2006 Recognition Award Winners
Kalahari Resort Convention Center
- Installed 4 large fans to circulate the warm ceiling air in the water park, with a natural gas energy savings of over $100k in just 10 months
- Covering hot tubs to prevent heat loss at night
- Replaced over 200 high maintenance halogen lights in water park with different types of fluorescents and changed hotel room lights to compact fluorescents
- Installing a room energy system that controls energy usage based on the guests presence. When the patio door is open, HVAC shuts off and when key card removed from wall-mounted slot, lights turn off and HVAC goes to energy-saving setting.
- Room fireplaces on timer switches
- Motion lights in common areas and less occupied spaces and LED lights in exit signs
- Reducing oven preheating and combining underused coolers
- Low volume nozzles at dishwashing stations and replacing shower heads with low-flow to saving over 2 million gallons of water per year and associated energy
- Researching the feasibility of installing 120 solar panels to heat 65% of their water
Kohl’s Department Stores
- Implementing a Green Scene program to reduce energy and waste and develop responsible building design, challenging associates and vendors to be good stewards
- A member of EPA’s Green Power and Energy Star programs. Named as one of the top retailers for Green Power purchases with 8% of their energy from renewable sources.
- Offer on-site amenities at the corporate headquarters, such as restaurants, banking, dry cleaning and daycare, for employee convenience and travel reduction
- Installed motion lighting throughout headquarters
- Deliver almost half of merchandise via rail
- Provide tips and articles to associates on environmental practices
Packaging Corporation of America – Tomahawk Mill
- Exceeded EPA’s Hazardous Air Pollutant regulation (requiring wood pulp mills to collect and incinerate HAPs) by piping the HAPs to their wastewater treatment plant for biological digestion in anaerobic digesters, reducing over 1.6 million lbs/yr versus 0.3 million lbs/yr with EPA prescribed technology.
- Installed a biogas collection system at the wastewater treatment plant to harness the methane and CO2 that the digesters produce to generate steam power for their boiler. This solved the HAP issue while also displacing fossil fuel use and associated pollutants, thus creating a closed-loop pollution control system and saving $1.5 million/yr on fuel costs.
- Expanded their biogas collection by 40%, recovering enough energy to heat and cool 2,250 homes