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August 10, 2012
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Two Kansas Businesses Honored for Environmental Stewardship

K-State’s Pollution Prevention Institute Nominated Lawrence, Wichita Businesses

WICHITA, Kan. -- Two Kansas businesses – Minuteman Press in Lawrence and Martinizing Dry Cleaning in Wichita – have been honored for their efforts in environmental stewardship.

The two companies were winners of the 2012 Small Business Environmental Stewardship Award, given by the National Steering Committee for the Small Business Ombudsman/Small Business Environmental Assistance Programs. Only five such awards were given nationally.

“The Kansas Small Business Environmental Assistance Program, SBEAP, a program hosted by K-State's Pollution Prevention Institute, nominated these two small businesses for national awards based on the pro-active steps they have taken to reduce their environmental releases and stay in compliance with environmental regulations,” said Nancy Larson, PPI director.

“Both businesses have worked directly with the Kansas SBEAP requesting technical assistance and offering to act as a sustainable business model for similar small businesses and industries,” she said.

Minuteman Press’ award-winning actions included changing from petroleum-based ink to all soy or vegetable-based ink and pressroom cleaners with a reduction in volatile organic compounds (VOC) emissions by 22 percent and hazardous air pollutants (HAP) emission by 93 percent. The company, owned by Dee Biesel, was the first printing company in Kansas to become a Sustainable Green Printer and only the 12th company in the country to earn the designation, according to the National Steering Committee.

Martinizing Dry Cleaning, a dry cleaner that uses a non-chlorinated solvent called Green Earth, was honored for their environmental commitments instituting practices including reclaiming usable solvent from its operation’s separator water that is normally evaporated, which resulted in recovery of at least one gallon of solvent per week. That resulted in a potential savings of $1,040 per year. The company also offers hanger recycling, biodegradable poly bags, and “green garment” convert-a-bags services. The company is owned by Nancy Staal.

“We are very pleased and proud that two Kansas small businesses have been recognized nationally for their efforts to go beyond compliance and proactively reduce their environmental footprints,” Larson said. “These two businesses act as a model for environmental and economic sustainability in a business climate that can be challenging.”

Each year the Kansas SBEAP assists hundreds of businesses through their environmental hotline, trainings, and site visits. The program provides free, confidential environmental compliance and pollution prevention technical assistance to Kansas businesses, industries and institutions. The SBEAP funding is paid for, in part, by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. More information is available at www.sbeap.org .


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Story by: Mary Lou Peter
K-State Research & Extension News

Nancy J. Larson – nlarson@ksu.edu or 316-660-0104 or 800-578-8898; www.sbeap.org