LAGRANGE, GA.—Milliken & Co., a carbon negative manufacturer, has launched an Energy Conservation Initiative focused on four action areas—People, Alternative Sources, Innovation and Green Building—to reduce energy consumption along with related emissions and water use.
The Milliken Energy Conservation Initiative was announced during Respect Our Earth Day at Milliken Floor Covering in LaGrange, where proclamations from local and state officials acknowledge Milliken’s sustainable practices. Georgia Power will provide a Compact Fluorescent Light (CFL) to each employee making the Energy Star pledge to switch from traditional light bulbs and is working with the company as the challenge expands statewide.
“Respect Our Earth is a philosophy that has been championed by Chairman Roger Milliken for more than 65 years,” says Russell Grizzle, president, Global Floor Covering Division of Milliken & Co. “He has inspired our company to make continual advances in reducing our impact on the planet. Today, we challenge ourselves, our associates and our communities to make a difference by lowering energy consumption.”
Initiative Focuses on Four Areas
Georgia industries and businesses used about half as much energy to produce each dollar of Gross State Product in 2004 as in 1984. During that same period consumption statewide still grew 76 percent and individual Georgians used 16 percent more energy per person. Milliken’s Energy Conservation Initiative addresses four factors affecting consumption:
• People increases awareness among associates to change practices at home and work;
• Alternative Sources expands exploration of energy resources;
• Innovation applies technological advances to lower consumption; and
• Green Building registers company facilities with the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program.
Moving forward, Milliken will expand energy conservation activities and become pro-active with a complete energy audit at Milliken Floor Covering which will result in reduced energy consumption, higher efficiencies, and a cleaner and greener operation. Milliken associates are joining the Energy Star Pledge with the CFLs provided by Georgia Power as the first step toward reduced consumption.
The company registered its corporate headquarters in Spartanburg and the Milliken Design Center in LaGrange with USGBC’s LEED Rating System for Existing Buildings and its showroom in the Chicago Merchandise Mart with LEED 2.0 for Commercial Interiors earlier in the year.
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