MUSKEGON, MI — In keeping with its solid commitment to sustainability, Muskegon-based Nichols Paper and Supply
has achieved Environmental Protection Agency''s
(EPA) Energy Star Certification
with a score of 79, according to a press release.
Two years ago, when starting their pursuit for the U.S. Green Building Council''s Leadership for Energy and Environmental Design for Existing Buildings Operations and Maintenance
(LEED EB O+M), their energy star score was 70; a minimum of 69 is required to achieve LEED EB O+M, the release stated.
According to the release, instead of accepting that score, improvements were made to their main distribution center and corporate headquarters and they were able to raise their score to 79.
"Behavioral changes have also contributed to the increase in score: Turning off computers and small appliances when not in use, occupancy sensors in offices, conference rooms, restrooms and storage areas, task lighting in offices and working in the abundance of natural light that our building offers," said Renae Hesselink, LEED accredited professional (AP) and vice president of sustainability of the company.
An Energy Star qualified facility meets strict energy performance standards set by EPA, uses less energy, is less expensive to operate and causes fewer greenhouse gas emissions than its peers, the release noted.