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Five Northwest companies join EPA’s innovative Performance Track Program
Release Date: 04/03/2007
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(Seattle, Wash. – April 3, 2007) – Five Oregon and Washington companies are the newest members of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Performance Track program, joining more than 450 companies nationwide in their commitment to environmental stewardship.
Below are the five new Northwest members:
- Boise Cascade, Wallula, Washington;
- Covanta Marion, Inc., Brooks, Oregon;
- Lake Roosevelt Vacations, Inc., Kettle Falls, Washington;
- Milgard Pultrusion, Tacoma, Washington; and
- Xerox Office Group, Wilsonville, Oregon.
EPA’s Performance Track program recognizes and drives environmental excellence by encouraging facilities with strong environmental records to go above and beyond their legal requirements. In partnership with EPA, members voluntarily commit to measurable goals to improve the quality of our nation’s air, water and land. Members include major corporations, small businesses, and public facilities that are steering a course toward environmental excellence – and setting an example for others to follow.
EPA reviewed applications for sustained compliance with environmental regulations. The five Pacific Northwest facilities qualified for the program through their past environmental achievements, continuous commitment to environmental improvements and implementation of a strong Environmental Management System. Over the next three years, the facilities have committed to specific environmental improvements including reducing greenhouse gas emissions, fresh water consumption, non-hazardous waste generation, hazardous waste generation and energy use. These goals go beyond what the companies would normally do to comply with environmental laws.
These five facilities have committed to the following environmental improvements over the next three years:
- Boise Cascade has committed to reducing heat loading into the Columbia River; conserving and recycling more than 400 million gallons of water and reducing their non-hazardous waste generation;
- Covanta Marion has committed to reducing total energy use throughout their facility and reducing their fresh water consumption through improved recycling efforts;
- Lake Roosevelt Vacations has committed to reducing their non-hazardous waste generation and to purchasing more recycled and recyclable products;
- Milgard Pultrusion has committed to reducing their hazardous waste generation, waste sent to landfills and their total energy use; and
- Xerox Office Group has committed to improving their waste management system, reducing their water consumption by 3 million gallons and reducing hazardous material use.
"The more organizations that are engaged in the search for continuous improvement, the more we can achieve in terms of environmental results and effective partnerships," said Dan Fiorino, EPA’s Performance Track Director. "We congratulate our newest round of member facilities as they chart new paths toward environmental excellence."
To date, Performance Track members have collectively reduced their water use by 3.5 billion gallons, reduced their greenhouse gas emissions by 88,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent, and conserved more than 14,000 acres of land while helping to protect their local and national environment.
As part of Performance Track, the new Pacific Northwest facilities are eligible for numerous program benefits including EPA recognition, national and local networking opportunities, and regulatory and administrative incentives which reduce paperwork, expedite processing, increase flexibility and help facilities focus on environmental improvement.
For more information about Performance Track, visit https://www.epa.gov/performancetrack or call 1-888-339-PTRK.