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Abbott Again Recognized for Environmental Initiatives in Illinois
Date:10/28/2010

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Abbott Receives the Illinois Continuous Improvement Award, the Ninth Time the Company Has Been Honored for Local Environmental Efforts

ABBOTT PARK, Ill., Oct. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Abbott (NYSE: ABT) announced today that it has received the annual Illinois Continuous Improvement Award for environmental excellence.  It is the ninth time Abbott has been honored for its efforts to safeguard the environment and integrate sustainability initiatives at its corporate headquarters and throughout its operations in Illinois.

"Abbott's efforts in Illinois are part of our broader commitment to safeguard the environment across all areas of our business and in all global communities in which we operate," said Corlis Murray, vice president, Global Engineering Services, Abbott. "We have set aggressive targets to achieve environmental results in the areas of greenhouse gas emissions, water usage and waste reduction.  We're taking a holistic approach to our environmental impact, from sourcing of raw materials to the use of our products by consumers and health care professionals."

Abbott was recognized for six projects aimed at implementing "green processes" and reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions at its manufacturing and research and development facilities in Lake County, Illinois.  These initiatives included:

  • Implementing changes to manufacturing processes to significantly reduce the amount of non-water-based materials used in production; and
  • Reducing electricity and steam usage in air handling systems and improving energy efficiency in manufacturing and research and development buildings, eliminating approximately
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