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Green Bay Packaging Wins 2019 AF&PA Sustainability Award for Water

Nov 12, 2019

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Recognized for Water Reduction Achievements at Green Bay Mill 

WASHINGTON – The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) recognized Green Bay Packaging with the 2019 AF&PA Leadership in Sustainability Award for Water for their Water Reduction Achievements at Green Bay Mill. The award was presented at AF&PA’s annual meeting on Friday, Nov. 8 in Bluffton, South Carolina.

“By maximizing water reuse and recycling, Green Bay Packaging minimized their environmental footprint per ton of paper production, optimized energy savings and benefited their community by being a responsible water steward,” said AF&PA President and CEO Heidi Brock.

Green Bay Packaging’s 100-percent recycled linerboard and medium mill in Green Bay, Wisconsin initiated water reuse practices, equipment investments, technology installations and chemistry changes that resulted in water efficiencies and reductions. Between 2005 and 2018, the mill achieved a 15 percent reduction in overall water use and an 18 percent reduction in water use per ton of paper production, while increasing production by 10 percent. Improving water reuse and recycling also reduced energy use and related greenhouse gas emissions, and provided resource savings to the community.

“We thank AF&PA for recognizing our water program reductions,” said Green Bay Packaging President and CEO William Kress. “Sustainability is key to the operational excellence we continue to strive for at our Green Bay Mill.”

The 2019 AF&PA Sustainability Award winners were selected by a judging panel of sustainability experts from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy; the College of Natural Resources at North Carolina State University; GreenBlue; Quad Packaging; Two Sides; and the U.S. Department of Energy.

AF&PA’s annual awards are designed to recognize exemplary sustainability programs and initiatives in the paper and wood products manufacturing industry and are given based on the merit of entries received across multiple categories.

Projects that support progress toward the Better Practices, Better Planet 2020 sustainability goals qualify for recognition in the “Leadership” category, which has five subcategories that correspond to the goals: Energy Efficiency/Greenhouse Gas Reduction, Paper Recovery for Recycling, Safety, Sustainable Forest Management and Water. The “Innovation in Sustainability” award is reserved for projects that merit recognition for their contribution to sustainable business practices, not one of the goals specifically.

AF&PA’s 2018 Sustainability Report showed that the U.S. pulp, paper, packaging, tissue and wood products manufacturing industry has made significant, measurable progress toward achieving its Better Practices, Better Planet 2020 sustainability goals. For more information, visit

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About AF&PA

The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) serves to advance a sustainable U.S. pulp, paper, packaging, tissue and wood products manufacturing industry through fact-based public policy and marketplace advocacy. AF&PA member companies make products essential for everyday life from renewable and recyclable resources and are committed to continuous improvement through the industry’s sustainability initiative — Better Practices, Better Planet 2020. The forest products industry accounts for approximately four percent of the total U.S. manufacturing GDP, manufactures nearly $300 billion in products annually and employs approximately 950,000 men and women. The industry meets a payroll of approximately $55 billion annually and is among the top 10 manufacturing sector employers in 45 states. Visit AF&PA online at or follow us on Twitter @ForestandPaper.

About Green Bay Packaging

Founded in 1933, Green Bay Packaging Inc. is a privately owned, vertically integrated company consisting of corrugated container plants, folding cartons, recycled and virgin linerboard mills, pressure-sensitive label rollstock, specialty converting operations, timberlands, and a sawmill facility. Headquartered in Green Bay, Wis., Green Bay Packaging Inc. operates 32 facilities in 14 states each with a dedication to innovative development of its products and forestry resources, with a focus on quality, sustainability, and continuous improvement. For more information about Green Bay Packaging Inc., visit