Oregon Leaders Awards laud energy-efficient industrial firms

The Oregon Department of Energy announced Monday its second round of leadership awards for industrial energy efficiency.

The Oregon Department of Energy announced Monday its second round of leadership awards for industrial energy efficiency. 

Three organizations — Myers Container LLC, Stimson Lumber and the Metropolitan Wastewater Management Commission — will receive top honors in the annual Oregon Leaders Awards.

The actual awards, announced Monday, will be handed out during the Northwest Industrial Energy Efficiency Summit in January. They are designed to recognize businesses and organizations that are on the leading edge of energy management and energy efficiency.

The Oregon Department of Energy, working with Energy Trust of Oregon, the Bonneville Power Administration and the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, launched the awards program last year.

Meyers Container LLC and Container Management Services LLC of Portland won the first-place award for the Leadership in Innovation category. Myers won an Innovation in Sustainable Operations award from Sustainable Business Oregon in 2011. The second-place award went to Elkay Wood Products Co. operations in Independence.

Stimson Lumber Co.'s Clatskanie operations won the top award in the Leadership in Energy Energy Performance category. Noprac Foods Inc. will receive the second-place award in that category.

In the Leadership by Example category, the Metropolitan Wastewater Management Commission was named the winner for operations at its Eugene-Springfield Water Pollution Control Facility. The second-place award went to Gunderson LLC.

"Across the state, in diverse sectors, businesses are showing that reducing energy use and using energy more efficiently is good for the bottom line," said Gov. John Kitzhaber in a statement. "With the leadership of these award winners, we'll continue to see a greater emphasis on energy efficiency and the positive effect that has for our statewide goals to use more renewable sources of energy, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and strengthen our economy."

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