Vermont honoring Ethan Allen for environmental excellence
May 3, 2013,
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.
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.