Pratt & Whitney Receives GreenCircle Award for Positive Contributions to Connecticut's Environmental Health
The Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection has awarded Pratt & Whitney (P&W) a GreenCircle Award for significant contributions made in pollution reduction at the company's East Hartford, Conn., facility. The award was accepted at a ceremony held at The Siemon Company in Watertown, Conn. Pratt & Whitney is a United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX) company.
The project was undertaken in support of United Technologies' 'Green Initiatives,' a plan to reduce toxic air emissions and meet corporate pollution prevention goals. Since 2006, Pratt & Whitney has reduced greenhouse gases by 22 percent, water usage by 26 percent and air emissions by 56 percent.
The Isopropyl Alcohol (IPA) reduction project began in June of 2008, and within one year, the East Hartford facility saw a significant decrease in the use of liquid IPA. IPA is used for cleaning various parts that are associated with the manufacturing processes at P&W.
"Pratt & Whitney is committed to environmental leadership and we are continually looking for ways to reduce our global environmental footprint," said Jerry Tarnacki, vice president, Quality and Environmental Health & Safety, Pratt & Whitney. "Projects like these are the result of the successful cooperation between our employees, contractors and suppliers – who all have a vested interest in keeping Connecticut's environment safe and clean."
Pratt & Whitney was one of 28 award recipients for accomplishments realized in the 2009 calendar year. Other winners included The Siemon Company, The Hartford Courant and Bristol Meyers Squibb. Since the CT DEP started the GreenCircle program in 1998, more than 750 awards have been given for more than 1,100 projects. The awards represent achievements in energy conservation, transportation, pollution prevention or recycling-related activities or projects that promote natural resource conservation or environmental awareness.
Pratt & Whitney is a world leader in the design, manufacture and service of aircraft engines, space propulsion systems and industrial gas turbines. United Technologies, based in Hartford, Conn., is a diversified company providing high technology products and services to the global aerospace and building industries.