Second Mile Award
Deb Leonard for Coordination of ACS activities
Deb had been with the Alliance since 1998, almost since the organization’s inception in 1997.
She was instrumental in building the community outreach portion of the Alliance and always ensured that the Alliance was involved in events such as Earth Day, Earth Jam, Paddlefest, Disaster Fair, science fairs, and others throughout the years.
Deb was one of the driving forces in getting our Shelter-In-Place campaign off the ground. She had a hand in obtaining the Shelter-In-Place logo and the copyright for the logo, which was designed by Jim Borgman. And she worked to secure funds for much of our Shelter-In-Place materials.
Deb has always had the best interest of the Alliance at heart, and throughout the years has gone the second mile to help advance the Alliance’s mission in several ways.
Risk Reduction Achievement Award
Emery Oleochemicals for implementing a scrap foam recycling process
In late 2013, the Emery Oleochemicals Cincinnati location began constructing a $50 million expansion for its Bio-Based and Recycled Content Polyols Plant, which was completed in 2015. This expansion is the world’s first industrial scale facility with the capability of utilizing scrap foam as feedstock to manufacture new sustainable polyols. The sustainable polyols are trademarked as INFIGREEN Polyols and are part of the company’s Eco-Friendly Polyols product line.
The implementation of this process has several benefits that reduce risk in different ways. First, the scrap foam, which would otherwise end up in a landfill, is being repurposed. Second, the Eco-Friendly Polyols are made from renewable feedstocks rather than from the normal petroleum-based feedstocks. Finally, an automated system was put in place to process the scrap foam in order to reduce risk to human operators. The metal banding that holds the scrap foam together is automatically removed, and the scrap foam is automatically fed into the reactor.