Each year, ADEQ recognizes businesses and organizations in Arkansas for their efforts to protect and enhance the state’s environment by presenting three awards: the Arkansas Environmental Stewardship (ENVY) Award, the Arkansas Environmental Technology (TECHe) Award, and the E2 Energy Award. Businesses, nonprofits, and government entities are encouraged to apply.
Application forms and more information on the awards criteria are available below.
Delta Plastics was chosen as the winner of the 2018 ENVY Award. Delta Plastics has grown over the past twenty years from a one-facility operation in Stuttgart to become the largest manufacturer of polytube in the world. To date, the company has diverted more than one-billion pounds of waste plastic from landfills and is the largest recycler of heavily soiled plastic in Arkansas, and one of the largest in the world.
In 2014 Delta Plastics established the Delta Plastics H2O Initiative to reduce irrigation water usage across the Mississippi Delta by twenty percent before 2020. To accomplish this, Delta Plastics developed software technology, provided to farmers free of charge, which helps farmers maximize the efficiency of their polytube irrigation systems and reduce water consumption.
The 2018 TECHe Award was presented to the City of Fayetteville. The HyDOZ (hyper-concentrated dissolved ozone) Disinfection System is a proprietary technology for ozonating water and wastewater that was developed by BlueInGreen, an Arkansas company in Northwest Arkansas.
Looking for a replacement for the aged ultraviolet disinfection system at the Noland Water Resource Recovery Facility, the City of Fayetteville allowed a large-scale pilot of the HyDOZ system. The pilot study was a success, and in June 2017 the City of Fayetteville celebrated the successful installation and operation of a full-scale HyDOZ Disinfection System. The HyDOZ Disinfection System is the first of its kind to be installed in a wastewater treatment facility.
Arkansas Rural Internet Service (ARIS) was named the recipient of the 2018 E2 Award. ARIS is the first partnership in the United States between an electric company, Ouachita Electric Cooperative (OECC), and a local telephone and internet provider, South Arkansas Telephone Company (SATCO).
Through the collaboration, SATCO built a three-acre, 120-kilowatt solar farm, and OECC is providing its existing electric poles to run the fiber optic cable.
By 2021, ARIS expects to provide high-speed internet service to 4,000 plus residents in a rural, five-county area of South Arkansas that has been largely unserved. Due to the low cost of the solar power and the avoidance of the need to trench and bury the fiber optic cable, costs to the customers are kept to a minimum.
Meghana Bollimpalli and Little Rock Central High School were the recipients of the inaugural ADEQuest Science Award in 2018.
Bollimpalli’s project addressed the growing global energy demand through the development of supercapacitators. In her experiment, she was able to make the design of supercapacitors more environmentally friendly through the use of waste byproducts and the use of a commercial microwave. Central High School received an award of $500 to the school science program and Bollimpalli received $500 to use for educational purposes.