Carmel Advances to Finalist Round for US Conference of Mayors City Livability Awards

March 26, 2010 - Carmel received notice today that it has advanced to the finalist round for the US Conference of Mayors City Livability Awards. The City of Carmel must now submit a more detailed application outlining the details and merits of its Class A Biosolids program by the April 26th deadline. The final award recipients will be announced in June during the Annual Conference of Mayors.

Carmel’s Class A Biosolids program was conceived as a way to reduce the city’s dependency on land application and land filing of its biosolids. It also enhances environmental protection, reduces costs to the city for wastewater treatment and converts a liability into an asset. Carmel implemented the BioPasteur system in October 2005 and the solar drying method in 2007. Carmel’s was the first municipal utilization of this process in the U.S.

The project reduces operating costs by eliminating chemical addition to the waste, recovering heat from the sludge, utilizing methane gas production and reducing waste disposal costs. The process turns the biosolids into an easy to handle soil-like substance. The dried Class A biosolids can safely be used as a soil conditioner, which has been named Carmel Green. It saves Carmel approximately $100,000 annually in landfill delivery charges and fees alone.

The City Livability Awards is one of the most competitive programs sponsored by the US Conference of Mayors. Each year hundreds of mayors and their city governments submit applications with a wide range of programs to compete for this award, which focuses on leadership and innovation. This honor recognizes  those cities that have developed “Best Practices” or successful programs improving the quality of life for their residents and businesses.