Green Washington Awards 2012: Nonprofit
WINNER: Pacific Northwest Pollution Prevention Resource Center (PPRC), Seattle; Interstate Distributor, Tacoma; Freight Wing Inc., Seattle
A public-private partnership among three entities united by a common goal: fuel efficiency in the transportation industry.
Green Actions: Freight Wing manufactures aerodynamic trailer side skirts—fairings that direct airflow away from the underside of a tractor trailer, increasing a truck’s highway fuel efficiency by an average of five percent. Interstate Distributor is a national leader in regional and transcontinental trucking. The two were brought together by the PPRC, which secured emission reduction grant money from the Environmental Protection Agency to help Interstate outfit 2,058 of its 53-foot trailers with Freight Wing trailer skirts. Interstate will pay 71 percent of the project cost, with the EPA funding covering the remainder. Results: The project, which began in earnest in September, will save a total of 16 million gallons of fuel over its lifespan, preventing more than 182,000 tons of greenhouse gas emissions.
SILVER AWARD: Horizon House, Seattle
Continuing care retirement facility on First Hill.
Green Actions: Horizon House adopted a new vision for sustainability in 2010, creating a Staff Green Team, hosting an Energy & Resource Conservation Summit and retaining a sustainability-focused management consultant. Results: Horizon House successfully began diverting half of its landfill waste to recycling and composting. It also received funding from the City of Seattle for lighting and mechanical controls improvement, will install a green roof on the building, and was accepted as a member of the Seattle 2030 District, a group of building owners in the downtown core that have pledged to halve their greenhouse gas emissions by 2030.
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