Maize USD, Cessna and WDM Architects win 2010 clean air and sustainability awards

Maize School District’s clean diesel lawn equipment, Cessna Aircraft Company’s energy saving audits and WDM Architects’ diligent recycling will be recognized as some of Wichita’s top environmental moves on Friday, the city announced.

Mayor Carl Brewer will award the groups with 2010 Clean Air and Sustainability Awards at the Energy Summit and Fair this Friday.

The winners were selected by the city and the Metro Air Quality Improvement Task Force for “efforts to improve and preserve air quality in the four-county metro area (Butler, Harvey, Sedgwick, and Sumner Counties) and for incorporating sustainability measures in their organizational structure,” according to a media release.

Here’s how the city described the groups’ efforts:

Maize USD 266 – The School District replaced gas-fueled turf equipment with clean diesel lawn equipment which resulted in a 50 percent reduction in fuel consumption along with reduced fuel emissions. The school district initiated energy efficiency measures by hiring a full time energy manager and investing in a computer controlled building energy monitoring system. The actions saved the district more than $1.5 million over the last four years.

“Cessna Aircraft Company – The Company established an employee-driven Environmental Strategy Council in 2008 which initiated an energy and waste reduction program. The Council conducted energy audits which focused on maximizing boiler and freezer capacities, installed light occupancy sensors, upgraded thermostats, and met LEED standards for new construction. The company also implemented work consolidation practices and assessed after hour security patrols. The 2010 results included a five percent reduction in energy consumption, a 1.2 percent reduction in green house gas emissions and a 6 percent reduction in waste generation.

“WDM Architects P. A. - The Company enhanced an existing paper recycling program focusing on a companywide paper reduction program. WDM also changed all company printer settings to incorporate a 30 percent post-consumer recycled content paper and required vendors to do the same. The result was a reduction of 43 reams of new paper, diversion of 1.83 tons of office paper to a recycling process and conservation of 7300KW hours of energy, 12,800 gallons of water, and 340 gallons of fuel. WDM also has initiated an electronic transfer of documents as opposed to paper mail resulting in a savings of one million square feet of paper and 5,000 gallons of jet fuel.”