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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date: April 22, 2013
Contact:

Toni Fuller
Kitsap County Public Works-Solid Waste Division
360.337.5777 or tfuller@co.kitsap.wa.us

No: 2013-035

Kitsap County Solid Waste Division Announces Earth Day Award Winners
(Photo Op)

(Port Orchard, WA) - The annual Earth Day Awards presentation will take place at 5:30 pm on April 22nd, at the Board of County Commissioners regular televised meeting at the Kitsap County Administration Building in Port Orchard. There will be a reception immediately following the presentation in the Administration Building’s main lobby. The press is invited to meet this year’s winners.

The 2013 Earth Day Awards are presented to individual citizens, organizations, schools, and businesses for their innovative environmental programs or projects. The categories include environmental education, the Waste Wise @ Work Business of the Year, hazardous waste management, and the Waste Wi$e Kitsap and Energy Wi$e Kitsap Awards. These outstanding achievers make a difference with their choices and lead the way as they make others aware of environmental issues.

Best Hazardous Waste Management Program: Port of Kingston
The Port of Kingston was recently certified in the Clean Marina Washington Program for adopting best management practices that are becoming the standard for pollution prevention in marinas across Washington State. In addition, they earned a 4-star rating from the local EnviroStars Program.

Certification was a culmination of pollution prevention work implemented over the past few years. Paint solvents used by the staff recently found a new home in a paint locker where they are now properly contained. A key element at the Port of Kingston is communicating the new Clean Marina standards to the boaters who use the marina. The Port of Kingston focused on reducing orphaned hazardous waste left near dumpsters, including batteries, used oil/antifreeze, and paints and solvents. By improving signage in dumpster enclosures that identify hazardous waste, and directing boaters to the local hazardous waste collection facility, this certification process provided additional opportunities for improving best management practices regarding household hazardous waste materials.

Future Envirostar and Clean Marina goals include enabling tenants to have easier dock access to spill kits in the event of a hazardous waste spill. They are planning on removing old Styrofoam from a float and replacing it with environmentally safe poly-tubs. Although they currently have a recycling program, they plan to include easier access to recycling containers for their tenants and guests. They will promote this and proper disposal and waste management instructions in a regular tenant newsletter.

According to Bryan McKinnon of Kitsap County EnviroStars, “Certification seemed an obvious choice for the Port of Kingston. The Harbormaster, Kevin Van Vliet, and his coworkers were enthusiastic and eager to translate the environmentally conscious practices already in place.”

Waste Wi$e @ Work Business of the Year - Kitsap Sun
In 2012, Kitsap County started the Waste Wise @ Work program to recognize local businesses that reduce waste, purchase recycled products, and recycle. The County reviewed all applications submitted and chose the top business as the “Waste Wi$e @ Work Business of the Year.” Kitsap Sun is recognized for their excellence in reducing waste, recycling, and buying recycled products.

Kitsap Sun has a very high recycling rate, recycling 85% of all their materials. They have an aggressive resource conservation program for their 100 employees. Items recycled include aluminum printing plates, newsprint, bottles, cans, office paper, and specialty items such as printer cartridges. Containers are well labeled and placed in convenient locations for employees to use throughout their building.

Recycling is great, but if materials purchased are not made from recycled materials we can’t “close the loop.” Kitsap Sun uses many items made from recycled content including newsprint, aluminum printing plates, and office paper. Waste reduction is also a high priority for Kitsap Sun and the staff reduces waste by saving paper, reusing materials, and purchasing in bulk.

According to Kitsap County’s Recycling Coordinator, Chris Piercy, “Kitsap Sun has gone the extra mile to be truly “Waste Wise”. Piercy notes, “85% recycling rates are typically unheard of, but Kitsap Sun has really made tremendous strides to ensure they keep waste out of our landfills. I hope more businesses in Kitsap County can look to Kitsap Sun as an inspiration to reduce waste and recycle a majority of the waste they generate.”

Partner in Environmental Education: Barb Bromley
“If an opportunity presents itself, she will work it in …if a challenge presents itself, she’ll accept it, and if there was ever an award-worthy recipient for passion and dedication for the environment, Barb Bromley should receive it”, said Kitsap County Public Works educators Jo Meints and Pat Kirschbaum.

Barb and her 4th grade students at Clear Creek Elementary in Central Kitsap have spent numerous Earth Day celebrations participating in a variety of projects. They partnered with Washington Sea Grant “Invasive Species Investigators” to learn about various invasive species, and embarked on a yearlong study of ocean acidification on shellfish, making others aware of their findings at the annual Kitsap County Water Festival and Hood Canal Green Summit.

The students regularly participate in the annual Salmon in the Classroom Program to support the Clear Creek Task Force, and Barb attended a public meeting about a culvert replacement crossing Clear Creek near the school. Students signed a petition requesting an access path to study healthy streams, riparian habitats, and to release salmon. In support of the Kitsap Science Connections 4th grade science curriculum, Barb brought students to present their classroom experience at the Outdoor Environmental Education Teacher Workshop.

Barb served as the coordinator for the school’s Food to Flowers program in partnership with the Kitsap County Solid Waste Division. With the assistance of principal Shirley Kenmochi, custodian Barb Brott, and a dedicated student group, Clear Creek was the first school in Central Kitsap to implement this lunchroom organic waste recycling program.

Barb’s students became “Waste Watchers”, recording how much food waste they generated daily for 2 months. Every day the class was able to get under a pound of waste, they donated $1 to “Feed the Children”, a worldwide organization to help feed hungry children. Adopting Uganda as their sponsored country, they made a paper quilt sharing pictures of the Pacific Northwest and in return received a photo of the children in the Ugandan village holding it up. Barb Bromley said, “A powerful teaching moment came when two Ugandans visited our classroom, shared important facets of their daily lives, sang their national anthem, and we sang ours. It was a touching moment.”

Waste Wi$e Kitsap – Kitsap County Commissioners Office
The Waste Wi$e Kitsap award is given to an individual, department, or a committee for exemplary in-house waste reduction and recycling efforts.

Clerk of the Board, Dana Daniels, in coordination with Shannon Prigger, Program Analyst with Application Services, worked together to create eAgenda pages on Microsoft SharePoint, a tool that makes it easier for staff to work together, cutting down on paper usage and associated costs. Agenda packets used to require 5 copies plus the original documents at the monthly board meetings. Now that eAgenda is in place there is only one required copy of each. The Commissioners no longer receive a binder full of paper copies for every meeting; all agenda packets are viewed via laptop computers.

For example, in 2012 there were 215 resolutions and 18 ordinances passed, avoiding 932 copies printed. Three regular weekly meetings combined with two bi-weekly board meetings meant numerous copies for approximately 670 agenda items. The move to SharePoint avoided an additional 2,680 copies. Last year there were approximately 496 original contracts plus all the contract amendments processed, which translates into an additional 1,984 copies eliminated.

Josh Brown, Chair of the Board, had this to say, “Before the switch to eAgenda, the Board could not have imagined what it would be like to go paperless, but after we made the shift we can’t imagine ever going back. It has made our process more efficient, it has saved our department and the departments submitting agenda items a lot of money in paper costs and in time, and it is environmentally friendly. It has been a great change.”

Energy Wi$e Award – Parks & Recreation
The Energy Wi$e award is given to an individual or department for exemplary in-house energy conservation efforts.

The Parks & Recreation Department took steps to significantly reduce energy use at Horseshoe Lake Park in 2012. This park had the highest percentage of energy savings of all County facilities last year, with a 99% reduction in energy use due to maintenance shop consolidation, and an 87% energy use reduction in the restroom.

These energy savings resulted from energy-efficient lighting upgrades completed in the fall of 2011, staff efforts to turn off the heat in the maintenance shop in mid-2011, and the replacement of an outdated heater in the restroom building with an energy-efficient heater and pipe insulation in 2012. Parks staff also replaced porcelain fixtures in the restroom with stainless steel fixtures, which reduced the need for heating in the winter to protect plumbing fixtures. These steps helped greatly reduce energy use in the park’s off season and demonstrate the importance of a holistic approach to energy conservation.

Resource Conservation Manager Autumn Salamack shared the following, “The steps taken by Parks staff to reduce heating needs during the winter off season are great, and hopefully can be replicated at other County facilities.”

Energy Wi$e Award – Public Works, Solid Waste Division
Public Works staff at the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility took important steps in 2012 to identify and implement energy conservation actions. Staff scheduled a free energy audit from the County’s Resource Conservation Manager in March 2012 and quickly went to work implementing seven of the eight recommended conservation actions before the end of the year.

Dean Boening, Projects & Operations Manager for the Solid Waste Division and Rick Gilbert, Moderate Risk Waste Program Manager, replaced an outdated refrigerator in the staff break room with an ENERGY STAR refrigerator immediately following the audit. Dean and Rick worked with the Resource Conservation Manager to develop specifications for the first interior LED lighting upgrade project at a County building. They replaced all exit lights with LEDs, installed photocells, and upgraded interior and exterior high bay lights. In addition, they added motion detectors to the lights and fans in the restroom and breakroom. These improvements will reduce annual energy use by an estimated 25%, and immediately improved working conditions and visibility for employees.

Public Works staff also created educational signage to highlight the use of LED technology and associated savings for this showcase project, designated a Conservation Champion for the building, and shared information on energy use, costs, and conservation tips with building occupants.

Resource Conservation Manager Autumn Salamack had this to say, “I was very impressed with efforts by both Dean and Rick to really get a jump on energy conservation and to move so quickly with implementing the recommended upgrades. The success of the County’s energy conservation program depends on individual departments moving forward with the recommendations in their energy audits. Solid Waste Division staff did an outstanding job on that front at the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility last year.”

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