Subaru of America Inc. nabbed a 2020 Silver Halo Award in the Best Sustainability Initiative category at Engage for Good’s Halo Awards on May 29 for its Don’t Feed the Landfills initiative with the National Parks Conservation Association.
The Camden automaker has worked with NPCA and the National Park Foundation for five years toward a shared goal of reducing landfill waste in America’s national parks. Subaru of America and NPCA tested landfill best practices and piloted programs in Yosemite, Grand Teton, and Denali; and sought solutions to reduce the environmental footprint in and around national parks.
With this initiative, the pilot parks have nearly doubled their recycling and composting capabilities, keeping more than 16 million pounds of waste out of landfills.
Food waste, cardboard, single-use plastic bottles, plastic wrap and packaging, steel and aluminum cans, glass bottles and jars, and single use portable propane canisters were the most common trash items found at the parks, which each set incremental goals in order to reduce the most.
“With leadership from Subaru after successfully implementing zero landfill practices into their own operations, we joined forces and together have identified collaborative, innovative, and efficient ways to remove waste, and it’s making a big difference,” Theresa Pierno, president and chief executive officer for the NPCA, said in a statement. “Using the scalable zero landfill best management practices and lessons we’ve learned from the three pilot parks, we hope to expand this work so national parks across the country can adopt and implement these waste solutions, making parks more sustainable for generations to come.”
The annual 330 million visitors to national parks leave behind more than 70 million pounds of waste.
Anheuser-Busch, which has a facility in Newark, nabbed a disaster prevention and relief award for its emergency drinking water program in partnership with National Volunteer Fire Council, which began last April with a donation of a million cans of clean drinking water to volunteer fire departments.
Though it didn’t win, Englewood Cliffs-based Unilever was nominated for a social service award for its Right To Shower initiative, in which it commits 30 percent of its profits to mobile shower initiatives that help the 550,000 people currently experiencing homelessness in America.