Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communications Office
Governor Fletcher Welcomes Lexmark Into Kentucky's Environmental Leadership Program

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, April 18, 2007  
Contact Information:  Jodi Whitaker

Company commits to voluntary projects that benefit environment

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Governor Ernie Fletcher today presented Lexmark International Inc., one of the world’s leading makers of printers and related products, with its certificate as a Master member of KY EXCEL, the nationally recognized environmental leadership program implemented by the Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection. 

Master membership is the highest level of the KY EXCEL program. To attain it, Lexmark had to demonstrate comprehensive environmental management planning, submit to an independent third-party assessment of its environmental management system and commit to and report on at least four voluntary projects to benefit the environment. 

“Lexmark is to be commended for taking environmental stewardship seriously and voluntarily implementing measures to help keep Kentucky’s environment clean,” said Governor Fletcher.  “Not only should Lexmark be recognized for taking extra steps to improve the commonwealth’s environment, but also for serving as a role model for other companies.”

Governor Fletcher also announced that the KY EXCEL program is being awarded a $189,000 “innovation grant” from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Kentucky was among seven states selected for a grant and one of two states in EPA Region IV.

Governor Fletcher said the grant would be used to develop tools and training to help companies comply with Kentucky’s environmental standards. He said it also would be used to build membership in KY EXCEL. The program currently has 77 members who collectively have committed to more than 200 voluntary environmental projects. “Our goal is to have 3,000 KY EXCEL members by 2009. That would translate to more than 10,000 voluntary environmental projects,” the Governor said.

The presentation was part of Lexmark’s annual Earth Day celebration at the company’s Lexington campus.  The event included tree seedling giveaways, a bird of prey show, informative seminars and a hybrid- and alternative-fuel car show.

The voluntary environmental projects being performed by Lexmark include activities that will enhance the facility’s environmental performance.  The facility has developed a combined ISO 14001 Environmental Management System and OHSAS 18001 Occupational Health and Safety Management System to ensure that processes are continually improved to minimize environmental impact and increase employee workplace safety.  

Lexmark has an ongoing information awareness campaign to ensure employees, contractors and visitors understand their roles in meeting the company’s environmental objectives.  The facility also has an expansive system for recycling numerous materials such as paper, printers, print cartridges and office waste.  In addition to energy conservation programs at its sites, Lexmark is committed to designing energy-efficient printers, reducing the amount of packaging used for its products and encouraging consumers to return their print cartridges for remanufacturing, reuse or recycling through programs such as the Lexmark Return Program.

Lexmark is also involved in several environmental projects within the Lexington community.  It is a long-time sponsor of Reforest the Bluegrass, which plants seedlings along Lexington streams in an effort to improve water quality, reduce erosion and enhance the environment.  The facility also is working on a stream bank restoration project on Cane Run that includes tree plantings, establishing “no mow” zones and planting wild flowers.

"At Lexmark, our goal is to continually improve our environmental processes around the world.  We seek opportunities to make sustainable progress in our business and in our local communities, and we appreciate the recognition that KY EXCEL brings to our environmental initiatives," said Paul J. Curlander, Lexmark chairman and chief executive officer.

KY EXCEL provides multiple membership levels that are open to any individual, organization, community or business that wishes to voluntarily contribute to Kentucky’s environmental excellence.  You can learn more about participating in this program at or by calling 800-926-8111.

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