May 21, 2014
The month of April brings many things to mind, the changing of the seasons, spring break vacations and the start of baseball to name a few. However besides being known for April showers and warmer weather, the month is also recognized for Earth Day.
In an effort to increase awareness of environmental protection, the day was first celebrated on April 22, 1970. Now more than a billion people in 190 countries recognize Earth Day by performing eco-friendly activities such as tree planting, neighborhood cleanups and recycling.
Understanding the importance of sustainable living year round, FCA US facilities and employees have been working to control the environmental footprint the company leaves behind. Here are just a few ways the Company continues to move in a greener direction.
Zero-waste-to-landfill status at the Chrysler World Headquarters and Technology Center
Since 2010, the Company’s Auburn Hills complex achieved zero-waste-to landfill status for both non-regulated and regulated waste streams and continues to exceed the previous year’s recycled waste volume.
Non-regulated wastes include paper, cardboard, pallets, tires, scrap metal and wood, plastic bottles and general refuse. Regulated waste streams include fuels, oils, paint, solvents, sealers, adhesives, wet/dry cell batteries, process sludges and numerous other chemical wastes that are controlled under state and federal government requirements.
To accommodate the waste of more than 13,500 employees and contractors that work on the campus, 57 plastic bottle barrels, 191 recycling stations, 359 paper barrels and 1,310 food and waste barrels can be found throughout the complex.
An interactive booth was set up in the fall at the Auburn Hills complex to raise awareness of the complex’s zero-waste-to-landfill program, allowing employees to win prizes for answering trivia questions about the sustainable process.
Conner Ave., Home of the Viper, recognized internationally
The Conner Avenue Assembly Plant, in Detroit, received International Organization for Standards (ISO) 14001:2004 certification. The achievement was shared with plant employees at a town hall meeting in March.
ISO 14001 is an international standard for environmental and safety systems that addresses various aspects of environmental management. The system provides practical tools for companies and organizations looking to identify and control their environmental impact and constantly improve their environmental performance. Benefits derived from meeting criteria of ISO are reduced cost of waste, savings in consumption of energy and materials, and lower distribution costs.
The plant was audited during the course of three days on more than a dozen elements outlined by the ISO 14001 standards. The audit included a review of the plant’s documented environmental policy, organizational structure and responsibility, and corrective actions plans already implemented.
Mopar Remanufactured Parts
Mopar Remanufactured Parts give new meaning to the phrase “environmental movement,” offering a second life to automotive parts that otherwise would be discarded. Mopar Reman Parts also are produced with a smaller carbon footprint and result in cleaner air, earth and water resources.
The following 2013 statistics illustrate the earth friendly benefits of choosing Mopar Reman Parts:
—The Mopar Reman Parts program puts to work more than 5,793 tons of material that would have been thrown out
—Mopar Reman Parts repurposed 14,173 semi-trailers of material—loads that would have been headed for landfills
—Worldwide, raw materials saved by the remanufacturing industry in a year could fill 155,000 railroad cars, forming a train 1,100 miles long
—Annual energy savings worldwide from the remanufacturing industry equals the electricity generated by five nuclear power plants, or 10,744,000 barrels of crude oil, which corresponds to a fleet of 233 oil tankers
To learn more about Mopar Reman Parts visit www.mopar.com
Belvidere Assembly Plant receives $1.3 million award from gas supplier
The Belvidere (Ill.) Assembly Plant has 1.3 million reasons to celebrate Earth Day because that was the amount of the rebate check it received today from Nicor Gas Co., the plant’s natural gas provider.
The check represented the savings achieved as a result of the implementation of three natural gas-saving projects. It is the largest cumulative incentive ever awarded by the Nicor Gas Energy Efficiency Program.
Implemented in 2013, Belvidere’s three energy conservation projects will save nearly 2.5 million therms annually or the equivalent of the energy used in 1,000 homes for one year. They include:
• Cascade Air, which involves reusing heated air in more than one location in the plant. In simple terms, the plant reuses warm air (from within the building) to lessen the need for natural gas.
• The installation of 34 variable frequency drive motors on direct gas-fired air handling units. In order to maintain a working temperature inside the plant, all air supply motors would either be completely off or operating at 100 percent capacity.
• Upgraded hardware and the installation of new software help to connect and control 25 air supply units and numerous exhaust fans as part of an improved energy management system. This integrated control system facilitates plant-wide air balance and nonproduction heating setbacks to reduce natural gas use.
Belvidere Assembly, located about 60 miles west of Chicago, is home to production of the Dodge Dart, Jeep® Compass and Jeep Patriot.
Indiana employees help ‘put down new roots’
The Russiaville (Ind.) Park and Tree Board teamed up with employees from five FCA US area plants on May 10 to “put down new roots”—65 new trees—in Russiaville as part of an urban forestry initiative.
Approximately 50 employees from Indiana Transmission I and II, Kokomo (Ind.) Casting, Kokomo Transmission and the new Tipton (Ind.) Transmission Plants, planted maple, pin oak, service berry and sweet gum trees—species that are native to Indiana—on six acres of open land near the Jeff Stout Community Center that will eventually be turned into a walking area with trails.
“Many local residents are aware of the tornado that destroyed much of Russiaville’s trees and homes decades ago,” Joshua Welch, chairperson for the Russiaville Park and Tree Board, said. “For years, many of the trees that were uprooted were never replanted. This matching grant (a $11,500 grant from The Indiana Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Forestry), along with help from FCA US, will allow us to plant trees that future generations will be able to enjoy and which will beautify our local community and benefit our environment for years to come.”
Brampton Assembly Plant awarded for going green
The FCA US Brampton (Ontario) Assembly Plant (BAP) was recognized by the Canadian Industry Program for Energy Conservation (CIPEC) with a leadership award at the Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) Energy Summit 2014 in Niagara Falls, Ontario, on May 14-15.
The acknowledgement is awarded to companies that has made significant and innovative contributions to energy efficiency.
BAP was the first automotive assembly plant in Canada to achieve ISO 50001:2011 Energy Management standards certification. The facility’s achievements in energy management is substantial and includes initiatives such as lighting control, which sees lights extinguished autonomously in unoccupied areas.