DEPUY ORTHOPAEDICS, INC. RECOGNIZED FOR ACHIEVING MEMBERSHIP INTO INDIANA'S ENVIRONMENTAL
Indiana Department of Environmental Management Presents DePuy with Award
WARSAW (February 8, 2008) – The Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) has presented DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. with an award for achieving membership into Indiana's Environmental Stewardship Program (ESP). DePuy has earned entry into this prestigious program by agreeing to contribute to continuous environmental improvements and demonstrate compliance with environmental laws.
“DePuy has earned its place as an ESP member with its commitment to go beyond environmental requirements that protect human health and the environment,” said Rick Bossingham, assistant commissioner at IDEM, the state agency that manages ESP. “Indiana wins when companies use sound business practices to demonstrate their core value of environmental protection.”
DePuy’s Environmental Engineer Steve Schroedl said, “DePuy is showing that green is good. This is validation of the company’s efforts to reduce our environmental footprint by volunteering to meet these high standards of stewardship.”
Furthermore, according to Schroedl, these environmental reductions are only part of a comprehensive environmental management program at DePuy. “DePuy is certified to an international standard for environmental management (ISO 14001) which means we try to minimize environmental impacts prior to the implementation of new processes. For example, a new water purification system necessary for production also provides a needed source of coolant for other machines, saving a considerable amount of water and preventing a significant environmental impact.”
DePuy is also a member of the U.S. EPA Performance Track program, which Schroedl said has a similar function of providing transparency in the environmental affairs of corporations.
About Indiana's Environmental Stewardship Program (ESP)
DePuy is one of 10 facilities recently recognized as a new ESP member. The members have committed to continuous environmental improvement in the next three years. The collective environmental improvement efforts of these 10 new members will result in the following reductions during their first year of program membership:
Energy usage by approximately 25 percent
Water usage by approximately 10 percent
Volatile organic compound emissions by 55 tons
Non-hazardous waste by 298 tons
For more details about ESP, including membership requirements, benefit details and how a facility can apply to become an ESP member, visit IDEM's Web site at http://www.idem.IN.gov/prevention/esp .
About DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc.
DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc., a Johnson & Johnson company, is advancing the standard of orthopaedic patient care, with a focused commitment to help surgeons achieve excellence in surgical practice. The company designs, manufactures and distributes orthopaedic devices and supplies including hip, knee, extremity, trauma, cement, orthobiologics, and operating room products. As a global leader in joint replacement products, DePuy Orthopaedics is committed to Restoring the Joy of Motion® for patients whose mobility is restricted by severe osteoarthritis or other debilitating injury.