Star4D Painter Training Program Leads to Conservation Award

The Star4D Painter Training Program, lead by Principle Investigator, Rick Klein, and housed at the Iowa Waste Reduction Center, was recognized as a key component in a recently awarded conservation award presented by the Alabama Wildlife Federation. The Aviation Center Logistic Command at Fort Rucker, which uses Star4D virtual painting techniques to train helicopters and other service equipment technicians, was awarded the Air Conservationist of the Year award. By incorporating Star4D's painter training program, Fort Rucker estimates they reduce consumption of more than 10,000 pounds of hazardous waste per year and they reduce the amount of coating materials by more than 300 gallons per year; this is an annual savings of nearly $50,000. Most importantly, by using Star4D painting techniques, Fort Rucker has prevented their employees from being exposed to unnecessary hazardous materials in addition to preventing the generation of hazardous waste and volatile organic compounds. For more information about the Star4D Program, visit their website. Congratulations to Rick Klein and the entire staff at Iowa Waste Reduction Center.