Golden Artist Colors Receives Business Conservation Award

November 18, 2011

Today the Otsego County Conservation Association (OCCA) recognized Golden Artist Colors with the Business Conservation Award for its continued efforts in making a positive difference related to environmental protection, preservation and education in the County. The Award, new this year, was given to GOLDEN for its participation in the County.s Household Hazardous Waste Day collection efforts for the last several years, which has been successful in keeping thousands of gallons of paint from landfill disposal.

"We are delighted to have such a diverse group of honorees this year," said OCCA Acting Executive Director Darla M. Youngs. "Our award winners demonstrate in countless ways how both individuals and businesses can successfully work to protect and preserve our environment. More importantly, they're doing a great job of it."

"Our beautiful, rural location inspires us, as does the importance to our staff and customers that we minimize our environmental impact so that, by extension, they can," said Ben Gavett, Director of Regulatory Affairs at GOLDEN. "In the case of Otsego County Waste Day collection, a desire to have a measurable, positive outcome by utilizing our facility and expertise as a paint manufacturer motivates us as well."

According to Mark Golden, CEO, the company's commitment to environmental sustainability is interspersed throughout the organization's paintmaking process as well as its culture. "We have an incredible staff here and what's really exciting is that each and every employee owner does their part to ensure that we keep our environment as clean as possible. Their support is truly invaluable."

In addition to recycling paint for Otsego and Chenango counties, GOLDEN purchases 100 percent renewable electricity in the form of wind and low-impact hydro. The company also operates a reverse osmosis system to recycle its process wash water, has an extensive in-house program to recycle what would otherwise be solid wastes, and maintains a "no exposure" facility which protects the environment from storm water discharges associated with industrial activity.

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Golden Artist Colors Receives Business Conservation Award