U.S. EPA announces four new Performance Track members for the Pacific Southwest
Release Date: 10/18/2007
Contact Information: Lisa Fasano 415-957-4307
SAN FRANCISCO - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is announcing four new facilities in the Pacific Southwest have joined the National Environmental Performance Track Program.
“These facilities are being recognized because of their leadership in making environmental improvements that go beyond compliance,” said Wayne Nastri, Administrator for EPA’s Pacific Southwest Region. “These efforts play a large role in producing meaningful progress and benefits for the environment in our region.”
Performance Track is a U.S. EPA partnership that recognizes top environmental performance among participating U.S. facilities of all types, sizes, and complexity, public and private. Program partners are providing leadership in many areas, including some that are not currently regulated, such as energy use, greenhouse gas emissions, and water consumption.
The new members and highlights of their environmental commitments are:
Nationwide, the EPA welcomed 55 new facilities into the Performance Track ranks, totaling nearly 500 members in 49 states and Puerto Rico. Since the 2000 inception of this facility-based program, Performance Track membership has grown to 57 members in the Pacific Southwest and those members have made commitments to benefit the environment in both regulated and unregulated areas.
In 2006, Performance Track members conserved more than 2 billion gallons of water and 390 billion Btus of energy, reduced hazardous waste generation by more than 10,000 tons, reduced nitrogen oxide emissions by 1,754 tons and conserved more than 11,000 acres of habitat.
The members typically make four beyond-compliance commitments, two for small facilities, over a three-year period. Performance Track facilities must have internal systems in place to manage their environmental impacts, have strong compliance records, engage in local outreach about their performance, and publicly report results.
Applications to Performance Track are currently being accepted, through October 30, and another application period will be open April 1 through May 31. Information on criteria and how to apply is available at the following website: http://www.epa.gov/region09/performancetrack
Performance Track members come from a wide range of industries, such as automotive, paper, personal care products, pharmaceuticals, and government agencies.
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