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Heavy Equipment Maintenance "Goes Green"
at Reclamation's Yuma Area Office

photo of green shop awardees

Supervisory Environmental Specialist Jill Dale and Drill Worker Sheldon Bedoya display the "Green Shop" certification Yuma Area Office Equipment Shop staff members recently earned. Standing, l-r, are Mechanic-Heavy Duty Florencio Naverrete, Mechanic Worker-Heavy Duty Jesus Valadez, Welder Dan Orman, Environmental Protection Specialist Mike Biever, Bedoya, Dale, and Equipment Support Group Manager Jim Tate. Not pictured is Environmental Protection Assistant Janice Hellen. Photo by Roselynn Smith

The Yuma Area Office Heavy Equipment Shop is looking greener and greener these days.

Upon completion of a detailed 20-page application by the office's Environmental Compliance Group and a rigorous on-site inspection, the Shop was recently certified as a “Green Shop” by the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) and the Arizona Green Business Program.

The Arizona Green Business (Automotive) Program is a unique partnership between ADEQ, AAA Arizona and the Automotive Service Association of Arizona (ASA). 

In a congratulatory letter to the Bureau of Reclamation and the Yuma Area Office, Luz Rubio, ASA executive director, wrote, “Thank you for your commitment to pollution prevention and to wise use of our natural resources. All Arizonans benefit from the steps you have taken to become a green business.”

This is a voluntary program in which automotive repair facilities demonstrate their pollution prevention capabilities and sustainable practices that go above and beyond the regulations, which all repair facilities must meet.

A green shop certification shows that a facility takes extra measures to protect the environment, save resources, and keep workers safe and healthy. A few of the areas that are examined include:

* Parts cleaning (equipment, products and processes),
* Battery management,
* Oil and filter life extension and recycling,
* Housekeeping practices and spill prevention,
* Energy and water conservation, and
* Solid waste reduction and recycling.

To achieve certification, the shop must comply with all applicable regulations, implement enough pollution prevention measures contained in the Green Shop checklist to accumulate 300 points, and pledge continued compliance with regulations. The state's Green Shop Inspector Andy Menard worked his way through the Shop and the scorecard checklist, coming up with a final score of 345. 

The Heavy Equipment Maintenance Shop coordinated with the office's environmental specialists to achieve this recognition as part of the office's goals in implementing sustainable 'green' practices through its robust Sustainability and Environmental Management System.

Reclamation's Yuma Area Office Maintenance Shop maintains more than 200 pieces of equipment ranging from small all terrain vehicles (ATVs) and welders to 14 cubic-yard dump trucks, bulldozers and a 100-foot-long cutter suction dredge. All maintenance and repairs are done in-house by the Yuma and Ehrenberg equipment shops' 9 mechanics.

Story by: Janice Hellen, Environmental Protection Assistant, Yuma Area Office

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Date last updated: 7/11/12 10:58 AM