Kohler Co. Joins Alliance for Sustainable Built Environments


KOHLER, Wis., — February 5, 2007 — Kohler Co., a global leader in kitchen and bath design and technology, has joined the Alliance for Sustainable Built Environments.

Founded in 2003, the mission of the Alliance’s international corporate members is to educate the marketplace and top management on the benefits of reducing the overall impact facilities have on the natural environment and on building occupants. Members include Johnson Controls, Milliken & Company, Forbo Flooring, Philips Lighting, JohnsonDiversey, Owens Corning, USG Corporation, and now Kohler.

The Alliance invited Kohler to join based on the company’s commitment to water conservation through its product offerings, its recognition of sustainability as a critical part of its business strategy, and its efforts to green its facilities. Participation in the Alliance strengthens Kohler’s leadership in delivering innovation, quality and performance water conservation solutions to customers and offers opportunities to leverage critical partnerships within the marketplace.

"Kohler uses renewable and recycled resources from the earth – sand, clay, iron and water – to create kitchen and bath products of lasting beauty, style and performance that endure for generations,” said David Kohler, group president of Kohler’s Kitchen and Bath Group. “As a company, we are committed globally to reducing our consumption of energy and resources in each of our four businesses groups while upholding our mission of contributing to a higher level of gracious living for those who are touched by our products and services.”

“We are excited to have Kohler join the Alliance bringing its expertise in water conservation,” said Craig Zurawski, executive administrator of the Alliance. “Kohler’s commitment to create products that not only conserve an important natural resource like water, but deliver quality, style and value is well-known throughout the world in both commercial and residential applications. Kohler’s forward thinking exemplifies what this group of companies is trying to accomplish, and that’s to help the business community understand that sustainable development is not only the right thing to do, it’s at the core of profitable business strategies.”

Alliance programming and activities include education and promotion of a number of environmental metrics, including the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) programs, the EPA’s ENERGY STAR, WaterSense and Climate Leaders programs, and others.

In 2005, the Alliance became a partner of the International Facility Management Association (IFMA) to develop and deliver sustainability educational programs, and provide research and planning tools to more than 18,000 IFMA members who collectively manage more than 23 billion square feet of workspace.

Founded in 1873 and headquartered in Kohler, Wis., Kohler Co. is one of America’s oldest and largest privately held companies. Kohler is a global leader in the manufacture of kitchen and bath products, engines and power generation systems, cabinetry, tile and home furnishings, and international host to award-winning hospitality and world-class golf destinations. For information, visit www.kohler.com.

The Alliance for Sustainable Built Environments is a group of industry leaders who practice and are recognized for leadership in sustainability; that is economic, social and environmental responsibility. It is committed to delivering high performance sustainable solutions for the built environment. For Alliance information, visit KOHLER, Wis., (February 5, 2007) – Kohler Co., a global leader in kitchen and bath design and technology, has joined the Alliance for Sustainable Built Environments.

Founded in 2003, the mission of the Alliance’s international corporate members is to educate the marketplace and top management on the benefits of reducing the overall impact facilities have on the natural environment and on building occupants. Members include Johnson Controls, Milliken & Company, Forbo Flooring, Philips Lighting, JohnsonDiversey, Owens Corning, USG Corporation, and now Kohler.

The Alliance invited Kohler to join based on the company’s commitment to water conservation through its product offerings, its recognition of sustainability as a critical part of its business strategy, and its efforts to green its facilities. Participation in the Alliance strengthens Kohler’s leadership in delivering innovation, quality and performance water conservation solutions to customers and offers opportunities to leverage critical partnerships within the marketplace.

"Kohler uses renewable and recycled resources from the earth – sand, clay, iron and water – to create kitchen and bath products of lasting beauty, style and performance that endure for generations,” said David Kohler, group president of Kohler’s Kitchen and Bath Group. “As a company, we are committed globally to reducing our consumption of energy and resources in each of our four businesses groups while upholding our mission of contributing to a higher level of gracious living for those who are touched by our products and services.”

“We are excited to have Kohler join the Alliance bringing its expertise in water conservation,” said Craig Zurawski, executive administrator of the Alliance. “Kohler’s commitment to create products that not only conserve an important natural resource like water, but deliver quality, style and value is well-known throughout the world in both commercial and residential applications. Kohler’s forward thinking exemplifies what this group of companies is trying to accomplish, and that’s to help the business community understand that sustainable development is not only the right thing to do, it’s at the core of profitable business strategies.”

Alliance programming and activities include education and promotion of a number of environmental metrics, including the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) programs, the EPA’s ENERGY STAR, WaterSense and Climate Leaders programs, and others.

In 2005, the Alliance became a partner of the International Facility Management Association (IFMA) to develop and deliver sustainability educational programs, and provide research and planning tools to more than 18,000 IFMA members who collectively manage more than 23 billion square feet of workspace.

Founded in 1873 and headquartered in Kohler, Wis., Kohler Co. is one of America’s oldest and largest privately held companies. Kohler is a global leader in the manufacture of kitchen and bath products, engines and power generation systems, cabinetry, tile and home furnishings, and international host to award-winning hospitality and world-class golf destinations. For information, visit www.kohler.com.

The Alliance for Sustainable Built Environments is a group of industry leaders who practice and are recognized for leadership in sustainability; that is economic, social and environmental responsibility. It is committed to delivering high performance sustainable solutions for the built environment. For Alliance information, visit www.greenerfacilities.org.

 

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