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Clif Bar, Twin Falls, recognized for pollution prevention achievements

TFchamber 09/24/18

TWIN FALLS – Clif Bar has been recognized as a Pollution Prevention Champion by the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) for its successful efforts to reduce waste and improve sustainability at its Twin Falls manufacturing facility.

“Clif Bar is setting a gold standard for not only internal waste reduction, but for employee and community engagement on environmental sustainability. We are so happy to include Clif Bar as a 2018 Pollution Prevention Champion,” said Ben Jarvis, DEQ’s pollution prevention coordinator.

Pollution prevention is any technique used to reduce or eliminate pollution generated. In contrast to most pollution control strategies that manage a pollutant’s effect on the environment after it has been generated, pollution prevention seeks to eliminate or minimize the amount or toxicity of wastes and pollutants before they are generated.

To qualify as a candidate for pollution prevention recognition, Clif Bar submitted an application to DEQ demonstrating how they incorporated pollution prevention into daily operations by reducing raw materials or toxic materials purchased; hazardous or solid waste generated; water, energy, or fuel used; or air pollutants emitted.

“This award is a small token of appreciation for the unwavering dedication that Clif Bar has shown for protecting the environment. We have learned so much about their employee and community engagement efforts, and it truly appears that Clif Bar has left no stone unturned. From building envelope efficiency to supply chain management to renewable energy sourcing, Clif Bar is at the forefront of innovation,” noted Jarvis.

Among its achievements, Clif Bar can tout a substantially more efficient building and bakery due to the use of hybrid cooling towers that reduce water use by over 30 percent, LED light fixtures and a reflective roof that reduce energy use by 20 percent, and process equipment that result in emission reductions of over 40 percent. The facility is also on track to achieve a zero-waste certification, which it anticipates completing by the year 2020. Efforts currently underway to achieve zero-waste certification include heavy investment in recycling of wood, cardboard, and plastic and supplying over 2,000 tons of feed to local dairy farmers.

For more information on how to put pollution prevention to work for your business, contact Ben Jarvis at (208) 373-0146 or ben.jarvis@deq.idaho.gov.