The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) recently announced the winners of the 2019 ADEQ Environmental Awards at the Arkansas State Capitol. The fourth annual Arkansas Environmental Technology (TECHe) Award was presented to the Husqvarna Group. The Husqvarna Group operates a Plastic Injection Molding Manufacturing Operation in Nashville. In 2015, the manufacturer launched “Sustainovate,” an innovation-based initiative to make sustainability a real competitive advantage for the Group and to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by one third before the end of 2035. As a result, in 2017, Husqvarna installed a 1.4 megawatt solar array at the Nashville facility. The array, estimated to have a full twenty-year life benefit, generates approximately thirty percent of the facility’s annual electricity, saving $137,762 over the last twelve-month period, and reducing carbon dioxide emissions by 33,189 metric tons per year.
ADEQ Director Becky W. Keogh announced the winners who were presented their award by Governor Asa Hutchinson. Finalists for each of the awards as well as state and local officials were in attendance.
“We are fortunate to see the increasing number of leaders who are committed to transforming Arkansas’s energy and environment future,” said Keogh. “Arkansas communities are the true winners from these amazing successes.”