BCI Burke Enhances Green Practices

In conjunction with the Environmental Protection Agency’s Green Power Partnership, BCI Burke has boosted its commitment to acquire energy from wind and other renewable sources.

The goal is to offset approximately 20 percent of the company's electrical usage, up from the previous 12 percent.

Burke purchases wind energy through Alliant Energy’s Second Nature Program and is the only commercial playground manufacturer to participate in the EPA partnership.

The Green Power Partnership is a voluntary program that encourages organizations to buy green power as a way to reduce the environmental impacts associated with purchased electricity use.

The program currently has more than 1,000 partner organizations, voluntarily purchasing billions of kilowatt-hours of green power annually.

For additional information, visit http://www.epa.gov/greenpower .

“We constantly look for ways to better use resources and ensure a more sustainable world,” said Mark Sondergard, BCI Burke President/COO. “We’re in the business of improving kid’s lives, and one of the best ways we can do this is by ensuring an environmentally safe and economically robust future.”

The result of Burke’s commitment has an annual environmental impact of reducing greenhouse gas emissions from 14.3 vehicles or 9 homes a year. It also prevents the equivalent emissions of 8,176 gallons of gasoline from being consumed, which is equivalent to planting 15.5 acres of pine or fir forests.

“Along with the EPA program, we focus on straightforward practices, like using efficient lighting to reduce total energy consumption and increasing our use of recycled materials. These types of initiatives have earned us the ISO 14001 Certification. To us, it’s simply doing the right thing,” Sondergard said.

BCI Burke, with headquarters in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, manufactures commercial playground, park and recreation equipment and is an avid supporter of playground safety.

More information is available at www.bciburke.com .