ESP Certification Requirements

In order to be awarded ESP certification, manufacturers must earn a minimum of 80 out of 110 possible points, which are awarded based on compliance with these criteria:

Air Quality  - 30 points

  • Mandatory Requirement:  100% of particleboard, medium density fiberboard and plywood used in the cabinets must meet the TSCA Title VI requirements.

  • 100% of laminated products produced prior to 3/22/2024 utilize an exempt resin system defined in TSCA Title VI.

Product Resource Management - 30 points

  • 80% of particleboard & medium density fiberboard and plywood used in cabinets are either CPA ECC or Benchmark CWSS certified

  • 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 plywoods purchased are Chain-of-Custody certified through a recognized sustainable forestry program

  • Hardwood and softwood lumber are 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

  • 100% of laminated products purchased prior to 3/22/2024 utilize an exempt resin system as defined in TSCA Title VI

Process Resource Management -20 points

  • Manufacturer has a comprehensive recycling program for processing waste

  • Manufacturer has a program for tracking and reducing process waste products 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.