Curtis Packaging Corp. is listed on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) new Top 20 Printers List of the largest green power purchasers in the commercial printing business. Curtis Packaging is purchasing nearly 6 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power annually, which is enough green power to meet 100 percent of the organization’s purchased electricity use. Curtis Packaging is buying renewable energy certificates (RECs) from Community Energy.
The Top 20 Printers List, which debuted this past summer, is one of nine Top Partner Lists that EPA releases quarterly, highlighting some of America’s largest green power purchasers. Curtis Packaging Corp. currently ranks No. 8 on EPA’s Top 20 Printers List. All of EPA’s Top Partner Lists are available at www.epa.gov/greenpower/toplists/.
“We thank the EPA for recognizing our commitment to the environment and our community” said Don Droppo, Jr., senior vice president of sales and marketing. “It is an honor to be part of such an exciting green movement. One where our customers and the community value the commitment we’ve made to a safe and secure energy future.”
This purchase also qualifies Curtis Packaging for EPA’s Green Power Leadership Club, a distinction given to organizations that have significantly exceeded EPA’s minimum purchase requirements. Green Power Leadership Club members must purchase 10 times the partnership’s minimum requirement organization-wide.
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.
According to the EPA, Curtis Packaging’s green power purchase of nearly 6 million kWh is equivalent to avoiding the carbon dioxide emissions of nearly 1,000 passenger vehicles per year.