Mohawk Named in EPA's Top 25 'Green' Power Purchasers
Cohoes, NY — Mohawk Fine Papers Inc., manufacturer of premium printing, identity and imaging papers, has been added to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) List of Top 25 U.S. Green Power Purchasers. Mohawk's commitment to wind energy, which has replaced almost 40 percent of the company's electricity requirements, bumped it up the ranks of EPA Green Power Pushers leaders. Also, many of Mohawk's recycled products are certified by the Forest Stewardship Council [FSC] or Green Seal. Mohawk (ranked #13) was one of four additions to the list announced this quarter along with HSBC (#7), Starbucks (#22), and Syracuse University (tied for #23).
"Mohawk is the only paper manufacturer on the EPA's list. We are very proud of this accomplishment," says Thomas D. O'Connor, Jr., chairman and chief executive officer. "Our commitment to wind energy enabled us to join the highest level EPA Green Power Partnership Leadership Club. Mohawk's mills are the only paper mills in the U.S. to use wind energy in the manufacture of paper." Mohawk recently announced that the entire Strathmore Writing System (including Strathmore Writing, the #1 selling 25-percent cotton fiber paper in the U.S.) is now made with wind power at the Beckett Mill in Hamilton, Ohio. Mohawk's Windpower Portfolio customers include General Electric, FedEx/Kinkos and BP Oil, among many others.
Mohawk, along with the other Top Green Power Purchasers, are presently buying or generating enough renewable energy to power more than 157,000 homes a year. Together, the Top 25 are using more than 1.7 million megawatt hours of green power annually.
Located near Albany, New York, Mohawk is today purchasing wind power for 38 percent of its electric energy requirements. "This is a highly visible way to demonstrate our commitment to environmental stewardship," says George Milner, senior vice president, Energy, Environmental and Governmental Affairs. "Customers are responding favorably to Mohawk's commitment. Corporate buyers, in particular, continue to seek ways to make their own sustainability initiatives visible to their customers, shareholders and other interested parties. Printing corporate and marketing messages on paper made with nonpolluting wind power is a way to demonstrate commitment to sustainable business practices."
Mohawk just recently changed its name from Mohawk Paper Mills to Mohawk Fine Papers to better describe what the company makes versus where their products are made, as well as to underline the company's commitment to quality.