Manufacturing Companies Applauded For Environmental Efforts

Companies join EPA's Performance Track Program.

Toyota Motor Corp., Boise Cascade, Frito-Lay Inc., Shaw Industries Inc., Swiss Re and Toshiba International Corp. became the newest members of the EPA's Performance Track Program. In total 55 new facilities joined the list and twelve companies already in the program added new facilities.

The Performance Track is a partnership program that 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.

Since 2000 these companies have reduced water use by 3.5 billion gallons and reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 88,000 metric tons and conserved more than 14,000 acres of land while helping to protect their local and national environment.

"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.

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.

Information on the National Environmental Performance Track program:
http://www.epa.gov/performancetrack

Information on the new Performance Track members:
http://www.epa.gov/performancetrack/round13PTFacilities.htm

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