INX International Ink Co.’s office in Sacramento, CA recently became only the second company in Sacramento County to earn Platinum certification as a Sacramento Sustainable Business (SSB). The 9,000 square-foot facility, which provides ink blending, technical support services and warehouse space to customers throughout northern California, successfully passed a rigorous audit conducted by the Sacramento County Business Environmental Resource Center (BERC).
The new Platinum certification is the highest level in the SSB program and comes four years after INX attained Gold level status. SSB promotes businesses that initiate voluntary actions to prevent pollution and conserve resources.
“We received Congressional Recognition and an Honorable Mention last year from the California Legislature Assembly, not only for achieving the Gold status but also for maintaining it the last four years. This year, we set a goal to achieve the new Platinum level,” said Jacob Sheaffer, general manager of INX Sacramento.
“In order to succeed, we needed to improve on what was already in place and to create new sustainable practices, which will be used by other Sacramento companies as measures to help them become greener companies. Our achievement was made possible because it was truly employee driven. Jonathan Troup (quality system coordinator and lab technician) and Dan Jones (lab technician) organized the branch efforts. They did a fantastic job in taking the time to get all of our employees involved. This truly was a branch project supported by everyone.”
In the SSB program, businesses are evaluated in six categories: Energy Conservation, Water Conservation, Pollution Prevention, Solid Waste Reduction, Green Building and Transportation/Air Quality. Overall business practices, physical facility features and equipment were among more than 210 items that applied to INX as part of a checklist subjected to an extensive inspection.
INX Sacramento’s commitment to sustainability is a dedication that was first implemented nearly five years ago. In recognition of California’s high standards on environmental issues, INX designed the Sacramento facility with environmental concerns in mind. Low emission building materials, recycled content carpets and furnishings, and skylights and tinted windows reduce interior lighting requirements and offset heat gain. A high efficiency HVAC system also saves energy and money. The company now recycles over 95 percent of used laboratory materials to help reduce its carbon footprint and reduce waste disposal costs.