2010 SEAL OF SUSTAINABILITY RECIPIENTS
BAE Systems is a global defense, security, and aerospace company with a proud heritage of innovation, state of the art engineering and technical excellence. This same ingenuity is now resulting in the following exemplary sustainability accomplishments at the company’s Greenlawn, NY campus:
• Implemented the Utility Cost Takeout (UCT) strategy in response to rising energy costs. This technique involves an audit of individual rooms in order to determine how energy use, and thereby utility costs, can be cut. Thus far, the company has lowered its overall utility consumption by 38%.
• Joined PowerPay! NY, a demand response program that is part of new smart grid technology. Through the program, BAE Systems is paid by a third party provider for reducing energy consumption during peak electricity demand periods. One example of an energy consumption reduction effort during peak demand is low level lighting during lunchtime on certain floors of the company’s buildings.
• Adopted a recycling program in 2006, through which the company encourages employees to recycle and reduce solid waste. Recycling bins and informative posters were placed throughout the Greenlawn, NY campus, and Brown Bag Lunch Training Sessions were held in order to share recycling knowledge with employees. Because of this program, solid waste was reduced from 450 to 335 tons per year.
• Created a water conservation program in order to decrease water usage and curtail water costs. The program, started at the Greenlawn, NY campus but later transferred to other sites after significant savings were seen, includes the installation and implementation of closed loop cooling systems, water saving toilets, aerators and shower heads, the metering of cooling/evaporative towers and smart irrigation systems. Through this initiative, BAE Systems has saved more than 175,582,142 gallons of water, as well as over $1 million in costs.
• Installed three alternative/renewable energy systems in a 45,000 square foot building on the Greenlawn, NY campus. These systems include a solar water heating system, a small hybrid solar wind turbine, and a photo-voltaic array.
If you ask Jeff Kleinpeter of Kleinpeter Farms Dairy what makes their business extraordinary he’ll tell you it’s their passion for what they do. Quite simply, they love providing the safest and very best quality products they can. The company is now applying that same passion to implementing award winning, innovative pollution prevention programs including:
• A company-wide recycling program in order to separate recyclable from non-recyclable waste; additionally, produced and paid for radio and television commercials to promote recycling in Baton Rouge, as well as started a used light bulb and fluorescent light ballast recycling program for the farm itself and for its employees.
• A Wastewater Treatment and Solids Recapture System before expanding into the ice cream business; the system allows Kleinpeter Farms to recycle solid waste from the ice cream making process and use it for crop fertilizer, greatly minimizing the waste that leaves the treatment facility.
• An Ammonia Refrigeration Heat Recapture System in order to use waste heat to more efficiently increase the temperature of city supply water; this in turn has lowered electric energy consumption and thereby fossil fuel dependency.
2009 SEAL OF SUSTAINABILITY RECIPIENTS
Allied Group is committed to providing sustainable services that are environmentally and socially responsible through the building and renovation of hotels, restaurants, conference centers, resorts and commercial interiors throughout the U.S. A member of the U.S. Green Building Council, Allied Group has a company-wide initiative to get their entire project staff Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified. Allied Group has also registered the term SUSTAINovation®, which indicates that the renovations being performed have an environmental focus.
Be Green Packaging
Be Green Packaging, LLC designs, develops, manufactures, and distributes tree free compostable food containers for food service, deli, vegetable, meat, fish, and poultry industries. Their state-of-the-art chemical-free pulping plant is one of the first of its kind. The first packaging company to receive the McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry’s Cradle to Cradle certification, Be Green Packaging is also part of the Sustainable Packaging Coalition and the US Composting Council. Be Green has also developed and implemented stringent guidelines regarding social responsibility and corporate ethics that apply to both the supply chain and their employees.
Gaia Napa Valley Hotel & Spa
Gaia Napa Valley Hotel & Spa is the world's first Gold level LEED certified hotel. With a constant display at the front desk of water and energy usage, and CO2 emissions, Gaia’s comprehensive approach to environmental design, operation, and maintenance covers: energy, water, landscaping, cleaning, wood- based materials, coatings, adhesives and sealants, carpet, construction waste management, stone, and recycling.
New Leaf Paper
New Leaf Paper has been tracking the benefits of their efforts for people, planet and profit for 10 years. The goodwill achieved through pursuing a broader mission of leading a fundamental shift towards sustainability in the paper industry has allowed them to attract and retain exceptional staff, and partner with leading design firms and NGOs that share this ethos. New Leaf Paper is the only company to sell 100% recycled coated paper in the U.S. Each of their papers aims to maximize the recycled and post-consumer waste content, are processed chlorine free, and offset with Green-e renewable energy certificates.
Receiving a renewal seal for demonstrating continuous advancements in their sustainability programs, Puroast® Coffee Company, Inc. uses a state-of-the-art energy technology to produce its low acid coffee. With over 90% of the energy used at their facility coming from renewable resources, Puroast has been able to expand into other markets and receive other economic benefits. Puroast is a member of Pacific Gas and Electric’s ClimateSmart program, and will offset more than 19,000 pounds of greenhouse gases annually. Puroast was first awarded the Seal of Sustainability in 2007. "Our vision is to benefit the public by encouraging business leaders to adopt and communicate sustainable business practices,” said Fullmer. “These Seal of Sustainability award recipients are using innovation and creativity to truly bring about change in helping preserve and restore our planet’s natural resources.
2007 SEAL OF SUSTAINABILITY RECIPIENTS
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2001 SEAL OF SUSTAINABILITY RECIPIENTS
Novozymes Biotech applied for the Seal for the Davis, California subsidiary, not for the larger corporation.
The following are the specific accomplishments that SBI chose to highlight when SBI granted the Seal. The company may use these accomplishments in their own publicity efforts.
1. Basic purpose of the company: to develop environmentally responsible technologies for the bio-industrial enzyme industry.
Partnership with the U.S. government and other companies to reduce reliance on non-renewable resources – example of economic and environmental gains.
PUROAST COFFEE CO., INC.
Puroast Coffee Co., Inc. applied for the Seal for the company and its products.
The following are the accomplishments that SBI chose to highlight when it granted the Seal. The company may use these accomplishments in their own publicity efforts.
1. Use of alternative energy technology – sawdust pellets used as fuel.
2. Reduced acidity in product helps consumers’ health.
General Motors applied for the Seal at a corporate level.
The following were the specific accomplishments that SBI chose to highlight when it granted the SBI Seal. The company may use these examples in their own publicity efforts.
Commitment to reducing waste and pollutants, conserving resources, and using recycled materials at every stage of the product life cycle.
Progressive approach to community reinvestment – one example is its GM Volunteer PLUS, a global volunteerism program that recognizes and rewards employees for volunteering.
Others: 1st Fortune 50 company to adopt CERES principles; first to be involved in Global Reporting Initiative.
STMICROELECTRONICS, INC. – REGION AMERICA
STMicroelectronics, Inc. Region America applied for the Seal at a regional level. The following were the specific accomplishments that SBI chose to highlight when it granted the SBI Seal. The company may use these examples in their own publicity efforts.
1. Overall management commitment to sustainability.
Environmental accomplishments are on going and reflect deep commitment.
First company worldwide to have all manufacturing sites EMAS-certified and ISO 14000 qualified. One of the first companies in America to achieve ISO 14000 qualification.
One of the first in the semiconductor industry to voluntarily set and meet strict reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, pollution, chemicals and waste.
Only international and North American semiconductor company to be awarded AAA ranking in eco-efficiency by Innovest Environmental Research (out of 14 companies).
Involvement in the three communities in the U.S. where they have facilities.
BEIJING GLORIOUS LAND AGRICULTURE CO., LTD.
Beijing Glorious Land Agriculture Co., Ltd earned the SBI Seal of Sustainability for its commitment towards their primary goal of “Green Agriculture.” The Green Agriculture concept developed by Glorious Land is to produce fruits and vegetables that are as free of pesticides and contaminating microorganisms as possible. Total life cycle positively affects agriculture programs and enables Glorious Land to balance the economic, environmental, and social consequences of decisions.
Their goal has three equally important Objectives. First, of course, is to produce food with minimal health risks. Second is to reduce contamination of land and water. The third is to grow produce that can be sold on the open market allowing small farms to be profitable.
Glorious Land is developing two parallel technological efforts simultaneously in the Green Agriculture movement. One technology stresses the simplest possible materials available to even the poorest, small farmers. These include the use of well-known “quarter Circle” solar greenhouses. A second system uses the most recent advances in green house design and modified hydroponic growth media to produce extremely high quality fruit and vegetables.
The unifying principle is that Glorious Land has developed and teaches specific cultural techniques and natural materials that can minimize pest damage with much reduced chemical pesticides. They have developed a set of standards for allowable levels of pesticide and microbial residues and a centralized market with a highly sophisticated laboratory to test and certify the actual produce before distributing and marketing under the “Green Agriculture” or “Green Foods” labels.
HOT LIPS PIZZA MANAGEMENT, INC. & HOT LIPS PIZZA PEARL LLC
Hot Lips Pizza of Portland, Oregon applied for the Seal at a company wide level. The following were the specific accomplishments that SBI chose to highlight when it granted the SBI Seal. The company may use these examples in their own publicity efforts.
1. A clearly stated mission to create a sustainable company. They base this on their view that “all businesses will have to recognize the limitations of the world’s resources and the need for just and equitable distribution of those resources.”
Their seasonal menu that uses locally grown and produced ingredients.
- Reduction of waste and energy usage.
- Growth into a new facility – The Natural Capital Center, a center for environmentally responsible companies and organizations.
- Support of employees through training, good pay and use of company-owned delivery vehicles.