CertainTeed Corp. has published its first corporate sustainability report.
The 28-page report highlights the progress and achievements CertainTeed has made to become a greener company.
“We believe strongly in setting sustainability goals, tracking our progress and sharing the results with our employees, suppliers, customers and the communities that we all live in,” said Chris Altmansberger, vice president of operations support and process sustainability at CertainTeed Corp. “We continue to demonstrate our commitment by creating a culture which is more responsible to our surrounding environment.”
CertainTeed representatives said the most notable environmental achievement was a substantial reduction in energy use by its facilities, a savings that kept more than 70,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions from entering the atmosphere. The savings is the equivalent of the carbon dioxide absorbed by 3 million trees in a year.
“We’re extremely proud of the significant reductions we’ve made in this area in addition to water usage and the amount of waste that our facilities generate,” said Altmansberger.
As a result of the company’s accomplishments in reducing greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency, CertainTeed has been recognized as an Energy Star Partner of the Year by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 2009 and 2010.
“In addition to responsible manufacturing processes, influencing the entire lifecycle of our products through stewardship and innovation is inherent to CertainTeed’s commitment to sustainability,” said Aman Desouza, director of innovation and product sustainability at CertainTeed. “Doing our part for the environment is one of the best ways we can serve our customers and our world today and for generations to come.”
In recent years, CertainTeed has developed new products that contribute to the sustainability of homes and buildings. Many of these products include high recycled content, help conserve energy and improve indoor air quality.
The evaluation of life cycle impacts of CertainTeed products has also played a leading role in maximizing their sustainability. For example, CertainTeed Corp. said it is one of the first building product manufacturers to develop programs to reclaim vinyl siding and roofing shingles at the end of their lives and recycle them into new, useful products.
CertainTeed employees are also trained to be environmentally responsible and safe workers. Twenty-two CertainTeed manufacturing facilities have been inducted into French parent company Saint-Gobain’s Millionaires Club, a program designed to reward plants that have operated at least 1 million work hours without a lost-time accident.
The company has also helped many local organizations with donations of money, products, education and volunteer support from its employees. CertaionTeed donated several products and technical support over the years to projects that benefit families in need and also donated a variety of products to the landmark sustainable rebuilding of tornado-stricken Greensburg, Kan.
For more information on sustainable building or to download a copy of CertainTeed’s corporate sustainability report, go to www.certainteed.com/buildingresponsibly.