DES Publication Wins National Award
Making Your Business Greener Workbook wins MVP2 Award
Concord, NH –The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (DES) announced today that its Making Your Business Greener Workbook has received the National Pollution Prevention Roundtable’s 2009 Most Valuable Pollution Prevention Award, in the Publication Category. NPPR judges award applications on five criteria: innovation, measurable results, transferability, commitment, and optimization of available project resources. The award was presented at a National Pollution Prevention Roundtable awards ceremony in Washington, DC.
DES created the workbook to help the growing number of businesses who want to "Go Green" in order to save costs, protect the environment and maintain a competitive place in the market. DES has found that many businesses, and especially small businesses, do not have the necessary knowledge, time for training or resources to hire experts to help them become a "green" company. The Making Your Business Greener Workbook provides a set of checklists with brief explanatory texts that a business manager can use to help guide his or her business into the new paradigms of waste minimization, energy reduction and sustainability. Park Avenue Auto Parts is a thirty-five year old business. Michael McClellan, the current owner has been in the auto salvage trade for 15 years and has owned the business for 4 years. Mr. McClellan has taken action to run a clean facility and prevent pollution that can result from such operations, including having a site investigation conducted to test for contaminants, hiring a consultant to develop a stormwater pollution plan and having an environmental mat installed in the yard. The environmental mat acts as a barrier between the ground and potential pollutants, so in the case of a spill it can be easily cleaned up. This mat is one of few that have been installed at auto salvage yards in New Hampshire.
The checklists range from simple but comprehensive surveys, to detailed examinations of different aspects of a business, to "graduate level" surveys of Environmental Management Systems and sustainability. A company can pick and choose which checklist they want to address now, and move on to others at a later time.
The workbook is part of DES efforts to encourage better environmental performance in New Hampshire and to ensure a better quality of all life for everyone in the state. It is available free-of-charge at http://des.nh.gov/business/ under the topic Greening Your Business.
For more information, please contact DES’s Planning, Prevention and Assistance Unit at 603-271-1749 or e-mail at [email protected]. Information on NPPR’s awards program is available at http://www.p2.org/?page_id=27.
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