KINGMAN - For the second time in five years, the Arizona Department of Transportation equipment shop in Kingman is being recognized for significantly reducing its impact on the environment.
The full-service shop, which has eight employees and maintains about 500 vehicles a year, recently received ADOT's Green Shop Award. It is given out annually to two ADOT equipment shops - a full-service shop and a satellite shop - that provide excellent customer service while being environmentally friendly. The other winning shop is located in Payson.
"We take a lot of pride in winning this award," said Steve Carspecken, supervisor of the equipment shop since 2003. "We work very hard at being environmentally friendly and the guys here take it seriously. We believe it's important to do what we can to reduce or remove our environmental footprint."
The equipment shop, located on East Andy Devine Avenue, maintains, repairs and fuels a variety of equipment from small engines to large vehicles for ADOT throughout northwest Arizona. It also provides services to more than 40 government agencies, including the Arizona Department of Public Safety and the Arizona Department of Game and Fish. Services range from diagnostics and repair to a complete rebuild or refurbishment.
The Green Shop program was developed in 2006 and the first statewide competition between ADOT equipment shops took place in 2008. The Kingman equipment shop was one of the two winners that year. Winners are chosen after surprise visits to the shop, where they are graded for complying with ADOT's Best Management Practices Manual implementing environmental methods that go beyond standard practices.
Those methods include installing a fully enclosed waste transfer system for liquids, using water-based parts cleaning and brake washers instead of spray solvents, making emergency spill kits available in service bays and chemical storage areas, using drip pans in outside areas to control fluid leakage under vehicles, and providing secondary containment for hazardous materials storage indoors and outdoors.
"We try to set the standard, maintain it and continually improve on it," said Carspecken. "That means we're always challenging ourselves to come up with new ideas to help us protect the environment.
"Everyone's input is welcome here. We call it leading by example, and hopefully, when the private sector sees what we've done, they'll follow our example."