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KI Earns Green Master Award From Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council

January 27, 2012

GREEN BAY, WIS . - KI is one of a select group of companies to earn the designation of "Green Master," the highest tier in the Green Masters Program established by the Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council. As a Green Master, KI has performed actions in each of nine sustainability areas and has scored in the top twenty percent of all participating companies.  

"KI is honored to earn Green Master status under the Green Masters Program," said Norman Nance, vice president, environmental initiatives, KI. "Our commitment to sustainability and sustainable manufacturing practices and procedures are important to our customers, who emphasize good stewardship of the environment and want to do business with companies that share that commitment."  

KI recognizes and embraces its responsibility to safeguard human health, preserve natural resources and protect the environment. As part of this commitment, KI continually discovers new ways to make its corporate headquarters and manufacturing facilities more environmentally friendly. From turning down the heat on weekends to alternative painting processes to monitoring lights on timers and sensors, sustainable practices are part of KI's ongoing mission to conserve energy and water, reduce waste, and increase use of recycled content, improve indoor air quality and more.  

"KI has exemplified leadership in the sustainable business realm," said Tom Eggert, executive director, Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council. "There is great potential to make the contract furniture industry more sustainable, and we hope others follow in the footsteps of KI."  

KI takes a three-pronged approach to its environmental efforts: First, the manufacturing processes-KI makes sure every process, whether it's constructing a chair or marketing its products, reduces or eliminates the impact on the environment. Second, material selection-KI incorporates renewable and recyclable materials, such as bio-based foam or recycled aluminum framework, in all manufactured products as much as possible. Third, product design-KI manufactures with longevity in mind, by using recyclable components that make the company's products easy to disassemble and repair-or recycle at the end of its life cycle.  

Applicants to the Green Masters Program are judged on a comprehensive range of sustainability issues, from energy to water use to educational outreach and governance. More than 90 Wisconsin businesses are participating in the program, where the top twenty percent achieve the highest "Green Master" designation. For more information, or to view a complete list of Green Masters Program participants, go to www.greenmastersprogram.com.  

KI manufactures innovative furniture and wall system solutions for education, healthcare, government and corporate markets. The employee-owned company is headquartered in Green Bay, Wis. and operates sales offices and manufacturing facilities in the United States, Canada, Latin America, Europe and Asia. KI tailors products and service solutions to the specific needs of each customer through its unique design and manufacturing philosophy. For more information about KI and its sustainable business practices, visit www.ki.com or www.ki.com/green.  

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