CHARLOTTE, N.C., May 16, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The environmental leadership of the UTC Aerospace Systems facility in Riverside, California, has earned the site the distinction of being the first recipient of the City of Riverside's Green Business award under the Green Business California program. UTC Aerospace Systems is a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX).
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. In order to be recognized, the Riverside facility needed to meet 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 liveable cities with healthier environments while conserving resources and saving money.
"The environmental goals of the Green Business program align perfectly with those of UTC and UTC Aerospace Systems," said Marc Duvall, president of UTC Aerospace Systems' Aerostructures business. "We are honored to be the City of Riverside's first recipient of the Green Business award and appreciate being recognized as a good citizen when it comes to the environment."
The Riverside facility employs about 1,100 people.
UTC Aerospace Systems designs, manufactures and services integrated systems and components for the aerospace and defense industries. UTC Aerospace Systems supports a global customer base with significant worldwide manufacturing and customer service facilities. Follow the company on Twitter: @utcaerosystems
United Technologies Corp., based in Farmington, Connecticut, provides high-technology systems and services to the building and aerospace industries. To learn more about UTC, visit the website at www.utc.com or follow the company on Twitter: @UTC.
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