Wednesday, October 17, 2012

2012 Sage Award for Environmental Excellence Went to Gat Creek

The Sage Awards were launched in 2008 by the American Home Furnishings Alliance (AHFA) to seek out and spotlight environmental innovators from whom others in the home furnishings and bedding industries can learn. The Sage Awards Breakfast was held Sunday, October 14, at the High Point Furniture Market in High Point, N.C.

Gat Creek, a West Virginia-based producer of hand-crafted, solid wood furniture, received the 2012 Sage Award for environmental excellence.

President Gat Caperton actively promotes sustainable business practices within the home furnishings industry. He served as a founding member of the Sustainable Furnishings Council and is one of only seven manufacturers to have earned that organization's Silver Exemplary status.

"From product design through all aspects of production, Gat Creek is an exemplary example of a sustainably run organization," commented AHFA's Bill Perdue in presenting the award.

One Sage Award honorable mention was also awarded at today's event. It went to Ethan Allen Inc. Ethan Allen formalized its environmental management system in 1999, establishing goals for energy reduction, water conservation, reduced waste and increased recycling. The system has been implemented in all five of its domestic manufacturing facilities, where 70 percent of the company's products are produced. This program requires ongoing training, goal-setting and auditing, and it keeps each facility – as well as the corporation as a whole – on a path of continual improvement.

The Sage Award winner receives a custom-designed plaque and a complimentary registration to the 2013 Furniture Industry Sustainability Summit in Charlotte, N.C. Gat Creek and Ethan Allen also will be honored during an awards reception on February 20, the opening day of the Summit.

The Sage Award winner was selected by a diverse panel of six judges representing furniture and bedding industry leaders, environmental journalists, sustainability experts and the furniture industry business press.

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