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3M wins energy award ninth year in a row

April 18, 2013

ST. PAUL, MN — For the ninth year in a row, 3M has been awarded a Sustained Excellence Award for its worldwide energy conservation efforts from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as part of its ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year program, according to a press release.

The win makes 3M the first firm to win as many consecutive awards, the release stated.

"The awards recognize a select group of organizations that have exhibited outstanding leadership year after year. These winners have reduced greenhouse gas emissions by setting and achieving aggressive goals, and employing innovative energy efficiency approaches," said the EPA.

"3M's commitment to reducing its environmental impact on a global basis long predates the ENERGY STAR program; in fact, it's thoroughly embedded in our corporate culture," said Steve Schultz, 3M's corporate energy manager.

According to the release, in 2012, the company carried out a number of programs and initiatives which contributed to its ninth win, including earning ISO 50001 energy management certification for two plants, implementing 201 new energy efficiency projects and funding 23 smaller initiatives from a special corporate fund.

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