TOTO, a large manufacturer of sinks, bathroom fixtures and fittings, announced that its Morrow Manufacturing Plant has been awarded a 2017 Green Power Leadership Award from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The EPA presented Bill Strang, President of Operations and eCommerce for TOTO USA, with its Excellence in Green Power Use Award at the 2017 Renewable Energy Markets Conference.
The EPA’s annual awards recognize America’s leading sustainable power users for their commitment and contribution to helping advance the development of the nation’s voluntary green power market. The program recognizes EPA Green Power Partners who distinguish themselves by demonstrating leadership in procuring green power from a utility green power product, a power purchase agreement or a renewable energy certificate (REC) product.
TOTO’s Morrow plant is one of eight organizations nationwide to receive an Excellence in Green Power Use Award. TOTO USA currently purchases nearly 12 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power annually for use at its Morrow plant, which is enough green power to meet 100-percent of the facility’s electricity use.
The seven additional recipients of this year’s EPA Excellence in Green Power Use Award include Capital One, Clif Bar & Company, Equinox, Inc., Google, Microsoft, the University of California, and the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
Green power is electricity that is generated from environmentally-preferable renewable resources, such as wind, solar, geothermal, biogas, eligible biomass and low-impact hydro. Using green power helps accelerate the development of these sources in the United States and advance the American green power market.
In addition to its new Green Power Leadership Award, TOTO USA is the only plumbing manufacturer honored with the EPA’s Water Efficiency Leader Award, an award given to those organizations that foster an ethic of water conservation in the U.S. In giving this award, the EPA and its panel of nationally recognized water efficiency experts lauded TOTO for its outstanding leadership and innovation in water-efficient product development, sustainable manufacturing processes and water conservation advocacy.
TOTO USA’s sustainability initiatives have also garnered former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue’s Water Conservation Leadership Award, the Argon Award, the City of Atlanta Phoenix Award, and the Chattahoochee Riverkeeper’s Sustainability Award.