Greensboro's TE Connectivity plant earns coveted recognition for outstanding environmental efforts
RALEIGH — The N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources today recognized the TE Connectivity Pegg Road plant in Greensboro as a 2014 Environmental Steward, one of only 21 facilities in North Carolina to earn the coveted award for a commitment to superior environmental performance.
“Companies like TE Connectivity show that economic success and environmental stewardship can go hand-in-hand,” said John C. Evans, deputy secretary of the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources. “The plant’s demonstrated energy reductions, its work with the local community on recycling efforts, and solid waste reduction goals show the plant’s commitment to balancing the needs of the environment with the demands of business.”
Surrounded by plant executives and local dignitaries, Evans recognized officials with TE Connectivity for the plant’s commitment to reduce its environmental impact. TE Connectivity makes electrical connectors for the automotive industry.
Stewards, like TE Connectivity, must demonstrate environmental leadership through a commitment to exemplary environmental performance beyond what is required by regulations. Stewards represent the highest of three levels of recognition for environmental performance in the state’s Environmental Stewardship Initiative.
An external advisory board, which is appointed by the DENR secretary and directs the initiative, recommended the recognition for the TE Connectivity plant. The board said the plant earned status as an Environmental Steward for several reasons, including the plant’s compliance history and its mature ISO 14001 environmental management system that has been certified by a third party since 2003. The advisory board also recognized the facility for its commitment to send zero waste to the landfill and to work with the community on environmental education. The board also noted the plant’s ability to reduce its energy usage thanks to compressed air and heat loss improvements.
Michael Dupont, director for Environmental, Health and Safety, Transportation Solutions for TE Connectivity, praised the initiative, which began in 2002.
“Being a member will help us in our efforts to be a good corporate citizen, ensure a better environment, conserve natural resources and will result in long-term economic benefits for TE Connectivity,” Dupont said. “We are proud to be a member of the North Carolina DENR’s ESI."
For more information, visit the Environmental Stewardship Initiative’s website, http://www.ncesi.org or contact Angela Barger or Scott Fisterwith the N.C. Division of Environmental Assistance and Customer Service at 919-707-8126 or 919-707-8131 or firstname.lastname@example.org.