EPA Names Brown Printing a 2012 Energy Star Partner of the Year

WASECA, MN—March 1, 2012—The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has named Brown Printing as a 2012 Energy Star Partner of the Year for strategically managing and improving the energy efficiency of its entire building and manufacturing portfolio. Through its partnership with the Energy Star program, Brown Printing has improved its energy performance, saved money and helped to protect the environment for future generations.

“Brown Printing’s commitment to environmentally sustainability and energy management, alongside our partnership with Energy Star has paid big dividends,” said Jack Johnson, environmental coordinator and energy manager at Brown Printing. “Making our buildings and manufacturing facilities more energy efficient is one of the most effective ways for us to reduce our impact on the environment and save money, and we are honored to be recognized by EPA for our efforts.”

With a focus on ongoing performance measurement and whole-building improvement, EPA’s Energy Star program provides a proven energy management strategy that has helped Brown Printing achieve important reductions in energy use and greenhouse gas emissions. Key accomplishments of Brown’s award winning energy management program include:

  • Improving company-wide energy intensity by 4.3 percent, which equates to a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions of 31 million pounds or the elimination of the emissions from 3,310 cars for a year.
  • Instituting a corporate-wide energy program that achieved 100 percent facility participation in the Energy Star Challenge for Industry.
  • Implementing best energy management practices that included requiring all capital investments to consider energy efficiency, educating employees on energy efficiency, and implementing an array of technical and process improvements across Brown’s manufacturing facilities.

“As we celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Energy Star program, EPA is proud to recognize Brown Printing with the 2012 Energy Star Partner of the Year Award,” said EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson. “Brown and all our Energy Star award winners are improving the energy efficiency of the places where we work, play and learn, which is good for our climate, the health of our economy, and our future.”

EPA’s annual Energy Star Awards honor organizations that have made outstanding contributions to protecting the environment through superior energy efficiency. The award winners are selected from about 20,000 partners that participate in the ENERGY STAR program and will be recognized at an awards ceremony in Washington, DC, on March 15, 2012. Over the past 20 years, American families and businesses have saved nearly $230 billion on utility bills and prevented greenhouse gas emissions equal to those from more than 350 million vehicles with help from Energy Star.

About Brown
Brown Printing is the third largest publication and fifth largest catalog printer in America. Brown proudly serves premier magazine publishers and catalogers with premedia, printing, distribution and integrated solutions. Founded in 1957, Brown is a proven industry leader printing more than 900 titles for over 450 customers.

A Bertelsmann/Gruner + Jahr owned company, Brown’s proven stability, world class quality, state of the art technology and superior customer service make Brown Printing the right partner for your printing and media needs.

About Energy Star
Energy Star was introduced by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 1992 as a voluntary market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through increased energy efficiency. Now celebrating its 20th anniversary, Energy Star offers businesses and consumers energy-efficient solutions to save energy, money and help protect the environment for future generations. About 20,000 organizations are Energy Star partners committed to improving the energy efficiency of products, homes, buildings and businesses.

Source: Brown.

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