September 3, 2010 - Representatives from the U.S. Conference of Mayors will be attending the Carmel Chamber of Commerce meeting on Wednesday, September 8, 2010 to present the Outstanding Achievement Livability Award to Mayor Jim Brainard. The City received this honor for the process Carmel Utilities has implemented for its Class A Biosolids program that produces a useful product Carmel Green.
Carmel’s Class A Biosolids program was conceived as a way to reduce the city’s dependency on land application and land filling 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 U.S. 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.