Steelcase Inc., a global office environments manufacturer, recently received the Most Valuable Pollution Prevention Award from the National Pollution Prevention Roundtable (NPPR), the largest membership organization in the United States devoted solely to pollution prevention. NPPR granted Steelcase this award at a ceremony held in Washington, D.C. in recognition of the company’s 2006 Environmental Report, which was identified as an outstanding, innovative pollution prevention project.
Steelcase’s 2006 Environmental Report goes beyond traditional metrics to examine the reasoning and inspiration behind the company’s diverse environmental initiatives. Each initiative supports Steelcase’s ongoing goal of protecting, replenishing and restoring communities through both community service and sustainable design. The report raises awareness of pollution prevention within the context of the contract furniture industry by describing materials chemistry, life cycle assessment and the Steelcase Environmental Partnership program.
“We are proud that our 2006 Environmental Report has received this prestigious recognition. It truly is a reflection of Steelcase’s commitment to environmental stewardship and to ensuring that our people, products and processes have a meaningful impact on our planet, today and in the future,” said Allan Smith, vice president, global environmental strategy and programs, Steelcase.
NPPR judges based each nomination on five criteria including innovation, measurable results, transferability, commitment and optimization of project resources. For reports and publications like the Steelcase 2006 Environmental Report, the judges also considered how entries focused attention on pollution prevention and highlighted health, economic and environmental benefits. Originality, impact and quality were also taken into consideration. Steelcase’s 2006 Environment Report earned high marks in innovation and measurable results in pollution prevention, transferability to other projects, optimization of resources and the company’s level of commitment and leadership.
“Steelcase is one of the industry leaders in pollution prevention design,” according to NPPR. “We are pleased to present Steelcase’s 2006 Environmental Report with a Most Valuable Pollution Prevention Award as it is a well-written documentation of Steelcase’s commitment to pollution prevention. The report addresses such issues as green house reduction and sustainability. It gives a clear sense of Steelcase’s current environmental results and the company’s environmental goals for the future.”
The Most Valuable Pollution Prevention Awards are part of National Pollution Prevention Week, which runs from September 18-24.