● Tom’s of Maine announced that its manufacturing and fulfillment facility has moved to renewable wind energy. The change will reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 1.5 million pounds per year, the equivalent of planting 214 acres of trees or removing 138 cars from the road.
“One of our central beliefs is that Tom’s of Maine can be financially successful while behaving in a socially responsible and environmentally sensitive manner,” said chief executive officer and co-founder Tom Chappell. “Our move to renewable wind energy is another exciting example of how doing what is good for nature and good for communities, turns out to be good for the bottom line as well.”
Tom O’Brien, chief operating officer and Mark Dobrovolny, director of product supply, partnered with Constellation NewEnergy and Clean Air Cool Planet to make the project an environmental and economic success.
As of Jan. 31, 2006, the energy procured for Tom’s of Maine 100,000 square foot manufacturing facility in Sanford, ME has been generated by the Ainsworth Wind Energy Facility in Nebraska. The 100% Wind Renewable Energy Certificate product is certified by the Green-e certification program administered by the Center for Resource Solutions. Tom’s of Maine is purchasing 130,000 kilowatt hours of energy per month or approximately 1,150 Megawatts per year of renewable energy certificates from the wind farm. This purchase will avoid the emission of more than 1,587,000 lb. of carbon dioxide pollution this year. More info: www.tomsofmaine.com; www.cleanair-coolplanet.org; www.newenergy.com.