Subhead: Reducing machine temperatures could reduce emissions up to 70 percent.
Joy Petersen 
When Southeast Como Improvement Association environmental committee member Jake Jacobi began improving his neighborhood's environment 15 years ago, he was worried area companies wouldn't be willing to cooperate.
Since then, SECIA and Jacobi have made Good Neighbor Agreements with
two manufacturing companies, Ritrama Inc. and Rock-Tenn Company, and
are working on their third with Greatbatch-Globe Tool.
Good Neighbor Agreements help build stronger relationships with
neighborhood companies and the association, since companies adhere to
specific, outlined requirements to improve air quality and energy use,
said Justin Eibenholzl, SECIA's environmental coordinator.
Jacobi said 10 years ago, when the Association began looking into the
rate of trichloroethylene - a harmful air pollutant - emissions by
Greatbatch-Globe Tool, a neighborhood company wouldn't allow the
University's Minnesota Technical Assistance Program to assess the
When the company learned its permit was up for renewal in December, it
allowed Jacobi, other members of the association and an intern from
MnTAP to tour and assess the emissions, he said.
MnTAP's findings were that 26,600 pounds of trichloroethylene emissions were released from the company's building each year.
"Just one of the steps, reducing the temperature on the machines, could
lower the emissions by 10,000 pounds," Jacobi said. "We are elated at
"What would constitute the company as a good neighbor," he said, "would
be reducing emissions, sharing information with the neighbors about
what's happening at the plant with respect to the environment and
supporting the community financially and with volunteers."
The company's environmental health and safety manager, Justin Gillette,
said the MnTAP assessment provided insight into the largest
opportunities for lowering emissions.
"MnTAP worked with some of the other engineers to find the best
settings for the machinery to reduce emissions and improve the quality
of operation," he said.
"Some of the controls that have already been implemented, I'm sure, are reducing our emissions," Gillette said. "Then, any further changes are going to further reduce out emissions and the efficiency of our processes."
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