Carbon Emissions Reduction at CertainTeed Applauded By National Environmental Award Program
(Tampa, Fl.) – Through its steadfast commitment to sustainability, CertainTeed is taking steps to manufacture and transport its green building products with the environment top of mind. As a result, the company has reduced its carbon footprint at four of its gypsum plants by more than 2,800 tons and is being recognized as a 2010 CSX Environmental Award winner.
“CertainTeed gypsum board products have strong green attributes, and we fully embrace sustainability at our manufacturing facilities,” says John Donaldson, president of CertainTeed Gypsum. “Reducing the carbon footprint of our supply chain is a logical extension of our overarching commitment to the environment.”
To reduce its environmental impact, CertainTeed is integrating strategies outlined by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s SmartWay
™ Transport Partnership, which includes partnering with transportation providers on idling reductions, improved payloads, and the use of advanced power train technologies. In working with CSX, a SmartWay Partner, CertainTeed has implemented an environmentally responsible strategy for rail trans-portation, which has reduced carbon emissions for shipments out of its manufacturing facilities in Moundsville, W.Va., Carrollton, Kent., Cody, Wyo., and Nashville, Ark. This reduction is the equivalent of planting more than 60,000 trees or removing more than 480 passenger vehicles from the road.
“The CSX Environmental Award is excellent recognition of our progress in reducing our carbon footprint,” adds Donaldson. “As we move forward, we will continue to take steps that strengthen the sustainability of our operations and supply chain.”
CertainTeed gypsum board and finishing products can contribute to LEED® certification and NAHB Green Building Standards. With 19 manufacturing facilities strategically located across North America, products are easily accessible to green building professionals. ProRoc® Gypsum Board
includes a recycled content of up to 99 percent and has no reportable volatile organic compounds (VOCs), a critical component of a healthy indoor air quality.
Offering a broad range of gypsum and finishing products for interior and exterior needs, CertainTeed Gypsum has served the North American building industry for more than 80 years and is a subsidiary of Saint-Gobain, the world’s leading producer of gypsum products. This, in combination with the full range of affiliated CertainTeed Corporation building products, provides architects, contractors, builders and dealers one partner to provide service and support for commercial and residential building projects.
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Through the responsible development of innovative and sustainable building products, CertainTeed has helped shape the building products industry for more than 100 years. Founded in 1904 as General Roofing Manufacturing Company, the firm's slogan "Quality Made Certain, Satisfaction Guaranteed," quickly inspired the name CertainTeed. Today, CertainTeed® is North America’s leading brand of exterior and interior building products, including roofing, siding, windows, fence, decking, railing, trim, foundations, pipe, insulation, gypsum, ceilings and access covers.
A subsidiary of Saint-Gobain, the world’s largest building products company, CertainTeed and its affiliates, including CertainTeed Gypsum, have more than 6,000 employees and more than 65 manufacturing facilities throughout the United States and Canada. In 2009 and 2010, CertainTeed, which is headquartered in Valley Forge, Pa., was named ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, a national award that recognizes environmentally responsible corporations. The group had total sales of approximately $3 billion in 2009. www.certainteed.com