Cummins has challenged employee teams since 2005 to complete improvement projects that reduce the Company’s environmental footprint in the more than 200 Cummins facilities and operations globally.
In appreciation of their efforts, the Chairman’s Environmental Award recognizes employees and teams that implemented outstanding environmental improvements at their sites. Winning projects were chosen based on the greatest environmental impact, economic efficiency, employee and leadership engagement, innovation and replicability.
Of the 30 projects submitted, the New and ReCon Parts project from San Luis Potosí, Mexico, was named the Top Environmental Project. The project saved water by installing water-free urinals, reduced water demand from cooling towers, and saved water, energy and chemicals used during the cylinder head salvage process.
Employee teams collaborated to prevent multi-media pollution at New and ReCon Parts in San Luis Potosí, Mexico. The project earned the team recognition as the Top Environmental Project for the 2014 Chairman’s Environmental Award.
In recognition of their achievement, a team representative presented the project to the Cummins Board of Directors. In addition, representatives from the top three winning projects shared their work during the Six Sigma Expo along with leading Six Sigma and Health and Safety projects.
The winners of the Chairman’s Environmental Award are often viewed as best practices for other facilities to implement because they have been proven effective. As Cummins continues to set environmental performance goals, the Chairman’s Environmental Award-winning projects are important to help the Company find innovative, bottom-up solutions to minimize waste, water and energy.
MULTI-MEDIA POLLUTION PREVENTION
ENERGY, WATER AND WASTE EFFICIENCY
Engine Business Unit (EBU) New and ReCon Parts, San Luis Potosí, Mexico*
Saved water by installing water-free urinals and reduced water demand from cooling towers. Water, energy and chemicals used during the cylinder head salvage process also reduced.
CARBON FOOTPRINT REDUCTION
EBU India Parts Distribution Center, Phaltan, India*
Engaged employees at all levels to achieve significant and cost-effective energy-efficiency improvements.
CV MEDIA RECYCLING
Cummins Filtration, Neillsville, Wisconsin (U.S.A.)*
Significant cost savings and waste reduction achieved by collecting and processing CV media polymer waste that can be reused in production, reducing the use of virgin raw material.
Engine Business Unit (EBU) Cummins Generator Technologies (CGT), San Luis Potosí, Mexico
Achieved water reduction with low-cost solutions such as installing a high-efficiency dishwashing system, changing dish detergent and working with the food services vendor to conserve water.
SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT
ELECTRONIC LITERATURE WASTE REDUCTION
Cummins Power Generation, Fridley, Minnesota (U.S.A.)
Cross-functional project converted printed product manuals to electronic versions resulting in significant cost reduction improved customer satisfaction and substantial reductions in resource consumption and waste generation.
GREEN FACILITY SECURES GREEN FUTURE
Cummins Turbo Technologies, Wuxi, China
Project showcased proper application of green building principles during the new plant start-up phase that resulted in high recycling of waste and significant reductions in water and energy use.
*Indicates the top three winners