ESP Certification Requirements

The certification criteria are reviewed on an annual basis by the KCMA, the Environmental Stewardship Committee and the Board of Directors.  It has been strengthened four times since the program began in 2006.

Manufacturers must earn a minimum of 80 points  of 115 total points based on compliance with the following criteria to be awarded ESP certification:

  • Manufacturers must demonstrate their commitment to protect the environment as evidenced by a written policy statement.

  • The use of CARB ATCM compliant low-formaldehyde emitting panel products is mandatory and must constitute 100% of all particleboard, medium density fiberboard (MDF) and plywood used in the cabinets. These products also must be certified by CARB approved third-party certifiers to meet low formaldehyde emission standards

  • 80% of particleboard and MDF used in the cabinets contain 100% recycled or recovered fiber content

  • Chain of Custody (COC) Certification of the manufacturer through a recognized sustainable forestry program is encouraged

  • Hardwoods, softwoods and plywoods purchased are certified through a recognized sustainable forestry program

  • A documented energy conservation program is in place

  • A written Environmental Management System is encouraged

  • An active recycling program for process wastes is in place

  • All federal, state and local environmental requirements are observed and manufacturer agrees to report to KCMA any violation.

  • The manufacturer demonstrates community involvement and leadership through service or charitable organizations

In order to be awarded ESP certification, manufacturers must earn points, which are awarded based on compliance with these criteria:

Air Quality  - 30 points

Product Resource Management - 30 points

  • 80% of particleboard & medium density fiberboard used in cabinets must contain 100% recycled or recovered fiber content

  • Manufacturers earn points if they have kitchen cabinets that are also Chain of Custody (COC) certified through a recognized sustainable forestry program

  • Hardwoods, softwoods and plywood purchased are Chain-of-Custody certified through a recognized sustainable forestry program

  • Hardwood and softwood lumber are Certified Sourcing certified through a recognized sustainable forestry program

  • Manufacturers utilize an annual, written training plan to educate their hardwood suppliers of their preference for purchasing certified lumber

Process Resource Management -20 points

  • Manufacturer has a comprehensive recycling program for process wastes

  • Manufacturer has a program for tracking and reducing process wastes with documented goals and reports

  • Manufacturer uses process by-products to generate alternative energy

  • Manufacturer has a documented energy conservation program

Environmental Stewardship - 20 points

  • Manufacturer is required to have a written policy stating a firm commitment to environmental quality

  • Manufacturer has an Environmental Management System

  • Manufacturer reviews environmental practices and policies of its key vendors and contractors

  • Manufacturer has a documented program that promotes the use of renewable/recycled materials

  • Manufacturer is enrolled in EPA SmartWay Transport Partnership as a registered partner

Community Relations - 10 points

  • Manufacturer demonstrates community involvement and leadership through service or charitable organizations

  • Manufacturer observes all federal, state, and local environmental requirements

  • Mandatory Requirement: ESP participant agrees to report to KCMA with 60 days of any local, state or federal citation in excess of $50,000 per violation explaining the circumstances of the citation or violation.  Such citation or violation could lead to termination from the program.