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April 7, 2008

Focus: Local companies preach — and practice — the gospel of 'Green'

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"Healthy food can only come from a healthy planet," Hirshberg said.

Stonyfield Farm has received numerous awards and recognition, and one of its latest efforts is happening on the inside.

In 2006, the company launched the Mission Action Plan, which engages employees in the company's green mission. According to Hirshberg, the program aims to "push responsibility" onto everyone in the company.

Employees work in teams, such as the Zero Waste Team and Sustainable Packaging Team, to set and achieve environmental goals. Meeting goals factors into employee performance reviews and bonuses.

Here are what some other local companies are doping to "go green:"

Joel Trippiedi, owner of TORLYS Flooring Studio in Salem, N.H., says in addition to selling environmentally friendly flooring such as cork, bamboo and natural linoleum, the store is making strides in energy efficiency. It has switched to low voltage lighting, revamped the HVAC system, and installed higher density ceiling tiles. It's also working toward a goal of having a zero carbon footprint for every product sold by September. "We already have the T-shirts made," Trippiedi said.

Lawrence-based Conlon Products has a new line of green cleaning supplies, trash bags and recycled paper products. It also tries to bundle deliveries to improve fuel efficiency. Conlon Products thinks customers will choose green products if those products are as effective and inexpensive as other products, said Courtney Conlon, vice president. "They actually like them better," Conlon said.

Adamson Industries in Haverhill has instituted a program that recycles cardboard and paper, as well as copper wire. The company, which provides and installs equipment for public service vehicles, is also exploring solar power. Steven Contarino, vice president of Adamson Industries, said the company aims to make its facility solar-powered within the next year and a half. "We're a technologically advanced company. We feel it's our obligation to follow those same practices in our operational procedures," said Contarino.

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