Monday, July 27, 2009

Green - There are companies that are actually doing something


· 2009 – Selected by Oregon Business Magazine as one of Oregon’s 100 Best Green Companies to work for

· Named by the City of Portland’s Office of Sustainable Development as a “Blueworks” company, recognizing our compliance with recommended environmental practices.

· United Tile’s Renton office has been recognized for its practices in a program developed by the City of Renton’s Business Recycling Program.

· We have committed to renewable power programs in every location. We pay a premium for this energy, but are assured 100% of it comes from renewable power sources. These Earth-friendly energy programs reduce the average environmental impact by 20% per month and help support the development of wind farms. These programs are offered through the following utilities:

o Portland – PGE Clean Wind Program

o Bend – PP&L Blue Sky Business Partner Program

o RentonPuget Sound Energy Green Power Program

o Snohomish County PUD Planet Power Program

· The company is committed to assist regional architects with products and information that helps them earn LEED recognition for projects they are developing.

· All employees are provided with training that alerts them to the importance of following environmentally sensitive practices and encourages them to do so in their personal lives.

· United Tile and Crossville ceramics held “greenwashing” seminars for members of the architectural and design community in Portland and Seattle. These programs drew attention to the growing problem of false or unsubstantiated claims regarding the environmental merits of products in our industry.

· United Tile actively seeks to represent manufacturers whose products are produced in an environmentally responsible manner. Suppliers under consideration must provide specific details regarding any environmental claims to ensure we are not contributing to the “greenwashing” problem.



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