Health Dept. Recognizes Voluntary Pollution Prevention Efforts

Enviro-Star Award Winners Announced to Commemorate Earth Day, April 22

The Allegheny County Health Department has presented five local businesses and institutions with Enviro-Star awards for voluntarily adopting significant pollution prevention practices in 2011.

Pollution prevention not only protects the environment and public health but also benefits the bottom line through waste reduction and conservation of resources.  

The award winners for 2011 are:

Carnegie Mellon University – for increasing from 75% to 100% its energy consumption from green or renewable energy sources.

University of Pittsburgh Medical Center – for requiring all new construction contractors to use equipment that meets enhanced diesel emission standards years before the standards are mandated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.  

National Energy Technology Laboratory – for continued commitment to reducing internal waste streams, increasing recycling, enhancing energy efficiency, reducing fleet numbers and boosting green purchasing.    

Duquesne University – for increasing from 7% to 20% its purchase of electricity generated by in-state wind-powered sources.        

Forest Hills Borough – for energy efficiency retrofits and upgrades to its municipal building which reduce energy waste and consumption.  

For more information about the Enviro Star awards visit the World Wide Web Icon Health Department web site, and to learn more about pollution prevention and how it can benefit the environment and a company’s bottom line visit World Wide Web Icon U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

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