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IBM Burlington, Vermont, receives 2009 Most Valuable Pollution Prevention Award

National Pollution Prevention Roundtable recognizes IBM Burlington for wastewater treatment optimization

18 Nov 2009 -- The IBM Burlington, Vermont, facility received a 2009 Most Valuable Pollution Prevention (MVP2) award for improvements to its wastewater treatment operations that contributed to a significant reduction in discharges from its facility. IBM was one of six organizations recently honored by the National Pollution Prevention Roundtable (NPPR).

The IBM Burlington wastewater treatment team made three key improvements to the industrial wastewater process:

These improvements have yielded:

The 2009 MVP2 award recipients demonstrated that reducing pollution and protecting the environment can also be cost effective. Combined, the six projects reduced pollution by nearly 8,829 tons per year, conserved more than 28 million kilowatts of energy, and reduced water consumption by 108 million gallons per year, while cutting costs by over $6 million.

"These organizations have clearly demonstrated that pollution prevention is beneficial to both the environment and the economy," said Jeffrey Burke, Executive Director of NPPR. "They are being recognized for their leadership and commitment to promoting a sustainable future."

This is IBM Burlington's second MVP2 award. The facility received a 2007 MVP2 award for its innovative reuse and reclamation of silicon wafers. IBM Burlington has a long history of leadership in pollution prevention initiatives. For 15 consecutive years (every year since the competition has been held), the facility has been recognized with at least one of the Vermont Governor's Awards for Environmental Excellence and Pollution Prevention.