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Tuesday December 8

Sherwin-Williams Sets Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Goals

The Sherwin-Williams Company has pledged to reduce its total U.S. greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by four percent from 2007 to 2012. The Sherwin-Williams Company has committed to this reduction goal as a partner in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) Climate Leaders program, which the company joined in 2007.

Climate Leaders is an EPA industry-government partnership that works with companies to develop comprehensive climate change strategies. Partner companies commit to reducing their impact on the global environment by completing a corporate-wide inventory of their greenhouse gas emissions based on a quality management system, setting aggressive reduction goals, and annually reporting their progress to EPA. Through program participation, companies create a credible record of their accomplishments and receive EPA recognition as corporate environmental leaders.

"By setting a greenhouse gas reduction goal, we are complimenting our overall sustainability strategy of managing natural resources efficiently and responsibly. We believe that being stewards of the environment is consistent with the values of all our stakeholders and take the responsibility seriously," said John Gerulis, Sherwin-Williams Vice President of Environmental, Health & Regulatory Affairs.

The Sherwin-Williams voluntary greenhouse gas reduction pledge is just one important facet of the company's overall commitment to be a leader in sustainable practices. Through ECOVISION Sherwin-Williams is a leader in the development of sustainable processes, products and activities that are profitable, preserve natural resources and contribute to social improvement. By reducing the environmental impact Sherwin-Williams believes it can positively impact society by improving the quality of life in the communities where we do business, while making a positive economic impact for the company, its customers and investors.

In addition to the Climate Leaders program, Sherwin-Williams is active in other environmental programs including EPA's Smartway for transporters and the Department of Energy's (DOE) Save Energy Now.

Founded in 1866, The Sherwin-Williams Company is a global leader in the manufacture, development, distribution, and sale of coatings and related products to professional, industrial, commercial, and retail customers.

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