Church Brothers, Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc. receive Governor’s Awards for Environmental Excellence
Two Indianapolis area businesses were honored during the 2009 Indiana Governor’s Awards for Environmental Excellence program. Ted McClintic, president of Church Brothers Collision Repair, and David Forsell, Executive Director of Keep Indianapolis Beautiful (KIB), accepted awards on behalf of their organizations from Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) assistant commissioner Rick Bossingham during the annual Pollution Prevention Conference and Trade Show held at Primo’s West in Plainfield on September 16.
Church Brothers received its award for efforts in the “Pollution Prevention” category. The company was the first large collision repair group in Indiana to fully convert its paint refinishing system to a waterborne paint system in all six of its central Indiana locations. By converting to a more environmentally-friendly waterborne paint, Church Brothers has reduced its volatile organic compound emissions during its refinishing operations by over 25 percent.
According to McClintic, the waterborne basecoat provides better coverage with less material sprayed on a given panel. Converting to a waterborne paint system has reduced the amount of hazardous waste generated and created a safer work environment for employees.
“We are pleased and very honored that the ‘waterborne project’ undertaken by our small business has been recognized at such a high level,” McClintic said. “We hope all repair shops will get energized from our initiative and do their part to reduce air emissions.”
KIB took many actions to receive its award in the “Energy” category. In 2008, KIB undertook the sustainable redevelopment of two vacant brownfield sites as its new headquarters in Indianapolis’ historic Fountain Square neighborhood. KIB wanted to consolidate operations into one facility and serve as a civic example of energy efficiency and resource conservation. Before the brownfield redevelopment, KIB was renting office space, using two separate warehouses for equipment and supply storage, and borrowing additional storage space for trees and plant materials. KIB estimated 350 hours were spent traveling between locations annually, wasting valuable time and energy.
KIB transformed the property into its new headquarters using energy efficient construction practices, including installing a “white cool roof system,” natural light and views, and high-efficiency appliances. KIB uses low- or no-volatile organic compound paints and adhesives, and captures rainwater for use on plants and landscaping. Over 3,000 people have toured the facility since it opened in June 2008.
“Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc. is deeply honored to receive this recognition,” said David Forsell, organization president. “Governor Mitch Daniels sets a high bar with these awards, demanding innovation, environmental quality, and economic benefit; to have met the bar is very gratifying. We set out to have more than an operations center; we set out to transform a contaminated and blighted warehouse into an environmental model, and we’ve accomplished that, in partnership with many donors, including the Indiana Brownfields Program. More than 3,000 visitors have come to learn, to touch, and to experience green development at Keep Indianapolis Beautiful.”
An annual award program that began in 1994, the Governor’s Awards for Environmental Excellence recognize Indiana’s leaders who have identified and implemented innovative environmental practices into their programs and facilities. The awards program is open to all Indiana facilities, state and local units of government, individuals, and technical assistance organizations that implement exemplary environmental projects with measurable results. A review committee consisting of representatives from industry, environmental organizations, education, and government evaluate each Governor’s Awards application, considering how each project reflects and advances environmental excellence, economic prosperity, and leadership commitment to these improvements.
By seeking out and utilizing innovative environmental practices, these facilities and programs have reduced waste, saved money and contributed greatly to Indiana’s environmental protection efforts, benefiting the health and welfare of the state’s communities. Other 2009 award winners include:
* Energy/Renewable Resources category: Benton County Wind Farm, LLC, Earl Park; Toyota Industrial Equipment Mfg., Inc., Columbus;
* Five Years Continuous Improvement category: DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc., Warsaw; and,
* Pollution Prevention category: National Office Furniture, Jasper; and Nu Yale Cleaners, New Albany.
Ted McClintic, Church Brothers, receives a 2009 Indiana Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence from IDEM Assistant Commissioner Rick Bossingham.
Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc., receives a 2009 Indiana Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence. Pictured from left to right are Glenn Livers, Bill Bates and David Forsell with Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc., and IDEM Assistant Commissioner Rick Bossingham.
IDEM (www.idem.in.gov) implements federal and state regulations regarding the environment. Through compliance assistance, incentive programs and educational outreach, the agency encourages and aids businesses and citizens in protecting Hoosiers and our environment.