Facilities go for the ‘green’ as part of EPA Performance Track
Release Date: 05/19/2008
Contact Information: Dave Bary or Tressa Tillman at 214-665-2200 or firstname.lastname@example.org
(Dallas, Texas - May 19, 2008) Six facilities from Arkansas and Texas will be recognized by the Environmental Protection Agency for exemplary environmental programs that reduce pollution at the 2008 National Environmental Partnership Summit in Baltimore on May 21.
The facilities are part of EPA's National Environmental Performance Track, and they include the following: Atlas Copco Drilling Solutions of Garland, Texas; Eaton Hydraulics Operation of Searcy, Arkansas; Firestone Building Products of Corsicana, Texas; Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company of Fort Worth, Texas; Sheppard Air Force Base in Wichita Falls, Texas; and Standard Aero, Inc. of San Antonio, Texas.
“Businesses that partner with the national Performance Track are leading the way when it comes to environmental stewardship,” said EPA Regional Administrator Richard E. Greene. “We are pleased to recognize these six facilities and hope they will be joined by many more.”
Members of Performance Track come into the program with strong environmental compliance records and then go beyond regulatory requirements to create superior environmental management programs. This year's national summit brings together Performance Track participants and environmental professionals to
discuss best practices and to develop successful strategies that are good for both business and the environment.
Performance Track facilities work to improve their efforts in a variety of environmental activities – such as water and energy use, land and habitat protection, air emissions, and waste reduction – throughout the product lifecycle, rather than focusing on just one specific pollutant or environmental issue. The program encourages continuous improvement through environmental management systems, community outreach, and measurable results.
Since its inception in 2000, Performance Track membership has grown to 533 members – ranging from major corporations to small businesses and representing a variety of industries across 49 states and Puerto Rico. To date, Performance Track members have collectively saved enough energy to power 46,000 homes for one year, enough greenhouse gases to offset the annual emissions of 57,000 cars, and prevented solid waste equivalent to that produced by 553,000 households yearly.
For more information, try the following websites.
National Environmental Performance Track program: http://www.epa.gov/performancetrack/
National Environmental Partnership Summit: http://www.environmentalsummit.org
About EPA Region 6: http://www.epa.gov/region6
Audio file: http://www.epa.gov/region6/6xa/audio.htm#audio051908_summit