|Our Environment Commitment|
ULC has made a conscious decision to preserve our environment. As a manufacturer we have to guard the natural resources that we utilize while also increasing our production capabilities. If we do not protect the environment, we will have nothing for the future generations to inherit. With this in mind, ULC uses environmentally farmed timbers when manufacturing products. By utilizing this raw material, we do not contribute to deforestation.
Worldwide, 76% of the planet's original primary forests have already been destroyed or degraded. Still the onslaught continues, primarily through destructive logging for wood and paper production by irresponsible transnational corporations. Tropical rainforests alone are being reduced at a rate equivalent to an area the size of the Netherlands and Switzerland each year.
Worldwide, the public is well aware that forests are under attack and that the harvesting practices widely used by logging industries are intolerable & destructive. Furthermore, the environmental and human rights movements have demonstrated that destruction of temperate and tropical forests is often stimulated by consumer demand in distant markets, particularly in industrialized countries. Growing consumer markets in industrializing counties are also playing an increasing role.
Deforestation and the destruction of the environment has become an enormous problem in the world today. So, in 1998 President Clinton mandated that Federal agencies must use any resources available to them to "green" the government with Executive Order 13-101. Realizing the importance of this, ULC utilizes a Green Plan. Greenpeace defines a Green Plan as long term environmental strategies that ensure a high quality of life of present and future generations. By making a furniture purchase out of a material that is environmentally sound, customers are making the commitment to the environment as well.
Green plans can be developed for a country, a state, a region, or a city. The form a particular plan takes will grow out of a public debate that clarifies environmental goals and translates them into specific actions. Any good plan must be long-term and comprehensive. Green plans consider not only environmental, but also economic conditions.
In January 1999 James Jannetides, President and CEO of University LOFT Company (ULC) and Supporter of Environmental Protection, decided to guide his company to becoming a model to all businesses in caring responsibly for the environment now and for future generations.
The idea of our plan is the establishment of the Governor's Green Government Council, under whose direction each participating agency is to develop a green plan. This plan presents the first time any furniture manufacturing company has ever taken a step toward environmental protection. The true effect of this effort is that it begins the change in how businesses will do their purchasing. Working cooperatively, businesses are finding new ways of sharing knowledge and best practices, so that the greening of businesses becomes an ongoing effort involving an ever-increasing number of state employees, suppliers and clients.