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Published: June 01, 2010

OC METRO's 2010 Green Team

By Tina Borgatta



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Michael Shih’s NuWa Textile plants in China, Taiwan and Irvine produce more than 22 million yards of polyester and nylon fabric a month, yet the company is widely recognized as a leader in environmental stewardship. Poseidon Resources has a proven track record of financing, designing and developing cost-efficient desalination plants throughout North America, and the one it wants to build in Huntington Beach could accommodate 8 percent of the county’s water needs. Kaiser Permanente understands the connection between good health and a healthy environment, which is why its Irvine Medical Center is among the greenest hospitals in the nation. And TowerJazz Semiconductor’s massive Newport Beach foundry could – potentially – eat up a whole lot of energy. But in less than two years, the company has reduced its annual consumption by a whopping 9 million kilowatt hours. A textile manufacturer, a desalination plant developer, a hospital and a semiconductor-maker: Together, they are an environmental powerhouse. And they stand among the next generation of businesses that believe preservation and conservation are just as important as revenue and profit. They, along with 21 other companies, make up OC METRO’s 2010 Green Team: