By Kimberley Donoghue
PBN Web Editor
WASHINGTON – Toy maker Hasbro Inc. has been selected as a winner of the Environmental Protection Agency’s inaugural Climate Leadership Awards, the company said Wednesday in a news release.
Pawtucket-based Hasbro was one of 20 organizations and an individual to earn recognition for addressing climate change and reducing carbon pollution by improving efficiency, identifying energy and cost- saving opportunities and reducing pollution.
Hasbro was named in the “Excellence in GHG Management (Goal Achievement)” category, which recognizes organizations for “aggressively” managing and reducing their greenhouse gas emissions. There were five categories overall.
Hasbro noted that last October it was on track to reduce its GHG emissions another 10 percent from 2008 to 2012, building on earlier U.S. reductions in excess of 43 percent from 2000 to 2008. The company reported its progress through the Carbon Disclosure Project.
"Hasbro demonstrates every day that it's possible to manage your carbon footprint without compromising your bottom line. Corporate leadership is essential to meeting our climate and energy challenges. Hasbro's accomplishments will inspire other companies to act and contribute to strong, sensible policies benefiting both our economy and our climate,” said Eileen Claussen, president of Center for Climate and Energy Solutions. C2ES was also a sponsor of the awards, along with the Association of Climate Change Officer and The Climate Registry.
Besides Hasbro – the only Rhode Island-based company to win - other recipients included IBM, San Diego Gas & Electric, the Port of Los Angeles, SAP, UPS, Campbell Soup Company, Casella Waste Systems, Avaya, Gap, among others. The individual leadership award went to Gene Rodrigues, director of customer energy efficiency and solar at Southern California Edison.
A gala to honor award recipients took place on Feb. 29 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., kicking off the inaugural Climate Leadership Conference which ends March 1. Speakers are slated to share insights and ideas on topics related to the awards, including: energy efficiency, setting and achieving GHG reduction goals, engaging supply chains, and other practical applications for managing and reducing emissions.