Sussex, WI , Aug. 6, 2003, – Quad/Graphics, a privately held commercial printer, has received the Environmental Stewardship Award from Orion Energy Systems for the energy efficient lighting project implemented in all of its printing facilities nationwide.
Quad/Graphics will save 35 million kilowatt hours (kWh) annually or approximately 700 million kWh over the lifetime of the Orion fixtures. As a result, the Wisconsin-based printer will take over three megawatts of power off the electrical grid ? enough electricity to power 3,750 homes or a bedroom community of over 16,800 people, according to the EPA formula.
Using Orion Energy System’s Illuminator fixture, Quad/Graphics’ energy efficient lighting project is having a profound environmental impact – the equivalent of removing 114,697 cars from the road or saving 73,614,545 gallons of gas. Specifically, the retrofit will aid the environment by removing 607,320 tons of carbon dioxide, 2,231 tons of sulfur dioxide, 5,177 tons of nitrous oxides, and 93.6 pounds of mercury.
Energy efficiency is especially important in Southeastern Wisconsin, which has been deemed a severe non-attainment zone by the Environmental Protection Agency. Given that the majority of Quad/Graphics’ plants are located in Southeastern Wisconsin, this large act of mitigation on electrical consumption should serve as a blueprint for other companies. “As such, Quad/Graphics and other large energy users could possibly mitigate the need for future power plants in Southeastern Wisconsin,” said Neal Verfuerth, President of Orion Energy Systems, “which is particularly important with the heated debate brewing in Racine County.”
“Quad/Graphics has long believed that what’s good for business is good for the environment, and this project is proof positive,” said Thomas A. Quadracci, President and CEO of Quad/Graphics. “Our employees are benefiting from better-quality light, and the community is benefiting from a reduction in electrical use and its associated impacts. As a good environmental steward, we welcome this recognition from Orion Energy Systems. We will continue on this type of journey, applying new technology, as it becomes available, to protect the environment.”
“This Environmental Stewardship Award presentation is our way of honoring a company whose record on environmental issues is second to none,” Verfuerth averred. “As one of Wisconsin’s premier companies, Quad/Graphics always has been known for its environmental leadership, so we were honored to be chosen by them for this large-scale energy-efficient lighting project,” stated Neal Verfuerth, President of Orion.
Currently, Quad/Graphics is finishing the retrofit lighting project in all of its printing facilities, which are located in Hartford, Lomira, Pewaukee, Sussex and West Allis, Wis.; Saratoga Springs, New York; The Rock, Ga.; and Martinsburg, W.Va.
Sussex, Wis.-based Quad/Graphics (www.qg.com) has long been known for its environmental stewardship, garnering a long list of honors across the state and nation, including the Wisconsin Governor’s Waste Reduction & Recycling Award, the West Allis (Wis.) Industrial Beautification Award, the Climate Wise Partner Achievement Award, the Direct Marketing Association’s Recycling at Work Award, the National Air Filtration Association’s Clean Air Award, and the Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce’s Business Friend of the Environment Award. The company employs 11,000 people in the United States and has annual sales of $1.8 billion.
As an emerging company, Orion (www.orionlighting.com) has received the prestigious Spirit of Ecology Award at the 32nd Annual Governor’s New Product Award Program for the Illuminator. More recently, Orion received the Wisconsin Manufacturer of the Year Grand Award winner for the Emerging Growth category by the Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce and the Wisconsin Business Friend of the Environment Award. In addition, Orion was chosen as a “Success Story” for the 2002 Governor’s Summit on Capital.