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Gregg Cooke Visionary Program Award Recipients

2014

Keep It Clean
Washoe County Health District Air Quality Management Division

Keep it Clean is the brand developed in 2012 by the Air Quality Management Division of the Washoe County Health District to increase public awareness and to engage citizens of Reno, Sparks and Washoe County, Nevada, on air quality issues. There are three major community action components to Keep It Clean: Know the Code, a woodburning advisory program; Rack Em Up, an alternative transportation program; and nOzone, a smog prevention program. Each of these encourages emission reduction and empowers citizens to take positive actions to reduce ozone and particulate matter throughout the year. The Keep it Clean brand has greatly increased public awareness of air quality and improved access to information regarding air quality through programs with schools, social media, television, radio and other avenues. For the Know the Code program, a recent Residential Wood Use Survey found that approximately 74 percent of the public reduced their burning on Yellow (encourage no burning) or Red (stop burning) days. The Rack Em Up campaign held a contest in 2013 where 10 schools and over 500 students participated in biking events or riding to school. In 2014, the District plans to double the student and school participation as well as the award amounts. Additionally, the nOzone campaign has led to an idle reduction campaign at six local schools, and Idle Free Zone signs will be installed this spring. For other ozone reduction efforts, the County is updating its policy to prohibit 2-stroke gasoline-powered landscape maintenance equipment and has installed an electric vehicle charging station, available free to the public, at the Washoe County Health District.

2011

SC Johnson Global Sustainability Program

SC Johnson is a family-owned and managed business based in the USA. The company is one of the world's leading manufacturers of household cleaning products and products for home storage, air care, and pest control.

The company has a long-standing commitment to the environment. From its early adoption of initiatives such as Climate Leaders and the Scope 3 Greenhouse Gas protocols, to its innovative use of renewable energy, SC Johnson has been committed to clean air for decades.

The company's largest manufacturing facility, Waxdale, is powered by two cogeneration turbines, annually reducing emissions by 52,000 tons of carbon dioxide. Since 2005, the 2.2 million-square-foot facility has been powered by waste methane and natural gas, generating the daily base load of electricity and between half and all the steam needed for the plant's operation.

Also contributing to the company's greenhouse gas reduction is its commitment to wind power. SC Johnson is currently constructing two wind turbines at Waxdale that will reduce carbon emissions associated with powering the facility by 6000 metric tons annually. Also, since 2008, the company has sourced nearly half of the electricity for its Michigan factory from wind energy, replacing almost half the factory's annual purchase of electricity with a clean, renewable source.

Finally, the company extends its air quality achievements throughout its entire product line. Its patented Greenlist process is designed to improve ingredients and packaging used in its household products, and has eliminated nearly 48 million pounds of VOCs from SC Johnson products in the last 5 years.

2009

Kohl's — Sustainability Strategy

In 2009, Kohl's decided to take its energy efficiency strategy to the next level by pursuing three specific energy strategies: renewable energy certificates, solar power installations as a solar host, and lighting upgrades. In 2009, their purchase of 600,990,000 kWh of renewable energy certificates placed Kohl’s at the number two position for all of retail and 4th overall in the United States. This purchase “greens” 50% of Kohl’s energy used in all locations. This purchase of renewable energy has an environmental impact of removing 480 million pounds of carbon dioxide from the earth’s atmosphere, or removing more than 75,000 cars off the road annually. In 2009, 78 locations have activated solar power arrays on store rooftops. These will generate 35 million kilowatt hours annually. The arrays provide 20-50% of the stores power needs.  138,000 solar panels will be in use when the project is completed. In 2009, over 700 stores will be retrofitted with metal halide spotlights which use a third of the energy of the former incandescent spotlight, and also installed other energy saving fixtures.

In 2009, 99% of all domestic transportation miles were moved by EPA SmartWay Transport carriers. Every newly constructed store will be a United States Green Building Council LEED certified store, and 46 locations have already been certified. Four vegetable gardens will be installed at the Kohl’s corporate campus as teachings tool for the on-site corporate day care locations, and will support Milwaukee’s Hunger Task Force.

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2006

3M's Sustainability Program Reduces Air Emissions Worldwide — 3M, St. Paul, MN

3M introduced its Pollution Prevention Pays (3P) program over 30 years ago and has since set an example as a company committed to environmental stewardship.  3M recognizes that sustainable development and a commitment to reducing air emissions contributes to its long-term success.  3M serves as a model for sustainable development with emphasis on three principles: effective environmental stewardship, meaningful contributions to society, and the creation of economic value.  3M has set corporate environmental goals such as reducing volatile organic air emissions indexed to sales.

It similarly values community and educational outreach and gives financial support to local and regional groups that share its goals for sustainable development.  3M is working to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions through implementing transportation efficiency measures. Through this multi-pronged approach, 3M has dramatically reduced its air and greenhouse gas emissions worldwide.   

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If you have any questions about the Clean Air Excellence Awards Program, please contact Jeneva Craig of EPA's Office of Air and Radiation at (202) 564-1674, or craig.jeneva@epa.gov.

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