Defined as conserving an ecological balance by avoiding the depletion of natural resources, sustainability is a goal of many companies and individuals. NewAge Industries has published a report on the steps it has taken toward sustainability. "Building a Sustainable Future" describes the company's ideas, actions and commitment to implementing a sustainability plan and maintaining a green manufacturing facility.
Ken Baker, CEO, stated "Although this is NewAge's initial sustainability report, we've always been a forward-thinking company concerned with the impact we make as a business and a member of the community. We've taken many critical steps, including the adoption of solar power, to demonstrate that concern."
Divided into several sections, "Building a Sustainable Future" covers all of NewAge's sustainability projects, the largest and most ambitious of which has been our renewable energy system. In 2011 we had over 4,000 solar panels installed on our roof and added other electrical equipment to harness the energy from the array. The system now generates half our electricity needs and helps keep our manufacturing costs down.
The report explains other building improvements and gives hard facts on results. It cites dollars, energy and water saved, along with pounds of waste recycled annually. The changes have resulted in more efficient and brighter lighting; reduced heating and cooling costs due to the replacement of all windows; decreased electricity usage because of new, energy-efficient motors in production areas; and reduced trash volume thanks to recycling and compacting.
"Building a Sustainable Future" also includes measures taken by team members that involve helping our community. Events such as holiday toy drives, wellness programs, food and clothing collections, blood drives and local student education programs help to illustrate the company's philosophy of being a good neighbor.
"I'm excited to explore what improvements we can tackle next," said Baker.
View the report in its entirety (in PDF format).
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