2005 Case Studies

Environmental Business of the Year

Imperial Point Medical CenterLogo of Imperial Point Medical Center, winner of 2005 Emerald Award Business of the Year

Steve Fredrickson
6401 N. Federal Highway
Ft Lauderdale, FL 33308
Phone: (954) 776-8690
Fax: (954) 776-8848
Email: sfredrickson@nbhd.org

Web Site: http://www.browardhealth.org/ipmc
Business Size: Large

Nature of Business: Acute Care Hospital

Photo of uncoated roof.  Temperature is 137 degrees Fahrenheit.Environmental Accomplishments:
• Changed from disposable to reusable wall-mounted sharps containers
• Incorporated the irrigation system into their energy management system. Now zones turn off and on based on weather conditions. Will not come on during rain. Irrigation flow is also monitored, and unusual increases in flow rate (potential leaks) will trigger an alarm and shut off the system. The system will identify the zone where the potential leak exists which facilitates repair.
• Decrease in biohazardous waste of 54% since 2000 due to employee education. Marked decrease due to special program with operating room orderlies.
• Blue towels on surgical trays now washed and reused as rags. Formerly disposed as biohazardous waste. Success of this program has been shared with other hospitals.
• Relocated biohazardous waste containers a few steps away from the regular trash. This action encourages staff to consciously think about whether an item is biohazardous or solid waste.
This photo was coated with a reflective roof coating which significantly reduces• Now have only one x-ray processor left on site (for use as a back up as needed). All other x-rays are now digitally processed. This has resulted in a 50% reduction in photochemical waste.
• $21,645 saved due to electricity use reduction and $11,876 was saved from natural gas reduction for a total of $33,521saved in fiscal year 2005.
• Applied a spray polyurethane foam (SPF) on their roof. SPF is sprayed directly on the existing roof surface to form a seamless, waterproof, insulated coating. This reflective coating saves money on cooling costs.

Photo of uncoated roof. Temperature is 137 degrees Fahrenheit.

Photo of roof at Imperial Point Medical Center. This photo was coated with a reflective roof coating which significantly reduces cooling requirements.

Category: Recycling
City of Deerfield Beach, Public Works, Recycling Program

Cheryl MillerLogo of the City of Deerfield Beach, 2005 winner of the Emerald Award trophy for Recycling
210 Goolsby Boulevard
Deerfield Beach, FL 33442
Phone: (954) 480-4454
Fax: (954) 480-4393
Email: cmiller@deerfield-beach.com

Web Site: http://www.deerfield-beach.com/

Business Size: Large

Nature of Business: City Recycling Division

Environmental Accomplishments:
• The City of Deerfield Beach, Public Works, Recycling Program won the Environmental Business of the Year for 2004. It is remarkable that they won an Emerald Award Trophy for Recycling again in 2005. This is justified by a multitude of new actions taken since last year.
• New items accepted at their household hazardous waste drop off site include cell phones and rechargeable batteries.
• Sharps disposal program initiated in Century Village.
• 100% of their promotional items are made from recycled content materials.
• The majority of all new benches and garbage/recycling containers purchased are made from recycled plastic content. Purchases this past year included park benches for the Aquatics Center, Westside Park and more.
• Recycling made easier for residents with use of new 3-bin caddies and purchase of 5 gallon Handy Bins. Handy Bins aid in carrying recyclables.
• Partnered with Broward County Extension Education to offer residents a composting workshop. Provide free compost bins to residents.
• Created a new Residential Recycling Contest for single-family home residents. Contest resulted in an increase of 166.5 gallons of recycled materials in a two-week period by one street.
• Partnered with Plastic Pallet Solutions to recycle all mixed plastics #4-7, in addition to our broken recycling carts and old garbage cans (residents bring their old garbage cans to be recycled) This partnership diverted waste previously disposed.

Category: Green Products and Practices
JM Family Enterprises, Inc.Logo of JM Family Enterprises, Inc. 2005 winner of the Emerald Award trophy for Green Products and Practices

Janet Simoneaux
111 NW 12 Avenue
Deerfield Beach, FL 33442
Phone: (954) 420-4731
Fax: (954) 420-4750
Email: janet.simoneaux@jmfamily.com

Web Site: http://www.jmfamily.com/

Business Size: Large

Nature of Business: Administrative Offices for Automotive Distribution, Financing, and Insurance

Environmental Accomplishments:
• Installed a thermal energy storage system. It produces ice at night when power rates are lower and used it to cool the air during the day when power rates are higher.
• Installed a Duro-Last Cool Zone roofing system. The white membrane is highly reflective and durable which saves energy
• Retrofit to energy saving fluorescent light bulbs

Category: Green Products and Practices
HoodridgeLogo of Hoodridge, 2005 winner of the Emerald Award trophy for Green Products and Practices

Eileen Levin
6699 NW 66 Way
Parkland, FL 33067
Phone: (954) 340-3300
Fax: (954) 340-3299
Email: hoodridge@aol.com

Web Site: www.hoodridge.com

Business Size: Small

Nature of Business: Distributor of Green Products to Nursery & Landscape Industry

Environmental Accomplishments:
• Hoodridge is a family owned company operating in Broward County that distributes “green” products to their customer base of nurseries, landscapers, golf courses and the agriculture industry.
• Products include natural compost, actively-aerated compost tea, custom blended fertilizers with OMRI approved PPM, and organic soil amendments imported from various places including Germany, New Zealand, and Indonesia.
• Compost tea is an aerated solution with beneficial microorganisms that provide plants with highly concentrated organic nutrients. Benefits include extended root systems, increase of water and nutrient retention, breakdown of toxins in soil and on plants, reduction of use in chemical pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers

Category: Pollution Prevention/ Hazardous Waste Reduction
Hollywood Woodwork, Inc.

Mike YorkLogo of Hollywood Woodwork, Inc.; 2005 winner of the Emerald Award trophy for Pollution Prevention/Hazardous Waste Reduction
1551 South 30 Avenue
Hollywood, FL 33020
Phone: (954) 920-5009
Fax: (954) 920-2979
Email: mikey@hollywoodwoodwork.com

Web Site: www.hollywoodwoodwork.com

Business Size: Large

Nature of Business: Custom Architectural Millwork & Cabinetry

Environmental Accomplishments:
• Implemented the Lean Manufacturing Concept
• Partnered with the Florida Manufacturing Extension Partnership to help enact culture change with employees. Continuous education features waste reduction
• Improved coating methods with HVLP airless equipment
• Trained employees in use of new equipment
• Changed from solvent based to water based primer
• Use HAP’s compliant coatings when possible
• These changes resulted in 30.5% reduction in coating material use
• 55% VOC reduction
• 50% HAP reduction

Category: Pollution Prevention/ Hazardous Waste Reduction
Michin Corp. d/b/a OXXO Care Cleaners

Isabel Rincon de SantiagoLogo of  Michin Corp, d/b/a OXXO Care Cleaners, 2005 winner of the Emerald Award trophy for Pollution Prevention/Hazardous Waste Reduction
801 South University Drive
Plantation, FL 33324
Phone: (954) 473-4940
Fax: (954) 473-4942
Email: icra@oxxousa.com

Web Site: www.oxxousa.com

Business Size: Small

Nature of Business: Dry Cleaner

Environmental Accomplishments:
• This business cleans clothing without the traditionally used solvent, perchlorethylene, also known as perc. Perc has been responsible for groundwater contamination.
• They use a product known as Green Earth, which is a clear, odorless, silicone-based liquid that the EPA has exempted from volatile organic compound rules.
• The business uses steam irons instead of steam presses. There is no boiler on site, so the facility is cool for employees and customers alike.
• Green earth is more gentle on clothing. Garments are softer, their color stays truer, and clothing lasts longer than those cleaned by a traditional cleaner.
• State of the art software and material handling system controls movement of garments
• Convenient 24/7 hour pick up service, through an automated teller window (ATM)
• All garments cleaned on site

Category: Innovative Procedures/Process Improvements

Robin PearlLogo of  PurigN98, 2005 winner of the Emerald Award trophy for Innovative Procedures/Process Improvement
5289 NW 108 Avenue
Sunrise, FL 33351
Phone: (954) 741-4278
Fax: (954) 337-4614
Email: rpearl@n2revolution.com

Web Site: www.purigen98.com

Business Size: Small

Nature of Business: Manufacturer of Environmentally Friendly Automotive Solution

Environmental Accomplishments:
• PurigeN98 headquarters are located in Broward County where they manufacture and distribute “the Nitroflator” to businesses such as auto dealers and tire repair facilities
• The Nitroflator produces HIGH PURITY nitrogen for tire inflation, 98% (PurigeN98). The cylindrical design takes up less room and efficiently produces higher volumes of nitrogen. It's patent pending design features temperature control, three filters and membranes to balance pressure and volume.
• PurigeN98 is a new tire inflation gas that maintains tire pressure for a much longer period than regular compressed air
• PurigeN98 reduces tire oxidation/aging
• PurigeN98 inflated tires conserve fuel
• PurigeN98 inflated tires maximize tire life
• PurigeN98 inflated tires reduce demands on natural resources such as oil, rubber and energy