Governor's Award for Pollution Prevention and Sustainable Practices
Hansville Auto Repair, Hansville
- Eliminated use of chlorinated solvents
- Switched from solvent-based brake cleaning to a water-based system.
- Facility employees explain environmental effects to customers.
United Paint and Coatings, Greenacres
- Shifted from solvent-based to water-based products; reduced overhead costs.
- Re-uses wash water from the latex line in the next batch of product.
- Improved worker safety.
Ace Galvanizing, Seattle
- Facility cleans and seals rusty pieces of steel and iron.
- Changed processes and equipment to reduce the generation and storage of hazardous waste from more than 2,200 pounds per month to less than 220 pounds per month
- Produce assemblies used in aerospace, automotive, and farm equipment.
- No longer generates hazardous waste; used to produce more than 2,200 pounds per month.
- Worked with Tacoma Power to select energy-efficient motors and lighting
- Employs good stormwater controls
- Excellent waste-recycling program
- Seeks out and uses less-hazardous product substitutes
- Planted trees to improve work site.
Fairchild Air Force Base, Spokane
- Largest air-refueling wing in the U.S. Air Force; home to more than 60 active-duty and Air National Guard planes.
- Staff reduced the use of 17 chemicals identified as toxics of concern by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Reduced hazardous waste generation by about 215,000 pounds per year.
- Retrofitted lighting on landing pad; saving more than $157,000 per year in energy costs.
- Converted to less-volatile jet fuel; helped reduce emissions of volatile air contaminants by 92%.
- Eliminated ozone-depleting chemicals.
- Adopted pest management methods that consider alternatives to pesticides; dropped pesticide use by 68% and saves $20,000 per year.
Thurston County Hazardous Waste Program, Olympia
- Conducts an integrated pest management program, including pamphlets and garden tours. Reached more than 500 people per tour in 1996 and 1997.
- Collected more than 71,000 gallons of used oil at various sites.
- From 1991 to 1997, the Hazo House hazardous waste collection facility collected more than 2,035,000 pounds of hazardous waste from 36,327 customers.
- Provided free technical assistance to about 200 businesses in 1997.
- Cooperatively designed and implemented Operation: WaterWorks, a two-year technical assistance program about storm water quality and hazardous waste management for automotive, landscaping, construction, and building maintenance businesses.
- Held workshops for 200 teachers during 1996-1997, to reach 535 students with household hazardous material activities.
- Local information line responded to more than 600 calls in 1997.
Naval Submarine Base Bangor, Silverdale
- 10,000 military staff and civilians assigned to base; supports Trident submarines.
- Examined chemicals used on base; banned hazardous substances that are not mission-critical; seek least-toxic alternatives for raw materials.
- Recycle lead batteries and collect lead bullets from firing range.
- Provide curbside recycling of solid wastes and reclamation store for hazardous materials.
- Promote commute trip reduction
- Replaced solvent-based cleaners with safer substitutes.
- Converted coal-fired boilers to natural gas.
Honorable mention: Praegitzer Industries, Redmond
- Found a substitute that outperformed conventional cleaners, so that 1,500 pounds of lead-laden waste produced each year can be managed as a non-hazardous solid waste.
The Governor's Award for Sustainable Practices is now the Safer Chemistry Champion Awards.