CertainTeed Gypsum has successfully executed an intensive sustainability training program to nearly 1,000 employees in all of the company’s gypsum plants in the U.S. and Canada. Additionally, several of the company’s territory sales managers and marketing professionals have earned their Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Associate credential, providing building professionals with a value-added resource when selecting products and implementing sustainable building solutions.
“We take a holistic approach to sustainability that includes product innovation, environmentally responsible manufacturing practices, and a well-trained, knowledgeable team of employees,” says CertainTeed Gypsum President John Donaldson. “We are making significant contributions to the performance and longevity of homes and buildings, strengthening our position as the preferred supplier for innovative, sustainable building products and systems.”
The training program implemented at the company’s plants focused heavily on water conservation, waste reduction and energy conservation. Employees were trained in best practices and encouraged to find creative solutions that increase efficiency, eliminate waste and enhance recycling efforts. As a result, the company has reduced waste by 20 percent over the course of two years.
To achieve the LEED Green Associate credential, the company’s sales and marketing associates tackled course work designed by U.S. Green Building Council and successfully completed a comprehensive exam. The LEED Green Associate credential demonstrates knowledge of green design, construction and operations.