There are many different definitions of Environmental Sustainability that exist today. www.businessdictionary.com defines it as “The maintenance of the factors and practices that contribute to the quality of environment on a long-term basis.” www.economicshelp.org says that “Environmental sustainability is concerned with whether environmental resources will be protected and maintained for future generations.” www.environmentalscience.org says that “Sustainability looks to protect our natural environment, human and ecological health, while driving innovation and not compromising our way of life.”
All different definitions, but all with a very common thread – that environmental sustainability looks to ensure the continued existence of our environment and natural resources while maintaining our current way of life and technological advancements. A feat that might seem impossible, but maybe just requires a dash of creativity and a heaping dose of determination.
HOW TO BE KCMA SUSTAINABLY CERTIFIED
The KCMA ESP Certification Program highlights cabinet manufacturing companies who are committed to environmental sustainability by awarding points towards their different sustainable goals.
Energy Conservation: Manufacturers can earn points by having a documented energy conservation program.
Chain of Custody: Manufacturers can earn points by having received Chain of Custody certification through a recognized sustainable forestry program, and have at least one cabinet line or order option offering Chain of Custody certified products.
Use of Renewable/Recycled Materials: Manufacturers can earn points by having a documented program which promotes the use of renewable/recycled materials or products.
Recycling Program: Manufacturers can earn points by having a comprehensive recycling program in place for process wastes in at least three of the following categories: Cardboard, Plastic, Paper, Wood, Solvents or Metal.
Minimizing Process Waste: Manufacturers can earn points by having a program in place for tracking and reducing process wastes, with documented goals and reports.
Valid Wood Sourcing Assessment: Manufacturers can earn points by utilizing a written training program, on an annual basis, to educate their hardwood suppliers of their purchasing preferences for certified hardwood lumber.
MOTHER NATURE APPROVES OF THIS SEAL
At KCMA, we know how important it is to ensure that our environmental resources are not only used responsibly today, but that they will be around for generations to come. That’s one of the many reasons why we created the Environmental Stewardship Program Certification – to make sure that cabinet manufacturing companies were interacting with the environment in a responsible and sustainable way. If mother nature could pick a Seal to have on her cabinets, the KCMA ESP Seal is the one she would choose.
To learn more about earning the KCMA ESP Seal, visit our website at https://www.kcma.org/certifications/environmental-stewardship.