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EPA Places Mohawk on Two Top Green Power Partner Lists



[Cohoes, NY] - Mohawk Fine Papers Inc. is now on two of the Environmental Protection Agency's lists of most sustainable companies. Mohawk is #22 on the EPA's National Top 25 list of Green Power Partners, and is now on the list of 100% Green Power Purchasers.

National Top 25 List of Green Power Partners is an EPA list comprised of companies that voluntarily purchase green power as a way to reduce their environmental impact while promoting the development and use of renewable energy resources. In addition to Mohawk, companies included on this list are Wells Fargo & Company, U.S. Air Force, and Starbucks.

100% Green Power Partners list includes all the EPA Partner organizations that are purchasing 100% green power for their U.S. operations. The combined purchases of the companies on this list amounts to more than 3 billion kWh annually. Mohawk is proud to take its place on this list with other environmentally conscious companies including Aspen Skiing Company, Origins, and Whole Foods Market.

Mohawk became a Green Power Partner in 2003, with its initial move to use wind-generated electricity for manufacturing its papers. This year, the company increased its windpower purchase and now offsets 100% of the annual electric power consumption with the purchase of 100 million kWh (kilowatt hours) of renewable energy certificates (RECs).

"America is shifting to a 'green culture,' with more and more businesses understanding that environmental responsibility is everyone's responsibility," said Marcus Peacock, EPA's Deputy Administrator. "EPA commends Mohawk Fine Papers for making a long- term commitment to protecting the environment."

For over a decade, Mohawk has been a leader in the support of emission-free, renewable energy. In addition to voluntarily capping emissions and making significant investments to reduce energy and emissions, Mohawk has set an industry benchmark as the first U.S. mill to make premium papers carbon neutral. Mohawk now manufactures all of its papers with windpower, and its current carbon neutral portfolio includes the entire Strathmore Writing, Strathmore Script, Beckett Concept and Beckett Expression paper lines.

To see the list of companies now purchasing 100% green power for their U.S. operations visit http://www.epa.gov/greenpower/partners/ partner100.htm.

For more information about Mohawk's environmental initiatives and papers, visit www.mohawkpaper.com/carbonneutral or call 1-800 the mill.

Recognized for its technical innovation and progressive environmental initiatives, Mohawk Fine Papers Inc. manufactures an impressive range of premium printing, writing and imaging papers. Signature grades include Strathmore®, Mohawk SuperfineT, Beckett Concept®, Beckett Expression®, BriteHue®, Via®, Mohawk Color Copy® and patented Inxwell® products, Navajo® and Options®. Mohawk engineers its papers to provide optimal performance for sheetfed, web and digital printing. Mohawk papers are used in a wide variety of communications including prestigious annual reports, corporate identity systems, high-end brochures, packaging and everyday communication for businesses of all sizes and types. A leader in environmental stewardship, Mohawk is the first U.S. paper mill to offset 100% of its electricity with renewable windpower and the first U.S. premium paper mill to shift toward carbon neutral production. Many of Mohawk's recycled products are certified to the Forest Stewardship Council's [FSC] standards by SmartWood, a program of the Rainforest Alliance, and/or Green Seal.


   







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