The Department of Environment and Natural Resources recognized John Deere Turf Care in North Carolina as a 2011 Environmental Steward, the Golf Course Industry reported.
According to the news source, the state's Environmental Stewardship Initiative, designed to promote and encourage superior environmental performance by companies, recognized John Deere Turf Care as going above and beyond what is required of the business by regulations.
Golf Course Industry reported that the award recognizes John Deere Turf Care’s superior environmental performance, commitment to continued reduction of its environmental impact and demonstrated commitment to exceed compliance.
"John Deere Turf Care shows an obvious commitment to efficiency, waste reduction and innovation," DENR Secretary Dee Freeman said in a statement. "For example, the company requires all its suppliers to use only reusable containers instead of cardboard, and sends out its final products with either no packaging or on returnable metal racks so as to avoid waste."
According to the company's website, John Deere acknowledges that responsible resource management is vital to the business, and significant effort is put in to limit the impact on the environment.
People who know the company and have used John Deere tractors may relate to the company's mission, as the business noted "being green is in our blood."