Environmental leadership of the UTC Aerospace Systems facility in Riverside, California, has earned the distinction of being the first recipient of the City of Riverside´s Green Business award under the Green Business California program, the company said.
The Riverside facility is part of the Aerostructures business unit and produces composite bond components for the world´s newest airplane platforms, such as the Airbus A350 XWB and A320neo, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, Bombardier CSeries, the Mitsubishi Regional Jet and the Embraer E2. The Riverside facility met an extensive list of criteria for environmental focus and resource reduction. Among the projects that helped earn the award was a system for recycling rinse water used in chemical process lines. The recycling system saves 1.2 million gallons of water per month. Since its inception, the site has saved more than 215 million gallons of water through its use. The Riverside facility has also begun softening the water used in six cooling towers, which reduces mineral buildup and enables the towers´ holding tanks to be flushed and refilled less often. That change is expected to save about four million gallons of water per year. Other measures include the introduction of LED lighting where possible and replacing toilets with high efficiency ones.
The California Green Business program is a non-profit network funded by local governments and dedicated to creating more livable cities with healthier environments while conserving resources and saving money.
UTC Aerospace Systems is a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX). UTC Aerospace Systems designs, manufactures and services integrated systems and components for the aerospace and defense industries. United Technologies Corp. provides high-technology systems and services to the building and aerospace industries.