General Dynamics NASSCO was nationally recognized this week for environmental conservation and energy-efficient practices at its San Diego shipyard.
The company received the Award of Environmental Excellence from the Industrial Environmental Association at the organization’s 2014 conference in San Diego.
In March, NASSCO completed the largest sediment clean-up in the history of the San Diego bay front, and the shipyard has consistently improved its energy efficiency.
“NASSCO’s leadership made possible the largest shipyard sediment clean-up in California,” said Jack Monger, executive director of the Industrial Environmental Association’s San Diego chapter. “They successfully assembled a team of stakeholders including other shipyards, environmental organizations, regulators and government organizations that reached consensus on a science based clean-up plan which is currently being executed.”
Kevin M. Graney, vice president and general manager of General Dynamics NASSCO, said: “We take our responsibility for environmental stewardship very seriously.
“Located between the bay and the community of Barrio Logan, we pay close attention to our surroundings and our impact on the economy, environment, and community.”
The company said it has voluntarily reduced air emissions by more than 67 percent since 2009, and developed a system to capture and treat 100 percent of storm water runoff.
Additional efforts include new, energy-efficient lighting throughout the yard, programs to reduce diesel emissions and a recycling program that currently sorts more than 90 percent of recyclable material from the shipyard. The company is above requirements set by the state of California for recycling by 2020.
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