To earn the Energy Star , the Livonia and Wilmington sites scored in the top 25 percent of similar facilities nationwide for energy efficiency, based on the U.S. EPA's energy performance rating system. Qualified facilities meet energy performance standards, use less energy, are less expensive to operate and cause fewer greenhouse gas emissions than peer facilities.
David Wallace, xpedx's director of sustainability, said xpedx's work with Energy Star is a natural extension of its dedication to maintain responsible operations, offer sustainable product choices and provide leadership in sustainable business practices for its customers and suppliers. "We believe that an organization-wide energy management approach will help us enhance our financial health and aid in protecting the environment today and for future generations," he remarked.
The xpedx sites in Livonia and Wilmington combined have nearly 740,000 sq ft of space. "The Energy Star partnership validates xpedx's commitment to bring creative, effective solutions to customers to help all of us become more sustainable organizations," Mike Casimiro, div. manager for the Wilmington location, said. "This important priority is incorporated in all xpedx's efforts to optimize customer supply chains and processes."
With the Livonia and Wilmington locations already qualified, xpedx is closer to its goal of earning the Energy Star in eight large distribution locations within the U.S. by the end of the year. These eight locations have approximately 2.4 million square feet of space.
As an Energy Star partner, xpedx is tracking its energy consumption and carbon footprint and improving its operating costs through energy saving strategies. xpedx has also committed to highlight its achievements as recognized by Energy Star, support the Energy Star challenge to improve the energy efficiency of America's commercial and industrial buildings by at least 10 percent and spread the word about the importance of energy efficiency to its employees and communities where it operates. A Packaging Digest source also tells us that xpedx is planning to get the Energy Star certification at all major facilities as part of its sustainability effort.