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Thursday, March 24, 2011

Certainteed Releases Sustainability Report

CertainTeed Corp. has issued its first Corporate Sustainability Report. The 28-page report highlights recent steps the company has taken on the path to becoming an increasingly sustainable 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. “We continue to demonstrate our commitment by creating a culture which is more responsible to our surrounding environment.”

One of the company’s environmental achievements 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.
The company 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 life cycle 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 several products that contribute to sustainability of homes and buildings. Many of these include high-recycled content, help conserve energy and improve indoor air quality.
Company employees are well trained to be environmental stewards and safe workers. Twenty-two CertainTeed manufacturing facilities have been inducted into 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.

For more information on sustainable building, or to download a copy of CertainTeed’s Corporate Sustainability Report, go to www.certainteed.com/buildingresponsibly.

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