State honors Shelton company for environmental upgrades

PerkinElmer Health Sciences in Shelton is one of 23 recipients being recognized for environmental achievements by the state.

The company is being presented with a GreenCircle Award today by the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) during an event in Wallingford.

Winners of the GreenCircle Awards program, now in its 15th year, have had a positive impact on the environment by focusing on reducing energy and water consumption, increasing internal recycling, promoting conservation efforts, and offering educational programming for students and families.

Recognizes voluntary efforts

“For the past 15 years, GreenCircle Awards have called attention to the voluntary efforts of businesses, organizations and individuals that have played a very real role in improving the environment of our state,” said DEEP Commissioner Dan Esty.

Esty said the awards “recognize the good works being done by so many people to improve the quality of life in Connecticut and build a sustainable future for our state.”

Eliminated mercury from products

According to DEEP, PerkinElmer Health Sciences implemented energy conservation and reduction efforts by retrofitting and installing high-efficiency lighting and “green” chillers.

The company received ISO 14001 Environmental Management Systems Certification and OHSAS 18001 Health and Safety Certification. It also implemented a pollution prevention plan that eliminated mercury from its manufactured products.

Making a difference

Since the DEEP launched the GreenCircle Award program, about 1,050 individuals, businesses, schools and organizations have been recognized for making a difference in preserving natural resources and protecting the quality of the state’s air, water and lands.

GreenCircle recipients are presented a certificate of commendation and recognized publicly for their efforts.

DEEP officials said projects recognized by GreenCircle awards have helped reduce:

— Water use by more than 646,000,000 gallons each year (municipal, river and well water).

— Air emissions by 13,000,000 pounds each year.

— Hazardous waste generation by more than 1 million pounds each year (including 750-plus pounds of elemental mercury);

— Spent solvents by more than 920,000 gallons each year.

— Solid waste by more than 9,200 tons each year.

Signs of ecological progress

According to DEEP officials, an analysis of the GreenCircle Awards shows that businesses, municipalities, civic organizations and individuals are moving toward more environmentally-friendly decisions, such as:

— Increased recycling of solvents, hazardous waste, solid waste and electronic equipment.

— Major reductions in electricity consumption.

— Business compliance with ISO 1400l Certification requirements.

— Installation of “closed-loop systems” to avoid the discharge of contaminants and hazardous materials into rivers and streams.

— Purchasing of “Green-E” energy.

— Construction of more environmentally-friendly buildings, such as LEED-certified buildings.