Geiger Continues Commitment to Sustainability
Geiger, Lewiston, Maine, released record-breaking results produced through participation in the UPS Carbon Neutral program. Geiger, the first participant in the promotional industry for all shipments, entered into a contractual carbon neutral program with UPS in 2012. In 2016, Geiger shipped 459,605 packages—weighing a total of 8,288,647 pounds. Under this program, Geiger purchased offsets for nearly 1,100 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions. This amount was offset through the purchase of Carbon Neutral credits.
“Geiger looks for ways to continue our social responsibility, including our new facilities in Maine,” said Jo-an Lantz, MAS, chief operating officer for Geiger. “We are so pleased with the environmental impact of the amazing results we see every year of this program.”
UPS calculates carbon emissions for all shipments from point of origination, including international shipments, to delivery point. Geiger then purchases and retires offsets equaling that amount. Offset projects include re-forestation, renewable energy, methane and landfill gas destruction, wastewater treatment, and destruction of industrial pollutants.
In addition to the Carbon Neutral program, Geiger began a renovation project on its corporate offices. The design includes a solar array of 696 panels, generating an expected 90 percent of the electricity needed for the offices. When completed, the office building will be designed as a Maine Advanced Building, and will be LEED certified at the gold level. It boasts the largest array for any business in the state and top five of all installations.
“Our commitment to solar energy will eliminate more than 8 million pounds of carbon pollution over the estimated 40-year lifespan,” said Geiger CEO Gene Geiger.
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