2017 Environmental Awards
On May 5, 2017, the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality announced the winners of the 2017 Environmental Awards at the State Capitol.
This year marked the 13th annual ADEQ Arkansas Environmental Stewardship Award, also known as the “ENVY Award.” This award was presented along with the 2nd annual Arkansas Environmental Technology Award, or the “TECHe Award.” Along with these two awards, the Office of Energy introduced the Energy Excellence, or “E2 Award.”
The ENVY Award was established in 2005 to recognize a major contribution by an individual or organization for efforts to enhance and protect Arkansas’s natural resources through sustainability programs and commitments to stewardship of the environment.
The TECHe Award recognizes the advances or innovative use of technology that breaks new ground in protecting resources or improving the environment by going beyond traditional environmental control measures, approaches, or outcomes. Nominations were solicited for Arkansas-based projects that showcase technology and computer use in advancing environmental objectives.
This was the inaugural year for the E2 Award Award. The E2 Award recognizes organizations that demonstrate outstanding leadership by implementing forward-thinking initiatives in areas of energy efficiency and resilience.
The 2nd annual Arkansas Environmental Technology Award, the “TECHe Award”, was presented to L’Oréal USA. L’Oréal’s “Sharing Beauty with All” program seeks ambitious goals for reducing its environmental impact through the entire life cycle of its products. L’Oréal is embracing its goals for operation, a 60% reduction from a 2005 baseline in water consumption, waste generation, and carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by the year 2020. At the end of 2016, an 82% reduction in water consumption, a 40% reduction in waste, and a 76% reduction in CO2 emissions was achieved. L’Oréal USA installed a 1.2 megawatt solar array on its property in North Little Rock.
Goodwill Industries of Arkansas was chosen as the winner of the 13th annual Arkansas Environmental Stewardship Award, “ENVY Award.” Goodwill Industries focuses on the bottom line—People, Planet and Prosperity. Goodwill diverts an average of twenty-five million pounds of waste annually from our state’s landfills and then reinvests 96% of the revenue generated from the diversion back into our communities by providing education, training, and employment services.
E2 Award Recipient
Arkansas State University (A-State) and Johnson Controls signed a $15 million guaranteed energy savings contract through the Arkansas Energy Performance Contracting Program in February 2016, which will upgrade lighting, water, HVAC, and energy management systems across the campus. The project is guaranteed to save A-State over $25 million in utility and operational savings over the next twenty years. Further, the project will contribute in excess of $40 million in positive economic impact to the Jonesboro area. For taking this enormous step forward to advance energy leadership in higher education in the state of Arkansas, A-State was awarded the inaugural E2 Award.