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Frontiers August 2013 Issue

Big ideas for a smaller footprint Over the past five years, Boeing has reduced its environmental footprint as a result of numerous ideas undertaken by employees at sites across the company: • The Boeing South Carolina 787 factory switched to a more environmentally responsible cleaning solvent in its paint building, helping the site cut in half the amount of liquid hazardous waste generated in the paint process. • At Boeing’s largest manufacturing site in Everett, Wash., electricity conservation projects over the past five years have saved nearly 33 million kilowatt-hours of energy, enough to power 2,875 homes for one year. Thanks to alternative commuting programs, employees in Everett have eliminated 500 million commuter miles over the past five years. • The Spares Distribution Center near Seattle dramatically boosted recycling and reduced solid waste. The percentage of solid waste recycled has jumped from 77 percent in 2009 to 93 percent in 2011, and the amount of trash sent to landfills has been cut by more than 70 percent since 2009. • The new chemical processing facility at Boeing’s Portland, Ore., site was built to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold level standards, which means that construction used strategies to save energy, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, use water efficiently, and increase the use of recycled materials and recycling. • Five Boeing manufacturing sites send no solid waste to landfills: Boeing Salt Lake; Long Beach, Calif.; Boeing South Carolina; Huntsville, Ala.; and Ridley Township, Pa. More information about Boeing’s environmental performance is available in the 2013 Environment Report, at boeing.com/environment. BEOING FRNOT IERS / AUGUST 2013 29


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