Orion Lighting & Energy Services, Plymouth, Wis., was one of nine Wisconsin companies to recently receive the Wisconsin Business Friend of the Environment Award for outstanding achievements in environmental protection. According to an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) formula, the company has provided a considerable source of energy efficiency to several manufacturing, warehousing, and distributing facilities throughout the state.

Over the last 4.5 yr, the company has completed energy efficiency projects that have displaced approximately 42 MW of electricity with a decrease in air pollution and environmental damage of 251,899 tons of carbon dioxide, 926 tons of sulfur dioxide, and 2,147 tons of nitrogen oxide each year, according to a company press release.

“Orion believes that sound environmental practices can make even better business sense,” says Stephen Heins, Orion’s director of communication. “By saving on electrical consumption and costs, Wisconsin will need fewer new power plants, and at the same time, Wisconsin businesses can improve their bottom lines.”