The Alabama Wildlife Federation honored Honda Manufacturing of Alabama with the Air Conservationist of the Year Award at its 2014 Governor’s Conservation Achievement Awards banquet, held Friday at the Marriott Legends at Capitol Hill in Prattville, according to a press release from the organization.

The banquet was co-sponsored by Alabama Power Company and PowerSouth Energy. Additional sponsors included Consolidated Construction Company, Consolidated Pipe & Supply, Inc., First South Farm Credit, Hinton Lumber Products, Josh and Mary Virginia Mandell, Lee Thuston, Russell Lands and Talladega Superspeedway. The Westervelt Company sponsored the social event prior to the banquet. Alabama Gulf seafood was sponsored by the Alabama Seafood Marketing Commission.

ÊThe AWF Governor’s Conservation Achievement Awards (GCAA) are the most respected conservation honors in the state of Alabama, the release said. Over the past 40 years, AWF has presented these awards to individuals and organizations that make great contributions to the conservation of Alabama’s wildlife and related natural resources.

“Honda Manufacturing of Alabama builds the Acura MDX, Honda Odyssey, Ridgeline and the Pilot,” the release said. “The management at this facility is extremely conscious of the potential for air pollution and is committed to meeting and exceeding all standards for air pollution controls.”

The manufacturer installed new technology to control emissions of volatile organic compounds and absorb carbon. Through the use of a carbon adsorption system with a regenerative thermal oxidizer, volatile organic compounds are collected and destroyed in a manner that uses less fuel and reduces air pollutants, the release explained. Even though more automobiles are being produced at the facility, the installation of the new system has resulted in a 60 metric ton reduction annually in volatile organic compounds. The regenerative thermal oxidizer avoids an increase in direct annual emissions of almost one metric ton of nitrogen oxide and over 1,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide, the release said.

“Honda Manufacturing of Alabama will continue to be environmentally conscious by evaluating new and more efficient technologies to help reduce energy use and exceeding air emission standards in our state,” the release said.Ê

The Alabama Wildlife Federation, established by sportsmen in 1935, is the state’s oldest and largest citizens’ conservation organization.Ê The mission of the group is to promote conservation and wise use of Alabama’s wildlife and related natural resources as a basis for economic and social prosperity.Ê

To learn more about AWF, including membership details, programs and projects, contact Alabama Wildlife Federation at 1-800-822-WILD or visit