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EPA recognizes Earth Day Champions

Release Date: 4/21/2003
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Release Date: 4/21/2003
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      Denver -- Tomorrow, Earth Day, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 8 leadership team members will recognize three government and private enterprises in Boulder and Fort Collins CO, and Moab, UT that have voluntarily contributed to a better environment.
At 7 p.m. on Thursday, at the Colorado Sustainability Summit hosted by the University of Colorado Environmental Center in Boulder, CO, EPA Acting Assistant Regional Administrator Steve Tuber will present an Earth Day award to White Wave of Boulder.

The producers of Silk soymilk and White Wave soy products have committed to replacing all its traditional energy with wind generated power -- purchasing 100 percent wind power. White Wave is the largest U.S. company to replace all the power it uses in manufacturing and operations with wind power. White Wave founder and owner Steve Demos will accept the award prior to the keynote address in the CU University Memorial Center by author and sustainability expert Hunter Lovins.

Beginning in January, White Wave initiated its wind energy support program by purchasing 20 million kilowatt hours of green tags, the industry term for wind power credits. The purchase means the energy that White Wave draws from the nation=s power grid will be replaced by wind energy, thus increasing the quantity of clean energy available for every electricity user in the United States.

White Wave estimates that this conversion will prevent 16,000 tons of greenhouse gases from entering the environment. Their purchase has the same effect as eliminating the emissions of 3,200 cars or planting more than 4,400 acres of trees.

During an Earth Day Festival at Avogadro=s in Fort Collins, CO, from 5-9 p.m., Deputy Assistant Regional Administrator Mike Gaydosh will present an Earth Day award to the New Belgium Brewing Co., Inc., Fort Collins, for being a green brewery. Company founder and owner Jeff Lebesch will accept the award.

New Belgium Brewing Co. is using environmentally preferable products and processes, minimizing resource consumption, maximizing energy efficiency and recycling.

New Belgium is the first wind-powered brewery in America. In addition to brewing award-winning beer, the company recycles all damaged cardboard cartons, keg caps, amber glass, office materials and even plastic shrink wrap.

Assistant Regional Administrator Carol Rushin will present an Earth Day award to the City of Moab, UT, Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. during its Earth Day observance at the Moab Information Center in downtown Moab.

Moab is working with the Utah Energy Office to become the first community in Utah to join the Blue Sky Wind Energy program. The program recognizes entities that commit to purchasing at least 10 percent of total energy needs as pollution-free wind power.

Rushin will present the award following Earth Day observance remarks by Moab Mayor Dave Sakrison, and the presentation of a Blue Sky Flag to the City by Bill Edmonds and Deb Dull of Utah Power.