Michael Foster, Eli Lilly and Partners executive director.
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    • Rieke Corporation, Auburn (Dekalb County). In operation for 92 years, Rieke Packaging Systems manufactures closures and dispensing systems for the global market. The company employs 234 Hoosiers. In the photo (l-r): Rick Bossingham, IDEM; Jenifer Aselage, Rieke Corporation; Michael Foster, Eli Lilly and Partners executive director.
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    • Integrity Biofuels, Morristown, Indiana (Shelby County). In August 2006, Integrity Biofuels became Central Indiana's first biodiesel fuel production facility. Employing 11 Hoosiers, it blends soybean oil and used cooking oil to produce a petroleum diesel fuel alternative. In the photo (l-r): Rick Bossingham, IDEM; Craig Hatfield, Quality Control, Integrity Biofuels; Michael Foster, Eli Lilly and Partners executive director.
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    • Helmer Scientific, Noblesville (Hamilton County). Helmer Scientific began operating in 1977. This employer of 200 Hoosiers designs and manufactures refrigerators and freezers and other equipment for medical laboratories. In the photo (l-r): Rick Bossingham, IDEM; Troy Rector, Director of Manufacturing Operations, Helmer Scientific; Michael Foster, Eli Lilly and Partners executive director.
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    • Dubois Wood Products, Huntingburg (Dubois County). Dubois Wood Products is family owned and operated since 1979. The company employs over 200 Hoosiers and produces furniture for the hospitality and dorm markets. In the photo (l-r): Rick Bossingham, IDEM; Bryan Meyerholtz, President, Dubois Wood Products; Michael Foster, Eli Lilly and Partners executive director.
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    • Allegion Indianapolis Operations (Von Duprin LLC) (Marion County). Allegion opened its doors in 1908. As a manufacturer of various security and door hardware products, it currently employs about 470 Hoosiers fulltime. In the photo (l-r): Rick Bossingham, IDEM; Russ Eiler, Global EHS Compliance, Sustainability, Remediation and Audit Manager (Allegion); Dan Stevens, Environmental Specialist (Von Duprin); Dustin Casey, Employee Health and Safety Manager (Von Duprin); Michael Foster, Eli Lilly and Partners executive director.

Kent Abernathy, Chief of Staff for the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM), presented 2014 Governor’s Awards for Environmental Excellence to representatives of Subaru of Indiana Automotive in Lafayette (Tippecanoe County) and General Motors Fort Wayne Assembly (Allen County) at a ceremony during the Indiana Partners for Pollution Prevention Annual Conference and Trade Show at The Palms in Plainfield, Indiana.

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    • General Motors Fort Wayne Assembly received a 2014 Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence for its voluntary efforts to reduce hazardous waste and harmful air emissions in its painting booth operations. In the photo (l-r): Frank Jugo, Facility Area Manager, General Motors, Fort Wayne Assembly; Laura Bartling, Environmental Group Manager, General Motors, Fort Wayne Assembly; Kent Abernathy, Chief of Staff, Indiana Department of Environmental Management; and Matt Arbuckle, Senior Environmental Engineer, General Motors, Fort Wayne Assembly.
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    • Subaru Automotive of Indiana received a 2014 Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence for its voluntary efforts to increase energy efficiency in its paint shop processes at a ceremony during the Indiana Partners for Pollution Prevention Annual Conference and Trade Show at The Palms in Plainfield, Indiana. In the photo (l-r): John Reamer, Maintenance Technician, Subaru of Indiana Automotive, Inc.; Denise Coogan, Manager, Safety & Environmental Compliance, Subaru of Indiana Automotive, Inc; Michelle Long, Sustainability Coordinator, Subaru of Indiana Automotive, Inc.; and Rick Bossingham, Assistant Commissioner, Office of Compliance Support, IDEM.

Rick Bosshingam, IDEM assistant commissioner , welcomed June Winske, Distribution Center Manager, to the ESP program with the presentation of a commemorative plaque and flag during an induction ceremony on August 28 at Donaldson Company’s Rensselaer facility.

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    • In the photo (left to right): Rick Bossinghham, Assistant Commissioner, IDEM Office of Compliance Assistance; Bob Konkel, Customer Service Manager; Kate Leiby, Operations Manager; Carla Arndt, Material Control Manager; June Winske, Distribution Center Manager; Kyle Wagner, Quality Manager; Patrick Hargarten, Director of Global Logistics.

IDEM and General Motors Marion Metal Center representatives celebrated the company’s induction into Indiana’s Environmental Stewardship Program (ESP) during a ceremony on July 25.

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    • In the Photo (left to right): Rick Bossingham, Assistant Commissioner of IDEM’s Office of Pollution Prevention and Technical Assistance; Greg Stoebick, Acting Plant Manager of General Motors’ Marion Metal Center; Randy Christopher, Bargaining Chairman of UAW Local 977; Matthew Emery, Environmental Engineer at General Motors’ Marion Metal Center; and Don Natoli, Manufacturing Engineering Manager at General Motors’ Marion Metal Center.

Zhang Zhen, a visiting scholar from China, visited the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) as part of his dissertation on water design standards in China. IDEM staff members are available upon request to speak to citizens, industry groups, local officials, students and news media.

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    • In the photo (left to right): Bruno Pigott, Assistant Commissioner of IDEM’s Office of Water Quality, Steve Roush, a technical specialist with of IDEM’s Industrial Wastewater Permits Section, and Zhang Zhen, Ph. D Candidate from Renmin University of China.

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