The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) today announced the presentation of the GSA Evergreen Award to Mohawk Industries of Kennesaw, Ga. This annual award recognizes the efforts of GSA corporate partners for their efforts in recycling, identifying environmentally preferable products and waste reduction.
GSA Administrator Stephen A. Perry and Mid-Atlantic Regional Administrator Barbara L. Shelton presented the award to Tom Lape, President of the Mohawk Group Commercial Brands. Frank Endrenyi, Mohawk's Vice President for Technical Development, and Bob Brown, Mohawk's Vice President of Aviation and Specialty Markets, were also on hand to accept the award.
"Mohawk has clearly demonstrated its commitment to the environment by joining consortiums and committees in an effort to further ecological and sustainable development," said Perry.
Mohawk's commitment to the environment is evident through their participation in several environmental initiatives, including the Consortium for Competitiveness in the Apparel, Carpet and Textile Industries, which sponsors research in recycling processes, waste reduction and new generation environmental technology; CRI -- the Carpet and Rug Institute, which developed the Green Label Program for air quality testing standards; and Carpet America Recovery Effort, which has set the stage for a dramatic reduction in the amount of carpet going into landfills over the next 10 years. Mohawk is also a founding member of the U.S. Green Buildings Council (USGBC), a coalition of leaders from across the building industry that promotes environmentally responsible, profitable, and healthy places to live and work.
To help other Federal agencies buy green, GSA publishes the Environmental Products and Services Guide which lists over 3,000 environmentally oriented products and services available from GSA's Federal Supply Service, including office supplies, paper products, packaging material, office furnishings, floor coverings, lighting, solar technologies, building material, and paint. GSA is a centralized federal procurement and property management agency created by Congress to improve government efficiency and help federal agencies better serve the public. It acquires, on behalf of federal agencies, office space, equipment, telecommunications, information technology, supplies and services.
GSA supports U.S. federal civilian and military activities around the world, providing products and services to sailors, soldiers, airmen and Marines in support of their global missions. Comprised of 14,000 associates, GSA also provides services and solutions for the office operations of over 1 million federal workers located in more than 8,000 government-owned and leased buildings in 2,000 U.S. communities. GSA's Interagency Fleet operates more than 25,000 alternative fuel vehicles that run on ethanol methanol, natural gas and electricity.
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