RACINE, Wis., Oct. 15, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The Wisconsin Sierra Club honored SC Johnson with the Torchbearer Award for the company's commitment to sustainability and renewable energy. The Torchbearer Award is given by the Wisconsin Sierra Club, also known as the John Muir Chapter, to decision-makers that consistently promote legislation, regulations or practices that protect the environment.
"We are honored by this recognition and salute the Sierra Club for their laudable efforts to improve Wisconsin's environment," said Kelly M. Semrau, Senior Vice President – Global Corporate Affairs, Communication and Sustainability of SC Johnson. "The Torchbearer Award highlights our commitment to the environment, sustainability and our global leadership in making the communities in which we do business better places."
SC Johnson was nominated for this award because of its addition of two 415-ft. wind turbines, which are the latest in a series of renewable energy production investments at Waxdale, the company's largest global manufacturing facility at 2.2 million square feet. The turbines are expected to be operational by the end of the year. When completed, the wind turbines will enable Waxdale to generate on average 100 percent of its electrical energy on-site, with approximately 60 percent of it coming from renewable sources.
"SC Johnson is a good neighbor and corporate citizen to southeastern Wisconsin residents, providing career opportunities and strong leadership on sustainability, from their support for expanding transit service to their commitment to renewable energy as demonstrated by their new Waxdale wind turbine project," said Shahla Werner, Director, Sierra Club – John Muir Chapter. "We hope to see many other Wisconsin companies follow suit in coming years by taking similar ambitious measures to reduce climate change threats."
The John Muir Chapter's annual awards are given to Sierra Club volunteers, community volunteers, environmentally responsible businesses, and civil servants that have contributed to protecting Wisconsin's environment. Recipients are nominated for the awards which include: Good Citizen Award, JJ & Pat Werner Award, Merit Award, New Activist Award, Torchbearer Award and Wildflower Award.
About the Wisconsin Sierra Club – John Muir Chapter
Founded in 1892 by John Muir, the Sierra Club is America's oldest, largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization. The Sierra Club's mission is to explore, enjoy, and protect the wild places of the earth; to practice and promote the responsible use of the earth's ecosystems and resources; to educate and enlist humanity to protect and restore the quality of the natural and human environment; and to use all lawful means to carry out those objectives. The Sierra Club – John Muir Chapter is made up of 15,000 members and supporters working to promote clean energy and protect water resources in Wisconsin.
About SC Johnson
SC Johnson is a family-owned and managed business dedicated to innovative, high-quality products, excellence in the workplace and a long-term commitment to the environment and the communities in which it operates. Based in the USA, the company is one of the world's leading manufacturers of household cleaning products and products for home storage, air care, and insect control. It markets such well-known brands as GLADE®, KIWI®, OFF!®, PLEDGE®, RAID®, SCRUBBING BUBBLES®, SHOUT®, WINDEX® and ZIPLOC® in the U.S. and beyond, with brands marketed outside the U.S. including AUTAN®, TANA®, BAMA®, BAYGON®, BRISE®, KABIKILLER®, KLEAR®, MR. MUSCLE®, and RIDSECT®. The 126-year old company, that generates $9 billion in sales, employs nearly 13,000 people globally and sells products in virtually every country around the world. www.scjohnson.com
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