InPro Honored for Environmental Leadership, Green Building Products

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Company president speaks on hard-dollar gains from green business initiatives

InPro Corporation President Phil Ziegler (left) accepts the 2010 The Stream Award in recognition of the company's strides in sustainability. With Ziegler (from left) are Brad Scheuerell of InPro; the artist, Cassy Tully; Greg Bell of the Smart Business Forum, and Crystal Stevens also of InPro.

At this year’s Smart Business Forum “Sustainable Case for Business” conference, InPro Corporation was honored with “The Stream” award in recognition of its green achievements. More than 200 attended the conference, which was held October 20th at the Country Springs Hotel in Pewaukee, Wisconsin.

The award followed a presentation by InPro President Phil Ziegler on the company’s achievements through its Sustainable Business Practices Team, a committee that considers numerous ways InPro can make improvements in environmental sustainability stewardship. The Team focused on three areas: Green Building Materials, Corporate Culture and ROI Projects.

Earlier this year, InPro stepped well ahead of its competitors by launching a new sustainable building product line using rapidly renewable biopolymer. Called BiopolymerPETG+ products, the new green building product line uses corn-based plastic and recycled content, making InPro the first in its industry to take the bold step away from fossil-fuel based plastics for door and wall protection products.

Cultural change was achieved through raising awareness of environmental stewardship, such as turning off lights, recycling batteries and cell phones, encouraging carpooling and switching to all-electronic payroll, which eliminates paper paystubs and checks. One key event was Earth Day 2010, which became a one-day celebration and educational forum, capped by the planting of a tree at InPro University, the company’s day care, which will now be an annual event.

Ziegler proved that being a green company can help companies save some “green” with a tally of about a dozen initiatives that will return a net savings of $155, 828 this year alone. These projects included installing low-flow toilets, replacing grass with a no-mow Wisconsin prairie and installing a high-speed garage door to save on heating. Year two savings are estimated to total $213,748, which will roll forward after that.

Earlier this year, InPro was also honored with the Water MVP Award from Waukesha County Water Conservation Coalition, which read, “For outstanding efforts to use water in the most efficient way possible. Your leadership by example and continuing pursuit of even higher efficiencies of water use make yours a true company of distinction. Your willingness to share your success, and educate others, makes InPro Corporation not only an environmental leader, but also an inspiration to others.”

“We’ve learned much through this process, and we’re going to keep it going in the years ahead,” Ziegler concluded. Ziegler’s PowerPoint presentation can be found at http://www.inprocorp.com/sustainablepracticesppt.

BACKGROUND

InPro Corporation – Based in Muskego, Wisconsin, InPro is the nation’s premier manufacturer of building products, offering the most choices and best service in door and wall protection, decorative surfaces, expansion joint systems, cubicle track & privacy curtains and signage & wayfinding. InPro products are used in the healthcare, senior living, hospitality, education, government, marine and retail sectors.

InPro Corporation also operates an exclusive Color and Design Center that employs a professional, licensed interior designer who assists customers in coordinating InPro products and custom environments that integrate color, style, function, comfort and life safety.

For more information on InPro Corporation, visit http://www.inprocorp.com, or call 800-222-5556.

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