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Monadnock Paper Mills Wins Greenerpalooza Award
 
Published Thursday, August 26, 2010 7:00 am

Monadnock Paper Mills was green before green was cool. Back in 1973, the company installed its own wastewater purification facilities before federal regulations for its mill were even established. That was just the beginning of a long, fruitful and enduring relationship between the Bennington-based paper manufacturer and the environment.

For its long history of environmental stewardship, Monadnock Paper Mills, Inc. received the 2010 Greenerpalooza Award as part of the Greenerpalooza III festivities at the Meadowbrook U.S. Cellular Pavilion. Presented by the New Hampshire Business Resource Center and the Meadowbrook U.S. Cellular Pavilion, Greenerpalooza celebrates energy efficiency efforts in the state of NH. With the backdrop of a Sheryl Crow concert, attendees were able to learn more about energy efficient products and services offered in the Granite State.

"Monadnock Paper Mills is a model of how businesses can both ‘go' and ‘remain' green," said NH Division of Economic Development Interim Director Roy Duddy in making the announcement. "Long before there was a strong national push to become more energy efficient, Monadnock was demonstrating corporate citizenship of the highest order."

Among the company's many accomplishments, Monadnock generates electrical power with five turbines on four low-impact hydroelectric dams along the Contoocook River. Over the course of a year, the normal flow of the river allows the company to produce up to 50 percent of its electric needs, a clean, renewable energy option that reduces the company's overall dependence on fossil fuels.

In addition, four years ago, Monadnock replaced over 1,000 facility lighting systems from old fluorescent fixtures to new fluorescent fixtures with QHEL Supersaver electronic ballasts, reflector and supersaver lamps. They also replaced over 100 standard on/off switches and ceiling mounted fixtures with occupancy sensors. The quantity of energy saved is approximately 794,948 kWh per year, with an estimated annual savings of $115,124.

Perhaps most impressive, the mill's solid waste, or short paper fiber extracted during the water purification process, is 100 percent reclaimed and used by NH's local farms in applications such as compost and animal bedding as well as in the production of manufactured topsoil.

"There's no doubt that this company is an example of how a business can not only be profitable, but also be environmentally aware and helpful to its neighbors," Duddy added. "The Greenerpalooza Award is designed specifically for model companies like this."


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