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EMD Receives Environmental Award

Posted on February 9, 2010

The Electro-Motive Diesel, Inc. facility in LaGrange, Illinois, U.S.A., has received the Governor's Continuous Improvement Award, marking the fourth time it has been honored for its achievements in protecting the environment, helping sustain the future, and improving the economy.

A manufacturer and rebuilder of diesel engines and other locomotive components, EMD naturally generates waste as a result of its various operations. However, through its efforts in the most recent award year, the company was able to further decrease its total annual waste output by 13%.

Careful segregation led to a 7% reduction in the facility’s landfilled industrial waste. Additional efforts included improving ISO 14001 procedures, implementing visual control enhancements, and continuing employee education. Annual water usage was also decreased by 9%, an achievement accomplished by replacing a leaking cooling tower, and changing a fuel oil cooling system from once-through potable water to a recycling cooling tower arrangement.

Electro-Motive Diesel was one of 38 Illinois companies and organizations honored with the Governor’s Awards, presented by the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center, a division of the Institute of Natural Resource Sustainability at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Since 1987, ISTC has presented Governor’s Awards to organizations in Illinois that have demonstrated a commitment to environmental excellence through outstanding and innovative sustainability practices.

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