By collecting the methane gas from the digestion of restaurant fats, oil and grease, JCW is generating enough electricity to run half of the Douglas L. Smith Middle Basin Treatment Facility thereby saving almost $250,000 a year with on-site power generation.
According to greenabilitymagazine.com, “The $18.3 million project was funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, with nearly 50 percent eligible for principal forgiveness. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency was the lead federal agency on the project, and the funds were administered by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.”
The National Environmental Health Association’s Sustainability Award, which recognizes environmentally significant organizations, businesses, associations and individuals, was recently and justifiably given to JCW for being such a beacon of sustainability. Of course, awards are somewhat meaningless when measured against the rewards of progress. For example, we’ll give out our first honorary Bionomic Fuel Award right now to JCW. We don’t have a plaque or a trophy to hand out, but we mean it just as sincerely. Our unofficial award aims to underline the creative ingenuity of this cogeneration project over the illustrious partnerships or the money saved.