Mac-Gray Corporation's Lighten the Load™ Initiative Helps Colleges Save Energy and Reduce Carbon Emissions

Company Receives the Foundation's For People and Planet Award

Dec 19, 2011, 14:00 ET from Mac-Gray Corporation

WALTHAM, Mass., Dec. 19, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Mac-Gray Corporation (NYSE: TUC), the nation's premier provider of laundry facilities management services to multi-unit housing locations, today announced that it received the Foundation's first annual For People and Planet award in the education category. Since Mac-Gray launched its Lighten the Load initiative in 2008 with, they have partnered with 29 academic institutions to offset more than 40 million pounds of carbon.

"We are honored to receive the For People and Planet award from our partner,," said Stewart G. MacDonald, Mac-Gray's chief executive officer. "This award highlights Mac-Gray's commitment to environmental sustainability. Our Lighten the Load initiative is helping to reduce the carbon footprints of college and university laundry programs, while educating students on the benefits of being 'green' in the laundry room. As the nation's leading provider of laundry facilities management for the college market, we look forward to partnering with more academic institutions on this important initiative."

"We applaud Mac-Gray for taking a leadership role in combating climate change," said Eric M. Carlson, Foundation president. "In partnering with Mac-Gray, we are encouraging campuses to reduce the environmental impact of their properties and facilities."

About The Foundation is the leading nonprofit carbon reduction and climate solutions organization committed to making it easy and affordable for individuals, businesses and organizations to reduce their climate impact and transition to clean energy.  For more information, visit

About Mac-Gray Corporation Founded in 1927, Mac-Gray derives its revenue principally through the contracting of debit-card- and coin-operated laundry facilities in multi-unit housing facilities such as apartment buildings, college and university residence halls, condominiums and public housing complexes. Mac-Gray manages laundry rooms located in 43 states and the District of Columbia. Mac-Gray also sells and services commercial laundry equipment to retail laundromats and other customers through its product sales division. To learn more about Mac-Gray, visit the Company's website at



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