Steelcase Receives Pollution Prevention Award

Oct. 16, 2006
Grand Rapids, MI (September, 2006) /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ - Steelcase Inc., a global office environments manufacturer, recently announced it has received the Most Valuable Pollution Prevention Award from the National Pollution Prevention Roundtable (NPPR), the largest membership organization in the United States devoted solely to pollution prevention. NPPR granted Steelcase this award at a ceremony in Washington, D.C., in recognition of the company's 2006 Environmental Report, which was identified as an outstanding, innovative pollution prevention project.

Steelcase's 2006 Environmental Report goes beyond traditional metrics to examine the reasoning and inspiration behind the company's diverse environmental initiatives. Each initiative supports Steelcase's ongoing goal of protecting, replenishing, and restoring communities through both community service and sustainable design. The report raises awareness of pollution prevention within the context of the contract furniture industry by describing materials chemistry, life-cycle assessment and the Steelcase Environmental Partnership program.

"We are proud that our 2006 Environmental Report has received this prestigious recognition. It truly is a reflection of Steelcase's commitment to environmental stewardship and to ensuring that our people, products, and processes have a meaningful impact on our planet, today and in the future," says Allan Smith, vice president, global environmental strategy and programs, Steelcase.

NPPR judges based each nomination on five criteria including innovation, measurable results, transferability, commitment and optimization of project resources. For reports and publications like the Steelcase 2006 Environmental Report, the judges also considered how entries focused attention on pollution prevention and highlighted health, economic and environmental benefits. Originality, impact and quality were also taken into consideration. Steelcase's 2006 Environmental Report earned high marks in innovation and measurable results in pollution prevention, transferability to other projects, optimization of resources and the company's level of commitment and leadership.

"Steelcase is one of the industry leaders in pollution prevention design," according to NPPR. "We are pleased to present Steelcase's 2006 Environmental Report with a Most Valuable Pollution Prevention Award as it is a well-written documentation of Steelcase's commitment to pollution prevention. The report addresses such issues as greenhouse reduction and sustainability. It gives a clear sense of Steelcase's current environmental results and the company's environmental goals for the future."

For further information on Steelcase's commitment to the environment or to view a copy of the 2006 Environmental Report, visit Steelcase's Web site at www.steelcase.com.

About Steelcase Inc.Steelcase, a global leader in the office furniture industry, helps people have a better work experience by providing products, services and insights into the ways people work. The company designs and manufactures architecture, furniture and technology products. Founded in 1912 and headquartered in Grand Rapids, MI, Steelcase serves customers through a network of more than 800 independent dealers and approximately 13,000 employees worldwide. Fiscal 2006 revenue was $2.9 billion. Learn more at www.steelcase.com.About the National Pollution Prevention Roundtable (NPPR)NPPR is the largest membership organization in the United States devoted solely to pollution prevention. The mission of NPPR is to provide a national forum for promoting the development, implementation and evaluation of efforts to avoid, eliminate or reduce pollution at the source. For more information about NPPR, Pollution Prevention Week and the Most Valuable Pollution Prevention Award, visit www.p2.org.Source: Steelcase Inc. (www.steelcase.com)

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