RBA Announces 2016 Green Council Awards, SUEZ sponsors Water category

The Rockland Business Association’s Green Council announced the winners of its 7th Annual Green Council Awards at the organization’s monthly general membership lunch on Oct. 20. The Green Council serves as a tool to educate, promote and advocate to the local Rockland business community the benefits of adopting green principles. This year, SUEZ served as a presenting sponsor for the Water category.

SUEZ’ Vice President/General Manager Chris Graziano presented the Water category award to Rockland Country Club.

Rockland Country Club operates and maintains a 150-acre 18-hole championship golf course, a driving range, a full service club house, a swimming pool and tennis courts. The business has made considerable conscious efforts to minimize water waster, and practice business-minded water conservation. Unlike other nearby golf courses, which can pay up to $70,000 a year for potable “city water,” Rockland Country Club irrigates from its own underground spring- and rain-fed pond, at a small fraction of the cost. A fountain, specialized fish, and a soundwave system control algae to avoid the use of chemicals. Tall vegetation around the pond’s edge filters the water of contaminants, and a computerized pump house with a living “green roof” minimizes water use.

Rockland Country Club’s Matt Ceplo, also assisted in securing the Club’s designation as a New York DEC Environmental Leader (NYEL), which included a commitment to decrease the amount of water used for irrigation by 13 percent. To learn more about NYEL, visit: www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/61113.html.

Orange and Rockland Utilities (O&R), which served as the overall sponsor for the ceremony, presented Innovative Plastics Inc. with the Energy Conservation Category award.

Innovative Plastics is a national plastics thermoforming company, specializing in packaging for cosmetics, cell phones, electronics, medical equipment, food and industrial equipment.

Over the past two years, Innovative Plastics has participated in O&R’s C & I (Commercial and Industrial Program). The company has replaced one large thermoformer with a more energy efficient model and is in the process of replacing two more, while also upgrading all existing light fixtures to LEDs.

Combined, the three thermoformer replacements and the lighting upgrade are estimated to reduce Innovative Plastic’s electrical usage by more than 600,000 kWh/year, equating to more than $100,000 in energy costs saved/year.

Green Meadow Waldorf School presented the award for the Solid Waste Reduction Category to Keep Rockland Beautiful. Keep Rockland Beautiful (KRB) has served Rockland County for over 19 years.

KRB’s bi-annual cleanup and education campaigns – the Fall Waterways Cleanup and Great American Cleanup – employ thousands of volunteers of all ages throughout Rockland. These campaigns not only remove tons of harmful litter and pollutants from the county’s streets, parks and waterways, they are an excellent vehicle for teaching about litter prevention, waste reduction, natural resource protection and recycling.

Volunteers are provided with clear plastic bags to sort all the recyclable glass, metal, and plastic containers they encounter. KRB partners with municipal, county, and state highway departments to have the bags of recyclables taken to the Materials Recovery Center in Hillburn.

Instrumentation Laboratory sponsored the Transportation Improvement Category, which was awarded to Rockland Community College (RCC).

RCC has a Partnership with 511NY Rideshare to encourage students and faculty to carpool to campus. The new Rideshare portal facilitates that effort. RCC has also implemented five bus routes, offers special student discounts for TOR passes, indoor and outdoor waiting area for buses and offers online courses instead of on-campus for continuing education in a variety of majors to decrease commuting needs.

Rockland Community College Sustainability Program is identified as the careful and concerned use of natural resources to maintain our daily living without endangering the well-being of the future.

More information on the Rockland Business Association and the Green Council can be found at: www.rocklandbusiness.org/.



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