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For Immediate Release
Nov. 7 2014

South Carolina Environmental Excellence Program recognizes industry

COLUMBIA - BMW Manufacturing Co. Inc. of Greer, Michelin North America Inc. of Lexington, and Glen Raven Custom Fabrics of Anderson have been recognized for their environmental performance with a renewed membership in the South Carolina Environmental Excellence Program (SCEEP) through 2017, the state Department of Health and Environmental Control announced today.

"The purpose of SCEEP is to promote good environmental stewardship by our corporate partners," said Elizabeth Dieck, DHEC's director of environmental affairs. "The program encourages companies to become environmental leaders by making a voluntary commitment to promote and practice pollution prevention, energy and other resource conservation and to strive for continuous environmental improvement."

BMW Manufacturing began an Energy Task Force in 2010 to focus on energy and cost-saving initiatives throughout the facility. Through 2013, total realized energy savings were in excess of 129,000 mega-watt hours, a 23 percent reduction. They have also achieved a 69 percent reduction in waste going to the landfill and are now zero waste-to-landfill for nonregulated wastes. BMW is also very involved in the community and provides fundraising dollars to charities. The company has established the BMW Community Advisory Panel, comprising 24 local community and public relations leaders who act as ambassadors for BMW within the community.

Michelin North America uses its Michelin Environmental Footprint (MEF) to track worldwide impact of key environmental measures. The MEF is a composite indicator including environmental impacts related to emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), energy usage, carbon dioxide emissions, waste generated, waste-to-landfill, and water consumption. With recent changes to the company's tire manufacturing process, VOC emissions have reduced 70 percent over existing tire-building processes.

Glen Raven is a zero waste-to-landfill facility and over the past 12 months, the facility also had a 9.3 percent reduction in water usage and 3 percent reduction in energy use. The company replaced older light bulbs with energy efficient fluorescent bulbs to aid in energy reduction. Glen Raven has also eliminated the use of Nonylphenol Ethoxylates from its furniture fabrics. The company is very active in its community, participating in the Adopt-A-Highway program, the Wildlife and Industry Together (WAIT) program, as well as using dollars received from recycling of aluminum cans to help needy families.

The SCEEP is a voluntary program designed to recognize and reward South Carolina facilities that have demonstrated environmental performance through pollution prevention, energy and resource conservation, and the use of an environmental management system. DHEC has supported the program since its creation in 1997. Currently, the program has 46 corporate members across the state.

For program information, contact Rebecca Sproles at (803) 898-3139 or e-mail sprolemr@dhec.sc.gov.


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Jim Beasley
Public Information Director
beaslejc@dhec.sc.gov
803.898.7769