Reducing air emissions, actively managing water use, and building community relationships are examples of work by Georgia-Pacific's operations that were honored this year through the company's Environmental Excellence Awards program. For 15 years, Georgia-Pacific has recognized projects and achievements that create value for society and exemplify GP's environmental vision.
"Across Georgia-Pacific, employees are using innovative approaches to help reduce our environmental impact and become a more sustainable business," said Jim Hannan, chief executive officer and president. "By continuously improving environmental performance in our operations, we are creating more value for the company and the communities where we operate. Our Environmental Excellence Awards help us recognize projects and programs that are leading the way."
Below are examples of projects receiving awards this year:
For Georgia-Pacific, balancing the social, environmental and economic needs of the marketplace and local communities is necessary to being sustainable. Creating wildlife habitat at large manufacturing facilities, designing home building products that improve indoor air quality and reduce waste, and self-generating from biomass more than half of its energy needs, are a few examples of the company's approach to sustainability highlighted in its updated online sustainability report available at www.gp.com/aboutus/sustainability.
"We believe that GP will remain a sustainable company by creating value the way we always have - continuously improving performance by providing products and services that customers value, using resources more efficiently, and remaining a valued part of the communities where GP employees live and work," said Bill Frerking, chief sustainability officer.
Headquartered at Atlanta, Georgia-Pacific is one of the world's leading manufacturers and marketers of building products, tissue, packaging, paper, cellulose and related chemicals. The company employs more than 40,000 people at approximately 300 locations in North America, South America and Europe. Georgia-Pacific creates long-term value by using resources efficiently to provide innovative products and solutions that meet the needs of customers and society, while operating in a manner that is environmentally and socially responsible and economically sound. The familiar consumer tissue brands of Georgia-Pacific Consumer Products LP include Quilted Northern, Angel Soft, Brawny, enMotion, Sparkle, Mardi Gras and Vanity Fair. Dixie Consumer Products LLC, a Georgia-Pacific company, manufactures the Dixie brand of tabletop products. Georgia-Pacific has long been among the nation's leading manufacturers and suppliers of building products to lumber and building materials dealers and large do-it-yourself warehouse retailers, with brands such as Plytanium plywood, DryPly water repellent plywood, Ply-Bead panels and Wood I Beam joists offered by Georgia-Pacific Wood Products LLC and DensArmor Plus interior panels, DensGlass Sheathing and ToughRock drywall offered by Georgia-Pacific Gypsum LLC.