Applications are being accepted through February 19, 2016 for the 2016 S.C. Smart Business Recycling Program and Green Hospitality Program awards. Download the award application (pdf) and should be submitted via e-mail to email@example.com. Please save the blank form, complete the form and save it before attaching it to the e-mail. If you have any questions contact the Recycling Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-800-768-7348.
Each year the S.C. Smart Business Recycling Program and Green Hospitality Program recognize outstanding waste reduction and recycling efforts. The 2015 award winners are listed below along with a summary of their accomplishments.
Kai Jeter with Caterpillar and Stacey Washington, Smart Business Recycling Program Manager
Caterpillar Inc, Newberry In fiscal year (FY) 2014 (July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014), Caterpillar Inc., a construction and mining equipment manufacturer, recycled 91 percent of its waste including batteries, light bulbs, oily rags, paint, rubber, used oil, copper, steel, wood, paper, cardboard, plastic and aluminum cans. The company earned $41,000 from the sale of recyclables and saved $38,000 in avoided disposal costs.
The facility also worked with its suppliers to return packaging including wood pallets and crates and implemented a new electronic procurement system to reduce paper usage. It also purchased used office furniture and donated reusable and recyclable items to employees and local charities. As a result of these and other waste reduction initiatives, Caterpillar saved $406,000 in project costs.
To achieve its waste minimization goals, Charleston Water System assigned each department a recycling coordinator and created a team that meets regularly to determine innovative ways to reduce waste and reuse waste products. The company also educates its employees on recycling and reuse through a weekly newsletter and promotes resource conservation in the community through bill inserts to its customers and attendance at local events.
Christine von Kolnitz Cooley with MUSC and Stacey Washington, Smart Business Recycling Program Manager
MUSC also purchases recycled-content paper items, encourages reuse through office supply exchanges and even uses an eco-friendly font to reduce printer toner. Electronic registration and work orders along with a fax routing service also save the paper usage.
MUSC educates its employees on sustainable practices through annual events, presentations, newsletters and a Facebook page. New employees are encouraged to take the sustainability pledge and a Green Team meets monthly to improve campus recycling efforts.
Thomas Coleman with Gravatt Camp and Conference Center and Anne McGovern, Green Hospitality Program Manager
Gravatt Camp and Conference Center, Aiken Although the Gravatt Camp and Conference Center has a small full-time staff, they have made a big environmental impact by reducing their waste by 70 percent in FY14. The Conference Center earned $400 from the sale of recyclables including cardboard, metals, paper, plastic, grease and organics that staff collects from dining halls, lodging and meeting facilities.
Gravatt works closely with its food supplier to purchase locally made products with little or recycled packaging material. Staff as well as more than 4,000 annual guests, are educated on the facility's recycling and composting processes during their stay.
Anne McGovern, Green Hospitality Program Manager and Tony Wartko with Sea Pines Resort
The resort also hosted several sustainability events including the Charles Fraser Sustainability Conference with the University of South Carolina - Beaufort and the Sustainability in Golf Symposium. Waste reduction efforts saved the resort $84,000 in FY14 compared to previous years when no waste reduction or recycling took place.