Espoma Honored for Environmental Commitment
While an organic industry has literally grown up around it in the past quarter century, the oldest American company in the natural lawn and garden sector continues to be recognized for its innovative leadership.
Three years ago the Espoma Company of Millville, N.J., made the revolutionary announcement that it would stop selling virtually all of its products that contained synthetic chemicals. Taking steps since then to modernize its plant to meet growing nationwide demand, the company recently was honored for its environmental stewardship by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection for its use of renewable energy. The company recently implemented a solar energy installation covering more than an acre (43,000 sq. ft.) of warehouse rooftops.
“We are deeply gratified to receive this recognition,” said Espoma Vice President Jeremy
Brunner, the fourth generation of his family to help run the business. “As a company built on natural & organic gardening products, we feel we should be setting an example for others in the area of environmental stewardship.”
The system produces more than 700,000 kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity — enough to power more than 60 homes for a full year, and save more than 1.4 million pounds of greenhouse gas emissions annually. At periods of peak sunshine, Espoma is able to sell some of the electricity it generates back to the grid (this on-line site shows real-time electrical generation data: http://live.deckmonitoring.com/?id=espoma).
“In terms of reducing carbon dioxide, this is the equivalent of planting nearly 1.7 million trees,” said Brunner.
Espoma offers a complete selection of natural plant foods, lawn foods, control products, and potting mixes that are available nationwide.