Green Star's Most Recent Award Certified Businesses
(2009 - 2013)
Pearson's Pond Luxury Inn & Adventure Spa received its Green Star Award certification on December 6, 2012, at a presentation at the Juneau Chamber of Commerce lunch lecture. The inn is the first hospitality business in Juneau to achieve Green Star Award certification for its commitment to environmental responsibility. One of the key measures Pearson's Pond has taken during the Green Star process was to establish a core green team that will be responsible for carrying out Green Star policy. Pearson's Pond's has recycling bins in every guest room and two large recycling bins for inn use. The use of paper plates has been significantly reduced by taking them out of guest rooms. Pearson's Pond asked for non-toxic carpet adhesives when installing new carpet. And the inn has implemented a rainwater collection program to reduce water use. From April through September, Pearson's Pond collects more than 500 gallons of rain water and uses it exclusively to water the inn’s garden and hanging plants.
Pebble Limited Partnership's Anchorage offices received its Green Star Award certification in September 2012 after successfully completing the ten Green Star Award standards. To reduce waste, PLP has modified its accounting system so that everything is now done through an online program. This helped the company go from hundreds of paper invoices each month to an entirely paperless system. In addition, PLP's offices have implemented a robust recycling program and management has encouraged the building's landlord to use non-toxic cleaning supplies. Traditional batteries have been replaced with rechargeable batteries as well.
Valley Community for Recycling Solutions (VCRS)received its Green Star Award certification on August 27, 2012. VCRS is a Palmer-based nonprofit organization devoted to establishing recycling as part of daily life in the Mat-Su Valley.
Integrated Concepts and Research Corporation (ICRC) received its Green Star Award certification in March 2012. ICRS was founded in 1988 and has been providing full-service program and project management services throughout Alaska for more than 20 years. ICRC specializes in three areas: construction and construction management, professional technical services, and aerospace engineering. Some of the company's clients include the U.S. Army, Air Force, and Coast Guard; the Department of Transportation Maritime Administration; the Social Security Administration; and NASA.
Some measures the ICRC team has taken to become Green Star Award certified include instituting a very thorough environmental stewardship policy for its employees, which addresses green purchasing, paper reduction practices, community outreach activities, and an "I take the stairs" pledge to help conserve energy in the workplace by not using the elevator. The company also provides preferred parking to groups who carpool.
The company is housed in an environmentally friendly building with a newly installed energy efficient HVAC system and a tight building envelope. ICRC purchases only computer monitors that are U.S. EPA Energy Star rated and the company has a robust recycling program in place. In fact, the company shares its recycling containers with the rest of the tenants in the building.
Bear Creek Winery & Lodging received its Green Star Award certification in January 2012. Bear Creek, in Homer, AK, was established in 2003. Bear Creek operates a lodge with luxurious suites overlooking Glacier and Kachemak Bay, and makes wine from Alaskan fruits, some of which are grown on site, and grapes purchased from elsewhere to blend with some of the fruit wines. Bear Creek employees embrace "eco-friendly" and "buy local" ideologies in their business decisions. Owners Bill and Dorothy Fry, along with their hard-working crew, provide measures of their waste-reduction sucess, such as the number of wine bottles reused and the use of alternative energy. After publicizing its return policies and educating its local patrons, the winery saw an increase from two bottles returned per week to more than ten bottles per week. Bear Creek recently established a Bear Creek Bottle Return bin at the Homer Baling Facility and staff collectes bottles from local restaurants that carry Bear Creek wines. This has resulted in an increase to 15 bottles returned per week.
Alaska Marine Trucking received its Green Star Award certification in September 2011. Alaska Marine Trucking (AMT), located in Juneau, AK, provides local freight distribution services in Southeast, including loading, unloading, warehousing, and delivering freight. Some of AMT's green initiatives include completing energy audits, establishing and maintaining a robust company recycling program, and removing all lights from vending machines to cut down on unnecessary energy use.
PND Engineers earned its Green Star Award certification in March 2011. PND Engineers is a consulting engineering firm with offices in Anchorage, Juneau, Seattle, and Fort Collins, CO. The firm, founded in 1979, offers a broad range of civil engineering services, from building structural design to costal engineering. PND has a long history of using steel sheet pile made from recycled materials in many of its marine projects. Here are a few more of the green initiatives PND has implemented.
- Includes a “green alert” in its newsletter describing what the company is doing, what volunteer opportunities are available, and sharing suggestions.
- Retrofitted part of its building with T-5 energy-efficient fluorescent lamps and plans to retrofit more in the near future.
- Purchased ceramic mugs for each employee with extras for visitors to reduce paper cup consumption. They also bought metal silverware for the break room for daily use. Since ceramic mugs were purchased, PND has eliminated foam cup purchases completely and its paper cup purchases have decreased by 50%. Prior to now, the company was using approximately 2000 cups every six months. The decrease saves the company approximately $180/year and helps reduce unnecessary waste.
Beacon Occupational Health & Safety Services earned its Green Star award certification on March 18, 2011. Beacon began operations in Anchorage, Alaska, in early 1999. Since that time, the company has experienced tremendous growth and has achieved success by expanding its services, facilities, client base, and staff of professionals. Beacon is a turn-key solution for medical, safety and training services. A few of the measures Beacon has taken during the Green Star certification process include the following:
- Established a CORE green team that will stay on top of carrying out Green Star policy.
- Reduced paper use by implementing an electronic medical records system. This has dramatically decreased paper consumption for certain processes.
- Installed VendingMisers on vending machines to reduce energy use. The VendingMiser cycles the cooling compressor and turns off lights when no one is near the machine.
Nikiski-based Alaskan Wind Industries (AKWI) earned its Green Star award certification in March 2011.AKWI is a renewable resources contractor offering structural steel erection, welding services, tower climbing maintenance and 5kW to 50kW wind turbine installations in Alaska.
AKWI has implemented sustainable practices in its own business model:
- Supplies wind turbine owners with turbine manuals online through its website instead sending out hard copies of the 56-page manuals.
- Offers any business installing a wind turbine through AKWI a one-year member sponsorship in the Green Star Award program.
Alaska Manufacturing Extension Partnership (AMEP) earned its Green Star award certification on March 3, 2011. AMEP is committed to developing the State's economy through technical, business and economic training and assistance to Alaska's small manufacturers and to rural Alaskans producing, marketing, and distributing Native art and other home-based manufactured products. Some of the initiatives has AMEP implemented to achieve Green Star certification include the following:
- Installed low-flow aerators on faucets, bringing water flow from 2.2 gallons per minute (gpm) to 1.5 gpm, thus reducing water use by 30 percent.
- Purchased house plants that have been shown to be exceptional at capturing indoor air toxins, such as benzene and other chemicals that off-gas from carpet and plastic products. These have been placed throughout the facility.
- Purchased extension cords and stored them in a RubberMaid tote in the facility’s entryway clearly marked with a sign designating them for vehicle plug-in use only.
Anchorage Rental Car Center (RAC) received its Green Star Award certification on January 3, 2011. Anchorage RAC, which opened in 2007, is a $54 million, four-story, 618,000 square-foot building designed to house cars and operations of car rental companies. Currently, six rental car companies operate in the facility. Besides implementing very critical steps to reduce waste and achieve pollution prevention measures, Anchorage RAC has gone above and beyond to not let anything go to waste. The facility has 12 car washes on site where 93% of all water used is recycled. At more than 180,000 washes per year, this equates to roughly 7.5 million gallons of water saved.
Automated Laundry Systems & Supply earned its Green Star Award on December 6, 2010. Automated Laundry was established in 1979 as a privately held corporation. It is a full-line commercial and industrial laundry and dry-cleaning distributor, providing equipment, service, parts, supplies, facility design and consultation. Some of the measures Automated Laundry has taken toward earning its Green Star Award certification include establishing a CORE green team to be responsible for carrying out Green Star policy. In addition, Automated Laundry offers to pay 50% of curbside recycling costs for its employees, and offers 50% off monthly bus passes as well as 50% toward the cost of purchasing an engine block heater for personal vehicles. The company also sponsored its own "bike to work" day in September 2010.
Davis Constructors & Engineers earned its Green Star Award on August 3, 2010. Davis Constructors & Engineers was founded in 1976. In its 34-year history, the company has completed hundreds of projects throughout Alaska including projects north of the Arctic Circle, in western Alaska, in the Aleutians, and in southeast Alaska, as well as numerous projects in southcentral Alaska. Davis specializes in vertical building construction. The company has four LEED Accredited Professionals on staff and have constructed numerous buildings in Anchorage including JL Tower and Centerpoint West, which have achieved or are working toward LEED silver certification. Chevron and Fluor tenants in JL Tower also have achieved their LEED interior certification.
Some of the steps Davis Constructors has taken to achieve a Green Star Award include: creating a committed green team, purchasing recycled-content products and Energy Star rated equipment, and replacing disposable foam and paper cups with ceramic mugs and reusable silverware. They company placed recycling bins at all employee spaces and main copy areas, and installed water-saving equipment, such as ultra low-flow toilets and urinals as well as waterless urinals, just to highlight a few initiatives.
The Denali Commission earned its Green Star Award on April 26, 2010. Introduced in 1998, The Denali Commission is an independent federal agency designed to provide critical utilities, infrastructure and economic support throughout Alaska. The Denali Commission partners with tribal, federal, state and local governments to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of government services, to develop a well-trained labor force employed in a diversified and sustainable economy and to build and ensure the operation and maintenance of Alaska’s basic infrastructure. Some of the initiatives underway in the Denali Commission's offices include:
- Programming the office's black and white copier, printer and fax to print double sided. This has reduced paper consumption by about 40%.
- Installing Ecofont on many computers officewide. Using ecofont enables the Commission to save up to 25% on ink/toner.
- Purchasing reusable plates, cups and cutlery for the staff break room.
- Providing bike storage and showers for employees who ride their bike to work.
The Alaska Building Science Network (ABSN) earned its Green Star Award on April 26, 2010. ABSN is a member-supported association of individuals, businesses, and organizations dedicated to promoting energy efficiency as an essential component of durable, safe and affordable housing in Alaska. The organization has been providing Alaskans with residential construction and energy efficient building services for more than 20 years. ABSN has:
- upgraded 7,310 linear fluorescent light fixtures from T-12 to T-8 lamps across AK over the past five years.
- upgraded the gym lighting to T-5 lamps in 32 gyms throughout rural AK, reducing energy use by 79,417 watts in the process.
- made it policy to purchase 100% post-consumer recycled-content copy paper.
- eliminated aerosols from the work place.
- reused items in unique ways, including making an office desk out of an old wooden door and two file cabinets.
Frontier Tutoring, LLC earned its Green Star Award certification on January 20, 2010. Established in 2008, Frontier Tutoring LLC is an Anchorage-based educational services company. The small staff has big ideas about greening their workplace, including:
- Implementing a “check twice, print once” policy to encourage employees to reduce printing output.
- Faxing directly to Frontier Tutoring’s computer system.
- Using task lighting (equipped with 14-watt CFLs) effectively whenever possible to reduce energy usage.
- Weatherproofing office windows in the winter to reduce heat loss.
- Highlighting their Green Star certification on the company's home page.
Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, Division of Environmental Health & Engineering (ANTHC DEHE) earned its Green Star Award certification on February 3, 2010. The certificate was presented to ANTHC representatives on February 9 at the Alaska Forum on the Enviroment. ANTHC DEHE provides planning, design, construction and operations support for public health infrastructure in Native communities throughout the State of Alaska. Just a few of the green initiatives at DEHE include:
- Creating an office recycling brochure for new employees.
- Developing a BYOM Campaign. Bring your own mug started in June 2009 to reduce paper cup waste.
- Saving Energy in Lighting. T-12 lamps are being replaced with T-8s. Motion sensors installed in bathrooms and building lights are on timers.
- Responsibly recycling all electronics, batteries, fluorescent lamps, ballasts, used oil, antifreeze and automotive products.
- Effectively and continually working with property managers on building issues to reduce energy and water consumption as well to reduce costs.
Alaskan Leopard Enterprises, Inc. earned its Green Star Award certification on January 20, 2010. Established in 2001, Alaskan Leopard Enterprises is an Alaska-based company supplying guest accomodations (a bed & breakfast), tourism bookings and community volunteer services to larger companies. The B&B has an extensive recycling program that includes all possible items and encourages guests to recycle as well providing a central location for the guest to sort their own recyclables. In a recent kitchen upgrade, Alaskan Leopard reused parts of old kitchen cabinets and counters and integrated them into the new kitchen design, reusing what could be reused. The B&B also uses only reusable coffee mugs, glasses, silverware, plates, bowls for breakfasts, lunches, potlucks and guests.
Alaska Chadux Corporation earned its Green Star Award certification on January 20, 2010. Alaska Chadux, established in 1993, is a member-funded, 501(c)(4), oil-spill-response organization with headquarters in Anchorage. Chadux provides spill response coverage for fuel barges, tank farms, exploratory drilling operations, tank vessels, utility companies, local communities and the railroad throughout Alaska. Alaska Chadux has adopted an extensive environmental policy in order to improve environmental efficiency and reduce amount of waste generated. The organization allows member companies to purchase used equipment to encourage reuse. For example, Chadux sold 4,000 feet of spill response boom to a company who used it for erosion control in man-made ponds. Chadux also stopped providing bottled water to employees and instead provides and promotes the use of reusable water bottles.
- Implementing a worm compost system for office food waste.
- Reducing office paper usage by 35% from 2008 to 2009.
- Volunteering for Green Star events.
- Providing plug-ins with timers for their employees in the winter.
Government Hill Elementary School earned its Green Star Award certification on January 10, 2010. The school is part of the Anchorage School District and has a student body of 500. It offers a Spanish immersion program and a non-immersion neighborhood program at each grade level. Green Star presented the Award to students, teachers and staff at a school recycling assembly then students presented recycling skits, songs and information. Because Government Hill has a Spanish Immersion Program, all of the school's information about recycling, reusing and reducing is comminucated in both English and Spanish.
- Government Hill has added a Green Section in its school library with book in both English and Spanish.
- Each grade level shares ideas about new ways to reduce, reuse and recycle. The best ideas are then shared via school-wide announcements. Announcements are done in the dark to reduce energy consumption.
- When information is sent home with students, the information goes to the oldest sibling in the family ensuring that families are only receiveing one copy.
Rural Energy Enterprises (REE) earned its Green Star Award certification on October 9, 2009. Its business model involves providing energy-efficient heating products to contractors and retailers throughout Alaska.
- REE recently changed its invoicing policy to reduce the number of copies from three to two, reducing paper use.
- In its Anchorage facility, REE replaced its roof and increased the insulation R-value from R-5 to R-20, reducing heat loss significantly.
- REE upgraded its facility's lighting from T-12 fluorescent lamps to energy-efficient T-5 lamps, saving $18.64 per light fixture per year. This will result in a 1.5-year return on investment.
- Through its numerous building upgrades and behavior changes, REE has decreased electricity usage in 2009 by 17% from 2008 and decreased natural gas usage in 2009 by 23% from 2007.
Municipality of Anchorage Solid Waste Services (SWS) earned its Green Star Award certification on October 9, 2009. This municipal agency included staff from the Anchorage Regional Landfill in Eagle River and the Central Transfer Station in Anchorage in the Green Star process to earn certification for both locations. Besides implementing a curbside recycling program for a majority of its residential collection customers over the past year, SWS has implemented numerous internal initiatives as well.
- SWS is in the process of completing a methane recovery project at the landfill for power generation.
- SWS collects mixed paper for recycling from other Municipal agencies and facilities. Quantities collected increase about 40 tons each year. More than 545 tons have been collected since 2005.
- SWS recently identified a "green" vendor for environmentally safe rodent control in collection trucks. Rodents are a problem in trucks as they are attracted by the trash odors and can chew wires and destroy circuit boards. The new product uses balsam fir needle essential oil as weill as other natural oils and plant fibers to deter rodents rather than harsh chemicals that might adversly impact the drivers.
- Lighting in the landfill's warm storage building was upgraded last year, showing an average decline in electricity usage of almost 11% in the first six months of 2009, over the same months in 2008.
Klebs Mechanical earned its Green Star Award certification on October 9, 2009. Klebs contacted all of its vendors and requested only electronic catalogs as well as web site purchasing options, reducing paper usage for both Klebs and its vendors. Employees also volunteer each year for the Municipality's Citywide Cleanup during their usual work week. As a heating and cooling company, Klebs offers many energy efficiency and air quality tips on their website at www.klebsheating.com. And Klebs has reduced its own energy use by programming the building's ventilation system to automatically shut down at night and restart in the morning just before employees get to work.
Lewis & Lewis Computer Store earned its Green Star Award certification on October 8, 2009. The small company has made big steps toward reducing waste. Lewis & Lewis recently purchased two new 95% efficient furnaces, reducing heating bill by 18% per month. The company also discontinued use of the track lighting in the store's entryway in the summer months to reduce energy use. Staff also reduced paper consumption by 39% in 2009 from the previous year. And they reurn all toner and ink cartridges to their respective manufacturers for recycling and recycle all electronic parts through Total Reclaim.
- Installed Idle-Free Zone signs in front of its building to discourage idling vehicles and improve air quality near entryways.
- Encourage staff to use alternative forms of transportation.
- Provide staff with indoor and heated bike parking.
- Implemented a staff “Stuff” Exchange, which is advertised in the designated Green Star corner of the office along with company Green Star initiatives, commuter information and community event notices.
- Purchased two garage parking spots so that employees don’t have to cold start their cars and are on a wait list to purchase a third.
- At lunch, computers are switched turned off or put in hibernate mode and at night all computers are shut off.
- The break rooms have recepticles for composting food waste, paper towels and coffee grounds.
- Use only biodegradable cleaning products and purchase restroom paper supplies made with recycled content.
USGS' Alaska Science Center earned its Green Star Award certification on August 4, 2009. Green Star recognized the Alaska Science Center at an internal USGS staff meeting on September 24 as well as at an executive meeting of the U-Med's Green District on October 1. USGS is one of the newest U-Med members, signing on to an updated agreement this fall.The participants share a commitment to lead the way for sustainability in the areas of recycling and waste reduction, transportation, energy efficiency, and toxics reduction.
To earn certification, USGS has implemented many environmentally minded behaviors within the office as well as included green features in its new building (Glenn Olds Hall), completed in April of 2008. With the addition of the new facility, the majority of USGS' Anchorage employees are now on the APU campus so staff do not need to drive across town to meet with colleagues. This creates more efficient use of time and resources.
Glenn Olds Hall exhibits many "green" features including energy-efficient compact fluorescent lamps in the light fixtures throughout and motion sensors in many rooms to decrease energy costs.
The new building also has a streamlined footprint resulting from a more efficient use of space.
In addition, employees are active and prolific recyclers, taking advantage of the bi-monthly pickups. Many staff members bike to work or take public transportation, and many practice good habits such as turning off lights, reusing one-sided paper and resuing their own coffee mugs to reduce waste and energy usage in the workplace.
The USGS Alaska Science Center was one of ten recipients, nationwide, of a 2009 Department of the Interior Environmental Achievement Award. USGS was honored at an award ceremony in Washington D.C. on December 1, 2009, and congratulated by the Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar.
USGS was recognized by the Department of the Interior for its partnership with private and public institutions to form Anchorage's first "Green District," pledging to share best practices and create a more sustainable city. While the Science Center had independently implemented an Environmental Management System internally and addressed issues such as recycling and energy efficiency, as a group the Green District institutions have established task forces in each focus area, sharing knowledge and exploring district-wide strategies for sustainability.
Pike's Waterfront Lodge earned its Green Star Award certification on July 15, 2009. Green Star staff presented the award at a public event at the lodge's greenhouse on September 8. Pike's submitted an extremely comprehenisve application, describing innovative initiatives in every category.
|Green Star executive director, Kim Kovol, presents the Green Star Award certificate to Jay Ramras, owner of Pike's Waterfront Lodge on September 8, 2009, in front of Pike's hydroponic greenhouse. Read more on UAF's blog.|
To decrease dependency of fossil fuels, Pike’s installed solar power panels on the roof of its Copper Lodge, which should produce more than 21,000 kilowatts of power. Additionally, Pike’s has switched out lights bulbs to more energy efficient bulbs, adjusted clothes driers to decrease drying time and increase efficiency, and purchase and routinely use environmentally friendly cleaning products.
Pike’s purchased and installed low-flow shower heads in all of guest rooms. Pike’s staff has taken steps to reduce the flow of paper in the business offices. Pike’s sponsors a summer hydroponics program with Future Farmers of America, which produces tomatoes and other produce for use in the restaurant.
Kayak Adventures Worldwide earned its Green Star Award certification on May 19, 2009. Gerry Sanger, owner and operator of Sound Eco Adventures in Whittier, runs a one-man show. Efforts include being a member on the Whittier Watershed Council advocating for alternative energy, participating in Prince William Sound cleanups, responsibly recycling petroleum products, and reusing containers as much as possible on his boat.
Sound Eco Adventures earned its Green Star Award certification on May 19, 2009. Kayak Adventures Worldwide is located in Seward and shares Alaska’s pristine wilderness with guests by offering kayak tours, expeditions, and lessons. The company uses its tours as an opportunity to educate guests about Leave-No-Trace ethics and to introduce them to an environmentally low-impact sport. Instead of selling disposable rain gear that is thrown out at the end of each trip, guests may now rent high-quality rain gear.
Carlile Transportation Systems earned its Green Star Award certification on March 20, 2009. Carlile is one of Alaska’s biggest trucking companies. You may have seen them on the History Channel’s show Ice Road Truckers. As well as being TV stars, Carlile also is a committed environmental star. The company’s environmental efforts include:
- Installing 32 Alternative Power Units (APUs) on tractors to reduce the amount of fuel used – saving approximately 50 gallons of fuel per week over eight months in Alaska
- Participating in the U.S. EPA Smartway program that reduces greenhouse gas emissions generated by trucking fleets.
- Sending out Go Green Newsletters quarterly via email to all employees and selected customers.
- Implementing an extensive recycling program that includes petroleum products, metals, and mixed paper and other commonly generated products.
NMS earned its Green Star Award certification on March 20, 2009. With all of its service units operating across the state, NMS has a huge impact in Alaska when it makes corporate-wide changes. We worked with NMS’ headquarters in Anchorage but the company is dedicated to involving all of its service units in the Green Star program.
For daily use at headquarters, NMS has purchased reusable dishware; disposables are no longer purchased. For events involving groups of 20 or more, NMS is now using only greenware biodegradable coffee cups, cold cups, and plates.
NMS also installed VendingMisers on all of its vending machines. These have been shown to save about $100/year per machine, paying for themselves in just under two years.
Alaska Conservation Solutions earned its Green Star Award certification on March 6, 2009. Alaska Conservation Solutions is dedicated to educating the public about climate change and its affects on Alaska. The organization has a small staff and office and they share resources and equipment with several other small organizations in the building. The organization’s outreach efforts include a website with a carbon footprint calculator. And despite being able to walk to work, the staff also has lots of air travel, so they purchase carbon offset credits to offset the climate change impact of their air travel.
- Lighting upgrades were recently made in K&L’s warehouse that greatly reduced electricity use -- about $23,000 over the past year -- and improved employee comfort considerably.
- K&L also increased recovery of damaged cases of product by 128% in 2007 by repacking damaged cases to recover the unharmed product. This waste reduction initiative continues to improve.
- K&L was able to discard 25% less product through a program that increased tracking and monitoring of near-expiration products.
Alaska Waste earned its Green Star Award certification on February 18, 2009. Besides offering Anchorage residents and businesses the opportunity to recycle by providing curbside and in-office recycling collection, Alaska Waste has implemented internal initiatives as well. Here are a few examples.
- Developed a “Recycle Corner” section in the company's bi-weekly employee email newsletter. It includes fun facts about the environment and recycling as well as new programs and initiatives that are in the works at Alaska Waste.
- Mandated that the new janitorial service use earth friendly cleaning products.
- Replaced anti-bacterial soap pumps with regular foaming soap dispensers
- The dispatch team no longer prints individual tickets for drivers, which prevents the use of 50-80 pages a day. We now enter the information directly into the customer line on the driver’s route book.
American Marine Corporation/PENCO earned its Green Star Award certification in November 2008.
- Implemented a Green Bucks Program where staff members earn “green bucks” for correct recycling and waste prevention activities. The bucks can be redeemed for prizes such as company jackets or days off.
- Switched to 4-stroke outboard motors for all small boats and skiffs, replacing all 2-stroke motors, in 2005 and 2006.
- Took on the expense to replace windows with thermal windowpanes in their leased space to save energy and reduce costs. In addition, all roof and wall leaks were repaired.
- Special parking spaces are allotted to the employees who carpool and employees have access to electrical outlets and extension cords at work to plug in vehicles in winter.
Lynden, Inc. worked as a unified organization to certify at least seven of its operations, including Alaska West Express, Lynden Air Cargo, and Lynden Transport locations throughout the state. Lynden, Inc. and Alaska West Express recieved Green Star certification in February 2009. Lynden Transport locations in Anchorage, Fairbanks and Kenai received certification in April 2010. The Green Initiative is a cross-company team with members representing the Lynden family of companies. This team meets once per month and is working steadily to address the following objectives with measurable targets and action plans for each:
1. Continue to be a leader in the efficient use of fuel.
2. Work to conserve energy and natural resources.
3. Practice pollution prevention to protect the land, air, and water.
4. Minimize greenhouse gas emissions and other air pollutants.
5. Improve the management of waste by reducing, reusing, and recycling.
6. Encourage and support employee efforts to improve environmental performance.
- Lynden Transport is the first Alaska-based company to join EPA’s SmartWay Environmental Partnership. The program requires that Lynden measure the environmental performance of its fleet, submit an annual progress report, identify a three-year goal, and develop an action plan to achieve this goal.
- The company newsletter is now sent electronically to all employees who have computers. Printed copies are still sent to those who do not. This will reduces paper use by 70%.
- On-board computers make truck drivers daily log paperless for Lynden Transport and Alaska West Express. Use of on-board computers is being expanded to make unloading time records, billing, and payroll processes paperless.
- Introduced a new payroll system where employees can opt to receive paperless direct deposit.
- Manuals and files that do not require paper copies are being stored electronically. For example, Alaska West Express is creating an MSDS electronic library.
Chevron earned Green Star Award certification on January 28, 2009. The company recently consolidated its Anchorage offices into the new JL towers at 3800 Centerpoint Drive, giving Chevron a kick start in meeting the Green Star standards. JL Towers is a LEED certified building, offering services and accommodations, including recycling services and energy-efficient lighting, automated controls, water conservation devices, and HVAC system. Also low-VOC building materials in building, such as paints, carpet, composite woods, and adhesives.
The JL Tower building is furnished with new furniture and seating systems made of low emitting materials. Old office furniture from was first redistributed to 15 field locations. Any remaining furniture was donated to local 501-3c organizations or placed on Alaska Materials Exchange for resale. Other initiatives include:
- Made a commitment to stop using Styrofoam cups and plates, but didn’t want existing stock go to waste. Chevron donated 8,500 plates and 5,000 cups to Bean’s Café.
- Implemented a purchasing program that ensures the most commonly purchased office and kitchen supplies are made with recycled content including copy paper, file folders, hanging file folders, compostable paper plates, compostable eating utensils, and compostable wooden coffee stirs.
- Implemented a “letterhead on demand” program so staff can create letterhead as needed.
- Contacted both ACS and GCI regarding distribution of telephone books, eliminating the delivery of 900 excess phone books.
ConocoPhillips Alpine became a Green Star certified business in 2002 through Green Star's North Slope chapter. Responsiblity for this chapter is now with the Anchorage chapter and ConocoPhillips Alpine has been diligent about submitting a full recertification package every two years.
The company created Alpine Earth Energy Partners, a monthly award recognition for environmentally conscious employees who demonstrate conservation/waste reduction and waste management at Alpine. This “Good Guy” award is announced thru email and various prizes are awarded to the recipients.
Names of employees recognized for their pollution prevention and waste reduction efforts are put in a drawing and receive monthly rewards as well as CPAI and contractor recognition. ConocoPhillips Alpine offers companywide monetary rewards for waste reduction activities.
ConocoPhillips Alpine replaced Styrofoam food containers with reusable plastic containers. The use of reusable dishware is promoted with signs posted in cafeteria. Alpine distributes reusable Nalgene water bottles to new employees with the Green Star logo as incentive to lower the use of consumable Styrofoam cups. Bulk community water coolers are staged at the Alpine facilities to encourage drinking from reusable containers. Water bottles are purchased for field use and recycle receptacles are located throughout the camp and in the Control Room.
Engine Block Heaters are installed in all fleet and company vehicles. Alpine has installed bull rails throughout the facility to encourage employees to turn off their vehicles and plug them in while at work. Alpine has a "no idling policy," which requires vehicles to be plugged in and turned off if the temperature is above -20.