Each Year the GSA Honors Four Companies for their Commitment to the Environment
City of Industry, CA – [April 2, 2012] Bentley Prince Street, Inc., an industry leader in commercial carpet design, quality and sustainability, is honored to receive the 2011 Evergreen Award from the U.S. General Services Administration’s (GSA) Integrated Workplace Acquisition Center (IWACenter). Bentley Prince Street has been honored three times; first in 2001 jointly with parent company Interface; again in 2008 and now for 2011. Every year the GSA IWACenter invites environmentally conscientious business partners to participate in its Evergreen Award program, which was developed to recognize efforts in recycling, affirmative procurement and waste reduction that can set an example for other IWACenter business partners to follow. The Evergreen Award itself “closes the recycling loop” in that it is made from recycled glass.
Forty businesses were considered for the 2011 Evergreen Award. The award was presented to one business in each of the following categories: furniture, furnishings and floor coverings, technologies and electronics, sports and recreation and small business. Five of the categories considered in evaluating nominations are: Waste Prevention, Recycling, Affirmative Procurement, Environmental Preferability and Model Facility. Bentley Prince Street has been awarded the Evergreen Award three times since 2001. Read the GSA’s official press release.
“This is such an incredible honor and one I am proud to share with all our associates,” says Anthony Minite, president of Bentley Prince Street. “This award says to our customers and to the world that we truly care about the impact our actions have on the environment and we are doing everything in our power to protect the planet.”
Bentley Prince Street received the 2011 Evergreen Award for its industry leading efforts in sustainability and Mission Zero goal of eliminating any negative impact the company has on the environment by the year 2020. Additionally, Bentley Prince Street having been selected by the Department of Energy to pilot the ISO 50001 Energy certification in California and making its 2012 goal to produce 100% Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) for all products manufactured in its LEED® for Existing Buildings Silver certified facility played major factors in the GSA’s decision to honor them for a third time.
GSA’s Evergreen Award Program was developed to:
- Support the federal government’s environmental initiatives
- Assist GSA’s customers in identifying environmentally preferable products currently on schedule
- Recognize the efforts of our business partners in:
- Affirmative Procurement
- Waste Reduction
- Set an example for other IWACenter business partners to follow
“Being awarded this honor for a third time validates our strong environmental commitment,” says Holly DeBrodt, director of sustainability for Bentley Prince Street. “We are dedicated to responsibility in manufacturing and transparency in reporting because we all understand that sustainability is not just a marketing plan, it’s business as usual.”
About Bentley Prince Street
Defining style, color, quality and service for 30 years, Bentley Prince Street manufactures and markets award-winning broadloom, carpet tile and area rugs for commercial interiors across the globe. Bentley Prince Street is committed to sustainable commerce and innovations to integrate style and function with environmental practices through its Mission Zero® goal of eliminating any negative impact it has on the environment by the year 2020. With the industry’s most comprehensive vertical carpet manufacturing facility, the company maintains third-party certification to the ISO 9001:2009 Quality Management System and the ISO 14001:2004 Environmental Management System. Based in Los Angeles County, California, Bentley Prince Street is a subsidiary of Interface, Inc., a global provider of floor coverings. For more information, please visit www.bentleyprincestreet.com and http://bpscarpet.blogspot.com