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Five New Performance Track Members Pledge to Improve the Environment with Goals that Surpass Environmental Regulations

Release Date: 09/24/2008
Contact Information: Laura Niles, (404) 562-8353, niles.laura@epa.gov

(Atlanta, Ga. – September 24, 2008) Five new facilities in the Southeast are among the 42 new members nationwide that have set goals that exceed environmental requirements as part of EPA’s National Environmental Performance Track Program.

The five new members in the Southeast are:

    • Doughton Park Bluffs Lodge Forever Resorts, Laurel Springs, N.C.;
    • Covanta Lee, Inc., Fort Myers, Fla.;
    • Ricoh Electronics, Inc. – Georgia facility, Lawrenceville, Ga.;
    • Maker’s Mark Distillery, Inc., Loretto, Ky.; and
    • Frito-Lay, Inc., Pulaski, Tenn.

Both public and private individual facilities may apply for Performance Track membership, with some companies having multiple facilities in the program. EPA also provides a Corporate Leader designation for companies and public agencies that exhibit policies and behavior at a corporate level that are associated with environmental excellence and are substantially committed to Performance Track. Performance Track members represent a wide range of sectors, including the public sector, electronics, chemical products, pharmaceuticals, and rubber and plastics.

To earn membership, Performance Track applicants must demonstrate and commit to maintaining a strong record of environmental compliance, set three-year goals for continuous improvements in environmental performance beyond their legal requirements, have internal systems in place to manage environmental impacts, engage in community outreach and consistently report results.

Performance Track facilities typically set four goals for environmental improvement. The Frito-Lay Inc. facility in Pulaski, Tenn., for example, has set a goal to reduce non-transportation energy use by 15 percent through a series of energy-saving measures, including better utilization of waste heat, more efficient operating equipment, and installation of a building energy management system. The Maker’s Mark Distillery in Loretto, Ky. will develop and implement a Habitat Improvement Plan for a minimum of 10 acres on its property.

Since the 2000 launch of the program, Performance Track membership has grown to 548 members in 49 states and Puerto Rico, and members have set more than 4,000 goals to benefit the environment. As a result, Performance Track members have reported greenhouse gas reductions of 310,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent, reductions in nitrogen oxides of 13,000 tons, and reductions of hazardous waste of 52,000 tons.

More about Performance Track members: http://www.epa.gov/performancetrack/round16PTFacilities.htm
More about Performance Track members: http://www.epa.gov/performancetrack/