89 North is pleased to announce that it has been selected to receive the 2011 Vermont Governor's Award for Environmental Excellence for the Heliophor, a mercury-free, solid-state light engine used in biomedical imaging applications. The Heliophor is a replacement for the mercury arc lamps currently used in these applications. By reducing the need for these types of mercury-containing lamps, the Heliophor helps to reduce the formation of significant amounts of mercury waste that can enter the environment and damage the ecosystem.
The Vermont Governor's Awards were established in 1993 to recognize the actions taken by Vermonters to conserve and protect natural resources, prevent pollution, and promote environmental sustainability. To date, more than 150 award-winning efforts of Vermont individuals, organizations, institutions, public agencies, and businesses have been recognized. These projects contribute significantly to protecting the environment, conserving energy and reducing the production of greenhouse gases. Together they have created a green and sustainable business culture, and advanced environmental education on all fronts.
89 North is an employee-owned company located in Burlington, Vermont. "We are honored to have been selected to receive this award," says 89 North's General Manager, Chris Baumann. "For the past 20 years our parent company, Chroma Technology Corp, has been highly respected for both their socially and environmentally sound policies. They are an excellent reminder to every business out there that you don't have to choose between being a successful company and doing the right thing when it comes to the environment. You can do both. We are proud to follow in that tradition."
SOURCE: 89 North, Inc.