2013-04-19


Health Department Recognizes Voluntary Pollution Prevention Efforts

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

PITTSBURGH – The Allegheny County Health Department has presented four local businesses and institutions with Enviro-Star awards for voluntarily adopting significant pollution prevention practices in 2012. 

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

Pollution prevention measures include eliminating or reducing waste by modifying production processes, using non-toxic or less-toxic substances, implementing conservation techniques and re-using materials rather than putting them into the waste stream.  

The award winners for 2012 are:

Phipps Conservatory – for completion of the Center for Sustainable Landscapes, which meets or exceeds the world’s three highest green standards:  The Living Building Challenge; LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum; and Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES) for landscape structures. 

Bayer Corporation – for actions resulting in significant energy, water, waste and emission reductions, as reflected in its first place finish in the large business category of the Pittsburgh Green Workplace Challenge.   

Eaton Corporation – for actions resulting in significant energy, water, waste and emission reductions, as reflected in its first place finish in the medium-sized business category of the Pittsburgh Green Workplace Challenge.   

Evolve Architecture – for actions resulting in significant energy, water, waste and emission reductions, as reflected in its first place finish in the small business category of the Pittsburgh Green Workplace Challenge.        

For more information about the Enviro Star awards visit the Health Department’s web site at www.achd.net, 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 www.epa.gov/p2/.

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