Our Community

Belief into Action


Inland Empire Paper Company, its owners and employees, consistently put action to the belief that we should be active members of our local community. This commitment is evidenced by our Environmental Efforts, Local Community Organization Support and Volunteering.


The World Around Us


One primary focus of our support for the community is stewardship of our environment. This is demonstrated with the substantial reduction of our carbon footprint, water reduction initiatives and our forestry operations. Awards received in recognition of these efforts include:


  • WA State Recycling Association (WSRA) – Business Recycler of the Year 2021
  • WA Industrial Energy Leaders – Leadership in Innovation 2014
  • Association of WA Business – Environmental Excellence Awards/Green Enterprise and Technology 2014
  • Inland Northwest Wildlife Council – Arrasmith Conservation Award 2011
  • Twin Lakes Improvement Assoc – Good Earth Award 2011
  • Idaho Tree Farm Program – 50 year Certified Member

Our Neighbors

IEP is a proud sustaining sponsor of Spokane County United Way and supports the initiatives of health, education and financial stability of every person in our community hand-in-hand with United Way, as well as other local organizations.

In addition, IEP provides unstinting support for 2nd Harvest food bank, an annual scholarship for a West Valley School District graduating senior, and works alongside Friends of the Argonne Library.

Further, Inland Empire Paper Company initiated a matching charitable contribution program in 2008 to strengthen relationships with organizations that are important to IEP employees. Through this program donations have been matched to a wide variety of local, qualified charitable organizations such as the YMCA, SCRAPS (animal shelter), Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery, Boy Scouts, Young Life, Blessings Under the Bridge, and many others.


The true picture of commitment to community is evidenced by IEP’s active support of volunteering. IEP employees have generously given time, creativity and muscle power to a variety of activities such as: food bank sorts, collection and distribution, Bite 2 Go Program with a local elementary school, educational tours with school groups, papermaking activities, local science fairs, community festivals, and neighborhood tours, just to name a few.