Kimball Office was one of only five Indiana businesses to receive the Indiana Governor's Award for Environmental Excellence for extraordinary efforts to protect and benefit residents and the environment. Indiana Department of Environmental Management Commissioner presented the awards during the 16th Annual Pollution Prevention Conference and Trade Show last week in Plainfield, Indiana.
Specifically, the Kimball Office Salem plant was rewarded for five years of continuous improvement. The Salem workers minimized packaging, returned skids to suppliers, and recycled aluminum cans to result in a waste reduction of more than 12 million pounds; the plant also has achieved a cardboard recycling rate of 90 percent and more than $185,000 in savings through recycling. Energy efficiency projects, including lighting upgrades, motion lighting, energy audits and shut-down protocols, have saved more than $174,000 in 28 months. The company has also reduced the VOC emissions from their plants while their furniture contributes to improved indoor air quality through improved finish and application technologies.
"Kimball Office has been proactively adopting and developing sustainability practices for nearly 45 years," said Steve Brewster, Kimball Office's Operations Program Manager. "Over time, we've made continual progress as a responsible steward of resources and an agent of sustainable change in our industry. Our Salem plant is to be congratulated for this honor and their dedication."
The Governor's Awards for Environmental Excellence is an annual program to recognize Indiana's leaders who have identified and implemented innovative environmental practices into their programs and facilities. The awards program is open to all Indiana facilities, state and local units of government, individuals, and technical assistance organizations that implement exemplary environmental projects with measurable results. Five additional environmental excellence awards will be presented on October 2, during the Association of Indiana Solid Waste Management District's Annual Conference in Bloomington. For more information about the 2013 Governor's Awards for Environmental Excellence, visit www.idem.IN.gov/prevention/2358.htm
Kimball Office, a leader in sustainable office furniture products and solutions, has been transforming workspaces for nearly 45 years, with an ever-widening breadth of relevant, sustainable office furniture solutions. As one of America's most respected environmentally-conscious contract office furniture manufacturers, they provide architects, designers, facility managers, and employers with open plan system solutions, both modern and classic desking, and a range of seating options. The company is a brand unit of Kimball International Inc., (NASDAQ: KBALB), a $1.2 billion publicly traded company headquartered in Jasper, Ind. Learn how Kimball Office is changing workspaces by visiting www.kimballoffice.com. -30-