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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
DATE: April 1, 2009
CONTACT: Bob Minicucci, 603-271-2941
Jim Martin, 603-271-3710

DES Announces Green Leaders
Four Businesses Achieve Second Tier of
DES’s Environmental Leadership Initiative

Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (DES) announced today that four businesses have achieved Green Leader status as part of DES’s Environmental Leadership Initiative. The businesses were recognized by Governor Lynch prior to the Governor and Council meeting in Concord. The businesses include Newport Computer Services, Inc. located in Rochester; NH Ball Bearings, HiTech Division located in Peterborough; NH Ball Bearings, Astro Division located in Laconia; and Monadnock Paper Mills, Inc. located in Bennington.

DES has developed an Environmental Leadership Initiative (ELI) to recognize and reward excellent environmental performance. This initiative applies to for-profit, non-profit and government organizations. Phase 1 of the ELI, Aspiring Leaders, was introduced 15 months ago and currently has 22 members. Those members have agreed to undertake 49 different projects involving reducing energy use, reducing waste, mentoring others, and promoting green design and construction methods.

Phase 2 of the ELI, Green Leaders, is for companies that have an excellent record of legal compliance, community relations, and pollution prevention. These companies have shown that they reliably manage their environmental affairs. DES recognizes their excellence to provide an example to others. More information on the ELI program is available at www.des.nh.gov/eli.

DES Commissioner Tom Burack said, “These Green Leaders will be performing, and reporting on, projects that will help to address New Hampshire’s specific environmental concerns. Green Leaders give us a way to work with organizations that have shown they can reliably meet a standard of good environmental behavior, so we can cooperate to find new ways to address new problems and to learn from the results. DES views these new members, and future members, as partners with us to help ensure New Hampshire will be more prosperous, healthier and more beautiful tomorrow than it is today.”

For more information, please contact Bob Minicucci at DES, 603-271-2941 or email EnvironmentalLeadership@des.nh.gov.

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