New Haven-based Phoenix Press Receives EPA Green Power Leadership AwardOct 21st, 2010 | By Environmental Headlines -- CT environmental news | Category: Business
New Haven-Based Business Earns National Award For Leading On-Site Generation Program
Phoenix Press has received a 2010 Green Power Leadership Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The annual awards recognize the country’s leading green power purchasers for their commitment and contribution to helping advance the development of the nation’s voluntary green power market. EPA presented Phoenix Press with the award at an event held in conjunction with the 2010 Renewable Energy Markets Conference in Portland, Ore. on October 20, 2010.
Phoenix Press was one of only two organizations nationwide to receive a Leadership Award for the on-site generation of green power. The award recognizes EPA Green Power Partners who distinguish themselves using on-site renewable energy applications, such as solar photovoltaic (PV) or wind energy projects. This year, the company installed a 100-kilowatt (kW) wind turbine on the plant property, making Phoenix Press the first printer in America providing its clients with printing manufactured using on-site wind power coming from its own large-scale wind turbine. Phoenix Press is currently generating more than 160 thousand kilowatt-hours (kWh) of wind power annually, which is enough green power to meet more than 30 percent of the organization’s electricity use.
“We are proud to receive this prestigious award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency,” said Phoenix Press, President and Co-Owner, Brian Driscoll. “Producing green power on-site helps our organization become more sustainable, while also sending a message to others across the country that supporting clean sources of electricity is a sound business decision and an important choice to fight climate change” added Driscoll.
Green power is electricity that is generated from environmentally preferable renewable resources, such as wind, solar, geothermal, biogas, biomass and low-impact hydro. These resources generate electricity with a net zero increase in carbon dioxide emissions, while offering a superior environmental profile compared to traditional power generation sources. Green power purchases also support the development of new renewable energy generation sources nationwide.
“EPA congratulates our leadership award winners for demonstrating by example the importance of using clean, renewable energy,” said Gina McCarthy, Assistant Administrator for Air and Radiation at EPA. “By using green power, Phoenix Press is leading the way toward cleaner air and a healthier environment while helping advance the market for renewable energy.”
According to the EPA, Phoenix Press’s current green power usage of more than 160 thousand kWh is equivalent to avoiding the carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions of more than 20 passenger vehicles per year, or is the equivalent amount of electricity needed to power more than 10 average American homes annually.
In addition to its wind turbine, Phoenix Press uses vegetable based ink, is FSC Certified-(using paper from well-managed forests), has an extensive recycling program and is continually improving on energy efficiency throughout their 56000-square-foot printing plant.
About Phoenix Press
Founded in 1982 by three brothers who had a passion for old-time customer service and modern printing methods, Phoenix Press has grown to one of the most well-equipped, and progressive-thinking commercial printers in the nation. Their vision was to create a shop that would satisfy the needs of customers without compromise. Today, Phoenix Press is still owned and operated by the Driscoll brothers, and remains a family-run business. Phoenix Press’s 60,000-square-foot modern facility and staff of 45 printing professionals all committed to the company’s original vision. In 2010, the company installed a 100-kilowatt wind turbine on the plant property, making Phoenix the first printer in America providing their clients with printing manufactured using on-site wind power coming from their own large-scale wind turbine. The wind project was made possible through a grant from the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund. For more information on Phoenix Press please visit www.phoenixpressinc.com.
About EPA’s Green Power Partnership
The Green Power Partnership is a voluntary program that encourages organizations to buy green power as a way to reduce the environmental impacts associated with purchased electricity use. The Partnership currently has nearly 1,300 Partner organizations voluntarily purchasing billions of kilowatt-hours of green power annually. Partners include a wide variety of leading organizations such as Fortune 500® companies, small and medium sized businesses, local, state, and federal governments, and colleges and universities. For additional information, please visit http://www.epa.gov/greenpower.
About the Green Power Leadership Awards
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) co-sponsors the annual Green Power Leadership Awards in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Energy and the Center for Resource Solutions. EPA recognizes winners in the following awards categories; Green Power Partner of the Year; On-site Generation; Green Power Purchase, and Green Power Community of the Year. EPA’s Purchaser awards recognize the exceptional achievement among EPA Green Power Partners who distinguish themselves through green power procurement, market leadership, overall green power strategy, and overall impact on the green power market. The Awards are held in conjunction with the Renewable Energy Markets Conference. For additional information please visit http://www.epa.gov/greenpower/awards/.