June 30, 2011 | Worcester, MA USA

Worcester Location Honored in Saint-Gobain’s First-Ever Environmental Recognition Program

Worcester’s Greendale campus wins Emerald Award in Saint-Gobain’s new recognition program for environmental excellence.

Saint-Gobain's Greendale campus in Worcester has been awarded one of the company's first-ever worldwide "Emerald" Awards for environmental excellence.

The site was honored for its outstanding reduction of water use. Thanks to their joint efforts over the past three years, plants on the Worcester campus have completely eliminated the use of well water for cooling equipment and furnaces. Approximately 123 million gallons of water a year are no longer being drawn from local wells and discharged to a local waterway.

The Greendale campus was the only North American site to win an Emerald Award this year, and the only site to be honored for water use reduction.

"This award is quite an honor and speaks to our dedication to environmental leadership in North America. We're both thrilled and inspired to continue with our commitment to green innovation," says Joe Dufresne, Senior Environmental Engineer.

Saint-Gobain sites from around the globe were nominated for the Environmental Emerald Awards for their performance in five categories: Water, Waste, Atmospheric Emissions, Climate Changes, and Biodiversity/Soil/Noise. The awards were presented at an official ceremony in Paris recently.

About Saint-Gobain in North America

Saint-Gobain, the world's largest building products manufacturer, has its North American headquarters in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. As the world leader in sustainable habitat, Saint-Gobain is committed to inventing solutions to help professionals and communities around the world build and renovate comfortable, healthy, economical and energy efficient buildings. The company has over 265 locations in North America, and approximately 19,000 employees. In the United States and Canada, Saint-Gobain reported sales of approximately $7.3 billion in 2010.

In Massachusetts, the company has more than 2,500 employees, with major production facilities in Milford, Northampton, Norwood, Taunton and Worcester. Saint-Gobain's facility in Northboro is the company's largest worldwide R&D center. Approximately 1,500 Saint-Gobain employees are based at the company's Greendale campus.

Recognized as a 2009 and 2010 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Saint-Gobain earned the 2011 ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award, the highest level of recognition for outstanding contributions to protecting the environment through energy efficiency. For information about Saint-Gobain in North America, visit http://www.saint-gobain-northamerica.com

About Saint-Gobain Worldwide

Saint-Gobain, the world leader in habitat markets, provides innovative solutions to meet today's challenges of growth, energy efficiency, and environmental protection. With 2010 sales of $53.2 billion, Saint-Gobain operates in 64 countries and nearly 190,000 employees. For more information about Saint-Gobain, please visit www.saint-gobain.com.


Dina Silver Pokedoff, APR
External Communications Manager