Boeing will have increased aircraft deliveries by more than 70 percent, and still expects to meet its 2017 goal of zero growth in greenhouse gas emissions over the last 10 years.
This effort has earned Boeing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) “Energy Star” award for the sixth time and the agency’s highest award, the 2016 “Energy Partner of the Year.”
“Recognition by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star program for sustained excellence is a tribute to our employees’ commitment to environmental leadership,” said Ursula English, Boeing vice president of Environment, Health & Safety said in a statement.
Boeing’s extensive list of 2015 environmental successes are outlined in a media release.
EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said that, “Boeing demonstrates a strong commitment to energy efficiency and to preserving a healthy planet for future generations.”
This kind of environmental stewardship is yet another example of how Washington employers are leading the way in carbon reductions and sustainability efforts.
Washington has the eighth greenest economy in the nation and is a leader in carbon reductions. In fact, the EPA reports that Washington state’s carbon emissions are already below 1990 levels.
These achievements didn’t happen by accident.
The Washington Climate Collaborative has shared many stories of businesses of all sizes taking the initiative to address carbon emissions, lower energy consumption and decrease the use of fossil fuels.
AWB’s new employer image campaign, Grow Here, shares the positive stories of employers: how they contribute to their communities, lift up their employees, create jobs and build sustainability efforts into their business plans, not as an afterthought.
Washington has a great story to tell and can serve as an example of climate leadership from the ground up to other states and the world. It’s proof that collaboration with employers, not top-down government directives, work best to achieve the environmental goals shared by all Washingtonians.
This guest blog appeared on the Association of Washington Business’ site on March 30, 2016.