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Paragon Label Receives Huffman's North Bay Sustainable Award

Submitted By: Lewis Perdue, August 23, 2010


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:



August 20, 2010





CONTACT: Nick Ely



Nick.ely@asm.ca.gov



(415) 479-4920



MEDIA ADVISORY



Assemblymember Jared Huffman to Present Sustainable



North Bay Award to Paragon Label of Petaluma















Petaluma, CAóOn Monday, August 23, 2010 Assemblymember Jared Huffman (D-San Rafael) will present his August Sustainable North Bay Award to Paragon Label of Petaluma. Founded in 1998, Paragon Label became a Certified Sonoma County Green Business in 2008. Over the years, the family-run business has taken numerous steps to conserve natural resources, prevent pollution as noted below.







Recycling:



∑ For over a decade Paragon Label has recycled pounds of pressure-sensitive paper each year; more than 370,000 pounds this year.



∑ Paragon recycles 100% of its excess paper stock and setup paper preventing more than 185 tons of waste from going to landfills each year.



∑ Inks unused after printing labels are either stored for future use or recycled into fuel.



∑ 100% of chemicals used in the film and plate-making process are recycled, preventing 900 gallons of chemicals from entering the waste stream.







Emissions Reduction:



∑ Paragon uses water-based inks, which are naturally low in VOC (volative organic compounds) and cause minimal air emission, and UV inks which have zero VOC.



∑ Paragon consistently produces less than half of the VOC emissions allowed by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District.



∑ Over the past three years, Paragon has cut electrical usage by more than 73,000 kilowatt hours (KWh) per year.



∑ Paragonís innovative energy-efficient lighting system has been lauded by PG&E and reduced energy usage by 70,000 KWh per year.



∑ As a member of the PG&E Climate Smart program, Paragon offsets the greenhouse gas emissions needed for energy use and created a carbon neutral manufacturing facility.



∑ Paragon has been awarded a PG&E Innovative Leadership Award three years in a row.







Water Treatment:



∑ The more than 72,000 gallons of water treated at their on-site facility exceeds municipal drinking water standards for levels of trace metals.



∑ Captured contaminates from Paragonís waste-water are shipped to an approved EPA disposal center and do not re-enter the environment.







Assemblymember Huffman will tour the production facility, meet with employees and present the Sustainable North Bay Award to Paragon Label President Jason Grossman.











Date: Monday, August 23, 2010



Time: 8:15 a.m. -8:45 a.m.



Location: Paragon Label



3810 Cypress Dr.

Petaluma, CA 94954



Attendees: Assemblymember Jared Huffman,



Paragon Label President Jason Grossman