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We are honored that our sustainability efforts have been extensively recognized and validated through prestigious awards, verifications, and favorable publicity – simply for doing the right thing.
Gills Onions became the first food processing facility in the world to produce ultraclean energy from its own waste. In Spring 2010, the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) awarded Gills Onions its coveted Grand Conceptor Award for our Advanced Energy Recovery System (AERS) Project at our Oxnard facility - beating out 163 other engineering design project competitors from around the world, including the new Dallas Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. To learn more about the ACEC Award go to Press Releases. For other awards download the Sustainability Validation Fact Sheet.
Gills Onions achieved the environmental leadership status of Climate Registered™ by successfully registering its comprehensive greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions inventory according to the rigorous standards of The Climate Registry. Participation in the Registry’s voluntary program demonstrates Gills Onions’ pioneering role within California’s Agriculture and Food Processing industries. In 2008, our verified entity-wide emissions totalled 6,894 tons of CO2. For more information download the Sustainability Validation Fact Sheet or download the Gills Onions Carbon Footprint Report.
Gills has generated media interest on a local, regional and national level among many different communities. Those within the business, sustainability, produce, food processing, and energy industries acknowledge Gills’ innovative approach to sustainability. Among other media, Gills Onions is the feature on renowned television shows as well as in a children’s book on alternative energy.
Huell Howser’s popular television show “California’s Green”, which investigates innovative and creative ways Californians are solving environmental challenges, aired a full episode on Gills Onions’ processing plant and our fuel to energy project. Click here to view.
More recently, the cast and crew of television hit show “Dirty Jobs” visited our onion processing facility to record an episode scheduled to air in the Fall 2010 on the Discovery Channel.
Our waste to energy project also appears in multiple on-line and print media. We recently became the subject of a book in the elementary school-aged children’s Fact Finders book series on alternative energy. Check out “Onion Juice, Poop, and Other Surprising Sources of Alternative Energy”.
For our most recent publicity, please see Recent Articles.
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