A.O. Smith earns green designation in Johnson City, Tenn.
A. O. Smith is promoting its water heater plant in Johnson City, Tenn., as the first company facility — and one of the few facilities in Tennessee — to earn Energy Star certification.
The 470,000-sq.-ft. Johnson City facility did not set out originally to obtain the Energy Star certification, according to Andy Demski, director of operations. Instead, it was looking at long-term initiatives to reduce the building’s energy and water consumption.
“We saw this as a strategic blueprint to help steer projects toward a specific objective of improved efficiency and reduce the cost of energy and water in the building,” he observed. “We already had an aggressive recycling program in place; this fits in under that umbrella.”
To qualify, a building’s energy efficiency must rank in the top 25% nationwide compared with similar facilities. The rankings are based on the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency’s National Energy Performance Rating System. Johnson City received a rating of 82 on the 100-point Energy Star performance scale; a building that scores 75 or higher is eligible for the certification.
The primary areas of focus in the plant were lighting, heating, ventilation and water usage.
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Owens Corning executive resigns
Stephen Krull, senior VP and general counsel of Owens Corning, has resigned, effective immediately, to pursue another opportunity, according to a Match 28 filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
Krull will work with the company to ensure an orderly transition in responsibilities, the SEC document said. Owens Corning also announced that it has appointed John Christy as the interim general counsel.
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Canadian recycling program costs taxpayers $18.6 million
An article in the Toronto Star reported that Ontario taxpayers have been hit with an $18.6 million bill for the province’s eco-fee program, discontinued last summer after an outcry from consumers who noticed extra charges on their receipts.
The program, which began in 2008, was rolled out in phases, starting with a household waste program for paint, solvents and antifreeze. Other products later included medications and fluorescent light tubes. The third phase, scheduled to begin on July 1, 2010, added bleach, corrosive cleaners and contact cement. It also included fees for retailers. Some companies, like Home Hardware and Lowe’s, passed them on to consumers. Others hid them in the price of goods, or just absorbed them.
Stewardship Ontario, a private industry-funded organization created by the government, managed the recycling programs on behalf of its 1,500 members, which are businesses that make and sell the designated products. The organization has now sent the Ontario government a bill for $18.6 million in costs for the canceled program.
The bill from Stewardship Ontario includes a charge of $8 million to $10 million for research and development of the programs, legal fees, marketing campaigns, and the purchase of a $3 million computer system designed to track an array of household hazardous waste materials through the recycling process. A separate fee of $8.6 million covers the payments that Stewardship Ontario made to the municipalities that collected recycled materials since the cancellation.
Looks like programmes like
Looks like programmes like this are definitely headed for the skip bins if the governments do not find a way to fund them without having to pass on the costs to the consumers and retailers alike, because it is just not justifiable to increase the cost of living for people in this economy. Veoliaes