Brown Printing Company

Waseca, Minnesota

ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year - Energy Management

Brown Printing Company

Brown Printing Company is the third largest magazine printer and fifth largest catalog printer in the United States, operating three state-of-the-art printing facilities. The company has a strong energy management philosophy to continuously improve and to seek out new opportunities to reduce its carbon footprint for sustainable growth. Brown Printing is receiving ENERGY STAR recognition for its energy management program and strategic support of energy efficiency in the printing industry. Key accomplishments include:


         Improving company-wide energy intensity by 4.3 percent. This equates to a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions of 31 million pounds or the elimination of the emissions from 3,310 cars.

         Building a corporate-wide energy program and integrating all facilities into the ENERGY STAR Challenge for Industry.

         Elevating career development and team incentives through the use of specific key performance indicators for energy and tying them to pay for performance, bonuses, and employee rewards.

         Engaging major printers in the United States to participate in the ENERGY STAR Printing Focus, to support the development of energy management tools, and to share best energy management practices across the entire sector.

         Instituting a set of best energy management practices, such as requiring that all capital investments consider energy efficiency, educating employees on energy efficiency through a wide variety of methods, and implementing an array of technical improvements to the company's three printing facilities.

         Communicating the value of energy efficiency by offering customers tools to educate their readers on ENERGY STAR as a method for saving energy and preventing greenhouse gas emissions.

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