Horton Holding Inc. has been honored with the Paw of Approval Award for extraordinary accomplishments in CO2 reductions. Given annually to a local Minnesota business, the 2012 award was presented at the Be Cool event hosted by Polar Bears International, a nonprofit organization dedicated to polar bear conservation, and by the Como Zoo and its partner Como Friends. The award consists of a framed limited-edition polar bear photograph by Daniel J. Cox of Natural Exposures.
Horton Holding was nominated by Como Friends and earned PBI’s Paw of Approval Award for the company’s reduction in the use of natural gas and propane, development of alternative packaging and expansion of recycling efforts.
“Horton is honored to receive this esteemed recognition,” says Tom Wollin, Horton’s director of quality assurance, purchasing and regulatory compliance. “We are very progressive in our pursuit to conserve resources and lessen our carbon footprint. From environmental and resource considerations in product design through the remanufacture of used products, we are always looking for new and innovative methods to decrease resource consumption and pollution.”
Featuring a polar bear as part of its corporate identity, Horton has achieved ISO 14001 Environmental Management System Certification. The company’s climate-conscious initiatives include reaching annual conservation targets to reduce, reuse and recycle. The primary benefit of Horton’s fan drives and fans is to lower fuel consumption and operating noise in on- and off-highway vehicles and equipment.
In 2011, the company reduced electricity consumption by up to 15 percent worldwide by changing to T8 fluorescent lighting fixtures. Horton also recirculates water from washers and has a remanufacturing program. These efforts keep materials and chemicals out of landfills.