For Immediate Release
Mike Heideman, 785-296-4363
The 2008 Pollution Prevention (P2) Awards were presented during the annual Kansas Environmental Conference on August 6 at the Overland Park Convention Center in Overland Park. The conference, taking place August 5-7, provides updates on environmental issues, new technologies, regulatory information and pollution prevention.
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) sponsors the yearly P2 Awards for businesses, industries, municipalities and individuals who make significant contributions to the prevention of pollution.
“Fostering a safe and sustainable environment in Kansas is a team effort,” stated Roderick L. Bremby, Secretary of KDHE. “These organizations and companies deserve recognition for their leadership in preventing pollution and helping to maintain healthy communities.”
Bremby presented P2 Awards to the following groups:
The Johnson County Sunset Drive Office Building in Olathe received an award for its efforts in energy efficiency. Only the second building in the state to receive a LEED ® Gold Certification from the United States Green Building Council, the Sunset Drive facility is a high-performance office building that is designed to be very efficient to own and operate. A high degree of adaptability and flexibility has been provided through various innovative systems, which allow modifications, resulting from growth and business process changes, to be accomplished quickly, efficiently and in a cost effective manner. In addition, the building has been designed and constructed to be extremely energy efficient from its highly insulated skin to its state of the art heating and air conditioning systems. The building is operating with 43 percent lower energy costs than a standard office building.
The Sunset Zoological Park in Manhattan received an award for its efforts in education and outreach. The mission of Sunset Zoo is “to inspire conservation of the natural world.” Sunset Zoo developed the Go Green! program to educate families, businesses and schools to augment existing recycling and sustainability programs, or to develop recycling and sustainability programs where they are lacking. Prospective members of the program sign a pledge and commit to a number of conservation activities. In return for this commitment, the member receives various incentives provided by the Zoo. Sunset Zoo has created a space on its Web site, www.sunsetzoo.com to promote the program and gain new members. Zoo staff has conducted over 100 Go Green! presentations to over 2,000 people.
Vestcom New Century , an industrial printer and manufacturer located in New Century, was awarded for its efforts in pollution prevention. The company sought input from vendors and educated staff on the use of solvents. Vestcom was able to switch to a solvent that was not listed as a hazardous air pollutant (HAP), and reduced its emissions of HAPs by 87 percent, or six tons, per year.
Additional information on the conference and the P2 awards program can be found on the KDHE Web site at www.kdheks.gov/sbcs.