2013 Recognition Award Winner
Frito Lay, Inc. (Beloit)
- Addition of more on-site services has reduced cost and transportation emissions and increased convenience. This includes a health and wellness center, modular packaging automation, and new supply chain systems.
- Installed three natural gas boilers that produce steam quickly on an on-demand basis reducing natural gas consumption by over 200,000 therms/yr and nearly 1,000 tons CO2/yr.
- Testing steam trap conversion to save an additional $100,000/year.
- Reduced consumption of compressed air by implementing leak detection, expanding central vacuum system, and updating refrigerated dryers. Annual electric savings of over 490,000KW and 314 tons/CO2.
- Doubled the size of their new compressed natural gas trucking fleet to 24 trucks and replaced 49 smaller trucks to more fuel efficient models, all of which is annually saving 450,000 gallons diesel and 935 tons CO2.
- Energy and associated emissions have been reduced through improvements to waste water treatment operations such as the reduction in number of blowers and addition of automatic dissolved oxygen control on variable speed blowers.
- Actively involve employees via project teams and awareness events to improve facility efficiency and for community outreach (community clean-up events, school presentations, employee recycling fair, waste elimination).
- 2013 improvements have led to $500,000 saved and prior improvements still having huge impacts: adsorption chiller added to their existing chip fryer heat recovery hydronic system to produce and circulate chilled water during summer months to cool their packaging areas; recovery of waste heat from chip fryer to preheat cooking water; exterior lighting converted to LED; added natural gas compressor to fuel trucks.
- Other actions also reduce environmental footprint, save money, and help local economy including: using Wisconsin-grown potatoes, many upgrades to on-site waste water pre-treatment operations, striving towards less than 1% of waste to landfills.
2014 Commuter Champion
University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
- Faculty and staff are offered a Milwaukee County Transit System Commuter Value Pass, with UWM picking up 50% of the cost. The employee share is paid through a pre-tax payroll deduction, providing additional savings to employees.
- Participates in MCTS’s UPass Program for students, which provides unlimited transit use as part of student tuition cost. The campus is serviced directly by six local bus routes and three express routes.
- The campus is also served by Wisconsin Coach Lines and Badger Coaches, which provides transit service to outlying communities, including weekend service to Madison.
- Provides shuttle service routes for satellite educational, housing, and parking facilities, along with a van service for the surrounding neighborhood.
- Provides bike parking throughout the campus, including some weather-proof bike lockers, along with identifying buildings with shower facilities for staff. They installed two Bike Fix-it Stations where bikers can inflate their tires and make other necessary repairs using the various tools at the repair stations at no cost. They also participate in a Bike to Campus event during Bike to Work Week.
- The Parking and Transit Department promotes the Wisconsin Rideshare program and services such as Zimride and Zipcar on its website. Zimride is a convenient method of ride sharing where participants go on-line and see who is also traveling to or from UWM and share the ride. Zipcar is a car-sharing program where members living close to campus can use a vehicle for short periods and pay by the hour. It is as simple as reserving a vehicle on-line and picking it up at one of the convenient campus locations.
- Installed air pumps at several of their parking garages, providing free use of air compressors for both drivers and bike riders.
- To further support UWM’s sustainability initiatives, they installed six Electric Vehicle Charging Stations on campus with plans to install two more quick chargers for electric vehicles.