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New England Businesses and Organizations Step Up Clean Environment Commitments

Release Date: 11/06/2007
Contact Information: Paula Ballentine, (617) 918-1027

(Boston, Mass. – Nov. 6, 2007) - Eighteen members of EPA’s National Environmental Performance Track program recently renewed their voluntary commitments to exceptional environmental practices, while 12 new groups have joined the partnership. The 30 businesses and institutions include members from each of the six New England states.

Performance Track is a voluntary EPA program that complements regulatory approaches to achieve a cleaner environment by using new tools and strategies that recognize and drive environmental excellence. There are more than 450 members nationwide, including facilities from major corporations, small businesses, and the public sector. EPA’s New England regional office now has a total of 56 memberships.

“Performance Track is showing that many private sector New Englanders understand that doing what's good for the environment is also good for business,” said Robert W. Varney, regional administrator for EPA's New England Office. “EPA is proud of the continued dedication of its program members who are finding new ways to expand their commitments to help better protect our air, water and land.”

Sixteen of the eighteen renewing Performance Tack members are “charter members” who have been in the program for six years and are renewing for three more. The 18 renewing members have made a total of sixty new commitments. Thirteen of those eighteen have made energy commitments, eight of which are energy challenge commitments, and two have made water challenge commitments. Six have chosen the new category of "alternate commitments" which allows a facility to address state, regional or local priorities in innovative ways.

Of the twelve new Performance Track members in New England, the U.S. Postal Service is a significant contributing force, with 10 facilities in Conn., Mass. and Maine making commitments to improved environmental performance.

The new and renewing New England Performance Track member facilities are listed below. New members are noted with an asterisk (*):

Connecticut
Bristol-Myers Squibb PRI – Wallingford
King Industries, Inc. – Norwalk (*)
U.S. Postal Service – Bridgeport Post Office (*)
U.S. Postal Service - Hartford Processing and Distribution Center, Windsor
U.S. Postal Service - Hartford Vehicle Maintenance Facility, Windsor
U.S. Postal Service – New Haven Vehicle Maintenance Facility, New Haven (*)
U.S. Postal Service - Stamford Processing and Distribution Center, Stamford (*)
U.S. Postal Service – Stamford Vehicle Maintenance Facility, Stamford (*)

Maine
InterfaceFABRIC, Inc., Guilford Facility, Guilford
U.S. Postal Service – Southern Maine Processing and Distribution Center, Scarborough (*)
U.S. Postal Service – Eastern Maine Processing and Distribution Center, Hampden (*)
Verso Paper, Androscoggin Mill, Jay

Massachusetts
Acushnet Rubber Co, D/B/A PRECIX Inc.,New Bedford
DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc.,New Bedford
DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc., Raynham
PerkinElmer Optoelectronics, Salem
Rohm and Haas Electronic Materials, LLC, Marlborough
Sensata Technologies, Attleboro
Teradyne, Inc.- NR, North Reading
U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod Air Station Cape Cod
U.S. Postal Service - Brockton Processing and Distribution Center, Brockton (*)
U.S. Postal Service – Brockton Vehicle Maintenance Facility, Brockton (*)
U.S. Postal Service – Central Mass. Processing and Distribution Center, Shrewsbury (*)
U.S. Postal Service – Springfield Vehicle Maintenance Facility, Springfield (*)

New Hampshire
BAE SYSTEMS Information and Electronic Systems Integration, Nashua
Henkel Corporation, Seabrook
New Hampshire Ball Bearings, Inc., Peterborough
Newport Computer Service Inc., Rochester (*)

Rhode Island
Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division, Newport

Vermont
IBM – Burlington, Essex Junction

More information: EPA Performance Track program (epa.gov/performancetrack/about.htm)