Triangle Digital - 4/21/2008
Triangle Digital INX Earns Two ‘Green Business’ Firsts
San Leandro, CA - April 21, 2008 - In a State known for tough environmental laws and leadership in eco-friendly
practices, various California regional, county and community organizations also play active roles. Such is the
case with ABAG, the Association of Bay Area Governments and public agencies, a nine-county organization
that extends eastward to Solano County and the City of Dixon.
Through a grant provided by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Region 9, ABAG developed the
Bay Area Green Business Program (Program) to certify the environmental performance of businesses and
government agencies wanting to operate in a more environmentally responsible way. Industry-based checklists
include input from Cal EPA, California’s Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC), local Certified Unified
Program Agencies (CUPA) and the small business community.
‘Going beyond’ compliance required for Certification.
The Program provides information and, importantly, technical assistance as needed to enable organizations to
comply with environmental regulations. Going beyond compliance is a key part of the Program, involving the
adoption of environmentally sound practices in energy efficiency, water conservation, solid & hazardous waste
reduction, and pollution prevention.
TDI calls for ‘help’; instead, facilities become Solano County’s 1st & 2nd Green Businesses.
What began as a request by TDI Plant Manager Heidi Dudley for insights and assistance in meeting Green
Business standards, quickly evolved into benchmark inspections of the manufacturing facility at 405 Industrial
Way, and TDI’s distribution center at 1000 Business Park Drive — and not only one, but two of the fastest Green
Business certifications on record.
Twenty-some inspectors checked out both facilities during late February and March and found full compliance
with all pertinent environmental regulations. Furthermore, environmental practices at the TDI locations were
found to be above and beyond compliance in all areas. No “write-ups” regarding shortfalls were made; no
changes were required.
Less than six weeks after the initial phone call, management was notified that both Triangle Digital INX Co.
Facilities had earned “Green Business” certification.
“Part of our company culture” TDI award recipients tell Certification ceremony audience.
"It’s been part of our company culture from Day One," said TDI Plant Manager Heidi Dudley during the recent
certification award ceremony at the Dixon plant attended by ABAG, Solano County and City officials - as well
as employees from the plant and distribution center.
"It’s what our employees do, every day," Dudley continued, "and what we’ve been doing for all of the five
years we’ve been here. From management, throughout the plant, it’s individual people paying attention to how
we handle waste as well as how we handle our products, how we can save energy, the paper we buy, reusing
totes and recycling pallets - so many little things that add up."
“Each of us can make a difference, every day.”
Dudley’s thoughts were echoed by TDI Sr. Vice President and Chief Technology Officer Ken Kisner. "This is
the real deal," Kisner said. "Green Business certification recognizes the daily sustainability practices and
environmental stewardship exercised by people in our factory and warehouse."
"Our company commitment starts with top management and extends through R&D, product and package
design, responsible manufacturing and distribution. It’s not enough to make biodegradable or low-VOC products;
it involves our own vendor requirements, every step in our manufacturing processes and people in the factory,
for example, properly disposing of hazardous waste."
“It shows that each of us can make a difference, every day.”
"We’re here to help," stated Solano County planner and Green Business coordinator Narcisa Untal, emphasizing
that the certification Program’s primary focus is to help organizations achieve and exceed standards. "Businesses
like this are what our community thrives on."
"We’re not done," Dudley pointed out. "Continuous improvement is also part of our culture. Although we meet
Green Business standards, other checklist items will be addressed - installing more energy-efficient lighting, for