College Laundry Rooms Go “Greener”
Corporation helps colleges offset 40 million pounds of carbon emissions.
By Tiffany Lin, Assistant Editor, Urban Farm magazine
December 20, 2011
Photo courtesy Hemera/Thinkstock
The Lighten the Load initiative seeks to reduce the carbon footprints of college and university laundry programs.
Carbonfund.org Foundation recently awarded Mac-Gray Corporations with the first annual For People and Planet award, in the education category. The nation’s leading provider of laundry facilities management services to multi-unit housing locations, Mac-Gray corporations, along with CarbonFund.org, launched a Lighten the Load initiative in 2008. The initiative seeks to decrease levels of carbon emitted from college and university laundry rooms.
“We are honored to receive the For People and Planet award from our partner, Carbonfund.org,” says Mac-Gray Chief Executive Officer Stewart G. MacDonald. “This award highlights Mac-Gray’s commitment to environmental sustainability. Our Lighten the Load initiative is helping to reduce the carbon footprints of college and university laundry programs while educating students on the benefits of being 'green' in the laundry room.
“As the nation’s leading provider of laundry facilities management for the college market, we look forward to partnering with more academic institutions on this important initiative.”
Since launching Lighten the Load, Mac-Gray Corporations and Carbonfund.org has partnered with 29 academic institutions to offset more than 40 million pounds of carbon emissions.
“We applaud Mac-Gray for taking a leadership role in combating climate change,” says Carbonfund.org Foundation President Eric M. Carlson. “In partnering with Mac-Gray, we are encouraging campuses to reduce the environmental impact of their properties and facilities.”
To learn more about Mac-Gray Corporations, click here.
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