Carbon Footprint Analysis Gives Turman Commercial Painters Edge as "Greenest" Paint Contractor

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National commercial painting contractor Turman Commercial Painters, raises bar as industry sustainability leader with completion of a carbon footprint analysis. See what other actions this company has taken to claim "greenest" leadership status in the industry.


This carbon footprint report gives us the information needed to identify and achieve further reductions in our environmental impact

What does Turman Commercial Painters, ( a national commercial painting contractor, have in common with Wal-Mart, Intel and Citibank? All are industry leaders in environmental initiatives. Turman Commercial Painters extended its edge as an environmental leader in the painting industry this week with the announcement of its carbon footprint analysis of its 2009 operations. “This carbon footprint report gives us the information needed to identify and achieve further reductions in our environmental impact,” says Dave Theobald, President and CEO.

Carbon studies are rare in the construction trades (even a recent study by Groom Energy Solutions, a U.S. firm that helps companies reduce energy consumption, estimated that only about half of the Fortune 500 companies have calculated their carbon footprints) putting Turman ahead in the industry. Turman Commercial Painters completed the carbon footprint analysis as part of an ongoing, multi pronged strategy to lessen its environmental impact. An Enterprise Carbon Accounting report measures the total greenhouse gas emissions from all operations and includes a breakdown, by percentage, of gases attributable to different portions of the business. In a carbon footprint, typically only Scope 1 (“direct emissions” coming from any company owned entity; including emissions from company-owned vehicles, office heating, and manufacturing) and Scope 2 emissions (those from upstream “indirect emissions” from purchased electricity and steam) are studied; however, Theobald wanting a more thorough report requested that Scope 3 emissions (from upstream “indirect emissions” primarily associated with the value chain – e.g. employee travel, raw materials processing, production, contractor vehicles, purchased services, and logistics) be included as well. To complete the carbon footprint analysis, Turman Commercial Painters turned to Energy Carbon Accounting firm Climate Earth, of San Francisco. Says Theobald, “In order to reduce carbon emissions, you first have to understand their source. The carbon footprint report gives us this important information so we can create a bench mark for future studies and take measures that most effectively reduce our carbon footprint - both for our use and to assist clients who are focused on reducing their own environmental impact.”

The carbon footprint report is only one of several cutting edge steps Turman has taken that make the organization an industry leader in sustainability. The company gives away excess paint to the local communities to reuse and recycle; purchased a special, AkzoNobel water purification system to eliminate the impact on the environment from rinsing and washing equipment; invests in Prius and Ford Transit vehicles to reduce fuel consumption; uses zero or low VOC paints where possible and applies sustainable practices on all jobs; employs web conferencing and limits employee travel to client meetings; uses SharePoint (content management software) to reduce paper use; and purchased Lifesize HD video conferencing in each office to reduce the need for employee travel. “It is in our company DNA to do the right thing - that translates to how we treat our clients, our employees and the environment,” says Theobald. “The carbon footprint analysis, continues our commitment to the environment, and is another example of our ideology.”

About Turman Inc. - Turman Commercial Painters and its affiliates provide quality commercial painting services across the United States. Founded in 1972, Turman Commercial Painters is based on the premise of doing the right thing. Company President and CEO Dave Theobald leads the organization with a commitment to customer service and integrity. Turman Commercial Painters provides professional painting services with extensive experience in rebrand, tenant improvement, retail, medical, hospitality and restoration projects, through its multiple offices across the country.

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