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Release Date: 06/02/1999
Contact Information: Peyton Fleming, EPA Press Office (617-918-1008)

BOSTON - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced that Van Waters & Rogers Inc. (PP&S New England) in Woburn, Mass. has been recognized for its environmental achievements. Van Waters & Rogers has been selected as a participant in the agency's "Partners for Change" program, which encourages New England businesses and municipalities to explore and implement responsible environmental practices in return for EPA recognition.

EPA is recognizing Van Waters & Rogers for its work in offering technical seminars on safer, more effective, low impact pest control methods, including application techniques, product selection, compliance with laws and regulations, ground water protection, as well as understanding labels and material safety data sheets. The company has also introduced PESTWEB which offers monthly training tutorials on the Internet that companies can access 24 hours a day.

"Van Waters & Rogers is proof positive that a green economy translates into a good economy," said John P. DeVillars, EPA's New England Administrator. "We hope that others are inspired by businesses who take the initiative to promote environmental improvements while showing that they don't have to sacrifice their bottom line in doing so."

"Partners for Change" is open to any business, municipality or organized group in New England. Small businesses are especially encouraged to apply. To be recognized as a partner, an organization must implement a project or activity that results in a long-term environmentally beneficial change to its daily operations. Such efforts can include waste reduction practices, recycling programs or other efforts that help green the work place.

In return for joining the program, partners receive a certificate, window decal and publicity from EPA. In addition, partners are featured in a partners-to-partners directory that lists all participating organizations.

To sign up for "Partners for Change," or for more information about the program, call 1-888-EPA-REG1. Request the "environmental pocketbook," a resource guide with useful tips on recycling, energy efficiency and waste reduction, as well as phone, e-mail and worldwide web listings of EPA help lines. The pocketbook also includes program requirements and an application.