Steel receives Honda’s Green Factory Environmental Achievement
AK Steel has received Honda’s Green Factory
Environmental Achievement Award in the category of Conservation
of Natural Resources. The award recognizes the company for its
ongoing environmental restoration efforts at its steel plant
in Coshocton, Ohio.
“Through its actions, AK Steel is showing the importance of land
stewardship and how it can benefit society while also providing
a rich habitat for diverse native plants and animals,” said Rich
Spivey, senior manager in Honda’s North American Purchasing Division.
“This award recognizes AK Steel’s commitment to restore and protect
a unique natural environment in its local community.”
Since the summer of 2008, AK Steel has restored more than 10
acres of property at its Coshocton Works into native Ohio prairie
land. The area includes several nesting boxes for bluebirds and
purple martins, as well as native flowers and grasses. The company
said it will maintain the restored area and plans to expand the
prairie to more than 20 acres over time.
Honda’s Green Factory Achievement Awards recognize environmental
stewardship among Honda’s nearly 600 parts suppliers in North
America, and reflect Honda’s ongoing commitments to protect the
environment through its products and its operations. Through
this awards program and the participation by many suppliers at
its annual environmental symposium, Honda encourages all suppliers
to achieve excellence in environmental management and land stewardship.
The award is presented to companies each year based on their
achievements in three areas: conservation of natural resources,
energy reduction and pollution prevention. AK Steel participated
in the symposium this year by presenting its environmental restoration
In addition to receiving Honda’s Green Factory Award, AK Steel’s
Coshocton Works received “Wildlife at Work” certification in
2009 from the Wildlife Habitat Council, a leading non-profit
organization dedicated to restoring and enhancing wildlife habitat.
AK Steel uses high efficiency lighting throughout its Coshocton
facility, and all of the company’s plants are ANSI/ISO 14001:2004
certified to meet internationally recognized environmental management