The ACC awards are bestowed upon companies with broad programs to achieve energy efficiency improvements, including the creation of energy teams, communications, goal setting, recognition and management support. Individual ACC member companies nominate specific projects for recognition; winners are selected by members of the judging committee.
Two Grace manufacturing facilities, in Lake Charles, Louisiana and Baltimore (Curtis Bay), Maryland, received this year’s Energy Efficiency Awards. Employees optimized equipment to recycle hot water, reduce overall temperatures and decrease airflow in certain manufacturing processes. These changes reduce the company’s annualized emissions of carbon dioxide by 6,728 short tons.
A total of nine Grace sites received Facility Safety Awards, including Certificates of Achievement (presented to facilities in Edison, New Jersey and the Chicago 65th Street plant in Illinois) and Certificates of Excellence (presented to facilities in Chattanooga, Tennessee; the Chicago plants at 51st and 71st Streets in Illinois; Lake Charles, Louisiana; Houston, Texas; Irondale, Alabama; and East Chicago, Indiana). The Certificate of Achievement distinguishes facilities that operated without fatalities or days away from work in 2010. The Certificate of Excellence recognizes sites that worked without fatalities, days away from work, safety-related job transfers or restricted work among both employees and contractors in 2010.
“At Grace we make it a priority to lead with safety,” said William Corcoran, Vice President of Public and Regulatory Affairs. “Knowing our efforts make a difference and having so many of our facilities be recognized for their safety performance is really rewarding.”
Award winners were announced and recognized during the opening ceremony of the 2011 Responsible Care® Conference and Expo in Miami, Florida on April 17.