xpedx, a leading business-to-business distribution company in North America, has earned the ENERGY STAR designation at its locations in Roanoke, Va. (1885 Apperson Drive, Salem, Va.) and El Paso, Texas. xpedx is an “ENERGY STAR partner” and is committed to responsible stewardship of natural resources.
The ENERGY STAR designation is only given to buildings scoring in the top 25 percent of similar facilities nationwide for energy efficiency, based on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) energy performance rating system. The xpedx facilities in Roanoke and El Paso meet strict energy performance standards, use less energy, are less expensive to operate and cause fewer greenhouse gas emissions than peer facilities.
“The ENERGY STAR designation reflects our commitment to reduce energy usage and lower costs,” said Michael Brogan, division manager of the xpedx Roanoke location. “It’s an important benchmark for our customers who are becoming more interested in ensuring sustainability throughout the supply chain.”
As an “ENERGY STAR partner,” xpedx is also participating in a national call-to-action to improve the energy efficiency of America’s commercial and industrial buildings. The Roanoke and El Paso sites combined have more than 169,000 square feet of space.
The Roanoke and El Paso locations are the fifth and sixth xpedx facilities to earn the ENERGY STAR designation this year. xpedx has established a goal to earn the ENERGY STAR in a total of seven facilities this year, and has earned the ENERGY STAR at 26 locations since 2011.
ENERGY STAR is just one element of xpedx’s strategy to maintain sustainable operations, offer sustainable product choices and provide leadership in sustainable business practices. xpedx will also track recycling diversion rates at all locations in a drive to reduce landfill materials. The business is continuing a policy regarding the use of paper, in which 90 percent of its marketing materials only use paper certified to either the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) or Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) standards. xpedx is a SmartWay Transport Partner, which reflects its commitment to reduce emissions from its fleet.