HOLLYWOOD, Fla., – More than 100 meat packing and processing plants were honored for their environmental stewardship efforts at the American Meat Institute’s (AMI) second annual Environmental Recognition Awards Program. The awards were given at AMI’s Annual Convention and Innovation Showcase, Oct. 4-6, 2006, in Hollywood, Fl.
participation in this program shows that the
industry is committed to achieving continued
improvement in environmental management,”
said AMI President and CEO J. Patrick Boyle.
“The program requires companies to assess
their own environmental challenges and to
develop unique solutions that will encourage
continuous improvement,” he said.
Institute also honored 12 plants with the first
annual Environmental Achievement Awards.
Introduced this year as a way to honor
continued achievement in environmental
stewardship, the Achievement Awards celebrate
plants that go beyond the program’s
environmental compliance requirements in five
categories. This year’s award winners
Environmental Outreach to the
1. Cargill Foods – Dayton,
2. Smithfield Foods, Inc. – Plant
Smithfield Foods, Inc. – Smithfield
Transportation – Smithfield, Va.
Foods, LLC – Alma, Kan.
1. Smithfield Foods, Inc. –
Sun Land Beef – Taliesin, Ariz.
Smithfield Foods, Inc. – Packerland Packing
– Green Bay, Wisc.
2. Smithfield Foods,
Inc. – Gwaltney of Smithfield – Smithfield,
Foods, Inc. – Smithfield Transportation –
Tar Heel, N.C.
2. Smithfield Foods, Inc. –
Smithfield Packing – Landover,
Foods – Austin, Minn.
2. Smithfield Foods,
Inc. – Corporate Environmental Affairs
Tyson Foods, Inc. – Sedalia,
“The steps taken by these plants
demonstrate innovative strategies that have
produced measurable in the environment,”
Boyle noted. “They are a model for the
industry as a whole and have great application
for other plants.”
Some of the
honorees unique efforts include:
Hormel Foods’ (Austin, Minn.) biannual Plant
• Sun Land
Beef’s (Tolleson, Ariz.) efforts to reduce
energy, recycle water and eliminate the use of
Transportation’s (Tar Heel, N.C.) switch to
compressed nitrogen to extend the life of
• Smithfield Transportation’s
(Smithfield, Va.) use of a fuel additive to
decrease fuel emissions
(Dayton, Va.) partnership with ecology classes
from a nearby high school in Bridgewater, Va.
to restore a local creek.
plants were honored with the distinction of the
top Recognition Award. The Recognition Awards,
which are divided between four tiers to guide
plants through the stages of an environmental
management program, conclude with an
international inspection and ISO 140001
Achievement and Recognition Awards Program
proves we are moving this industry forward and
ensuring that we make positive steps toward
improving and sustaining the environment we
live and work in,” said Boyle.
complete listing of award winners is available
online at http://www.meatinstitute.org/Content/NavigationMenu/Environment/Recognition_Program_Award_Recipients/Recognition_Program_Award_Recipients.htm
Institute Honors Annual Environmental Award RecipientsWednesday, October 4, 2006
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