Unisource Worldwide, Inc., a provider of product packaging and fulfillment, paper and print management, general supply chain and logistics, and facility supplies solutions, announced it has earned an Energy Star certification at its La Palma, Calif. distribution center.

“One of our sustainability goals for 2013-2014 is to evaluate the energy performance of all of our buildings through the Energy Star Portfolio Manager model.  It’s a testimony of the hard work of our operations team to ensure we achieve peak environmental performance in our buildings,” said Jeff Rudy, president - supply chain for Unisource.

The La Palma, Calif. distribution center, located in Northern Orange County, is a 425,000 square foot building housing both a warehouse and customer service center.  The  Energy Star designation is given only to buildings scoring in the top 25 percent of similar facilities nationwide for energy efficiency, based on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) energy performance rating system.

“Earning our first Energy Star certificate aligns us with the commitments we made in the Unisource Sustainability Report, Sustainability Reimagined,” said Andrew Gustyn, director of sustainability - North America for Unisource Worldwide. Other highlights in the report include a baseline measurement of the company’s environmental footprint and an overall recap of the progress the company has made in sustainability.

Energy Star was introduced by EPA in 1992 as a voluntary, market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency.