Submitted by: Neenah Paper
Posted: Sep 15, 2009 – 04:54 PM EST
ALPHARETTA, Ga., Sep. 15 /CSRwire/ - Atlanta-based Neenah Paper (NYSE: NP) announced it has received a 2009 national Green Power Leadership Award from the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The EPA co-sponsors the Green Power Leadership Awards in conjunction with the United States Department of Energy (DOE) and the Center for Resource Solutions (CRS) to recognize the leading actions of organizations, programs, and individuals that significantly advance the development of green power sources.
Neenah Paper was one of only 10 companies in the United States to be named a Green Power Purchaser at the 2009 awards ceremony held in Atlanta on Sept. 14 in conjunction with the Renewable Energy Markets conference.
"Neenah Paper is honored to be recognized by the EPA for our efforts to help reduce our impact on the environment," said John Gray, director of engineering and energy at Neenah Paper. "At every turn, we want to make meaningful choices that conserve our natural resources. Green power purchasing is one way we can help to accelerate the nation's transition to cleaner renewable energy."
Green Power Purchasers are recognized by the EPA for their outstanding leadership through purchases of green power from a utility green-pricing program, a competitive green marketer or a renewable energy certificate (REC) supplier. Neenah Paper's energy purchase consists of environmentally preferable, renewable sources of energy such as wind and biomass, which have little to no impact on the environment and produce no net greenhouse gas emissions in generating electricity.
Neenah Paper has been a green power purchaser since 2005 and, in 2006, became a member of the EPA's Green Power Partner Leadership Club, a program that recognizes organizations for voluntarily purchasing a higher percentage of green power than minimum partnership requirements.
Since its initial purchase of green power, Neenah Paper has continued to expand its commitment to the environment and the purchase of green power is now only a piece of Neenah's overall commitment. The remainder is reflected throughout the entire operation of the company, including Neenah's investment in Forest Stewardship Council Chain of Custody Certification, Green Seal Certification, and most recently, their participation in the EPA SmartWay Transport Partnership.
"We continue to look for ways to be a leader in sustainability and to meet international standards for socially responsible behavior," noted Gray. "It not only helps us reach our sustainability goals, but encourages others to make a shift to cleaner sources of electricity."
About Neenah Paper
For over 100 years, Neenah Paper has been an innovative leader in the creation and manufacturing of premium and specialty papers. Neenah brings state-of-the-art technology to its signature brands, CLASSIC®, ENVIRONMENT®, STARWHITE®, NEENAH® and SUNDANCE®, as well as a host of other fine paper products preferred by graphic designers and printers. Neenah's award-winning and versatile digital papers round out its comprehensive portfolio. Neenah's sustainability commitment is reflected through the Neenah Green initiative, which includes mill-based solutions for minimizing environmental impact. A proud consumer of Green Energy, Neenah Paper is also a U.S. EPA Green Power Partner, and manufactures many brands carrying the Green-e, Green Seal and Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certifications (SW-COC-000885). For more information, visit www.neenahpaper.com or call (800) 558-5061.
About EPA's Green Power Partnership
EPA's Green Power Partnership is a voluntary program helping to increase the use of green power among leading U.S. organizations. The program encourages organizations to purchase green power as a way to reduce the risk of climate change and environmental impacts associated with conventional electricity use. Partners include a wide variety of leading organizations such as Fortune 500 companies, local, state, and federal governments, trade associations, as well as colleges and universities. For additional information, please visit www.epa.gov/greenpower.
Neenah Paper, www.neenahpaper.com
Renewable Energy Markets Conference 2009, www.renewableenergymarkets.com
EPA Green Power Partnership, www.epa.gov/greenpower
Green Power Leadership Awards, www.renewableenergymarkets.com/gpla_details.shtml
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