While Earth Day 2013 may have come and gone, Mohawk, a manufacturer of fine papers, envelopes and specialty substrates for commercial and digital printing, strives to make every day Earth Day. And so far, the company’s efforts have been successful. For the seventh year in a row, the Environmental Protection Agency has recognized Mohawk as one of the greenest organizations in the U.S. by including it on the 100% Green Power Users list.
The term “green power” is defined by the EPA as “environmentally preferable electricity produced from a subset of renewable resources, including solar, wind, geothermal, biogas, eligible biomass, and low-impact hydropower.” In order to be designated as a 100% Green Power User, a company must purchase enough green power to match its use of on-site electricity 100%.
Here’s what Mohawk’s vice president of environmental and energy stewardship, Michelle Carpenter, had to say:
We are pleased to again be recognized by the EPA for our environmental and sustainable business practices. As a paper manufacturer, we have always understood that our dependence on basic resources such as water, wood fiber, and energy creates a unique responsibility for environmental stewardship. We continually examine every aspect of our business with the objective of minimizing our environmental footprint in every way possible. Environmental responsibility is at the core of Mohawk’s ethos.
Other companies honored as leading renewable energy purchasers include Whole Foods Market, Intel and (believe it or not) the Empire State Building. In addition to making the list since 2006, Mohawk has also continued its Green Power Leadership Club membership since 2005.
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