2015 TLMI Environmental Leadership Award Winner
Sussex, WI-based Lauterbach Group received the TLMI Environmental Leadership Awards at the 2015 TLMI Annual Meeting. This prestigious award recognizes TLMI member companies that have consistently demonstrated a commitment to progressive environmental practices across a range of areas including solid waste reduction, recycling, waste or energy recovery, the implementation of new ‘clean’ technology and/or processes, and the implementation of an education program. Additionally, New Kensington, PA-based Yerecic Label and Philadelphia, PA-based The Dow Chemical Company were awarded certificates of achievement.
The awards were presented by TLMI Environmental Chair Calvin Frost with the following remarks:
I am delighted to present the 2015 Environmental Leadership Awards this year. As in the past these awards recognize TLMI members for outstanding contributions in environmental awareness in our industry. This is our 13th year of competition and the achievements of this year’s winners demonstrate ongoing commitment to improvement.
The decision for these leadership awards have always been made by an impartial panel of judges from your peers. I would like to thank this year’s judges for their time and effort. I would also like to thank our TLMI staff for supporting the competition with email blasts, LinkedIn, and Twitter announcements
The judges for the 2015 Environmental Awards have added an additional award for supplier and converter applicants that recognize their exemplary commitments to TLMI’s sustainability initiatives for waste reduction, tangible and replicable practices, and unique sustainability initiatives. From year to year they may decide there are no applications worthy of this recognition. However, this year is not the case.
I am pleased to recognize a supplier for their Unique Sustainability Initiative. The judges believed their project enhances our industry and drives Green Awareness and Environmental Education. This company used their expertise to leverage relationships that enabled them to launch a “recycle –to feedstock” project that they call Energy Bag Pilot. Essentially this project closes the loop on non-recyclable substrates and creates a high value synthetic oil. Please join me in recognizing The Dow Chemical Company.
The judges also decided that one converter was deserving of recognition for Documentation of Relevant and Replicable Sustainability Practices. This company continues to be active in all aspects of the TLMI organization. Currently they chair one of the most important Environmental Health & Safety Committee activities, Recycling. This company has measured their in-house waste stream. They have developed an energy application as an alternative to landfills. Since inception this company has diverted 2000 tons from the landfill. Since 2011, this company has purchased 20% renewable energy, reducing greenhouse gas. They have also replaced quartz halogen lighting with T-5 efficiency lighting. Using DuPont’s Cyrel System they have eliminated 1000 gallons of hazardous waste annually. Eliminated, mind you. It is with great pleasure that the Environmental Awards Committee recognizes, Yerecic Label.
The judges made only one Environmental Leadership Award this year. It was made to a converter. This company is lean and mean. Their application followed the requirements of the application perfectly. During the last several years and in particular in 2014, they have:
- Focused on role development for personal development
- Focused on education, job training and career-development
- Focused on health and wellness throughout the organization
- Offered internships internally for advancement and growth and externally for education
- Monitored purchases with recycled content, reusable energy and green technologies as requirements
- Reduced water and energy consumption with documented and measurable tracking, as well as waste and plate spoilage
They are L.I.F.E., FSC, SFI, LEED, Green Tier and Green Master Certified. Their entire operation and culture embraces what the judges require for an Environmental Leadership Award. Please join me in congratulating, the Lauterbach Group.
|2014||Converter Award||Yerecic Label|
|Supplier Award||Green Bay Packaging|
|2013||Converter Award||The Label Printers|
|Supplier Award||Avery Dennison Label & Packaging Materials|
|2012||Converter Award||The Label Printers|
|Supplier Award||Mitsubishi Polyester Film|
|2011||Innovative Technology||Avery Dennison Label & Packaging Materials|
|Process Improvement||Label World|
|2010||Innovative Technology||Toray Plastics America|
|Process Improvement||McCourt Label Company|
|2008||Innovative Technology||Avery Dennison, Fasson Roll North America|
|Process Improvement||Lauterbach Group|
|2007||Innovative Technology||Fujifilm Graphic Systems USA, Inc.|
|Process Improvement||Metro Label Of Toronto, Canada|
|2006||Innovative Technology||Plastic Suppliers|
|Process Improvement||Ricoh Electronics, Inc.|
|2005||Innovative Technology||G-3 Enterprises, Label Division|
|Process Improvement||DuPont Teijin Films|
|2004||Innovative Technology||Green Bay Packaging Inc.|
|Process Improvement||WS Packaging Group Inc.|
|2003||Innovative Technology||E.I. DuPont deNemours & Company DuPont Imaging Technologies|
|Process Improvement||Gallus Ferd. Rueush AG|
Applications for the 2015 Environmental Leadership Awards will be accepted through July 31, 2015.
TLMI will award one converter and one supplier member this prestigious honor. Outstanding performance in five criteria areas below will also be recognized.
Relevance to Others
Commitment to Industry & TLMI Environmental Initiatives
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2015 Environmental Leadership Award Application Form