Geothermal Industry Leader Says Stimulus Bill Should Sustain Industry Growth

February 14, 2009

WASHINGTON, Feb. 14 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Geothermal energy production in the United States has been on track to double in the next few years and the economic stimulus bill will help sustain this growth, according to industry leaders. “The provisions of the economic stimulus bill will put steam back into the engine of geothermal industry growth,” noted Karl Gawell, Executive Director of the Geothermal Energy Association (GEA)

In August 2008, GEA reported that the U.S. had about 3,000 MW of geothermal electricity connected to the grid and almost 4,000 MW of new geothermal power plants under development. “But, the financial crisis has been stalling new development,” Gawell notes, “financing for new projects has been difficult to obtain, and when available very expensive.”

The economic stimulus bill includes a range of provisions intended to support expanded geothermal energy use, from power plants to geothermal heat pumps. Among the most important according to GEA are the bills tax credit provisions.

The stimulus bill will extend the production tax credit for new geothermal power plants through 2013, allow developers to take a 30% investment credit instead, and create a cash grant program to support projects that cannot utilize a tax credit in the current market. It also expands the Clean Renewable Energy Bond program that provides similar incentives for coops and public power agencies to build new geothermal and other renewable technology projects.

“We estimate that the geothermal power industry has doubled its workforce in the US in the past two years, and the economic stimulus bill provides a framework of support that will continue if not accelerate growth in this industry adding tens of thousands of new jobs with even greater positive effects across the economy,” Gawell added.

The legislation also dramatically expands support for the Department of Energy’s geothermal research, development, demonstration and deployment efforts. The Bush Administration had sought to close down these efforts, but Congress authorized a broad, new advanced geothermal research program in 2007 as part of the energy bill and has now provided the funds to carry it out. The stimulus bill sets aside $400 million for geothermal technology research, development and deployment efforts at DOE.

“The DOE geothermal research program has been starved for years,” Gawell commented. “The 2007 Advanced Geothermal Research and Development Act provides a framework for an exciting new DOE program, and the stimulus bill gives them resources needed to implement this initiative,” Gawell added.

Further, the stimulus bill provides an expanded tax credits for geothermal heat pumps and supports a range of programs that by encouraging more efficient building and home energy use will also spur growth in the geothermal heat pump market, according to GEA.

“All of this adds up to making significant progress towards expanding our use of this largely untapped energy resource,” he added, “which is good news for the environment and the economy.”

http://www.geo-energy.org/

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Prospero Group Enters into New Agreement and Becomes a Major Market Player in Water Purification

February 13, 2009

NASSAU, Bahamas, Feb. 13 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Prospero Group (OTC: PRPG) through its largest shareholder, Cavitation Concepts Corporation Limited has been gearing up the last year to begin marketing water producing machines in The Bahamas, Central and South America. Final agreements have been made with Advanced Cavitation Technologies, Planets Purest Water and Island Sky, together with other alternative energy and Atmospheric Water Vapor Technologies.

Atmospheric Water Generating Technologies, Planets Purest Water and Island Sky operate and market these products as exclusive distributors under Sky Water Bahamas Limited.

Pending orders exceed 15,000 Air/Water generator machines. Some 1500 units are already sold and will be delivered before the end of February. Prospero Group will hire some 6 – 10 sales staff, delivery and maintenance employees in each major city.

To quick start operations, Planet Purest Water has entered into an Agreement with our distributing company for a minimum of 15,000 Atmospheric Water Generating (AWG) systems during the first year of operation. In addition, an additional 25,000 units will ensure a total of over 40,000 units being delivered during the next year of operations.

Pyramid Power and ACT (“WETTECH”) Water & Energy Turbine Technology operating system are the application systems to produce in a cost efficient way potable water and alternative electricity. The first units are scheduled to be delivered in Nassau before March 1st, 2009 and installed in Whale Point, Eleuthera, Bahamas.

AIR/WATER GENERATOR (AWG) Technology condenses moisture in the air and purifies it into a superior grade of purified, potable water. While the principle and technology is well known, the application to AWG’s is fairly new and the water collected is purified and stored instead of being disposed of.

These units vary in size and production capabilities from a table top unit producing 3 gallons of water per day, to a water cooler style which can produce up to 14 gallons per day. Industrial units can produce up to 1,100 gallons per day and can also be run on solar power. Units are available for multiple applications from studios and small apartments to businesses, airports, military bases, resorts, boats and disaster relief agencies for emergency water supply (Hurricanes in Caribbean region).

The Water Purification and Alternative Energy systems together with other advanced technologies will generate revenues and profitability to ensure the success of Prospero Group operations in the future.

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SunPower and PPL EnergyPlus Sign 10-Year Purchase Agreement for Renewable Energy Credits

February 13, 2009

TRENTON, N.J., Feb. 13 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — SunPower Corp. (Nasdaq:
SPWRA, SPWRB), a manufacturer of high-efficiency solar cells, solar panels and
solar systems, announced today that PPL Energy Plus, the energy marketing and
trading subsidiary of PPL Corporation, has signed an agreement to purchase New
Jersey Solar Renewable Energy Certificates (NJ SRECs) from SunPower over the
next ten years. The agreement is a result of changes to New Jersey’s solar
power incentive program, which has transitioned this year from reliance on
state rebates or grants to a market-based system relying primarily on SRECs.

Under the agreement, PPL EnergyPlus will purchase SRECs issued as a result
of solar power generated at SunPower installations in the state. SunPower
expects to use revenue from the sale of the SREC’s to finance the construction
of approximately 2.5 megawatts of new solar power projects in New Jersey by
2010.

SRECs are tradable certificates representing all the renewable energy
benefits generated from a solar electric system. Each time a solar system
generates one megawatt hour of electricity, an SREC is issued that can then be
sold or traded.

“Under New Jersey’s new program, SREC prices and terms of sale are being
determined by the free market,” said Tom Leyden, managing director of
SunPower’s Trenton office. “PPL EnergyPlus is reducing solar renewable energy
portfolio compliance costs and demonstrating good corporate citizenship by
entering into this long-term agreement. Although the agreement will only
address a small portion of new solar capacity to be built in New Jersey in the
coming years, it is an indication that the SREC market can facilitate the
construction of clean, reliable solar power projects. We expect that more of
New Jersey’s electricity suppliers will follow suit with similar long-term
SREC purchase agreements.”

“Combining the advantages of competitive markets with extended federal
incentives for projects that support renewable energy and energy
sustainability, that’s a winning formula,” said Gene Alessandrini, senior vice
president-marketing for PPL EnergyPlus. “It’s good business for PPL because it
builds our renewable energy portfolio and advances the production of
renewable, green energy.”

New Jersey is one of the fastest growing solar energy markets in the U.S.,
with more than 3,500 solar power installations representing more than 69
megawatts of installed capacity. SunPower maintains an office in Trenton, and
has completed solar power installations in New Jersey for customers such as
Johnson & Johnson, Tiffany & Co., JCPenney and the New Jersey Department of
Military and Veterans Affairs.

About SunPower Corp.

SunPower Corp. (Nasdaq: SPWRA, SPWRB) designs, manufactures and delivers
high-performance solar electric systems worldwide for residential, commercial
and utility-scale power plant customers. SunPower high-efficiency solar cells
and solar panels generate up to 50 percent more power than conventional solar
technologies and have a uniquely attractive, all-black appearance. With
headquarters in San Jose, Calif., SunPower has offices in North America,
Europe, Australia and Asia. For more information, visit http://www.sunpowercorp.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning
of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking
statements are statements that do not represent historical facts and may be
based on underlying assumptions. The company uses words and phrases as such as
“will” and “expect” to identify forward-looking statements in this press
release, including forward-looking statements regarding: (a) PPL EnergyPlus’
purchase of SRECs from SunPower; (b) SunPower’s financing and constructing
approximately 2.5 megawatts of new solar power projects in New Jersey by 2010;
(c) more of New Jersey’s electricity suppliers following suit with similar
long-term SREC purchase agreements; and (d) New Jersey’s solar energy market
growing. Such forward-looking statements are based on information available to
the company as of the date of this release and involve a number of risks and
uncertainties, some beyond the company’s control, that could cause actual
results to differ materially from those anticipated by these forward-looking
statements, including risks and uncertainties such as: (i) construction
difficulties or potential delays in the project implementation process; (ii)
unanticipated delays or difficulties securing necessary permits, licenses or
other governmental approvals; (iii) the risk of continuation of supply of
products and components from suppliers; (iv) unanticipated problems with
deploying the system on the sites; (v) available financing; (vi) actual
electricity generation; and (vii) other risks described in the company’s
Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 28, 2008, and
other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. These forward-
looking statements should not be relied upon as representing the company’s
views as of any subsequent date, and the company is under no obligation to,
and expressly disclaims any responsibility to, update or alter its forward-
looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or
otherwise.

SunPower is a registered trademark of SunPower Corp. All other trademarks
are the property of their respective owners.

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Valeo and Michelin Announce Their Collaboration for the Development of Systems for Electric and Rechargeable Hybrid Vehicles

February 13, 2009

PARIS, February 13 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Valeo and Michelin announced
today the signature of a letter of intent to coordinate the development of
electric and rechargeable hybrid vehicle systems such as the drive train,
engine and battery cooling management, climate control, lighting, energy
management and tires.

This announcement demonstrates the willingness of the two Groups to
contribute to the federation of companies around the development of these
technologies in France, as encouraged by the French Government’s “Automotive
Pact”.

Valeo is an expert in electrical systems, engine management and climate
control, and was a key supplier of the drive train for over 10,000 first
generation electric vehicles developed by PSA Peugeot Citroen and Renault.
Michelin, in addition to its range of tires and wheel assemblies, will
contribute its know-how in the domain of Active Wheel and associated
technologies.

The technological developments of both partners are complementary in
terms of products and expertise.

Michelin and Valeo are convinced that by joining forces they will help to
accelerate the emergence of electric vehicles in France and worldwide.

Valeo is an independent industrial Group fully focused on the design,
production and sale of components, integrated systems and modules for cars
and trucks. Valeo ranks among the world’s top automotive suppliers. The Group
has 121 plants, 61 R&D centers, 10 distribution centers and employs 51,200
people in 27 countries worldwide.

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Valeo and Michelin Announce Their Collaboration for the Development of Systems for Electric and Rechargeable Hybrid Vehicles

February 13, 2009

PARIS, February 13 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Valeo and Michelin announced
today the signature of a letter of intent to coordinate the development of
electric and rechargeable hybrid vehicle systems such as the drive train,
engine and battery cooling management, climate control, lighting, energy
management and tires.

This announcement demonstrates the willingness of the two Groups to
contribute to the federation of companies around the development of these
technologies in France, as encouraged by the French Government’s “Automotive
Pact”.

Valeo is an expert in electrical systems, engine management and climate
control, and was a key supplier of the drive train for over 10,000 first
generation electric vehicles developed by PSA Peugeot Citroen and Renault.
Michelin, in addition to its range of tires and wheel assemblies, will
contribute its know-how in the domain of Active Wheel and associated
technologies.

The technological developments of both partners are complementary in
terms of products and expertise.

Michelin and Valeo are convinced that by joining forces they will help to
accelerate the emergence of electric vehicles in France and worldwide.

Valeo is an independent industrial Group fully focused on the design,
production and sale of components, integrated systems and modules for cars
and trucks. Valeo ranks among the world’s top automotive suppliers. The Group
has 121 plants, 61 R&D centers, 10 distribution centers and employs 51,200
people in 27 countries worldwide.

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Kevin Kuhne, COO of Pure Choice Sponsors His 2nd FMA Congress. The event, ‘Progressive Energy and Environment Congress 2’ is Being Held From April 20 to 22 at the Westin Peachtree Plaza in Atlanta, Georgia

February 12, 2009

MONTREAL, Feb. 12 /PRNewswire/ — Kevin Kuhne, Chief Operating Officer,
Pure Choice is sponsoring his 2nd FMA Congress. The event, “Progressive Energy
and Environment Congress 2” is held from April 20 to 22 at the Westin
Peachtree Plaza in Atlanta, Georgia.

This conference is designed to help participants learn how reducing energy
consumption can lead to higher profits by decreasing operational costs and the
ways in which energy certificates, greenhouse gas credits and carbon
offsetting can be optimized to obtain immediate benefits.

    The congress program features:

    -- A range of concurrent sessions with in-depth presentations on key
       issues
    -- Case studies from experts detailing practical advice and successful
       strategies
    -- Highly interactive workshop sessions with Q&A peer advice
    -- Panel discussions with lively debate amongst your peers


    Speakers:

    -- Greg G. Williams, Director, SH&E Performance Assurance & Process
       Innovation Global Policy & Strategy, MeadWestvaco
    -- Douglas Kaempf, Director of Renewable Energy, U. S. Department of
       Energy - Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
    -- David Hitchings, Director GreeNG, Northrop Grumman Corporation
    -- Steve Wolfe, Head of Energy Management, Adams County / Ohio Valley
       Schools
    -- Karen Heyob, Associate Chief Engineer (Environmental), Honda of America
       Manufacturing Inc.
    -- Ray Ratheal, Director, Energy Policy & Planning, Eastman Chemical
       Company
    -- David Meade, Associate Director, Energy Strategy and Policy, Praxair
       Inc.
    -- David Freedman, Director, Engineering & Construction, Georgia
       Department of Natural Resources
    -- Melissa Vernon, Director of Sustainable Strategy, InterfaceFLOR
    -- Dennis Wolcott, Corporate Energy Manager, Parker Hannifin Corporation

“The best feature of the congress was really the interaction with a
variety of companies and people that were here. Really, the perfect target
audience with what we were trying to accomplish by coming here. We made great
contacts in the industry, the right people at the right company,” said Yann
Brandt, Vice President from Advanced Green Technologies Inc. after attending
the 2008 “Progressive Energy & Environment Congress” and he is coming back in
2009!

For more information on Sponsorship contact Joe Piazza, Director of
Business Development at jpiazza@fmaintl.com or 514-396-9471.

About FMA Congresses

FMA Congresses develops specialized conferences and trade meetings for the
industrial, commercial and government sectors. These events range in focus
from sustainability, energy and environmental initiatives, to developing
infrastructure and international trade.

This press release was issued through 24-7PressRelease.com. For further
information, visit http://www.24-7pressrelease.com.

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Company Car Drivers Lose 8 Days Per Month of Company Time

February 12, 2009

HENLEY-ON-THAMES, England, February 12 /PRNewswire/ —

– Smarter Driving Techniques Can Save Drivers up to GBP250 Per Year on
Fuel

Research by the Energy Saving Trust has found businesses are losing 8
days of every company driver’s time per month due to the journeys they
undertake for their business. For companies with a large number of drivers
this will result in a significant loss of time throughout a year.

It also found that company car drivers are using their cars on average
six times a week (some as many as 23 journeys per week) to travel as short a
journey as under two miles.

The Energy Saving Trust’s advice service for business car fleets
estimates that by implementing environmental practices including smarter
driving and teleconferencing, a business with a fleet of 100 vehicles could
save GBP90,000 a year.

If companies and their drivers used eco-friendly cars for their fleets
this could save them nearly GBP3 billion per year in reduced fuel and
national insurance costs. There is now a much wider range of eco-friendly
cars such as BMW, Volkswagen and Ford.

As part of the research the Energy Saving Trust also identified different
types of driver “tribes” within a business. It identified different
characteristics that are held by a driver depending upon their attitudes,
driving techniques, car of choice and their love of driving.

34 per cent of female company drivers were described as ‘Responsible
Roadies’ who, although not choosing the most environmentally friendly car, do
make an effort to drive in a greener way, revealed the research. Men though,
cancel out this good work. Male ‘Petrolheads’ are the speed machines of the
road who know a lot about the cars but not about smarter driving.

The research identified there are five different “tribes” of company car
driver:

Responsible Roadies (27 per cent)

Calm, respectful middle managers, a high proportion of whom are women,
who are not fussed about the car’s brand. They are interested in green
issues, but don’t necessarily drive a more environmentally friendly car.

Petrolheads (27 per cent)

Status-driven middle-aged male speeders who love knowing about cars and
have little interest in green issues.

Eco Drivers (19 per cent)

Younger middle managers, who are sympathetic to green issues. Whilst they
see the company car as necessary for their jobs, they want to see companies
pay more tax if they run high emitting fleets.

Cash Counters (15 per cent)

Younger, junior executives (aged 30 and under) for whom the car is a
piggy bank. They are ambivalent about green issues, disrespectful of other
drivers and admit to driving fast and dangerously. Their aim is to make money
out of their car.

High Milers (13 per cent)

Older managers (aged 31+) who spend a lot of time on the road, don’t care
if they irritate other drivers, and don’t bother much about green issues,
brand status or whether they can make money out of the car. Quite frankly,
they’re sick and tired of driving for work.

For the ‘Petrolheads’, ‘Cash Counters’ and ‘High Milers’ they can now
change their behaviour with tailored support from the Energy Saving Trust’s
new smarter driving training programme which can help reduce fuel costs by
GBP200 to GBP250 per year for each driver*.

Nigel Underdown, Head of Transport Advice at the Energy Saving Trust
commented:

“It’s basic dashboard management – get your employees saving you money
and being safer on the road to boot. Getting smarter driving implemented in
to businesses will help eliminate these wasteful driver “tribes” and put
everyone in to the ‘Responsible Roadies’ and ‘Eco Drivers’.

“Large savings can be made and if every business in the UK followed green
fleet practices across the UK, we could save up to GBP3 billion per year.
Businesses should take this opportunity to work with us and receive this free
and impartial advice to help their company save money and energy.”

To find out what driver ‘tribe’ you belong to, enter our competition to
win free smarter driving training for up to 32 employees by visiting the
website at http://www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/drivertribes. If you are
interested in getting your company free impartial advice for your fleet call
+44(0)845-602-1425 or visit http://www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/fleet.

    Notes to Editor
    * The fuel cost saving is based on a car driving 12,000 miles per year.

    Among the Energy Saving Trust's other findings:

    - People like driving their cars for work; 17 per cent "absolutely love
      it", compared to just one per cent who say they "hate it"
    - Although they have a company car, 60 per cent of people use other forms
      of transport, or even walk, for business journeys.
    - Almost half of respondents say they are interested in green issues.
    - Almost four in five (77 per cent) company cars have smaller engines
      under two litres.
    - The average number of journeys taken per month is 34
    - Miles per week travelled is on average 367

About the Energy Saving Trust’s Business Transport Advice programme

With funding from the Department for Transport, the Energy Saving Trust
offers a free Green Fleet Review consultancy service to companies with 50 or
more vehicles under 3.5 tonnes in England. For smaller fleets a free
telephone advice service and monthly fleet updates email are available. In
Scotland the Green Fleet Review Service is available to organisations with 20
or more vehicles under 3.5 tonnes and is funded by the Scottish Government.

The Energy Saving Trust also runs the Motorvate on behalf of the
Department for Transport. This is a member based accreditation scheme that
sets measurable carbon reduction targets for companies who wish to
demonstrate their commitment to lowering their carbon dioxide emissions and
receive certification from an independent, respected source.

Advice and material on running green fleets is available from:
http://www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/fleet or by calling the Transport Advice
hotline on: +44(0)845-602-1425.

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A New Alliance for ‘Painless’ Water Conservation

February 11, 2009

ESCONDIDO, Calif., Feb. 11 /PRNewswire/ — At their corporate office early
Friday morning, EasyTurf announced a partnership with National Water Services
to offer a complete water savings solution for commercial organizations.

“It just made a lot of sense,” stated David Hartman, President of EasyTurf.
“National Water Services offers commercial and municipal organizations the
opportunity to replace inefficient plumbing and irrigation systems to lower
water usage. EasyTurf synthetic lawns can reduce water use by up to 70%.
Together they not only save money, but provide a comprehensive water savings
solution.”

Besides sharing the commonality of water use reduction, both EasyTurf and
National Water Services products and services pay for themselves through
savings. The professionals at National Water Services audit large facilities
to identify opportunities where significant savings can be achieved through
improvements in plumbing, sewer, laundry and other areas of excessive water
use. With no upfront costs to the companies, these projects typically pay for
themselves in five years. EasyTurf also pays for itself quickly because it
requires no water and little maintenance, which greatly reduces landscaping
costs.

“Every school district, housing authority, government facility, office and
retail building can benefit from the long term cost savings involved with
implementing these products and services,” continued Hartman. On average, both
EasyTurf synthetic grass and the products and services provided by National
Water Services last 20 to 25 years, making them smart long term investments.

By combining services and products, this partnership will form one of the
most comprehensive ways to reduce water use in any organization. Reducing
overhead and monthly utility bills is something that any organization can
benefit from in this downturn economy.

About EasyTurf

EasyTurf is a premier provider of synthetic grass and putting greens and
has an impressive portfolio of installations, including SeaWorld, LEGOLAND,
PETCO Park, San Diego Zoo, Camp Pendleton, Los Angeles Unified School District
and over 5,000 residential homes. EasyTurf is virtually maintenance free,
looks and feels like real grass, conserves water and is ideal for pets, making
it the only solution for synthetic lawns.

For more information about EasyTurf, please visit http://www.easyturf.com.

About National Water Services

National Water Services specializes in providing water saving
opportunities to school districts, housing authorities, government facilities,
offices and retail buildings. Their team of professionals implement
investment grade projects by analyzing facilities, forecasting savings,
supplying products, performing installations and providing engineering
services as necessary.

For more information about National Water Services, please visit
http://www.nationalwaterservices.com.

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A New Alliance for ‘Painless’ Water Conservation

February 11, 2009

ESCONDIDO, Calif., Feb. 11 /PRNewswire/ — At their corporate office early
Friday morning, EasyTurf announced a partnership with National Water Services
to offer a complete water savings solution for commercial organizations.

“It just made a lot of sense,” stated David Hartman, President of EasyTurf.
“National Water Services offers commercial and municipal organizations the
opportunity to replace inefficient plumbing and irrigation systems to lower
water usage. EasyTurf synthetic lawns can reduce water use by up to 70%.
Together they not only save money, but provide a comprehensive water savings
solution.”

Besides sharing the commonality of water use reduction, both EasyTurf and
National Water Services products and services pay for themselves through
savings. The professionals at National Water Services audit large facilities
to identify opportunities where significant savings can be achieved through
improvements in plumbing, sewer, laundry and other areas of excessive water
use. With no upfront costs to the companies, these projects typically pay for
themselves in five years. EasyTurf also pays for itself quickly because it
requires no water and little maintenance, which greatly reduces landscaping
costs.

“Every school district, housing authority, government facility, office and
retail building can benefit from the long term cost savings involved with
implementing these products and services,” continued Hartman. On average, both
EasyTurf synthetic grass and the products and services provided by National
Water Services last 20 to 25 years, making them smart long term investments.

By combining services and products, this partnership will form one of the
most comprehensive ways to reduce water use in any organization. Reducing
overhead and monthly utility bills is something that any organization can
benefit from in this downturn economy.

About EasyTurf

EasyTurf is a premier provider of synthetic grass and putting greens and
has an impressive portfolio of installations, including SeaWorld, LEGOLAND,
PETCO Park, San Diego Zoo, Camp Pendleton, Los Angeles Unified School District
and over 5,000 residential homes. EasyTurf is virtually maintenance free,
looks and feels like real grass, conserves water and is ideal for pets, making
it the only solution for synthetic lawns.

For more information about EasyTurf, please visit http://www.easyturf.com.

About National Water Services

National Water Services specializes in providing water saving
opportunities to school districts, housing authorities, government facilities,
offices and retail buildings. Their team of professionals implement
investment grade projects by analyzing facilities, forecasting savings,
supplying products, performing installations and providing engineering
services as necessary.

For more information about National Water Services, please visit
http://www.nationalwaterservices.com.

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GEMI Announces New Board of Directors: Board to be Led by Maurice Bechard, JohnsonDiversey

February 11, 2009

WASHINGTON, Feb. 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Global Environmental Management Initiative (GEMI) has announced their 2009 Board of Directors which will be led by Maurice (Moe) Bechard, Director Global EH&S, JohnsonDiversey, Inc.

“The 2009 Board of Directors is an outstanding group of leaders,” states Bob Accarino, Director, Global Environmental Affairs, Abbott, the outgoing Chair and new Chair Emeritus of GEMI. “The new Board, led by Moe Bechard, will excel in developing fresh perspectives while maintaining the integrity and overall goals of the organization, and I am confident that their combined knowledge and experience will successfully carry GEMI into the New Year,” added Accarino.

“I am honored to serve as GEMI’s new Chair,” said Bechard. “I am committed to continuing to help GEMI provide value to its members, while supporting its efforts to be recognized as a leader in providing strategies for businesses to achieve environmental, health and safety (EHS) excellence, economic success and corporate citizenship.”

The 2009 Board of Directors includes:

Chair: Maurice Bechard, Director Global EH&S, JohnsonDiversey, Inc.

Vice Chair: Keith Miller, Manager, Environmental Initiatives and Sustainability, 3M

Finance: Steve Schwalb, Vice President, Environmental Sustainability, Perdue Incorporated

Tools: Leslie Montgomery, Environmental Stewardship Program Manager, Southern Company

Membership: Lindell Sneed, Manager, Environmental Programs, Abbott

Communications: Angie Grooms, Director, Corporate EHS Integration and Governance, Duke Energy

Benchmark: Gregg Belardo, Director, Environmental Affairs, Wyeth

SAC: Bill Lechner, Vice President, EHS & Security, The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company

Chair Emeritus: Bob Accarino, Director, Global Environmental Affairs, Abbott

“I look forward to working with our new Board and the GEMI membership,” stated Bechard. “Over the years, GEMI has built a foundation of value and integrity which was significantly enhanced by the actions of the 2008 Board under Bob Accarino’s leadership. It is upon this foundation that GEMI will continue to build as an organization through creative discussion, support and growth of its members,” concluded Bechard.

GEMI members include: 3M; Abbott; Anheuser-Busch Companies Inc.; Biogen Idec; Bristol-Myers Squibb Company; BNSF Railway Company; Cadbury; Carnival Corporation & PLC; ConAgra Foods; Duke Energy; DuPont; Eastman Kodak Company; Ecolab, Inc.; FedEx; Johnson & Johnson; Johnson Controls, Inc.; JohnsonDiversey, Inc.; Kraft Foods Inc.; Merck & Company, Inc.; Occidental Petroleum Corporation; Perdue Farms, Inc.; The Procter & Gamble Company; Roche; Schering-Plough Corporation; The Scotts Company; Smithfield Foods, Inc.; Southern Company; and, Wyeth.

For more information about GEMI please visit GEMI’s website at http://www.gemi.org

    Arielle Brown, GEMI: 202-296-7449
    Amy Goldman, GEMI: 202-296-7449

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