Area businesses receive environmental awards

Five Indiana businesses, including two with local ties, were recently presented Governor’s Awards for Environmental Excellence for extraordinary efforts to protect and benefit Hoosiers and our environment. Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) Commissioner Thomas Easterly presented the awards during the 16th Annual Pollution Prevention Conference and Trade Show held on September 25 and 26 at The Palms Banquet and Conference Center, in Plainfield, Indiana.

According to Easterly, the companies receiving awards and their owners, operators, managers and employees, are great examples of businesses that are helping to protect our environment. He said, “They deserve congratulations on their accomplishments in reducing waste, preventing harmful releases, and increasing the efficiency of their operations. It’s my honor to recognize their extraordinary environmental stewardship.”

Here are the categories and the local recipients:

Pollution Prevention

*   National Office Furniture (NOF), Santa Claus. NOF–Santa Claus employees explored the United States Green Building Council Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design program for Existing Buildings (LEED EB), and received LEED EB Silver Certification in 2011. Projects to conserve water, increase energy efficiency, and implement chemical management plans have resulted in a 38.1 percent reduction in water consumption, a 23 percent reduction in electrical consumption, and 46.7 percent reduction in natural gas consumption over a four year period from 2008 to 2012.

Five Years of Continuous Improvement

*   Kimball Office Furniture, Salem. Kimball Office Furniture minimized packaging, returning skids to suppliers, and recycling aluminum cans to result in a waste reduction of more than 12 million pounds; the company has also achieved a cardboard recycling rate of 90 percent and more than $185,000 savings through recycling. Energy efficiency projects, including lighting upgrades, motion lighting, energy audits, and shut-down protocols, have saved more than $174,000 in 28 months. The company also recently eliminated formaldehyde and volatile organic compounds from finishes.

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