, the official publication of the National Association of Electrical Distributors (NAED)
, announced that St. Louis-based Graybar
has received its 2013 "Greenest of the Green" award. The award recognizes NAED distributor member companies that have implemented energy-efficiency solutions in their own operations.
Graybar is one of NECA's Premier Partners
. In 2004, our association recognized the company with the "NECA Industry Partner" award.
"We have a long-term view when it comes to sustainability, which is consistent with how we approach our business," said Graybar Chairman, President and CEO, Kathleen M. Mazzarella. "As an employee-owned company, our sustainability plan is about acting as responsible stewards of our resources, reducing our impact on the environment and offering sustainable solutions to our customers. We thank NAED for this honor and the work they are doing to make sustainability a focus across our industry."
Graybar's green efforts are led by a sustainability committee comprised of senior executives and supported by a cross-functional "Green Team." Graybar has adopted a sustainability policy that sets the tone for the entire organization. In 2012, the company opened its first facility built to Leadership in Energy and Environment Design (LEED®) standards in Tucson, Arizona. Graybar also has completed lighting retrofits in more than 100 of its owned locations.
In addition, Graybar offers access to a wide range of customer services that support sustainability, including recycling programs for lamps, ballasts and batteries, as well as programs for reducing and recycling packing materials. Graybar PowerSmart® serves as the company’s main platform for intelligent energy solutions for its customers.
Graybar will be recognized for its sustainability efforts at NAED's National Meeting, which will be held May 4-7 in Boston.
About tED Magazine and NAED. tED magazine
is the primary source of information for the electrical distribution channel across North America. The publication is dedicated to best practices for the electrical supply chain. In addition to its print edition, tED magazine produces up-to-the minute news. NAED
is the trade association for the $70+ billion electrical distribution industry. Through networking, education, research, and benchmarking, NAED helps electrical distributors increase profitability and improve the channel. NAED’s membership operates in approximately 4400 locations internationally.