Carrollton Site – Environment
The site has also focused on environmental sustainability, reducing air
emissions by more than 90 percent since 1989, while more than doubling the
production volume. As a partner with the Kentucky Department of Fish and
Wildlife Resources, the site has planted native warm-season grasses to help
create a wildlife habitat. In 2008, the site became a Master member in the KY
EXCEL Environmental Leadership Program, a program for organizations that
consistently demonstrate the improvement and protection of Kentucky’s
environment above and beyond the state’s environmental requirements.
In 2008, the American Chemistry Council (ACC) recognized Dow Corning
Responsible Care® Energy Efficiency Award for reducing CO2 emissions about
the equivalent of 600 cars, and saving enough energy to heat 500 homes.
The Carrollton Site was selected for “Good control improves distillation
efficiency” in the category of Significant Improvement in Manufacturing –
Operating Unit. The energy used for distillation is typically one of the
largest components of a site’s total energy usage. Many distillation columns
operate the same way year after year, and not running at optimum conditions
compounds energy losses.
Annualized energy savings from this project resulted in CO2 emissions
reductions of almost 3,500 tons. To put this in perspective, the CO2 reduction
is the same as getting over 600 cars off the road and the energy saved could
heat nearly 500 Kentucky homes all year.
As an additional environmental outreach program, the Carrollton Site
sponsors a 218-acre 4-Mile Outdoor Classroom
where local students from Carrollton County can experience hands-on outdoor
education. Elementary school students attend “Environmental Career Day” to
learn about topics including wind energy, planting trees and solar energy.
Carrollton Site sponsors a 4-Mile Outdoor
Classroom, providing hands-on
educational opportunities to elementary school children.