Appleton Coated recognized in National Top 100 Partners in EPA Green Power partnership rankings

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Appleton Coated recognized in National Top 100 Partners in EPA Green Power partnership rankings

November 30, 2015 - 22:45
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COMBINED LOCKS, WI, Dec. 1, 2015 (Press Release) -Appleton Coated is one of the 100 Top Partner companies recognized by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for its use of Green Power. Since 2011, Appleton Coated’s Green Power is matched with Green-e® certified Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs). Appleton Coated is one of only 2 paper mills on the list alongside other Top 100 members Apple®, Pearson®, Starbucks®, and University of Wisconsin.

Appleton Coated CEO Doug Osterberg comments, “We are very pleased to be recognized by the United States EPA for our efforts. At Appleton Coated our commitment to sustainable practices includes the products we make and the power we use to make them. We want to make it easy for all of our customers – including many who are also Top 100 partners - to choose environmentally responsible paper products. We want to assure them that they are working with a mill partner that prioritizes sustainability practices internally and in the market place.”

Appleton Coated has been a Partner with the EPA Green Power Partnership® since 2011 and named to the National Top 100 in 2014 and 2015.

About EPA Green Power Partnership

The Green Power Partnership is a voluntary program that encourages organizations to use green power as a way to reduce the environmental impacts associated with electricity use. The Partnership currently has more than 1,300 Partner organizations voluntarily using billions of kilowatt-hours of green power annually. Partners include a wide variety of leading organizations such as Fortune 500® companies; small and medium sized businesses; local, state, and federal governments; and colleges and universities. For additional information, please visit

The National Top 100 list represents the largest green power users within the Green Power Partnership. The combined green power usage of these Top 100 Partners amount to nearly 25 billion kilowatt-hours annually, which represents more than 84 percent of the green power commitments made by all EPA Green Power Partners.

The Top Partner Rankings highlight the annual green power use of leading Green Power Partners within the United States and across individual industry sectors. Using green power helps reduce the environmental impacts of electricity use and supports the development of new renewable generation capacity nationwide.

About Appleton Coated

The first North American coated paper mill to be Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) certified (FSC C007796), Appleton Coated maintains ISO14001 certification. It is recognized by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) for its environmental transparency by participating in the WWF Environmental Paper Company Index (EPCI) which recognizes transparency and continual improvement of participants. It is an 8 year Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) SmartWay® Transport Partner and 2015 SmartWay Excellence Award Winner. It is a member of the EPA Green Power Partnership® since 2011 and named to the National Top 100 for 2015. It is also a Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council Green Masters Winner for the last 4 years. Additionally, it is one of seven Green Tier II companies recognized by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources as having exceptional environmental management systems in place.

Appleton Coated is a manufacturer and distributor of coated, uncoated, specialty and technical papers sold under the Utopia® and other brand names. The company’s products are used in high-end commercial printing, textbook publishing, label papers, transactional printing and a variety of specialty and custom applications. Selling through a chain of highly respected paper distributors, the company serves corporations, publishers, printers, converters, and graphic designers in North America. Appleton Coated’s corporate headquarters and manufacturing facility are located in Combined Locks, Wisconsin. The company has over 600 employees, including 435 represented by USW Local 2-144.