Green Bay Packaging Honored with 2012 AF&PA Sustainability Award

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Green Bay Packaging honored with National Sustainability Award for fiber reclaim project

WASHINGTON, DC, Nov. 12, 2012 (Press Release) – The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) presented Green Bay Packaging with one of its inaugural Better Practices, Better Planet 2020 Sustainability Awards at the association’s annual meeting on Friday, Nov. 9 in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Designed to recognize exemplary sustainability programs and initiatives, awards are given based on the merit of entries received across multiple categories. This year, Green Bay Packaging was honored with the “Innovation in Sustainability” award for the “Fiber Reclaim Project” at its Arkansas Kraft mill.

“As the first ‘Innovation’ award winner, Green Bay Packaging has set a high bar for future applicants by achieving 100 percent fiber yield recovery in their Arkansas facility,” said Harman. “When we first envisioned the Sustainability Awards program, this is the kind of amazing work that we were hoping to uncover, and I believe this is the first of many innovative projects to come from our members.”

An industry first of technology and process innovation, the Arkansas Kraft Division achieved 100 percent fiber yield recovery from the waste system, with the recovered fiber being either recycled in the mill for linerboard production or sold to other facilities for their production. As a result, the mill has accomplished zero-landfill of fiber collected in the mill waste treatment system.

“We are honored to be the first ‘Innovation in Sustainability’ award winner recognized by AF&PA,” said Green Bay Packaging Executive Vice President Bryan Hollenbach. “The results of this innovative project show what’s possible when you’re willing to think strategically and creatively, and we hope to continue this approach at Green Bay Packaging as we move forward with our sustainability program.”

Released earlier this year, AF&PA’s 2012 Sustainability Report highlights the significant, measurable progress the U.S. paper, pulp, and wood products industry has made toward achieving its Better Practices, Better Planet 2020 sustainability goals. This is one of the most extensive collections of quantifiable sustainability goals for a major U.S. manufacturing industry, and the new awards program recognizes projects and efforts that contribute to reaching those goals and furthering innovation in sustainability.

Each year, AF&PA member company applicants are considered in two categories – “Innovation in Sustainability” and “Leaders in Sustainability” – with six “Leaders” subcategories: Paper Recovery for Recycling, Energy Efficiency/Greenhouse Gas Reduction, Certified Fiber, Illegal Logging, Safety, and Water. Projects that support progress toward the Better Practices, Better Planet 2020 sustainability goals qualify for recognition in the “Leaders” category; projects that merit recognition for their contribution to sustainable business practices but that do not specifically address one of these goals may be recognized in the “Innovation” category.

For more information about the Sustainability Awards program and AF&PA’s Better Practices initiative, visit www.afandpa.org/sustainability.

About AF&PA

The American Forest & Paper Association is the national trade association of the forest products industry, representing pulp, paper, packaging and wood products manufacturers, and forest landowners. Our companies make products essential for everyday life from renewable and recyclable resources that sustain the environment. The forest products industry accounts for approximately 5 percent of the total U.S. manufacturing GDP. Industry companies produce about $190 billion in products annually and employ nearly 900,000 men and women, exceeding employment levels in the automotive, chemicals and plastics industries. The industry meets a payroll of approximately $50 billion annually and is among the top 10 manufacturing sector employers in 47 states. Visit AF&PA online at www.afandpa.org.

About Green Bay Packaging Inc.

Started in 1933, Green Bay Packaging Inc. is a family-owned, vertically integrated company consisting of corrugated container plants, folding cartons, recycled and virgin linerboard mills, pressure-sensitive label rollstock, specialty converting operations, timberlands, and a sawmill facility. Headquartered in Green Bay, Wis., Green Bay Packaging Inc. is dedicated to innovative development of its products and forestry resources, with a focus on quality, sustainability and continuous improvement throughout all of its manufacturing facilities in 14 states. For more information about Green Bay Packaging Inc., visit www.gbp.com.

 

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Green Bay Packaging Featured in Global Sustainability TV Series

September 13, 2012

Green Bay Packaging and the company’s commitment to environmental and sustainable stewardship was featured by Global Sustainability TV, a production hosted by former supermodel Kim Alexis. The series was created to educate the community about environmental sustainability initiatives of both individuals and companies.

Green Bay Packaging was chosen to participate in the episode about “Industry Leaders Pioneering the Future of Environmental Sustainability.” The video highlights Green Bay Packaging’s commitment to quality, innovation and sustainability, which included the Green Bay Mill’s closed-water-loop system and using 100% recycled fiber, as well as the Arkansas Kraft Mill’s use of biomass, waste-to-energy and sustainable forestry initiatives.

“Innovation and teamwork is what allows Green Bay Packaging to put the green in packaging,” said Lisa Bauer Lotto, Director of Environmental & Sustainability Programs at Green Bay Packaging.

To view the video on GBP’s Sustainability webpage, please click here.

About Green Bay Packaging Inc.

Started in 1933, Green Bay Packaging Inc. is a family-owned, vertically integrated company consisting of corrugated container plants, folding cartons, recycled and virgin linerboard mills, pressure-sensitive label rollstock, specialty converting operations, timberlands, and a sawmill facility. Headquartered in Green Bay, Wis., Green Bay Packaging Inc. is dedicated to innovative development of its products and forestry resources, with a focus on quality, sustainability and continuous improvement throughout all of its manufacturing facilities in 14 states. For more information about Green Bay Packaging Inc., visit www.gbp.com.

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Baltimore Division Accepted into Maryland Green Registry

August 7, 2012

Baltimore, Md. – The Green Bay Packaging Inc. Baltimore Division achieved membership to the Maryland Green Registry, for its continued efforts in environmental and sustainable stewardship.

Baltimore Division implemented environmental practices and provided quantitative results for “greening” the facility, which included a Lean and Green Team, reducing and recycling waste, using transportation alternatives, and energy use reduction.

In early 2012, the Baltimore Division joined the Regional Manufacturers Institute (RMI) Green Team, which focuses on local energy and carbon reductions. These “best practices” led to the energy-saving initiatives implemented, and saved Baltimore Division an estimated 134,000 kWh and 848 MMBtu of natural gas by August 2012.

About Green Bay Packaging Inc.

Started in 1933, Green Bay Packaging Inc. is a family-owned, vertically integrated company consisting of corrugated container plants, folding cartons, recycled and virgin linerboard mills, pressure-sensitive label rollstock, specialty converting operations, timberlands, and a sawmill facility. Headquartered in Green Bay, Wis., Green Bay Packaging Inc. is dedicated to innovative development of its products and forestry resources, with a focus on quality, sustainability and continuous improvement throughout all of its manufacturing facilities in 14 states. For more information about Green Bay Packaging Inc., visit www.gbp.com.

About Maryland Green Registry

The Maryland Green Registry is a voluntary program run by the Maryland Department of the Environment that offers tips and resources for greening businesses, as well as the opportunity to share environmental successes with others. For more information, visit the website at http://mde.maryland.gov/MarylandGreen.

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Green Bay Packaging Inc. Receives Second Green Masters Award

December 22, 2011

Green Bay Packaging Inc. was recognized for a second time as a Green Masters company at the Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council Annual Conference on Dec. 8, 2011.

GBP, to include all Wisconsin divisions, scored in the top 20 percent of the objective points-based program, which recognizes Wisconsin’s sustainability leaders and encourages continuous improvement in areas including energy, water, waste and social actions.

“Green Bay Packaging takes pride in sustainability, including the focus on quality and spirited innovations,” said Lisa Bauer Lotto, Director of Environmental and Sustainability Programs at GBP.

Committed to long-term viability of sustainable operations, GBP continually strives for process improvement of waste management practices, diverting materials from landfill to recycling, waste-to-energy, byproducts or beneficial use. The Green Bay Coated Products Division reduced its landfill waste by more than 50 percent in the past year.

The conference, held at the Monona Terrace in Madison, Wis., is the only conference in Wisconsin designed specifically for direct business-to-business sharing of sustainability practices. The Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council launched the Green Masters Program as a way to recognize and support Wisconsin businesses and institutions that are committed to sustainability.

About Green Bay Packaging Inc.

Started in 1933, Green Bay Packaging Inc. is a family-owned, vertically integrated company consisting of corrugated container plants, folding cartons, recycled and virgin linerboard mills, pressure-sensitive label rollstock, specialty converting operations, timberlands, and a sawmill facility. Headquartered in Green Bay, Wis., Green Bay Packaging Inc. is dedicated to innovative development of its products and forestry resources, with a focus on quality, sustainability and continuous improvement throughout all of its manufacturing facilities in 14 states. For more information about Green Bay Packaging Inc., visit www.gbp.com.

About Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council

The WI Sustainable Business Council is a network of Wisconsin businesses and organizations that are actively involved, or interested in, the challenge of sustainability and corporate responsibility. For more information on the Green Masters Program and the Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council, visit www.bus.wisc.edu/sustainability/council/recognitionprograms/.

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© March 2012 Green Bay Packaging Inc


Arkansas Kraft Granted Diamond Award for Excellence in Environmental Leadership

December 6, 2011

Arkansas Kraft Division was awarded the 2011 Diamond Award for Excellence in Environmental Leadership from the Arkansas Environmental Federation (AEF). Arkansas Kraft was honored at the 44th Annual Convention and Trade Show on November 4, 2011.

The Arkansas Kraft Mill was presented the Diamond Award for its installation of a sustainable, closed-loop recycling project to increase paper fiber recovery yield. Started in 2010, the project diverts fiber waste from the landfill and is used to create a new product. Using state of-the-art equipment through a partnership with Fiber Products LLC., and Marck Recycling, more than 7,000 tons annually of fiber reject have been diverted from the landfill, cleaned, and sold. The fiber recycling savings equals the electricity usage of 28 homes each year.

The Diamond Award recipient is chosen every fall, determined by an independent panel of judges appointed by the AEF Board of Directors.

According to the AEF, the award recognizes a company demonstrating initiative and innovative leadership in environmental affairs.

About Green Bay Packaging Inc.

Started in 1933, Green Bay Packaging Inc. is a family-owned, vertically integrated company consisting of

corrugated container plants, folding cartons, recycled and virgin linerboard mills, pressure-sensitive label rollstock, specialty converting operations, timberlands, and a sawmill facility. Headquartered in Green Bay, Wis.,

Green Bay Packaging Inc. is dedicated to innovative development of its products and forestry resources, with a focus on quality, sustainability and continuous improvement throughout all of its manufacturing facilities in 14 states.

For more information about Green Bay Packaging Inc., visit www.gbp.com.

About the Arkansas Environmental Federation

Founded in 1967, the Arkansas Environmental Federation is a 501c(3) non-profit education association with more than 350 members, including businesses and industries that deal with environmental, safety and health regulations.

The AEF focuses on practical, common-sense laws and regulations based on sound science; a teamwork approach to compliance; and waste minimization and pollution prevention. The AEF enables the exchange of information on a daily basis between its members, government regulators and policy makers.

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Green Bay Coated Products Granted Business Friend Of Environment Award

June 2, 2011

Coated Products Division earned the 2011 Business Friend of Environment (BFOE) Award along with nine other companies at the 22nd annual Environmental Policy and Awards Conference May 12 in Pewaukee, Wis.

Green Bay Coated Products (GBCP) was awarded the BFOE Award, in the Pollution Prevention category, due to its work on diverting more than 50 percent of its waste from a landfill through recycling, reuse and waste-to-energy programs. With the efforts of a Green Team and involvement of employees, GBCP defined the various waste streams that could be recycled, implemented processes for segregation, installed the necessary equipment, and identified outlets that could take the materials, diverting from landfills.

“It reflects on all the positive contributions that the employees and the ‘Green Team’ have completed,” said Rick Henriksen, Lean Coordinator and Green Team member at GBCP. “Not only are we benefiting financially, but we are doing the right thing environmentally.”

The BFOE Award highlights what Wisconsin companies are doing in the areas of pollution prevention, innovative technology and environmental stewardship. Winners are selected by an independent judging panel with representatives from industry, the Department of Natural Resources, and the University of Wisconsin-Extension. The event is sponsored by the Wisconsin Environmental Working Group (WEWG), an affiliate of Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce.

About Green Bay Packaging Inc.

Started in 1933, Green Bay Packaging Inc. is a family-owned, vertically integrated company consisting of timberlands, recycled and virgin linerboard mills, corrugated container plants, specialty converting operations, pressure-sensitive roll label stock, a folding carton plant and sawmill facility. Headquartered in Green Bay, Wis., Green Bay Packaging Inc. is dedicated to innovative development of its products and forestry resources, with a focus on quality, sustainability and continuous improvement throughout all of its manufacturing facilities in 14 states and Mexico.

For more information about Green Bay Packaging Inc., visit www.gbp.com.

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Green Bay Packaging Inc. Receives Green Master Award

December 20, 2010

Green Bay Packaging Inc. was one of the first to be recognized as a Green Masters company at the Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council Annual Conference on Dec. 8, 2010.

GBP scored in the top 20 percent of the points-based program and is the first corrugated box company to be recognized at the conference. The Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council launched the new Green Masters Program as a way to recognize and support Wisconsin businesses and institutions that are committed to sustainability.

“Green Bay Packaging takes pride in sustainability, including the focus on quality and spirited innovations,” said Lisa Bauer Lotto, Director of Environmental and Sustainability Programs at GBP. “Green Bay Packaging is honored to be one of the first selected as a Green Masters company.”

As a pilot company, GBP serves as a leader and an example in sustainability, and has helped the Green Masters Program evolve into a valuable tool for future companies and their sustainability goals.

The conference, held at Miron Construction in Neenah, Wis., is the only conference in Wisconsin designed

specifically for direct business-to-business sharing of sustainability practices.

About Green Bay Packaging Inc.

Started in 1933, Green Bay Packaging Inc. is a privately held, vertically integrated corporation consisting of timberlands, recycled and virgin linerboard mills, corrugated container plants, a folding carton plant, specialty converting operations, pressure-sensitive roll label stock and a sawmill facility. Headquartered in Green Bay, Wis., Green Bay Packaging Inc. is dedicated to sustainable development of its products and forestry resources throughout all of its manufacturing facilities in 14 states and Mexico. For more information about Green Bay Packaging Inc., visit www.gbp.com.

About Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council

The WI Sustainable Business Council is a network of Wisconsin businesses and organizations that are actively involved, or interested in, the challenge of sustainability and corporate responsibility. For more information on the Green Masters Program and the Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council, visit www.bus.wisc.edu/sustainability/council/recognitionprograms/.

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Green Bay Packaging Inc. Becomes Green Professional

September 1, 2010

Green Bay Packaging Inc. Shipping Container Division was recently recognized as a Green Professional from the Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council as part of the Green Masters Program.

With the support of the Wisconsin School of Business and the Wisconsin DNR’s Green Tier Program, the Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council launched the new Green Masters Program as a way to recognize Wisconsin businesses and institutions that are committed to sustainability. The program also provides informed resources between businesses and sustainability initiatives, enabling better decisions that lead to reduced environmental impact, cost reductions and social benefits.

To become part of the Green Masters Program, GBP completed a points-based questionnaire about its sustainability efforts and was given a score. Companies that rank below 100 points on the questionnaire are called Green Apprentices. Green Professionals, such as GBP, rank above 100 points, and are nominated to become a Green Master. Each December, at the WI Sustainable Business Council annual meeting, the top 20 percent of companies will be identified, and will be recognized as a Green Masters company for one year.

As a pilot company, GBP will serve as a leader and example in sustainability, assisting the Green Master Program to evolve into a valuable tool for other companies and their sustainability efforts.

“Green Bay Packaging is pleased to be recognized as a Green Professional by the WI Sustainable Business Council,” said Bryan Hollenbach, Vice President/Area General Manager of the Green Bay Shipping Container Division. “GBP’s legacy is one of commitment to leading environmental practices and our focus on sustainability is part of our heritage. We appreciate being recognized as a green professional and will continue to have business practices that support sustainability.”

For more information on the Green Masters Program and the Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council, visit http://www.bus.wisc.edu/sustainability/ council / recognition programs/.

About Green Bay Packaging Inc.

Started in 1933, Green Bay Packaging Inc. is a family-owned, vertically integrated corporation consisting of timberlands, recycled and virgin linerboard mills, corrugated container plants, a folding carton plant, specialty converting operations, pressure-sensitive roll label stock and a sawmill facility. Headquartered in Green Bay,Wis., Green Bay Packaging Inc. is dedicated to sustainable development of its products and forestry resources throughout all of its manufacturing facilities in 14 states and Mexico.

For more information about Green Bay Packaging Inc., visit www.gbp.com.

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Green Bay Packaging Inc. Gives Trees for Arbor Day

April 28, 2010

Green Bay Packaging Inc. (GBP) is giving away two tree seedlings to each of its Green Bay area employees April 30, in honor of Arbor Day.

In the spirit of sustainable forestry stewardship, fi ve area GBP plants will give a total of 2,000 tree seedlings to more than 950 of its employees. Each employee will receive a three-year-old white spruce and a three-year-old red pine.

The Green Bay Shipping Container Division is co-sponsoring the event.

“We wanted to co-sponsor this event as a thank you to our employees and another example of our commitment to environmental sustainability,” said Bryan Hollenbach, Vice President/Area General Manager of the Green Bay Shipping Container Division.

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, one tree can absorb as much carbon in a year as a car produces while driving 26,000 miles. Over the course its life, a single tree can absorb one ton of carbon dioxide.

About Green Bay Packaging Inc.

Started in 1933, Green Bay Packaging Inc. is a vertically integrated corporation consisting of timberlands, a folding carton plant, paperboard mills, corrugated shipping container plants, specialty converting operations, pressure-sensitive roll label stock and a sawmill facility. Headquartered in Green Bay, Wis., Green Bay Packaging Inc. is dedicated to sustainable development of its products and forestry resources throughout all of its manufacturing facilities in 14 states and Mexico.

For more information about Green Bay Packaging Inc., visit www.gbp.com.

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© March 2012 Green Bay Packaging Inc