Every year McWane conducts a Pollution Prevention Challenge (P2C) where employees from around the world submit projects that decrease the company’s environmental footprint. This year 32 entries were received corporate wide. Finalists presented their projects on October 12, 2017 before a panel of judges and McWane Ductile Ohio was awarded first place. Their project eliminated almost 90 tons of greenhouse gases per year, 30 tons of landfill waste, and over 850 hours of labor per year not to mention increased worker safety and morale.
Amerex came in second place with a project on compressed air monitoring and McWane Ductile Utah came in third with a building station paint mat project. The winners of the Why Didn’t’ I Think of That award this year for their innovative, simple and low cost solutions that produced relatively small but important environmental benefits were Manchester Tank Elkhart for a lubricant reduction project and McWane Ductile Utah for a project that reduced wood dunnage.
Congratulations to this year’s winners!
We are pleased to announce the winners of the 2014 McWane Pollution Prevention Challenge (P2C) contest:
1st Place ($1,000 per team member): Clow Canada – Pattern Modification
2nd Place ($500 per team member): Amerex – Dry Paint Rack
3rd Place ($250 per team member): MTE Elkhart – Heat Recovery
3rd Place ($250 per team member): Pacific States – Finishing-Cement Line Water Reduction
A total of 35 pollution prevention project entries were received in July 2014 for this year’s Pollution Prevention Challenge. By the deadline of November 2014, 21 of these projects were submitted for judging by three independent judges. The judges evaluated all the written submittals and selected 12 finalists. The 12 finalists presented their projects via a web meeting on December 16, 2014, after which the judges picked the winning entries.
The judges were:
Beth Stewart – Cahaba River Society
Sarah Burton – Kestrel Management Services
Roald Hazelhoff – Southern Environmental Center
Our sincere thanks to the judges for donating their time and expertise for this process!!
All of us, including the three judges, were very impressed by the innovative ideas, presentations and the keen interest and passion shown by participating team members from different McWane facilities and departments (production, maintenance, engineering, environmental, etc.) in identifying and implementing effective pollution prevention ideas.
To continue to encourage implementation of more pollution prevention ideas at all McWane facilities, the “Why Didn’t I Think of That” Award for entries with innovative, simple and low cost solutions, producing relatively small but important environmental benefits were awarded to the following entries:
Winners of the “Why Didn’t I Think of That!” Prizes ($100 per team member)
- Pacific States – Melting-Coke Breeze
- Clow Canada – Passivation Improvements
We hope to see a continued high level of interest in Pollution Prevention at all McWane facilities going forward. Thank you for everyone’s interest in the 2014 P2C and your support of McWane’s EHS programs and get started with your 2015 projects/ideas.
Congratulations to the winners!!!