WASHINGTON, DC, Nov. 6, 2017 (Press Release) -The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) recognized American Eagle Paper Mills with a 2017 AF&PA Leadership in Sustainability Award for Water for their Project Phoenix. The award was presented at AF&PA’s annual meeting on Friday, Nov. 3 in Greensboro, Georgia.
“American Eagle’s Project Phoenix proves that intentional focus on increased efficiency benefits company operations – environmentally, socially and economically,” said AF&PA President and CEO Donna Harman.
American Eagle Paper Mills commissioned Project Phoenix to increase efficiency and reduce water use at their Tyrone, Pennsylvania, mill – one of the oldest working paper mills in the United States. Infrastructure updates resulted in an 83 percent reduction in total daily river and watershed water withdrawal; a 91 percent reduction in daily water consumption; and an 18.1 percent reduction in process water effluent per ton of paper produced.
“Thank you to AF&PA for recognizing Project Phoenix,” said American Eagle President and CEO Michael Grimm. “We are proud of the positive effects our efforts have had on our operations and our Tyrone community.”
Designed to recognize exemplary sustainability programs and initiatives in the paper and wood products manufacturing industry, AF&PA’s annual sustainability awards are given based on the merit of entries received across multiple categories.
Projects that support progress toward the Better Practices, Better Planet 2020 sustainability goals qualify for recognition in the “Leadership” category, which has five subcategories that correspond to the goals: Paper Recovery for Recycling, Energy Efficiency/Greenhouse Gas Reduction, Sustainable Forest Management, Safety, and Water. The “Innovation in Sustainability” award is reserved for projects that merit recognition for their contribution to sustainable business practices, not one of the goals specifically.
AF&PA releases its sustainability report every other year. The 2016 Sustainability Report showed that the U.S. pulp, paper, packaging, tissue and wood products manufacturing industry has made significant, measurable progress toward achieving its Better Practices, Better Planet 2020 sustainability goals.
The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) serves to advance a sustainable U.S. pulp, paper, packaging, tissue and wood products manufacturing industry through fact-based public policy and marketplace advocacy. AF&PA member companies make products essential for everyday life from renewable and recyclable resources and are committed to continuous improvement through the industry’s sustainability initiative - Better Practices, Better Planet 2020. The forest products industry accounts for approximately four percent of the total U.S. manufacturing GDP, manufactures over $200 billion in products annually, and employs approximately 900,000 men and women. The industry meets a payroll of approximately $50 billion annually and is among the top 10 manufacturing sector employers in 45 states.
About American Eagle Paper Mills
American Eagle Paper Mills is the leading US producer of recycled uncoated freesheet papers, including office, printing and converting grades. Located in Tyrone PA, the mill was restarted in 2003 by a group of local investors, having been shuttered by MeadWestvaco in 2001. The mill employs approximately 240 proud Pennsylvania papermakers, who transform 300 tons of waste paper each day into premium recycled paper.