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2011SC Johnson Global Sustainability Program
SC Johnson is a family-owned and managed business based in the USA. The company is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of household cleaning products and products for home storage, air care, and pest control.
The company has a long-standing commitment to the environment. From its early adoption of initiatives such as Climate Leaders and the Scope 3 Greenhouse Gas protocols, to its innovative use of renewable energy, SC Johnson has been committed to clean air for decades.
The company’s largest manufacturing facility, Waxdale, is powered by two cogeneration turbines, annually reducing emissions by 52,000 tons of carbon dioxide. Since 2005, the 2.2 million-square-foot facility has been powered by waste methane and natural gas, generating the daily base load of electricity and between half and all the steam needed for the plant’s operation.
Also contributing to the company’s greenhouse gas reduction is its commitment to wind power. SC Johnson is currently constructing two wind turbines at Waxdale that will reduce carbon emissions associated with powering the facility by 6000 metric tons annually. Also, since 2008, the company has sourced nearly half of the electricity for its Michigan factory from wind energy, replacing almost half the factory’s annual purchase of electricity with a clean, renewable source.
Finally, the company extends its air quality achievements throughout its entire product line. Its patented Greenlist process is designed to improve ingredients and packaging used in its household products, and has eliminated nearly 48 million pounds of VOCs from SC Johnson products in the last 5 years.
Kohl's — Sustainability Strategy
In 2009, Kohl's decided to take its energy efficiency strategy to the next level by pursuing three specific energy strategies: renewable energy certificates, solar power installations as a solar host, and lighting upgrades. In 2009, their purchase of 600,990,000 kWh of renewable energy certificates placed Kohl’s at the number two position for all of retail and 4th overall in the United States. This purchase “greens” 50% of Kohl’s energy used in all locations. This purchase of renewable energy has an environmental impact of removing 480 million pounds of carbon dioxide from the earth’s atmosphere, or removing more than 75,000 cars off the road annually. In 2009, 78 locations have activated solar power arrays on store rooftops. These will generate 35 million kilowatt hours annually. The arrays provide 20-50% of the stores power needs. 138,000 solar panels will be in use when the project is completed. In 2009, over 700 stores will be retrofitted with metal halide spotlights which use a third of the energy of the former incandescent spotlight, and also installed other energy saving fixtures.
In 2009, 99% of all domestic transportation miles were moved by EPA SmartWay Transport carriers. Every newly constructed store will be a United States Green Building Council LEED certified store, and 46 locations have already been certified. Four vegetable gardens will be installed at the Kohl’s corporate campus as teachings tool for the on-site corporate day care locations, and will support Milwaukee’s Hunger Task Force.
3M's Sustainability Program Reduces Air Emissions Worldwide — 3M, St. Paul, MN
3M introduced its Pollution Prevention Pays (3P) program over 30 years ago and has since set an example as a company committed to environmental stewardship. 3M recognizes that sustainable development and a commitment to reducing air emissions contributes to its long-term success. 3M serves as a model for sustainable development with emphasis on three principles: effective environmental stewardship, meaningful contributions to society, and the creation of economic value. 3M has set corporate environmental goals such as reducing volatile organic air emissions indexed to sales.
It similarly values community and educational outreach and gives financial support to local and regional groups that share its goals for sustainable development. 3M is working to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions through implementing transportation efficiency measures. Through this multi-pronged approach, 3M has dramatically reduced its air and greenhouse gas emissions worldwide.
For more information on the Clean Air Excellence Awards Program, contact Pat Childers of EPA's Office of Air and Radiation at (202) 564-1082 or firstname.lastname@example.org.