The ENERGY STAR designation is only given to buildings scoring in the top 25 percent of similar facilities nationwide for energy efficiency, based on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) energy performance rating system. The xpedx facilities in Charlotte and Columbia meet strict energy performance standards, use less energy, are less expensive to operate and cause fewer greenhouse gas emissions than peer facilities.
"At xpedx, we strive to not only provide sustainable solutions to our customers, but also to maintain our own energy-efficient operations," said David Wallace, xpedx director, Sustainability.
As an "ENERGY STAR partner," xpedx is participating in a national call-to-action to improve the energy efficiency of America's commercial and industrial buildings.
The Charlotte and Columbia sites combined have more than 236,000 square feet of space. Bill Gravely is the division manager of the Charlotte location. "The ENERGY STAR is an important benchmark for our customers to see as they become more focused on sustainability in their supply chain, and it has also motivated our team," he said. "Earning the ENERGY STAR has driven them to be conscious stewards of their work and home environments, and this visible dedication has even strengthened our team's relationships with customers."
The Charlotte and Columbia locations are the third and fourth xpedx facilities to earn the ENERGY STAR designation this year. xpedx has established a goal to earn the ENERGY STAR in a total of seven facilities this year, and has earned the ENERGY STAR at 24 locations since 2011.
ENERGY STAR is just one element of xpedx's strategy to maintain sustainable operations, offer sustainable product choices and provide leadership in sustainable business practices. xpedx will also track recycling diversion rates at all locations in a drive to reduce landfill materials. The business is continuing a policy regarding the use of paper, in which 90 percent of its marketing materials only use paper certified to either the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC®) or Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI®) standards. xpedx is a SmartWay® Transport Partner, which reflects its commitment to reduce emissions from its fleet.
About ENERGY STAR
ENERGY STAR is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy that helps to save money and protect the environment through energy efficient products and practices.
Cincinnati, Ohio-based xpedx, a business of International Paper, is one of the largest business-to-business distribution companies in North America. xpedx distributes a wide variety of printing, packaging, and facility supplies and equipment to printers, manufacturers, retailers and commercial facilities from locations across North America.