For Immediate Release
August 10, 2012

KDHE Office of Communications
communications@kdheks.gov, 785-296-0461

KDHE Recognizes Businesses for Pollution Prevention Efforts

Topeka, Kan. -  The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) Wednesday announced the 2012 Pollution Prevention (P2) Award recipients during an awards luncheon at the Kansas Environmental Conference, held Aug. 7-9 at the Wichita Hyatt.

John Mitchell, director of KDHE’s Division of Environment, presented award plaques to the following five companies: Bisel Inc.dba Minuteman Press, CST Industries, General Motors Fairfax Assembly, Moridge Manufacturing dba The Grasshopper Company and Via Christi Hospitals Wichita, Inc.

The Kansas Pollution Prevention Program promotes pollution prevention as an environmental ethic to achieve improvements in public health and environmental quality. The awards are presented to entities that have reduced or eliminated waste at the source, reduced air emissions or practiced energy and/or water conservation. Companies, communities, schools and organizations each year are able to apply for the Kansas P2 awards.

“Our P2 award recipients are to be applauded for the successful planning and implementation that went into their conservation projects. In addition to recognizing these companies for their accomplishments in pollution prevention, the P2 program allows us to highlight specific efforts so that others might be able to incorporate the same projects into their business or manufacturing processes,” said Mitchell.

Bisel, Inc. dba Minuteman Press, Lawrence, is a producer of small format printing and a provider of promotional products and bulk mailing.  Minuteman was awarded for its efforts as a Sustainable Green Printer (SGP).  The Sustainable Green Printing Partnership is an independent, non-profit organization providing a certification label for sustainability in the graphic communications industry. SGP criteria requires facilities to undergo environmental, health and safety compliance audits, develop and implement a Sustainability Management System and a series of Best Management Practices designed to reduce their environmental footprint. Projects implemented by Minuteman enabled the facility to reduce its volatile organic compound (VOC) air emissions by 22 percent and hazardous air pollutants (HAPs) by 93 percent.  The facility was also able to reduce its energy use by over 10,000 kWh per year over its baseline year of 2009 by implementing energy conservation measures. 

CST Industries, Parsons, was awarded for its efforts in water and energy conservation. The Parsons facility specializes in the manufacture of bolted storage tanks. CST Industries implemented a project to recycle its rinse water on its assembly line back to the wash section instead of discharging it to the sanitary sewer. The estimated water conservation from this project is 76,431 gallons per month with an energy savings of 282.5 MMBtu/year and a total cost savings of up to $10,829 per year. The plant also completed an air leak detection audit using an ultrasonic leak detector to detect air turbulence caused by air leaks.  CST detected 16 leaks throughout the plant. The estimated savings from fixing these air leaks was $10,395 or 173,250 kWh.

General Motors Fairfax Assembly, Kansas City, assembles the Chevrolet Malibu and the Buick Lacrosse. The GM Fairfax plant was awarded for its efforts in energy conservation. The plant undertook a lighting replacement project to replace inefficient lighting bays with more efficient compact fluorescent bulbs resulting in an annual reduction of 14,061 tons of CO2 emissions and an annual cost reduction of $1.29 million. In addition to the lighting project, the company implemented a plant-wide energy reduction project which reduced the amount of natural gas burned by the facility resulting in an annual reduction of 6,068 tons of CO2 emissions and an annual cost reduction of $600,000.

Moridge Manufacturing dba The Grasshopper Company, Moundridge, was awarded for its efforts in source reduction and reducing air emissions.  Moridge is a manufacturer of commercial mowing and grounds maintenance equipment. By installing new sheet metal cutting lasers and software, Moridge was able to increase the usable yield per sheet of metal by 21 percent with an estimated cost savings of $423,000 per year. In addition, recognizing that the majority of emissions associated with the life-cycle of a mower will come from its operation, Moridge developed the Grasshopper MaxTorque Clean Diesel Mower and implemented a national clean-diesel campaign manifested in website design, educational materials, and numerous opportunities to share the message in the press. 

Via Christi Hospitals Wichita, Inc., Wichita, was awarded for its efforts in energy conservation. Via Christi Hospitals is comprised of five hospital campuses, each with their own diagnostic focus. Via Christi installed a new burner with controls on a boiler at the Via Christi Hospital on Harry Street and replaced pneumatic controls with electronic ones on an air handler unit (AHU) at the Via Christi Hospital on St. Francis. The implementation of these projects is projected to save over 15,000 MMBTUs of natural gas/year and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by over 3,000 MTCO2e.

Congratulations to the 2012 P2 award recipients. Learn more about these projects and the Pollution Prevention Awards by visiting http://www.kdheks.gov/sbcs/p2_pollution_prevention_awards.html.

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