Aerojet Rocketdyne is a leader in energy usage and a bright spot in the Defense industry.
Recognizing our commitment to community, we strive to reduce our environmental footprint; use less energy and other resources and produce less waste. At Aerojet Rocketdyne we are reminded that talking about being “Green” is not what we are about. Instead we want our actions and focus toward becoming a truly sustainable company to lead others to conclude that we the employees at Aerojet Rocketdyne value our community and environment and are working to do our part for future generations.
Part of that effort has resulted in a move from being just “energy consumers” to “energy managers” actively looking at ways to reduce energy use and increase our use of renewable energy sources. In addition to the numerous energy reduction efforts and an ongoing program to install smart meters throughout our facilities enabling the active management of our resources, we have also made significant strides toward more sustainable renewable energy sources.
Renewable Energy powers Aerojet Rocketdyne environmental operations.
In 2009, Aerojet Rocketdyne commissioned one of the largest corporate installations of solar power: a 3.5 megawatt facility at our Sacramento operations plant. This business decision proved so positive that in 2010 the company added an additional 2.5 megawatts for a total of six megawatts powering out operations. Read more about this innovative sustainable approach to energy usage here.
In partnership with Solar Power Inc. and Sacramento Municipal Utility District, Aerojet Rocketdyne embarked in a nationally recognized renewable energy project on its Sacramento, California facility. Upon completion in November 2009, the site was the largest single-site industrial solar installation in California and among the largest in the United States. At six megawatts, covering an area of 40+ acres, the installation has gained a lot of attention based on its size alone. In September 2009, the site was selected by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to serve as a back drop for a press conference where the governor signed an executive order calling for 33% of California's energy to be derived from renewable sources.
Reducing resource use and waste generation also contributes to a more sustainable business model at Aerojet Rocketdyne. Programs are in place to increase the efficient use of resources resulting in reduced waste streams and less impact to the community and environment. We are also focused on diverting any waste generated into reuse or recycling process streams to minimize landfill impacts.