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Global Foundries recognized for innovative environmental efforts

In a Montpelier award ceremony held last month, Global Foundries was lauded for reducing the chemical use and electricity spent in the process of making semi-conductor chips, as well as improving the overall electrical consumption of their Essex Junction operations.

Global Foundries won two of the four awards issued in the business category, and was the only Chittenden County company to win the award, which was given out on April 28.

According to the state, Global Foundries won for reducing chemical use in the semiconductor chip-making processes in such a way as to save $90,000 a year in chemicals, reducing the use of chemicals by 360 tons per year. The innovation also saves 1.2 million kilowatt-hours of electricity per year, saves 3.1 million gallons of water and eliminated 600 tons of waste per year.

The company has also improved the energy efficiency of its Essex Junction-Williston campus, and “reduced the use of hydrochloroflurocarbons and ethylene glycols by optimizing the chillers,” the state release said. The changes resulted in energy savings equivalent to about 1,400 tons of CO2 emissions.

The Governor’s Environmental Excellence Awards are a way to recognize the efforts and actions of Vermonters that conserve and protect natural resources, curb pollution and move towards environmental sustainability, the state’s Department of Environmental Conservation said in a press release. The awards have been issued every year since 1993, to recognize “the best of the best” according to the state, for exceeding regulatory requirements with “meaningful, measurable improvements” to the state.

—Jess Wisloski, Observer staff