West Orange , NJ - EarthColor announced today its agreement to purchase clean, emission-free wind energy equal to 100 percent of its energy usage at its locations throughout the US. According the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Green Power Partnership, this renewable energy purchase is the largest in the printing industry. The full service printing company announced an agreement to purchase the wind energy from Pennsylvania-based wind energy marketer and developer Community Energy, Inc. The company's wind purchase is one of several major corporate initiatives aimed at improving the environment.
"Given our corporate-wide efforts to make EarthColor the leading environmental printer, a clean energy purchase fits with our mission," said CEO Robert Kashan. "We are excited about the series of sustainable initiatives that reduce our environmental impact at every stage of the printing process, from the electricity we use to power our technology, to the finished products we present our customers."
In addition to the wind energy purchase, EarthColor possesses Chain of Custody Certification from the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) which supports sustainable forestry practices. The company's Ronkonkoma, NY facility is waterless capable; the environmental benefits of printing waterless aside from the dramatic conservation of our water resources is the elimination of dampening-related volatile organic compounds (VOCs), further decreasing their direct greenhouse gas emissions. EarthColor is also making an environmentally friendly impact with its recent installations of Xerox iGen3's in New Jersey and Texas. The iGEN3's are Xerox's most "GREEN" machines designed for the commercial print industry. The dry inks used are non-toxic and have a transfer efficiency rate approaching 100 percent, their operation creates little waste, emits 80 percent less noise than a conventional offset press and neither generates nor uses hazardous materials.
With facilities in Arizona, New Jersey, New York, Florida and Texas, EarthColor will buy a total of 25 million kilowatt-hours (kWhs) of clean wind energy per year for the next three years. The estimated environmental benefit from this purchase is equal to offsetting more than 33 million pounds of carbon dioxide per year, the impact of which is equivalent to planting more than 2.2 million trees or removing over 2,400 cars from the road per year.
Community Energy President Brent Alderfer stated, "EarthColor is leading the energy challenge by converting their energy use to an environmental advantage. Purchasing wind power for their electricity needs sets the standard that makes a clean and secure energy future possible."
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