Verso Paper Corp. Receives Green Business Innovator of the Year Award

Fri Apr 16, 2010 3:00pm EDT

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MEMPHIS, Tenn.--(Business Wire)--
Verso Paper Corp. (NYSE:VRS) announced today it was honored as the 2009
Southeast Regional Green Business Innovator of the Year in a ceremony at the
Green Business Summit hosted by Lipscomb University in Nashville. 

Verso was recognized for its continued efforts to work with customers and
suppliers as partners, often sharing environmental performance data, to enable
the evaluation of sustainability throughout the supply chain and promote forest
certification and recycling programs. 

"Verso has made tremendous strides in addressing sustainability throughout the
supply chain," said William Paddock, Co-Founder of WAP Sustainability, a
business sustainability consultant based in Nashville, and Chairman of the
Tennessee Sustainability Roundtable`s Green Business Leadership Award Committee.
"Verso went above and beyond, strategically evaluating their environmental
impacts through effective collaboration with core customers such as National
Geographic. As Chairman of the awards committee, we felt this approach to
sustainability exhibited the highest level of institutional practices and led to
innovative learning that has helped the company address its most important
environmental and social goals." 

About the Green Business Awards

"The Green Business Awards were established to recognize businesses, individuals
and organizations that have demonstrated unusually exceptional leadership in
green business practices and to encourage others to exceed their example," said
Lipscomb University President, L. Randolph Lowry. "Each honoree succeeded in
establishing institutional practices, a policy framework, new products or
services, or a vision resulting in precedent setting business practices in
Tennessee in 2009." Other notable honorees include Tennessee Governor Phil
Bredesen and the Nashville Metropolitan Transit Authority. 

About Verso

Based in Memphis, Tennessee, Verso Paper Corp. is a leading North American
producer of coated papers, including coated groundwood and coated freesheet, and
supercalendered and specialty products. Verso`s paper products are used
primarily in media and marketing applications, including magazines, catalogs and
commercial printing applications such as high-end advertising brochures, annual
reports and direct-mail advertising. Additional information about Verso is
available on the company`s Web site at

Verso Paper Corp.
Monica Garvey, 901-369-4154
Sustainability Manager

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