From managing emissions during the week to picking up trash along her hiking trail on the weekends, environmental engineer Kaylin Contag takes a great deal of responsibility and pride in protecting the planet. And at Koch Fertilizer, Contag is one of many who feel the same way.
At Koch, “everybody has a responsibility to step up and make sure they’re doing the right thing. We challenge ourselves every day to go above and beyond what’s required,” Contag said.
Contag also leads the facility’s safety committee of employees, who have planted trees and trawled the Des Moines River in canoes for litter. She knows her work will always be evolving.
“Everybody has a responsibility to step up and make sure they’re doing the right thing. We challenge ourselves every day to go above and beyond what’s required.”
For Contag, the success behind Koch’s commitment to environmental stewardship can be traced to the breadth and depth of experience that her coworkers bring to the site.
“You’ve got someone who’s worked here for 35 years, and you’ve got someone who’s just started. One person has seen a lot, and another person is coming in with that new set of eyes,” Contag said. “But by combining those two viewpoints, you can innovate an idea to meet new standards and create new goals.”
One of the most fulfilling parts of her job, Contag remarked, is seeing how Koch’s compliance culture rubs off on its clients and contractors.
“Being able to see that change in them, when they realize that we may be a big company, but we care about your safety and we care about operating responsibly and efficiently. That’s rewarding,” she said.
Koch Fertilizer is currently creating a product that allows farmers to produce more food using less nitrogen. A more efficient use of resources benefits both the environment and farmers.