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KOHLER, Wis. – April 13, 2011 – Since the company’s inception in 1873, sustainability has been an important part of Kohler Co. In recent years, the company has further increased its focus on environmental sustainability and set a strategy targeting three key areas – operations, product development and education/awareness.

Operations: For well over a decade, Kohler Co. has been consistently evaluating and improving its manufacturing processes, business operations, waste management, transportation, water use, etc. Kohler has implemented this process across all of the company’s global locations and is now focused on reducing the company’s carbon footprint to achieve its goal, with offsets, of net zero by the year 2035.

Products: Considering both process and performance, the company carefully reviews, from an environmental perspective, the product development cycle from initial concept and development to production. Kohler offers more environmentally favorable products now than ever, specifically low flow and flush plumbing fixtures and faucets that can greatly contribute to earning LEED credits in Water Efficiency as set forth by the United States Green Building Council [USGBC]and carry the EPA WaterSense label.

Education: Both internally and externally, Kohler is dedicated to the education and promotion of environmental sustainability. The company has made substantial contributions to support the EPA WaterSense program in the promotion of water conservation and the USGBC’s efforts in sustainable or Green Buildings.

Some of the recent sustainability initiatives the company has undertaken are:

  • KOHLER’s Save Water America program has donated $3 million in water-saving products to Habitat for Humanity since 2009 to assist in the construction of homes that help conserve water and reduce the water bills for the occupants.
  • Kohler Co. was named EPA WaterSense partner of the year in 2008 and 2009, and was recognized with an Excellence award for strategic collaboration in the promotion of water conservation in 2010 by the WaterSense program. Kohler offers products in all of the plumbing categories currently included in the EPA WaterSense program.
  • Kohler has implemented a cull reuse program at its Kohler, Wis. headquarters for the waste material from its pottery. Cull, which is fired porcelain waste, is used in area road construction, landscaping, drainage systems as well as incorporated into products (patio tables, concrete tile, etc) made by the company Wausau Tile in Wisconsin.
  • Kohler has an internal LEED Green Associate training program to help prepare Kohler associates for the LEED Green Associate exam. Over 100 of Kohler’s associates – engineers, marketing personnel, designers, sales representatives – have taken the Kohler-developed and -led course. Kohler employs over 50 LEED-credentialed associates (both LEED Green Associates and LEED AP).
  • Kohler has a full plumbing product line-up - including toilets, urinals, faucets and showerheads - that is compliant with the mandatory California Green Buildings Standard (CALGreen) Code. Kohler is helping promote conservation as well as educate consumers in California and surrounding states about the legislation and how to choose products and builders who are compliant with the new codes.

About Kohler Co.
Founded in 1873 and headquartered in Kohler, Wis., Kohler Co. is one of America’s oldest and largest privately held companies. Kohler is a global leader in the manufacture of kitchen and bath products, engines and power generation systems, tile and home interiors, and an international host at its award-winning hospitality and world-class golf destinations.

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