Vermont honoring Ethan Allen for environmental excellence

DANBURY, Conn. — Ethan Allen says it has been selected to receive a 2013 Vermont Governor's Award for Environmental Excellence.
A company project - Fossil Fuel Oil Use Reduction and Increased Recycling Efforts - will receive the award in a presentation next week. The project aimed to reduce fossil fuel oil use through increased recycling of wood waste.

The awards were established in 1993 to recognize Vermonters' efforts to conserve and protect natural resources, prevent pollution, and promote environmental sustainability.

"We are proud of our commitment to environmental protection and we take it very seriously both locally and globally," Ethan Allen Chairman, President and CEO Farooq Kathwari said in a press release. "All of our facilities, including those in northeastern Vermont, are dedicated to making best use of our resources and protecting the safety and health of our employees and their communities."

Ethan Allen's Vermont facilities burn wood chips and sawdust from manufacturing operations to provide steam energy for heat and are reused for electric co-generation - resulting in a drastic reduction in heating oil use at the plants with a goal to be oil-free by the end of this year, the release said.

Another goal of the award-winning project was to increase recycling and reduce land-fill waste.

Earlier this year, Ethan Allen was awarded the Corporate Environmental Excellence Award from the American Home Furnishings Alliance for demonstrating exemplary environmental management and ongoing stewardship.

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