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CdA factory a Pollution Prevention Champion

September 19, 2018
Esterline/Advanced Input Systems, Coeur d'Alene, has been recognized as a Pollution Prevention Champion by the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality for its successful efforts to retrofit its factory floor lighting in its Coeur d’Alene fabrication facility. This is the third time the company has been recognized as a pollution prevention champion.

“Esterline/Advanced Input Systems continues to make great strides in reducing its environmental footprint. It has been such a pleasure to see all the progress the company has made over the last several years. The projects put in place by the dedicated staff at Esterline are helping to ensure a lasting environmental legacy. We are so fortunate to once again honor Esterline as a Pollution Prevention Champion,” said Ben Jarvis, DEQ’s pollution prevention coordinator.

Pollution prevention is any technique used to reduce or eliminate pollution generated. In contrast to most pollution control strategies that manage a pollutant’s effect on the environment after it has been generated, pollution prevention seeks to eliminate or minimize the amount or toxicity of wastes and pollutants before they are generated.

To qualify as a candidate for pollution prevention recognition, Esterline submitted an application to DEQ demonstrating how they had incorporated pollution prevention into daily operations by reducing raw materials or toxic materials purchased; hazardous or solid waste generated; water, energy, or fuel used; or air pollutants emitted.

“Esterline/Advanced Input Systems’ achievements are the result of an unwavering commitment on behalf of the facility’s staff and management. They are setting an example for all Idahoans with true leadership and innovation. We look forward to seeing the company prosper from these efforts,” noted Jarvis.

Esterline/Advanced Input Systems has successfully reduced its electricity use through an LED lighting retrofit program that is estimated to save the company over 870,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity use per year, or the equivalent of the energy used by 60 homes annually. This retrofit will also reduce waste generation, as the lamps are anticipated to have a much longer operating life.

For more information on how to put pollution prevention to work for your business, contact Ben Jarvis at (208) 373-0146 or ben.jarvis@deq.idaho.gov.

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