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Employees Recognized for Eco-Friendly Ideas at Graebel

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July 15, 2008

(Denver, CO)  Last month, Graebel launched its “Go Green” program at the company’s world headquarters in Colorado, and shared services’ corporate offices in Wisconsin.  Graebel spearheaded its Go Green program at these offices during busy summer months, and is presently rolling out its green program nationwide.  The company is focused on its social responsibilities and is an environmentally-friendly organization.  Employees immediately engaged in the program, because Graebel encouraged its people to recommend and implement multiple eco-friendly initiatives. 


Graebel announced its Certificate of Registration for the ISO 14001 Environmental Management System (EMS) July, 2007.  Graebel was among the first in the relocation industry to receive this designation. The ISO 14001 requires implementation of an Environmental Management System in accordance with defined internationally recognized standards.


CEO, Bill Graebel said, “Just like our relocation industry-leading credentials with TRACE, ISO 9001, FAIM and C-TPAT, our ISO 14001 is a key differentiator and represents the breadth of our skills and commitment to being a world-class organization relative to service delivery, supply chain security, and functioning in a legitimate, ethical manner around the globe.”


During a semi-annual town hall meeting, Graebel thanked employees for the successful Go Green launch, and recognized winners of the ‘Best Green Ideas Contest’. 


In addition to initiatives reported in a June 2008 release to the press, the company encouraged its Colorado and Wisconsin workforce to generate ideas to further help Graebel “go green”.  Several hundred ideas were generated, and these four winners received a $50 Green Merchant Gift Card, as well as an extra day off to help reduce the carbon footprint in their communities.  Listed below are the winners for The Best Green Awareness Idea.


1. Karoline Jensen – Colorado.  Recommended recycling company keyboards, monitors, towers, and peripherals with the Boy Scouts.  For sometime the company has recycled equipment after fulfilling its useful life at Graebel, however Karoline’s suggestion earned a $50 gift card because she shared how recycling with the Boy Scouts would greatly help others gain access to technology who otherwise might not have an opportunity. 


2. Linda Wix – Wisconsin.  Recommended saving nearly fifty percent of cost associated with back-up hard copies of Graebel Van Lines’ driver statements.  Her Go Green suggestion will leverage the company’s document imaging program. 


3. Michele Burazin – Wisconsin.  Recommended reducing consumption saving approximately fifty percent of paper products, paper shipping and internal handling costs from all printers re-programmed or converted to two-sided printing capability versus users printing multiple, single sheets.


4. Tony Kulawinski – Wisconsin.  Recommended installation of solar panels on Wausau office roof top initially and other company owned offices nationwide.  This is anticipated to help curb rapidly rising energy costs, as well as an opportunity to experience greener resource. The company is now securing competitive bids, and is reviewing building and city codes.


Along with the four winners, an additional 24 people received $50 Green Merchant Gift Cards.  Winners were drawn in a raffle.  For eligibility participants contributed or participated in one or more of the Green Awareness recycling and contest programs during June.  Participation included activities such as recycling telephone books, cell phones, plastic bags and items from home.


About Graebel Companies, Inc.

Graebel is a global relocation company that provides full relocation management services, domestic U.S. and international moving and storage services, international freight forwarding, move management and commercial workplace services. Integrated relocation divisions include Graebel Relocation Services Worldwide, Inc., Graebel Movers International, Inc., Graebel Commercial Services, Inc., Graebel Van Lines, Inc., Graebel Movers, Inc., and Move Management, Inc. Graebel World Headquarters is located in Denver, Colorado. Founded in 1950, Graebel is a privately-owned, wholly-owned relocation company with proprietary technology, processes and employs an extensively background checked and trained workforce.