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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Honors IceStone
April 22, 2014 (New York, NY)- This week the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that IceStone is a 2014 recipient of the Environmental Quality Award. The annual award is given to businesses, non-profits, individuals and federal, state, local or tribal agencies that have created positive environmental and public health impacts in the last year.
The award is a poignant milestone for IceStone; it was one year ago that the manufacturer first resumed production after a six month hiatus due to Hurricane Sandy.
"This award not only highlights our mission and sustainable operations, it's also further evidence of our resilience," said CEO Dal LaMagna. "Since the storm we've hired new employees, invested in facility upgrades and new equipment, and debuted new products. It's a testament to the dedication of the employees, and the support of our community."
IceStone's recycled glass and concrete countertop materials have received numerous design accolades in the past, and the EPA award will be the first distinction this year celebrating the company's social and environmental practices, which include powering production with a water recycling system, skylights and electric forklifts, providing living wages to all workers, and allocating 10% of the company's shares for employees.
"What better way to mark the annual celebration of Earth Day than by honoring those organizations, businesses and individuals whose work in communities has improved public health and preserved and restored the environment," said EPA Regional Administrator Judith A. Enck. "The outstanding efforts of EPA Environmental Quality Award recipients are fostering an environmental ethic in corporate board rooms, city halls and neighborhoods across the country."
The EPA presents the award annually during Earth Week. For information about the Environmental Quality Awards in EPA Region 2, visit http://www.epa.gov/region02/eqa/.
Founded in 2003, IceStone is the leading producer of sustainable durable surfaces. Each IceStone slab is made from recycled glass, non-toxic pigments, and cement. IceStone durable surfaces are available nationwide and in Canada; every IceStone slab is cast in the historic Brooklyn Navy Yard in Brooklyn, NY. For more information, visit www.icestoneusa.com