SCA Dedicates Four New Wind Turbines at Wisconsin Service Center

SCA Tissue North America recently dedicated four new wind turbines at its Service Excellence Center (SEC) in Menasha, Wis., USA, with a community green fair and a ceremony attended by business, union and political dignitaries. At the ceremony, Roberta Gassman, secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development and a member of Governor James Doyle’s cabinet, noted that the wind turbines were the first produced by an Oshkosh, Wis., startup company called Renewegy LLC. The project brought together several local businesses, and has helped create and sustain the kind of green jobs that the state and national economy need, she said.

Don Lewis, president of SCA Tissue North America (pictured to the right), said that the wind turbines stand as a symbol of SCA’s commitment to sustainability and its environmentally friendly products. "At SCA we’re all working together to reduce our environmental footprint across the globe," he pointed out. The company has set a target to reduce our carbon dioxide emissions globally by 20% from fossil fuels and purchased electricity and heat by 2020. SCA has also set a global goal to reduce our water consumption by 15% by the end of this year compared with 2005 levels."

Lewis added that the company recycles more than 750,000 tons of wastepaper each year in making its Tork products from 100% recycled fiber. "To put that into perspective," he said, "it’s enough to cover Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis., 233 times, including the end zones, 3 ft. high in wastepaper."

The wind turbines (pictured below) are the latest in a series of ongoing environmental, conservation and alternative energy initiatives at the SEC. In 2008, for example, SCA Tissue installed 115 solar panels on the roof of the SEC. Together, the wind turbines and solar panels will deliver an estimated 2 to 2 ½ months of the facility’s annual electrical power needs.