Last Thursday evening in St. Louis, MO, AEP River Operations received the 2012 Growing Green Award for Innovation presented by the U.S. Green Building Council-Missouri Gateway Chapter. This award celebrates and recognizes “the individuals, groups and organizations actively transforming the built environment while sharing their knowledge of green building and sustainable practices.” AEP River Operations was chosen as the winner from four other innovative nominees. One reason why AEP River Operations was awarded this honor was our “Project Go Green” and the transformation of the M/V Donna Rushing.
Here is what USGBC-Gateway Chapter had to say about AEP River Operations:
"Boats, ships & other river-going vessels are rarely part of the conversation about the built environment. But with the launch of its “Go Green Project” AEP River Operations has changed that perception. At the heart of the project is the renovation of a 1973 towing vessel, the M/V Donna Rushing. This vessel was transformed into the most fuel-efficient, low-emission, energy-saving towing vessel on U.S. waterway. The extreme makeover of the Donna is the result of discussions between AEP mariners, environmental organizations, vendors and government agencies. The launch of the M/V Donna Rushing ushers in a new era of leadership in sustainable practices and promises to set the standard for all inland river vessels."
The award is proudly on display in our Paducah, KY office location (see photo at above). To read more about our award and winners of the other award categories, visit www.usgbc-mogateway.org.