Company gets award for solar panels

Posted: Monday, October 21, 2002

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A local company, ABR Inc., has been recognized by the Department of Environmental Conservation for its conservation efforts.

A $6,000 contribution to help bring solar panels to Randy Smith Middle School brought the company the DEC's Commissioner's Award for Outstanding Achievement in Preventing Pollution.

ABR gives daily incentives to its employees for not using cars to get to work. The company also uses environmentally friendly cleaners, recycled office supplies and Honda hybrid cars.

Four others besides ABR received awards from DEC Commissioner Michele Brown earlier this month.

The Yukon River Inter-Tribal Watershed Council collected batteries and removed abandoned vehicles from the banks of the Yukon.

The city of Palmer was recognized by DEC for its sanitary sludge management.

WesternGeco, an international seismic company with an Anchorage office, built a unit to remove hydrocarbons from contaminated snow.

Schlumberger Technology Corp. created an Alaska Materials Exchange program to encourage Alaska businesses to reuse and find alternatives to throwing valuable materials into landfills.

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