The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has recognized Business Council member IBM with its Environmental Excellence Award for IBM’s innovation, commitment to environmental sustainability, social responsibility and economic viability.
IBM was recognized for its Chilled Water Optimization Project in Dutchess County as an effort that demonstrates their commitment to the environment. East Fishkill, IBM’s largest facility, supports the significant energy demand of semiconductor cleanroom space. This project required meticulous collaboration between all aspects of the facility’s operations team because any degradation of the cleanroom environment would have significant negative impacts. The chilled water plant is among the most efficient of its type and saves almost 2.5 million kWh of energy which translates to avoiding 5,400 metric tons of CO2 emissions annually. That equates to taking more than 1,000 cars off the road.
The award was presented at the 11th Annual New York State Environmental Excellence Awards celebration, which was held at the Colleges of Nanoscale Science and Engineering, SUNY Polytechnic Institute at their NanoFab South Rotunda and Auditorium in Albany.
“This year’s awards recognize innovative programs, smart business decisions and unique collaborative initiatives that improve New York’s environment and contribute to a stronger economy,” said DEC Commissioner Joe Martens. “Through the Environmental Excellence Awards, DEC is able to showcase those who are setting the example for others across New York.