Three individuals and several businesses were recently honored for their efforts to help restore the Chesapeake Bay

The Chesapeake Executive Council announced the winners of its 1999 Businesses for the Bay Excellence Awards, which honor outstanding and significant work in preventing pollution. Criteria for the awards include: environmental and social significance; technical value and transferability to other sectors; degree of commitment; and originality and innovation. The winners are:

  • Parker’s Exxon – Outstanding Achievement for Small Business: Winner of the 1998 Award, this Washington, D.C. service station has introduced even more measures to reduce its releases to the Bay. It has created an area designated solely for recycling and installed a shelter for used batteries to eliminate the possibility of contaminating stormwater runoff. It recycles the oily water collected in it automotive bays

  • Uniroyal Goodrich – Outstanding Achievement for Medium Business: This Scottville, VA tire cord plant is the first to install equipment that cut more than 95 percent of its emissions of odors, phenol and volatile organic compounds. Meanwhile, line speeds increased 10 percent with higher yields and labor efficiency as well as a better product

  • DAP Inc. – Significant Achievement for Medium Business: This Baltimore caulk and sealant manufacturer switched from using solvents for cleaning parts to a high-pressure wash system. It reduced its overall use of acetone by 16 percent and now stores caulk in larger containers that saved both plastic and $31,000

  • Siemens Automotive Corp. – Outstanding Achievement Award for Large Business: This Newport News, VA maker of automotive fuel system components reduces the impact of pollution both with its products and the processes used to manufacture them. By replacing one of its fuel injectors with a product that is both smaller and lighter, it cut scrap wastes by 80 percent and material usage by 1.5 million pounds

  • Proctor & Gamble Cosmetics – Significant Achievement Award for Large Business: By improving its manufacturing schedule, this Hunt Valley, MD business reduced both the waste from unused products and the raw materials needed to create those products. It also provides environmental awareness training for all of its 800 employees

  • Denise Jeffries — 1999 Mentor of the Year. Jeffries, the commercial recycling coordinator for Newport News, VA was named She developed a waste exchange program among the city’s and state’s business community and implemented the city’s Environmentally Preferable Procurement Policy. She has served as a mentor since 1997

  • Fauquier County Resource Management, of Fauquier County, VA and the city of Newport News, VA also received special recognition.

For information on Businesses for the Bay, call 1-800-YOUR BAY, ext. 719.

UMCES honors Boynton

Dr. Walter Boynton, a professor at the Chesapeake Biological Laboratory, has received the first annual President’s Award for Excellence in Application of Science award from the University of Maryland’s Center for Environmental Science

The award recognizes outstanding contributions by an UMCES faculty member in the application of scientific knowledge to benefit society. During his 24 years at CBL, Boynton has conducted a range of research on the Chesapeake and Maryland’s coastal bays, and is known for his work on nutrient cycling. He leads a multidisciplinary team of CES faculty in the National Science Foundation-sponsored Trophic Interaction in the Estuarine Systems program, which is addressing the effects of nutrients on the consumers in the Bay’s food chain

Boynton has been an active contributor to the Chesapeake Bay Monitoring Program and led the development of the characterization report for the Maryland Coastal Bays National Estuary Program.

CBF honors Stanley

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation is honoring philanthropist and environmental leader Ted Stanley through the creation of the Edmund A. Stanley Jr. Environmental Medal, which will become the organization’s highest award and will be given periodically in the future to honor exemplary leadership in saving the Bay

Stanley, who with his wife, Jennifer, has been involved with the foundation for more than two decades, is a trustee, a member of the executive committee and chairman of its capital campaign, A Covenant to Save Chesapeake Bay. The couple has helped with the CBF’s nationally recognized environmental education and advocacy programs. They are also hands-on advocates, who as part of the group’s oyster restoration efforts, grow seed oysters off their dock in Oxford, MD, which are later transplanted to sanctuary reefs.