JCB North America Honored for Environmental Efforts | Construction News

JCB North America in Savannah, GA has been presented the 2015 Savannah Chamber of Commerce Environmental Awareness Award.  Annually, the Savannah Chamber of Commerce recognizes businesses that excel in various areas, including environmental awareness, community involvement, safety, and international business. 

The Environmental Awareness award honors a corporation that has demonstrated outstanding performance in continuously improving environmental quality. JCB North America was nominated by several business partners, based on its recent sustainability projects focusing on waste stream reduction and energy conservation.

Partnering with Nexeo solutions, a global leader in environmental services, JCB has cut its waste stream by 92% since starting the program. It addresses several areas of waste, including wood that at one time amassed two million pounds annually and was sent directly to a local landfill. Since the program’s introduction, scrap wood from pallets, crates, and loose lumber is ground into mulch then sold to many markets.

“Sustainability and the reduction of our environmental footprint is something JCB values,” said Stuart Hughes, executive vice president of manufacturing operations.  “Our facility has undergone several environmental initiatives led by our facilities manager Roger Myerly.  We’ve not only been able to reduce our waste streams but have also turned these streams into a source of revenue for the company.”

JCB’s most recent environmental improvement project included replacing a 240-ton air-cooled chiller for the office’s HVAC system. JCB worked with Johnson Controls to develop a new system that uses JCB’s man-made/well fed lake as a natural cooling source. The new chiller uses the fountains from the lake for natural evaporative cooling along with the natural geo-exchange of the lake for chiller heat transfer. The system reduces energy consumption by about 2,900,000 kWh, and cuts peak consumption by more than 60%.