CINCINNATI, Ohio — xpedx, one of the largest and premier distribution companies in North America, has been awarded the ENERGY STAR at its locations in Hayward, Calif.; Reno, Nev.; and Pittsburgh, Pa. xpedx is also an “ENERGY STAR partner.” These acknowledgements reflect xpedx’s commitment to protect the environment through continuous improvement of its energy performance.
xpedx’s Hayward, Reno and Pittsburgh sites earned the ENERGY STAR by scoring in the top 25 percent of similar facilities nationwide for energy efficiency, based on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s energy performance rating system. These buildings use less energy, are less expensive to operate, meet strict energy performance standards and cause fewer greenhouse gas emissions than peer facilities.
David Wallace, xpedx’s director, Sustainability, said xpedx’s work with ENERGY STAR is an important part of its business-wide commitment to responsible stewardship of natural resources. “xpedx continues making great progress in maintaining sustainable operations, offering sustainable products and providing leadership in sustainable business practices for our customers and suppliers,” he said.
The xpedx sites in Hayward, Reno and Pittsburgh combined have more than 300,000 square feet of space. Michael Hoffner is the general manager at the Pittsburgh location. “xpedx is committed to work with its customers so we can all operate more sustainably,” he said. “The ENERGY STAR partnership validates that commitment and is just one of the many strategies we’ve implemented to save energy and lower our costs.”
As an “ENERGY STAR partner,” xpedx is tracking its energy consumption and improving its operating costs through energy saving strategies. xpedx has also committed to highlight its achievements as recognized by ENERGY STAR, support the ENERGY STAR challenge to improve the energy efficiency of America’s commercial and industrial buildings by at least 10 percent and spread the word about the importance of energy efficiency to its employees and communities where it operates.
xpedx now has 14 sites that have earned the ENERGY STAR and is on track to meet its goal of nine additional locations in 2012. ENERGY STAR is just one element in its overall sustainability strategy. xpedx will also work toward a 15 percent increase in its recycling program and continue its three-year project to reduce trash costs ten percent by December 2013. Additionally, xpedx has renewed its SmartWay certification this year through reduced emissions from its fleet.
About ENERGY STAR
ENERGY STAR is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy that helps to save money and protect the environment through energy efficient products and practices.
Cincinnati, Ohio-based xpedx, a business of International Paper (NYSE: IP), is one of the largest and premier distribution companies in North America. xpedx distributes a wide variety of print, packaging and facility solutions supplies and equipment to printers, manufacturers, retailers and commercial facilities from locations across North America. For more information about xpedx, its business segments and stewardship efforts visit xpedx.com.