American Eagle Paper Mills to Receive 2018 Pennsylvania Governor's Award for Environmental Excellence
American Eagle Paper Mills will receive a 2018 Pennsylvania Governor's Award for Environmental Excellence for its Project Phoenix. The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) chose 23 organizations from more than 60 applications. Applicants were evaluated for their degree of environmental protection, innovation, partnership efforts, economic impact, consideration of climate change and sustainability with results achieved.
“Just as important as Pennsylvania’s abundant natural resources are the Pennsylvanians who invest their time, labor, and ingenuity to protect them,” said Governor Tom Wolf. “Their dedication results in public health and safety, environmental, economic, and recreation benefits across the commonwealth.”
American Eagle Paper Mills commissioned Project Phoenix to increase energy efficiency and reduce water usage at their Tyrone, Pennsylvania mill – one of the oldest working paper mills in the United States. Infrastructure updates, including a transition to natural gas from coal, resulted in an 83 percent reduction in daily river and watershed water withdrawal while reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 68%.
“This is the third sustainability award honoring American Eagle Paper Mills over the past year. We are very proud to accept this recognition for our sustainability efforts," stated CEO Mike Grimm, noting that the mill was also recently honored by AF&PA and the Pennsylvania Resources Council. "Our $8 million dollar investment in Project Phoenix not only benefited the mill with efficiency savings; it also benefited the Pennsylvania community in which our workers live and raise their families. The air is cleaner, the natural watershed improved, and the paper mill is more efficient and better positioned to sustain good paying jobs in Tyrone, PA.”
The Pennsylvania Environmental Council and DEP is hosting a dinner to honor the award winners on April 24th at the Harrisburg Hilton. More information about the Governor's Awards for Environmental Excellence is available through the DEP release or website.
About American Eagle Paper Mills
American Eagle Paper Mills is the leading US producer of recycled uncoated freesheet papers, including office, printing and converting grades. Located in Tyrone PA, the mill was restarted in 2003 by a group of local investors; having been shuttered by MeadWestvaco in 2001. The mill employs approximately 240 proud Pennsylvania papermakers, transforming 300 tons of waste each day into premium recycled paper. To learn more about American Eagle Paper Mills and our sustainability story, please visit aepaper.com.