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MWV, Finch Paper Win Environmental & Energy Achievement Award

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MWV Corp. and Finch Paper have received the American Forest & Paper Association's 2010 Environmental & Energy Achievement Award. Each year, this award is given to AF&PA member companies that make significant contributions to advances in the application of new and improved environmental and energy technology.

MWV used advanced technology to cut ash discharge by 75%, while Finch Paper used a new energy efficiency best practices system that cut greenhouse gas emissions by 14%.

MWV's project at its Evadale, Texas, mill allowed the mill to use lower-cost alternative waste materials in the protection process and increase its self-generated electricity. This reduced the amount of ash by 75%.

Finch Paper's "Energy Efficiency Initiative" at its Glens Falls, N.Y., location engaged employees at all levels to transform how they thought and worked with regard to energy use. The mill saw a 14% decrease in greenhouse gas emissions as well as cost-saving energy reductions without significant capital expense.

A panel of judges reviewed the applications for the Environmental & Energy Achievement Award. They looked at a project's ability to reduce energy use and improve environmental footprints.