Since 2006, the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM's) Environmental Stewardship Program (ESP) has helped businesses achieve significant environmental achievements and cost savings.
Currently, there are 46 ESP business members, each committed to implementing or maintaining measurable environmental improvements, such as reducing water or energy use, decreasing solid or hazardous waste, or reducing air emissions. Ten of the participants have been ESP members for three years and were recently approved for another three year membership term. Those facilities and their 2011 commitments include:
. BF Goodrich Tire Manufacturing, Woodburn - Reduce non-hazardous waste 1,134,000 pounds hiring a third-party waste handler to separate recyclable materials
. Caterpillar Reman Powertrain Indiana, Franklin - Reduce water usage by 31,415 gallons using technology changes through washroom and water conservation improvements
. Covanta Indianapolis, Inc., Indianapolis - Reduce water usage by 85,360,000 gallons through the installation of a pilot project to demonstrate the effectiveness of a reverse osmosis reject wastewater project
. Cummins Fuel Systems, Columbus - Reduce water usage by 2,060,000 gallons through the implementation of new technology for the cooling tower which will reduce water use for HVAC purposes
. Cummins Inc. Columbus Engine Plant, Columbus - Reduce Bartholomew County School Corporation school bus diesel fuel usage by 2,215 gallons through the use of technology changes to improve the fuel efficiency of diesel buses and training drivers on proper driving techniques
. Da-Lite Screen Company, Warsaw - Reduce non-hazardous waste by 276,000 pounds through improvements to recycling efforts, reduction in dunnage, and using a waste to energy program
. Manchester Tank & Equipment Co., Elkhart - Reduce oil and grease discharges in wastewater by 645 pounds through lubricant substitution and new pollution controls
. Mitsubishi Climate Control, Franklin - Reduce electricity usage by 19,219 kilowatt hours by retrofitting lights from T-12 bulbs to LED bulbs
. Uniseal, Inc., Evansville - Reduce electricity usage by 7,281 kilowatt hours by replacing six 25-horsepower drives with AC soft start variable frequency drives
. Wabash National L.P., Lafayette - Increase paper recycling by 5,000 pounds through employee training
"ESP members go beyond environmental requirements that protect Hoosiers and our environment," said IDEM Commissioner Thomas Easterly. "Indiana wins when companies use sound business practices to demonstrate their core value of environmental protection."
To become an ESP member, businesses must maintain an exemplary compliance record, certify that they have adopted and implemented an approved environmental management system, and commit to specific measures for continued improvement in their environmental performance.
ESP members qualify for expedited permit review, flexibility in permitting, reduced reporting frequencies, and coordination of compliance inspections. To maintain ESP membership, companies must report on their environmental initiatives every year and reapply for ESP membership every three years.
Hoosier businesses can submit applications to IDEM for the Environmental Stewardship Program from September 1 through October 31 and April 1 through May 31. For more details, visit IDEM's website at www.idem.IN.gov/4132.htm or contact IDEM at (800) 988-7901.
IDEM (www.idem.IN.gov) implements federal and state regulations regarding the environment. Through compliance assistance, incentive programs and educational outreach, the agency encourages and aids businesses and citizens in protecting Hoosiers and our environment.
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