Micron Technology, Boise, recognized for pollution prevention achievements
Wednesday, September 19, 2018
BOISE – Micron Technology has been recognized as a Pollution Prevention Champion by the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) for successful waste reduction at its Boise research facility.
“As a research and development institution, waste reduction can be difficult due to the ever changing nature of work requirements. Micron Technology has shown that waste reduction can be part and parcel of research and design operations. DEQ takes great pleasure in being able to recognize the company for its commendable efforts,” said Ben Jarvis, DEQ’s pollution prevention coordinator.
Pollution prevention is any technique used to reduce or eliminate pollution generated. In contrast to most pollution control strategies that manage a pollutant’s effect on the environment after it has been generated, pollution prevention seeks to eliminate or minimize the amount or toxicity of wastes and pollutants before they are generated.
To qualify as a candidate for pollution prevention recognition, Micron Technology submitted an application to DEQ demonstrating how they incorporated pollution prevention into daily operations by reducing raw materials or toxic materials purchased; hazardous or solid waste generated; water, energy or fuel used; or air pollutants emitted.
“Micron Technology’s dedication to sustainability shows in their results and their commitment to employee engagement. With their global presence, the company is setting an example for companies throughout the world,” noted Jarvis.
Micron Technology has achieved a number of successes in its quest for sustainability. Innovative work in the research and development process has allowed the company to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 33% below 2014 levels. At nearly 15,500 metric tons annually, this savings is equivalent to taking over 3,300 vehicles off the road.
Energy efficiency projects such as chiller replacements and low-energy boilers have resulted in 15 gigawatt hours of energy consumption reductions, the equivalent energy use of over 1,200 homes. The use of energy recovery for bulk solvent has increased the recycling rate of hazardous waste to over 95%.
Micron has also achieved success in reducing impacts to surface waters by reducing phosphorus discharges and retaining stormwater on site. In total, the company has reduced phosphorus discharges by over 25,000 pounds, and stormwater recycling is estimated at as much as 5 million gallons per year.
Micron has undertaken a variety of efforts to engage and support the efforts of its employees to improve sustainability, including installing electric vehicle charging stations and water bottle filling stations and working with Ada County to keep the roads surrounding the facility clear of garbage.
For more information on how to put pollution prevention to work for your business, contact Ben Jarvis at (208) 373-0146 or firstname.lastname@example.org.