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EPA Selects Austin Facility for Participation in National Environmental Performance Track, Recognizes Top Environmental Performers

Release Date: 9/3/2003
Contact Information: For more information contact the Office of External Affairs at (214) 665-2200.

      Aug. 22, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency accepted 25 new members into the National Environmental Performance Track program, including the Motorola Inc., Ed Bluestein facility at 3501 Ed Bluestein Blvd. in Austin, Texas.
      "Through Performance Track, EPA recognizes and rewards businesses and public facilities that demonstrate strong environmental performance beyond current requirements," EPA Regional Administrator Richard E. Greene said.  "While building a collaborative relationship with EPA, Performance Track participants realize environmental results beyond what could be achieved through regulation and enforcement alone.  Their efforts will be of significant help as we work towards our ultimate goal: cleaner air, purer water and better protected land."

      The National Environmental Performance Track was designed by EPA to recognize and encourage top environmental performers -- those companies and communities that voluntarily go beyond compliance with regulatory requirements to attain levels of environmental performance that benefit the environment, people and communities.

      Building on previous innovation programs with states, businesses, and community and environmental groups, Performance Track emphasizes continuous environmental improvement, effective state/EPA relationships, and the need to inform and involve citizens and communities.

      The newest Performance Track members have made environmental commitments to reduce water consumption, reduce emissions of particulate matter, increase recycling and reduce total solid waste.  Members agree to meet these commitments within the next three years.  

      As a member of the Performance Track program, Motorola has specifically committed to reduce water use from approximately 407 million gallons per year to approximately 388 million gallons per year by expanding its water reclamation system and to reduce solid waste from 1930 tons per year to 1730 tons per year by improving its reuse and recycle programs.
      The facility will reduce solid waste generation from 423 tons per year to 375 tons per year by investing in tools that use less chemicals and through waste minimization and source reduction projects. Motorola will also reduce energy use from 217 million kilowatt hours per year to 210 million kilowatt hours per year.

      Since its inception in June 2000, Performance Track has recognized 325 members for their achievements and their commitment to continuously improving their environmental performance.  Performance Track's member facilities represent both small businesses and large companies from the chemical, electronic, automotive, dry cleaning and pharmaceutical industries, among others.  

      More information about Performance Track is available on EPA's web site,