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Spirit AeroSystems touts conservation, recycling

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Saturday, Jan. 29, 2011, at 12:04 a.m.

Spirit AeroSystems has done more than most companies to cut electricity, gas and water use and recycle waste.

Spirit presented its program Friday as part of the city of Wichita's Regional Energy Sustainability Summit at Wichita State University.

Sessions aimed at the public are scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. today at WSU's Hughes Metropolitan Complex, at 29th North and Oliver. For more information, go to www.wichita.gov.

On Friday, Tod Wawzysko, vice president for Environmental, Health and Safety at Spirit, talked about the achievements of the company's extensive conservation and recycling programs.

The company has saved enough from replacing its lighting and other conservation measures to power 3,400 homes and provide significantly better light.

It has cut its electricity used in air conditioning with new cooling units and pushed water conservation.

It has saved 7.2 million cubic feet of natural gas and 4,356 tons of CO2 by moving to higher-efficiency boilers.

In 2010, the company recycled 23 million pounds of metal, 1.9 million pounds of wood, 1.7 million pounds of paper and 620.5 million gallons of water.

It has also gotten its employees into the game, with employee awareness programs and having the plant security ensure that all lights are turned off when not in use.

Electricity, gas and water use have all fallen since 2005, Wawzysko said, even as production has risen.

"So it's a really powerful story," he said.

The company's goal remains to cut its gas, water and electricity use every year by 3 percent.

Some of these measures pay for themselves, he said, but some don't.

"The benefits don't always jump out at you," he said. "Some you have to put in the category of we do that because we want to be good corporate citizens."

Reach Dan Voorhis at 316-268-6577 or dvoorhis@wichitaeagle.com.

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