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Earth Day News: Shaklee Corporation is First Consumer Products Company to Offset Greenhouse Gas Emissions Via the EPA Climate Leaders Program and Use 100 Percent Green Energy

Submitted by: Shaklee Corporation

Categories: Environment, Corporate Social Responsibility

Posted: Apr 21, 2007 – 09:00 AM EST

 

Shaklee Eliminates 8.42 Million Pounds of CO2 Emissions; Joins EPA Green Power Partnership in Time for Earth Day

PLEASANTON, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 20, 2007--Shaklee Corporation, the first company in the world to be Climate Neutral(TM) certified to totally offset its CO2 emissions, resulting in a net zero impact on the environment, today adds another "first" to its list of environmental achievements: Shaklee is the first consumer products company to offset 100 percent of its U.S. CO2 emissions through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) Climate Leaders program and buy 100 percent green energy or renewable power to meet its purchased electricity needs. The company's 2006 Climate Leaders commitment will prevent 8.42 million pounds (3,818 metric tons) of greenhouse gases (GHG) from entering the atmosphere each year.

"EPA applauds Shaklee for its environmental efforts through our Climate Leaders and Green Power Partnership programs," said Bill Wehrum, acting assistant administrator for EPA's office of Air and Radiation. "By committing to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and purchase renewable energy, they are leading by example."

Added Roger Barnett, Shaklee Chairman and CEO, "Shaklee has a 50-year legacy of caring for our environment. This green power milestone is yet another example of our pioneering efforts to protect the planet."

Prior to Earth Day, Shaklee also earned EPA Green Power Partner status, joining The World Bank Group, New York University and Vail Resorts Inc. (NYSE: MTN) as partners that are buying 100 percent green power. The EPA Green Power Partnership encourages U.S. organizations to voluntarily purchase green power as a way to reduce the risk of climate change and the environmental impacts associated with conventional electricity use.

Added Daniel C. Esty, Director of the Center for Business and Environment at Yale and co-author Green to Gold: How Smart Companies Use Environmental Strategy to Innovate, Create Value and Build Competitive Advantage, "Shaklee continues to set standards in environmental stewardship. We hope the 100 percent green power achievement is emulated by other companies."

Shaklee will purchase its green or renewable power from San Francisco-based 3 Phases Energy, a renewable energy supplier. Renewable power is derived from a sustainable source such as wind, solar, or geothermal energy. Shaklee will purchase 6,046,000 kWhs (kilowatt hours) of nationally sourced renewable energy in 2006 and 6,048,000 kWhs of nationally sourced wind energy in 2007. Both purchases are Green-e certified through the Center for Resource Solutions.

Shaklee Environmental Activities: 2006-2007

Shaklee, the first company in the world to be Climate Neutral(TM) certified, has a long history of environmental stewardship. Following is a list of the company's efforts to reduce the impact of climate change during the last 12 months:

Tree-planting. Shaklee partnered with 2004 Nobel Peace laureate Dr. Wangari Maathai, who is the Global Ambassador for the company's "A Million Trees. Million Dreams"(TM) environmental campaign, which launched on Earth Day 2006. To date, Shaklee has planted more than 320,000 trees. Each tree will offset the equivalent of 0.9 metric tons of CO2 over its lifetime.

Carbon Neutral Convention. In August 2006, Shaklee hosted San Francisco's first carbon neutral convention by offsetting 5,500 metric tons of GHG emissions associated with the company's 50th Anniversary Convention, which attracted nearly 10,000 attendees. The offset was accomplished by tree-planting in San Francisco and in Kenya, with Dr. Maathai's Green Belt Movement

Earth-friendly products. Shaklee introduced a new line of nontoxic, super-concentrated household cleaners called Get Clean(TM). To date, sales of the Get Clean Starter Kit, which contains just about everything needed to clean your home, have helped offset 2,381 metric tons of GHG emissions, compared with conventional ready-to-use cleaners.

EPA Climate Leader. As noted above, Shaklee offset more than 3,000 metric tons of GHG from electricity use through its purchase of green power.

Green Power Partner. Shaklee joins The World Bank Group, New York University and Vail Resorts, Inc. (NYSE: MTN) as EPA Green Power Partners committed to buying 100 percent green power in order to meet the organization's total purchased electricity use nationwide.

"At Shaklee, we believe we each have a personal responsibility to do our part to make the world a better and safer place for our children and future generations," added Barnett.

About Shaklee Corporation

For 50 years, Shaklee has been a leading provider of premium quality, natural nutrition, and personal care products, environmentally-friendly household products, and state-of-the-art air and water treatment systems. In 2000, Shaklee became the first company in the world to be Climate Neutral(TM) certified to totally offset its CO2 emissions, resulting in a net zero impact on the environment. With a robust product portfolio, including over 45 patents and patents pending worldwide, Shaklee has more than 750,000 Members and Distributors worldwide and operates in the U.S., Mexico, Canada, Japan, Malaysia, Taiwan, and soon, in China. For more information about Shaklee, visit Shaklee.com.

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