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Environmental efforts at Volvo garner awards

FAIRLAWN — Efforts by Volvo Trucks North America’s New River Valley Plant to reduce its “carbon footprint” on the environment has earned the company two state honors.
Volvo employee Steve Pierett accepted a resolution from the Board of Directors for Pepper’s Ferry Regional Wastewater Treatment Authority Thursday recognizing the company for its “environmental contributions and conservation leadership.”
According to the resolution, the local truck manufacturer was one of only three entities in Virginia to receive the highest-level award, the Governor’s Flag, from the Commonwealth of Virginia Secretary of Natural Resources. This award recognizes Volvo for a program that allows it to recycle and reuse up to 70 percent of the facility’s process wastewater
Volvo also was one of 33 winners of the 2008 Governor’s Environmental Excellence Award. This award recognizes Volvo for its “significant” contributions to the environment and conservation.
As for the wastewater recycling program, Pierett said the company was able to apply new technology at the plant by initiating the program, noting that he was able to learn a lot more about the company’s processes as a result.
However, the program has not stopped advancing.
“It’s a living project even today,” he told the Pepper’s Ferry board.
According to Pierett, the New River Valley facility has been “pushing in many directions to try to reduce our carbon footprint.”

He noted the company has a 78 percent recycling rate for its waste products right now and is shooting for a goal of “zero landfill.”
Other areas of study include the use of landfill gases and wind turbines for energy needs.

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Environmental efforts at Volvo garner awards

FAIRLAWN — Efforts by Volvo Trucks North America’s New River Valley Plant to reduce its “carbon footprint” on the environment has earned the company two state honors.
Volvo employee Steve Pierett accepted a resolution from the Board of Directors for Pepper’s Ferry Regional Wastewater Treatment Authority Thursday recognizing the company for its “environmental contributions and conservation leadership.”
According to the resolution, the local truck manufacturer was one of only three entities in Virginia to receive the highest-level award, the Governor’s Flag, from the Commonwealth of Virginia Secretary of Natural Resources. This award recognizes Volvo for a program that allows it to recycle and reuse up to 70 percent of the facility’s process wastewater
Volvo also was one of 33 winners of the 2008 Governor’s Environmental Excellence Award. This award recognizes Volvo for its “significant” contributions to the environment and conservation.
As for the wastewater recycling program, Pierett said the company was able to apply new technology at the plant by initiating the program, noting that he was able to learn a lot more about the company’s processes as a result.
However, the program has not stopped advancing.
“It’s a living project even today,” he told the Pepper’s Ferry board.
According to Pierett, the New River Valley facility has been “pushing in many directions to try to reduce our carbon footprint.”

He noted the company has a 78 percent recycling rate for its waste products right now and is shooting for a goal of “zero landfill.”
Other areas of study include the use of landfill gases and wind turbines for energy needs.

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