EPA recognizes Arpin Group for environmental achievementsJune 16, 2016
Each year EPA New England recognizes individuals and groups in the six New England states who have worked to protect or improve the region’s environment in distinct ways. The merit awards, given out since 1970, honor individuals and groups who have shown particular ingenuity and commitment in their efforts.
“We are proud to honor those citizens, businesses and organizations who have gone the extra mile to help protect and preserve our region’s natural resources,” said Curt Spalding, regional administrator of EPA’s New England office. “These New England award winners are committed to making our towns, cities and countryside of New England healthy, vibrant places with clean air, land and water.”
Peter Arpin, partner of Arpin Group and president of Arpin Renewable Energy, was present to receive the award on behalf of the company. He has been the guiding force in Arpin Group’s commitment to sustainability. Mr. Arpin is also host of the leading business sustainability network ReNewable Now, which covers “the business side of green” and broadcasts across many mediums.
Arpin Group continues to advance toward a more sustainable future to ultimately manage a company that is in balance with the economy and the environment. Arpin’s mission to meet the highest environmental standards includes adopting a triple-mission pledge with equal weight on economic, operational, and social achievements. To date, Arpin has:
• Become the first company in the moving industry to perform the S-CORE Multi-purpose Sustainability Assessment offered by the International Society of Sustainability Professionals.
• Invested in the research and development of solar panels for moving trucks to reduce engine runtime and fuel consumption.
• Sped up implementation of sustainable practices globally by establishing a sustainability committee. The committee provides a continuous means of self-assessment and advises Arpin’s Board on environmentally responsible worldwide growth. The committee continues to work on easily replicable improvements including elimination of cafeteria waste using an on-site compost station, moving to 100 percent eco-friendly landscaping and cleaning supplies, and planting a community garden.
• Begun installing a second major solar array at its headquarters and soon will be a net-zero energy consumer, making it a true corporate leader in sustainability.
This year’s Environmental Merit Awards program was dedicated to the historic Paris climate agreement last year at which over 190 nations committed to universally limit global warming. The agreement is a strong starting point and promotes action over time that will protect this planet from the impacts of climate change.
About Arpin Group:
Arpin Group is the holding company of Arpin Van Lines, Arpin International Group, Creative Storage Solutions, Arpin Associates, Affiliated Transportation Systems and Arpin Renewable Energy. Headquartered in West Warwick, Rhode Island (USA), Arpin Group is an industry leader in full-service moving and storage solutions for corporate, residential, government and military customers, having earned numerous industry awards for its high customer satisfaction scores. The company has remained family-owned and operated since its founding in 1900. Today, Arpin has office locations throughout the U.S., Europe and Asia, which enable it to provide the highest quality of care to its customers around the world. The company actively seeks ways to minimize its environmental impact and carbon footprint, while its subsidiary, Arpin Renewable Energy, spearheads research and development to facilitate the widespread adoption of “green” technologies in the transportation industry. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has officially recognized Arpin by ranking it in the top 20 percent of carbon-efficient transportation partners. Arpin is the official mover of the LPGA, a ProMover® member of the American Moving and Storage Association and is accredited by the International Federation of International Furniture Removers (FIDI). For more information, call 1-800-343-3500 or visit ArpinGroup.com.:
Photo: From Left to Right in the photo: Rob Guillemin, Innovation and Sustainability Specialist, EPA Region 1; Peter Arpin, partner, Arpin Group; Deb Szaro, Deputy Regional Administrator, EPA Region 1; Curt Spalding, Regional Administrator, EPA Region 1