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EPA Performance Track Program Reaches 470-Member Mark
Release Date: 03/06/2007
Contact Information: Dave Ryan, (202) 564-4355 / email@example.com
(Washington, D.C. - March 6, 2007) From leading food and beverage companies to a major automobile manufacturer, 55 new facilities have joined the National Environmental Performance Track. The partnership program recognizes facilities that set three-year goals for continuous improvements in environmental performance beyond their legal requirements, have internal systems in place to manage their environmental impacts, engage in local outreach about their performance and publicly report results.
“Because these facilities have strong environmental records and are willing to publicly commit to continuously improve their environmental performance, EPA recognizes them for their leadership,” said Performance Track Director Dan Fiorino.
Since the 2000 inception of this facility-based rather than company-based program, Performance Track membership has grown to 470 members in 46 states and Puerto Rico, and those members have made 1,500 commitments to benefit the environment in both regulated and unregulated areas. 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.
Forty-seven of the new members have committed to reduce their waste generation over the next three years; 37 facilities plan to reduce energy use; 25 facilities pledge to reduce their water use; and 17 facilities have committed to reduce their air emissions. Sixteen have committed to focus on EPA-defined regional and national environmental priorities.
Performance Track members come from a wide range of industries, such as automotive, paper, personal care products, pharmaceuticals, and government agencies. This membership round also includes first-time applications from Boise Cascade, Frito-Lay Inc., Shaw Industries Inc., Swiss Re, Toshiba International Corp., and Toyota Motor Corp. Twelve companies already represented in Performance Track added new facilities to the program. Covanta Energy Corp. added eight new facilities for a total of 13 Performance Track facilities. Performance Track now has its first U.S. Federal Aviation Administration facility (the Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center in Oklahoma City) and its second international airport, the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, in the program. A Swiss Re facility in Armonk, N.Y., is the first Performance Track member from the financial sector.
Performance Track facilities must meet all environmental regulatory requirements and typically make four additional commitments to the environment (small facilities make two). For example, the Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center, the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, and Swiss Re – Armonk are each committing to reduce their energy use by 10 percent over the next three years through several means, including changing to compressed natural gas vehicles, increasing reliance on renewable energy sources, and offsetting carbon emissions.
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