Garner Industries has joined the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Green Power Partnership. Participation in the program shows the company’s commitment to reducing its carbon footprint and the risk of climate change by using green power.
The company is purchasing 100% of its electricity utilizing Renewable Energy Certificates – also known as RECs – ensuring that energy generated on the company’s behalf comes from renewable resources. Garner has purchased RECs from Lincoln Electric System (LES) to supply 4,500,000 kilowatt hours of green energy for its plant over the next year.
Garner’s “Green Power Partnership” is nationally recognized by the EPA. Participants in the partnership commit to a minimum use annually of green power from their facilities. Since 2001, the EPA Green Power Partnership has helped build the green power industry in America. The more than 800 partners in this program represent almost 40 percent of the US voluntary green power market.
Garner makes every effort to reduce waste and recycle throughout its 115,000 square foot plant. Scrap metal from the CNC machining operations is collected and remelted by recyclers. Waste plastic and sprues from plastic injection molding operations are reground or recycled.
Paper, cardboard, aluminum, and plastic recycling stations are situated throughout the office and plant. Each spring Garner employees clean up a 2-mile stretch of local highway each year to keep the local community clean.
The early stages of transitioning to Green Power is yet another effort manufacturers are taking to participate in managing the country’s individual health hazards and environmental risks.
Garner Industries values utilization of sustainable energy and believes that focusing on improving energy efficiency combined with sourcing power from renewable projects is the best overall strategy to reduce its carbon footprint.