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IBM announces its 2002 Environmental Affairs Excellence Award winners

IBM announces its 2002 Environmental Affairs Excellence Award winners

07 Aug 2002 -- IBM has announced its formal recognition of four teams of employees for their contributions to IBM's leadership in safety and environmental protection. The achievements were acknowledged through IBM's Corporate Environmental Affairs Excellence Awards program.

Now in its twelfth year, the program recognizes the contributions of individuals and teams of employees with awards up to $50,000 for innovative accomplishments that contribute to IBM's environmental, energy and safety objectives.

This year's awards are being presented to the following employees:

Christopher Bendz of Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, Paul Egan of Endicott, New York, Kathi Lyon of Boca Raton, Florida, and Jim Viele of Sacramento, California, share $35,000 for their work in designing and deploying a web-based application that provides real-time access to information on chemicals used by IBM employees worldwide. Using the latest Lotus Domino technology, the Chemical Information Management (CIM) system contains information about material hazards, first aid and accidental release measures which promotes worker safety and preparedness. This accomplishment provides strategic and financial benefits for IBM, including a single worldwide solution that replaces numerous other applications, national language support capability, and ease of access to chemical information. The CIM system saves IBM $845K on an annual basis.

Jacques Cusick, Mario Gaudreau, Daniel Pare, Hai-Loc Phan, Dave Skinner, Yves Veilleux and Isidore Wasungu of Bromont, Canada, share $35,000 for the introduction and qualification of a new thermal hydrolysis technology that destroys complex ferricyanide waste resulting from a multilayer ceramic plating process. Prior to this technology, the waste was treated and the resulting sludge properly disposed of in landfill. Some of the benefits of the new system, the first known to attain such superior performance for complex ferricyanide waste destruction, include the elimination of the waste off-site disposal, the reuse of energy within the process and the annual elimination of 55 metric tons of sludge and 34 metric tons of chemicals required for treating the waste. It also reduces water use by 1.5 million gallons and saves IBM $230K annually.

Donald Brouillette, Joseph Danaher, Robert Desrosiers, Sean Kersey, Petra Klinger-Park, Timothy Krywanczyk, Ron Mendelson and David Rich of Burlington, Vermont, share $35,000 for the development and qualification of an alternate backside grind/polish slurry for 300mm wafer processing to replace the slurry that was going to be provided by the tool vendor. This alternate slurry decreases chemical and wastewater treatment costs, has preferable safety and health characteristics and reduces capital requirements for facility systems. The team established a benchmark industry process for backside grind which also saves IBM approximately $1M per year in expense over the vendor's slurry.

John van Berkel and Carole Redman of the United Kingdom share $25,000 for their extensive data compilation, analysis and negotiation efforts which secured 48,000 megawatt hours -- enough to power over 8,000 homes -- of renewable energy for 2001 through 2003. This is believed to be the second largest green power contract in the U.K. The accomplishment was a result of the team's ability to provide detailed, comprehensive data about IBM's energy use and requirements to the energy suppliers, enabling them to provide IBM with "green power" at lower cost. With the credit given IBM under the U.K.'s Climate Change Levy Law for the use of green power, IBM is paying no more for this energy than it would have paid for power from traditional sources. This team's initiative exemplifies IBM's energy leadership and provides significant environmental benefit, avoiding CO2 emissions equivalent to taking 5,000 cars driving 10,000 miles off the road.

Since the inception of this program in 1991, IBM has now presented 64 awards recognizing the accomplishments of 358 employees for a total award amount of over $2.4 million. The awards illustrate the important contributions IBMers are making to the company's record of environmental leadership, and they demonstrate how good environmental management makes good business sense.