Hudson, MA – 5/19/10 – AIS, a leading manufacturer of systems furniture, is proud to announce it has
achieved CarbonNeutral® certification. AIS has strengthened its sustainability commitment by neutralizing
unavoidable greenhouse gases produced in the manufacturing process at the company’s Hudson, MA
As the first systems manufacturer to make this strong commitment, AIS hopes to educate others and pave
the way for increased responsible thinking in the contract furniture industry. “I firmly believe we all have to
take responsibility for our CO2 footprint. The effects our future generations will endure due to social
irresponsibility is avoidable. If we all join forces and take action, we can make a positive impact. By
measuring and reducing our carbon emissions to net zero through carbon offsetting, we are enabling
innovative, clean and renewable energy technologies to develop,” said Rob Lazarus, Executive Vice
President of Sales and Marketing, AIS.
To achieve CarbonNeutral® status, AIS is working with The CarbonNeutral Company, one of the world’s
leading providers of carbon reduction solutions. The CarbonNeutral Company completed a program set out
by The CarbonNeutral Protocol, the global standard for organizations to measure and reduce their carbon
emissions to net zero. The program involved an independent assessment of the CO2 emissions produced
from the manufacturing of AIS workstations in the Hudson, MA facilities. With this data, AIS was able to
counter balance its emissions through carbon offsetting. This means that for every one tonne of CO2 that AIS
produces, it pays to enable an equivalent amount of CO2 to be saved by an offset project somewhere else in
the world. Without carbon financing, these projects would not be viable. Carbon financing also delivers added
benefits at the project site, such as employment.
Mark La Croix, Executive Vice President of Business Development, The CarbonNeutral Company said, “By
adopting a leadership position in achieving CarbonNeutral® certification, AIS is able to present a credible,
low carbon alternative to customers seeking increasingly sustainable office furniture options.”
AIS has been an industry leader in implementing lean manufacturing philosophies. This commitment has led
to receiving the Shingo Prize for lean excellence, as well as being recognized as one of the Top 25
manufacturing facilities by Industry Week Magazine. The company has instilled a philosophy of reducing
waste from every possible aspect of its manufacturing streams, which include energy, greenhouse gases,
raw materials and excessive man power. Because of this commitment, AIS is able to offer its products at a
reduced cost with increased environmental attributes. After years of lean improvements throughout the
company, it was a natural progression for AIS to begin researching and understanding its carbon footprint to
offset the unavoidable emissions.
Continuing the lean and green journey, AIS is pulling its teams together to encourage employee-led Kaizens
focused on reducing greenhouse gas emissions. “Kaizens are a part of AIS’ lean manufacturing philosophy.
Kaizens are continuous improvements that identify and eliminate waste, helping us sustain natural resources
and ultimately increase productivity. Encouraging our employees to think responsibly here in the workplace
not only helps AIS but also educates our teams to utilize these tactics at home. It’s a way to help spread our
message and make an impact beyond these four walls,” said Steven Savage, Chief Operating Officer, AIS.
To learn more about AIS’ CarbonNeutral® status, visit the AIS showroom at NeoCon – Suite 1082 or visit
Carbon Offsetting Projects:
AIS offsets its unavoidable emissions in three projects. The first being a forestry project in Mendocino
County, California called the Big River/Salmon Creek Forests Project. The second, a methane capture
project in Tieling, China, captures methane gas released in the coal mining process. The third, a renewable
energy project, generates clean energy from 40 wind turbines in Mongolia, China.
AIS is a rapidly growing manufacturer of commercial office furniture and boasts one of the most impressive
stories of growth and success in the systems furniture market. The company is known for offering feature-rich
product lines that entice designers and meet immediate and future needs of end-users while offering
exceptional value. AIS is an innovator that leads the industry in sustainable, lean manufacturing, lead-time
and manufacturing flexibility. AIS employs 320 people, with over 500,000 sq. feet of manufacturing and
operations at three locations. For more information, visit the AIS website at www.ais-inc.com.
ABOUT THE CARBONNEUTRAL COMPANY:
The CarbonNeutral Company (www.carbonneutral.com) is a world leading provider of carbon reduction
solutions. It works with over 300 major businesses and hundreds of small and medium sized companies in 32
countries to develop offset inclusive carbon reduction programs. Since 1997, it has purchased carbon credits
from over 300 projects across six continents.
CarbonNeutral® is the registered trademark of The CarbonNeutral Company and is a global standard to
certify that businesses have measured and reduced their CO2 emissions to net zero for their company,
products, operations or services. Permission to display the CarbonNeutral® mark is only given to clients
whose carbon reduction program is implemented in accordance with The CarbonNeutral Protocol. The
Protocol assures the quality of offset projects, carbon footprint assessments and communication and is
regularly reviewed by an Independent Advisory Group. The company’s ‘audit trail’ includes an annual
independent verification of CarbonNeutral programs – from contracts with carbon offset partners to contracts
with clients and everything in between.
The CarbonNeutral Company has offices in New York, London and Singapore, with a network of associates
in Japan and UAE. The CarbonNeutral Company is a founding member of The International Carbon
Reduction and Offset Alliance (ICROA), which provides leadership and a unified voice advocating for
rigorous industry standards (www.icroa.org).