State Environmental Stewardship Initiative to Recognize New Members at March 12 Meeting in Raleigh

RALEIGH – The N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources will recognize the newest members of its Environmental Stewardship Initiative during a meeting tomorrow in the William G. Ross Environmental Conference Center in the Nature Research Center wing of the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences, 11 West Jones St., Raleigh.

ESI member facilities from across the state will gather at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday to hear presentations from the state’s most recent facilities to achieve Environmental Steward, the highest level of ESI – Daimler Trucks North America, LLC – Cleveland Truck Plant, and Firestone Fibers and Textiles – Kings Mountain Plant. These facilities are being recognized for their superior environmental performance, commitment to continued reduction of environmental impact and demonstrated commitment to exceed compliance.

The ESI program has 132 member sites in 56 counties statewide, representing a broad array of industry sectors including pharmaceutical; manufacturers; agribusiness; local, state and federal government agencies; schools and universities. The program consists of three levels: Partners, Rising Stewards and Stewards, the highest level of achievement. This year, the program has grown to 18 Stewards, 15 Rising Stewards and 99 Partner sites.

John E. Skvarla, III, secretary of the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources, will recognize the following new members for their commitment to environmental improvement: five new Environmental Partners – RedViking Group, LLC; Leggett & Platt 0N64 High Point Furniture; Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Knotts Grove Campus; Keihin Carolina System Technology, LLC; and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency at Research Triangle Park. This year’s three new Rising Stewards – Daimler Trucks North America – Gastonia Components & Logistics; Eaton Corporation – Raleigh Plant Operations; and Eaton Corporation – Youngsville Plant Operations – will be acknowledged for their commitment to compliance, environmental performance goals and development of an environmental management system.

ESI members make a formal public commitment to environmental performance goals when they join the program. From 2004-2011, members of this DENR-sponsored initiative saved more than 3 billion gallons of water; almost 42 million BTUs of energy; more than 237 million gallons of wastewater; more than 366,000 tons of landfill waste; more than 1,200 tons of air emissions; and 780 tons of hazardous waste. Total financial savings at the facilities based on environmental reductions were reported at more than $50 million.

For more detailed information or to see a complete list of members and a map of facility sites, please visit the Environmental Stewardship Initiative website at www.ncesi.org . You may also contact Julie Woosley at 919-707-8113 or julie.woosley@ncdenr.gov ; Scott Fister at 919-707-8131 or scott.fister@ncdenr.gov ; or Angela Barger at 919-707-8126 or angela.barger@ncdenr.gov .

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