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Mohawk Fine Papers Inc. has once again been recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as a leading green power purchaser. Having been awarded the Green Power Leadership Award in 2005 and named Partner of the Year in 2007, 2009 is the third time that Mohawk has been recognized by EPA.
The 2009 Green Power Partner of the Year Award was presented to Mohawk at an event held in conjunction with the Renewable Energy Markets Conference in Atlanta. It is awarded to companies that distinguish themselves through their purchase, leadership, overall strategy and impact on the green power market.
"EPA's Green Power Leadership Award winners are raising the bar for green power purchasing," said Kathleen Hogan, director of EPA's Climate Protection Partnerships Division. "Mohawk Fine Papers is leading the national transition to clean, renewable energy; they are a model for others to follow."
Mohawk's current annual purchase of 110 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power is enough green power to meet 113 percent of the organization's 2008 electricity use. Mohawk purchases renewable energy certificates (RECs) from 3Degrees and Sterling Planet. In addition to its purchase of RECs, Mohawk offsets the thermal energy emissions associated with the production of its entire Beckett Concept, Beckett Expression, Strathmore Writing and Strathmore Script product lines, effectively making these papers carbon neutral within Mohawk's manufacturing operations.
Mohawk Fine Papers Inc. currently ranks No. 31 on EPA's National Top 50 list of green power purchasers that have completed the largest annual voluntary purchases through July 7, 2009. EPA updates its Top Partner lists quarterly at http://www.epa.gov/greenpower/toplists/.
About EPA's Green Power Partnership
The Green Power Partnership is a voluntary program that encourages organizations to buy green power as a way to reduce the environmental impacts associated with purchased electricity use. The Partnership currently has more than 1,000 Partner organizations voluntarily purchasing billions of kilowatt-hours of green power annually. Partners include a wide variety of leading organizations such as Fortune 500 companies, small and medium sized businesses, local, state and federal governments, and colleges and universities. For additional information, visit http://www.epa.gov/greenpower.
Recognized for its technical innovation and environmental focus, Mohawk Fine Papers Inc. is the largest manufacturer of premium printing, writing and digital paper in North America. Signature grades include Strathmore , Beckett , Mohawk Superfine, Via , BriteHue, Carnival, Synergy, Solutions, Nekoosa Linen, Mohawk Color Copy and proprietary Inxwell products, Navajo and Options. Mohawk is also the exclusive marketer of Kromekote and Knightkote, premium coated brands manufactured by Smart Papers. Mohawk engineers its papers to provide optimal performance for sheetfed, web and digital printing. Uses for Mohawk papers include corporate reports, corporate identity systems, brochures, packaging, invitations and announcements. Mohawk Digital Papers are also used in on-demand photo books, personalized direct mail and custom packaging.