According to Business Wire, ConAgra Foods recently announced today the winners of its 2011 Sustainable Development Awards, an internal awards program intended to drive and reward innovative approaches to sustainability that produce tangible business results. This year, combined results from the 78 entries reduced carbon emissions by more than 30,000 metric tons, eliminated 37,000 tons of landfill waste and 91 tons of packaging material, and conserved 137 million gallons of water. The projects also delivered more than $18 million in savings. One award was given in each of five categories. In the Climate Change & Energy Efficiency category, the ConAgra Foods Lamb Weston/RDO Frozen Foods plant in Park Rapids, Minn., won for its trio of projects upgrading its compressed air system, reducing refrigeration head pressure and increasing use of biogas. The award for Water Resources – Conservation & Wastewater Management was given to ConAgra Foods’ Quincy, Wash., facility. The company’s Russellville, Ark., facility took home the award for Solid Waste Reduction & Recycling thanks to a recycling program implemented by the facility’s employee-driven green team. The Sustainable Packaging, Product & Process Innovation award was given to the company’s Slim Jim packaging team, based in Omaha, for a program that replaced the meat stick brand’s canister package with a more environmentally and pantry-friendly paperboard carton. The company’s Snacks facility in Waterloo, Iowa, received the Sustainable Business Practices award for an initiative that allowed the facility to liquefy sugar internally.