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Montana Ecostar pollution prevention award winners recognized

September 18, 2015 -- MSU Extension Service

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BOZEMAN – Montana State University Extension has announced this year’s EcoStar award winners in recognition of their pollution prevention efforts. Now in its fifteenth year, the award program recognizes Montana businesses that create more environmentally and economically sustainable business models through pollution prevention strategies.

The Environmental Protection Agency is in its 25th year of National Pollution Prevention week.

The 18 Montana winners of the annual Ecostar Pollution Prevention award come from diverse parts of the state’s economy.

“The winners include folks from the agricultural sector, healthcare, tourism, spas, breweries and others,” said Montana Governor Steve Bullock. “These Ecostar award winners serve as excellent models for Montanans and their businesses… On behalf of a grateful state for all that you do, congratulations on winning this year's Ecostar award.”

The Ecostar award winners conserved 8.4 million gallons of water, 3.5 billion British thermal units (BTUs) in heating, 6,725 pounds of hazardous waste, and they reduced 1,300 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions, while saving $450,000 through their pollution prevention work, according to Jenny Grossenbacher, director of the statewide Ecostar program and Pollution Prevention Coordinator for MSU Extension.

“This is a notable impact on the state of Montana's environment and people,” Grossenbacher said. “These exemplary efforts are individual to the company and as diverse as the state of Montana, while they share the common bond of maximizing the bottom line of the company, conserving natural resources and protecting public health.”

While saving money is a fundamental reason for many businesses to implement pollution prevention strategies, for Simms Fishing Products, the savings is only part of the reason, said Diane Bristol, director of employee and community engagement at Simms.

“Healthy fisheries are critical to the industry and key to supporting the activity that we are passionate about,” Bristol said

The businesses recognized for EcoStar awards are:

• Bayern Brewing, Inc., Missoula;

• Boulder Hot Springs Inn, Spa and Retreat Center, Boulder;

• Hamilton Wastewater Treatment Plant, Hamilton;

• Delaware North at Yellowstone, Bozeman, Yellowstone National Park;

• Desert Rose Restaurant and Catering, Belgrade;

• Flathead Lake Cheese, Polson;

• Galactic Farms, Missoula;

• Glacier Guides and Montana Raft, West Glacier;

• Glacier National Park Lodges, Columbia Falls;

• Katie Clemons, LLC, Livingston;

• Livingston HealthCare Farm to Institution Program, Livingston; 

• MacKenzie River Pizza Company, Bozeman, Belgrade, Helena, Missoula, Butte,

Great Falls, Kalispell, Billings, Whitefish;

• Ravalli County Recyling, Hamilton;

• Sage Spa and Salon, Bozeman and Billings;

• Shelby Recyling Association, Shelby;

• Simms Fishing Products, Bozeman;

• Sleep Inn and Suites of Miles City;

• St. Vincent Healthcare, Billings;

Businesses are encouraged to apply for the award. For more detailed descriptions of individual businesses by region, contact Jenny Grossenbacher at (406) 994-4292, jenniferg@montana.edu or visit: http://www.mtp2.org/ecostar.html.  

Contact: Jenny Grossenbacher, (406) 994-4292, jenniferg@montana.edu