Press Release – Governor Phil Scott celebrates GLOBALFOUNDRIES first National Environmental Award

WASHINGTON, DC – Vermont Governor Phil Scott and State Natural Resources Secretary Julie Moore visited GLOBALFOUNDRIES (GF) on Tuesday to recognize the company for winning its first National Environmental Award, the 2016 Most Valuable Pollution Prevention ( MVP2 ) Award.

Governor Scott and Secretary Moore joined Greg Geyer from NPPR to present the award at the GLOBALFOUNDRIES Essex Junction, VT facilities.

“One thing Vermonters agree on is protecting our landscape and environment.  The state can learn some lessons from GLOBALFOUNDRIES”, Governor Scott said.

The MVP2 winning Chemical Mechanical Polish (CMP) project also won the Vermont Governor’s Environmental Excellence Award and an EPA Region 1 Environmental Merit Award.

The science of Pollution Prevention provides companies with the opportunity to both reduce environmental impact while saving money and resources.  This facility has a long history of continuous improvement and has won more MVP2 Awards than any other facility in the country.   This is the first award since it became part of GLOBALFOUNDARIES last year.

The CMP Project improved overall environmental impact and efficiency in the CMP processing step; reducing nitrate usage by 1380 lb/year;  lowering slurry usage by 25,000 gallons per year; increased CMP consumable lifetimes; improved equipment productivity by 8%; and reduced scrap.   In addition, over $500,000 a year in savings were realized by this project ( $90,000 in material and $480,000 in wafer losses).

“In the competitive global market our US Manufacturing companies face stiff competition.  GLOBALFOUNDARIES’ continuous improvement and culture of environmental excellence improves its success as a business providing high technology jobs in the heart of Vermont. ” NPPR Board Member Greg Geyer said.

Since 1995, the NPPR has recognized the very best in Pollution Prevention with its annual MVP2 Awards.    The mission of the Roundtable is to provide a national forum for promoting the development, implementation, and evaluation of efforts to avoid, eliminate, or reduce pollution at the source.

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