Companies honored for innovation in Environmental Excellence Awards

Published on November 05, 2021

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Honored for impressive environmental programming and consecutive years of compliance with locally enforced provisions of the Clean Water Act, Alcon Vision was named Industry of the Year in the City of Fort Worth’s 2021 Environmental Excellence Awards program Wednesday.

Alcon’s submittal provided a variety of the company’s waste minimization/reduction efforts across multiple areas of production that demonstrate the core principles of pollution prevention, as well as how product and process improvements can prevent waste from being generated in the first place.

The global eye care and pharmaceuticals company also received an Innovation Award for water use and process improvements for changing a manufacturing process that annually saves 137, 405 gallons of water. The company received a Partnership Award for five years of consecutive regulatory compliance with the Clean Water Act and also received one of three Pollution Prevention Awards handed out. The others went to the Bureau of Engraving and Printing Western Currency Facility and the Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth.

Arca Continental Coca-Cola Southwest Beverages received the Innovation Award in the solid waste reduction and recycling category for diverting an impressive 98.8% of waste produced at the plant from going to the landfill in 2020-21.

Honorable mention awards in this category were presented to G.E. Foodland Inc., in partnership with the North Texas Healthy Community Blue Zones Project, for providing compost to Fort Worth urban farms, and Roots Coffeehouse, for composting coffee grounds and recycling paper products.

Tarrant County College District (TCCD) received an Innovation Award for water conservation for the tough decision to decommission the Garden Fountains at its Trinity River campus and replacing it with drip irrigation and native plants, saving 1.8 million gallons of water annually.

Additionally, TCCD received the Fort Worth Friendly Landscape Recognition Award for the Trinity River campus irrigation project that resulted in a savings of 777,000 gallons of water a year simply by using organic fertilizer and watering less when trees and plants matured.

In all, 75 Fort Worth companies were honored by their consecutive years of compliance with wastewater regulations. Another 25 companies in six cities that contract with Fort Worth for industrial pretreatment services also earned recognition.

The city’s water utility and Code Compliance Department sponsor the awards, now in its 23rd year.



Photo: Chris Harder, Fort Worth Water director, far left, and Carlos Flores, District 2 councilmember, far right, are pictured with representatives from Alcon Vision, which won Industry of the Year honors in the 2021 City of Fort Worth Environmental Excellence Awards program.



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