Over a decade ago Massachusetts’ Mark Richey Woodworking combine its existing dust collection system with a biomass furnace. By this means the company has been supplying its own heat in the cold New England winter, and over that time it has saved 300,000 lbs of waste from ending up in a landfill each year. The reductions in fossil fuels and waste management costs paid for the project. The company has a goal of achieving 100% onsite renewable energy and has installed a 600kw wind turbine (2009) and a 500kw rooftop solar array (2016).
The company has also instituted process changes which eliminated the release of 12 tons of volatile organic compounds. Despite significant growth in operations, the company has achieved a 73 percent reduction in solid and universal waste generation.
Company President Mark Richey, Treasurer Teresa Richey, and Chief Operating Officer Greg Porfido led the adoption of these innovations, and worked with state programs such as the Office of Technical Assistance at the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, and the Toxics Use Reduction Institute at the University of Massachusetts at Lowell. The company has opened its doors for tours for school children and other businesses to share strategies for pollution prevention. The company asserts that its environmental commitments have helped it attract business.