Owens Corning becomes new green partner

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Posted 2/4/18

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation recently welcomed the Cleveland and Springfield facilities of Owens-Corning into the Tennessee Green Star Partnership, a …

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Owens Corning becomes new green partner

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NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation recently welcomed the Cleveland and Springfield facilities of Owens-Corning into the Tennessee Green Star Partnership, a statewide environmental leadership program for manufacturers.

“The team at Owens-Corning has demonstrated their dedication to driving out waste,” said Kendra Abkowitz, director of TDEC’s Office of Policy and Sustainable Practices. “We are excited to recognize their journey towards becoming a zero-waste facility.”

The facility, located in Cleveland, was awarded Silver Status through TDEC’s voluntary program for achieving greater than 80 percent waste to landfill diversion.

The site works closely with city officials to evaluate condensate water from cooling towers and their compressed air system as safe for the city waste water system to receive and not have to be treated before leaving the site.

The location in Springfield prioritizes waste reduction by recycling fiberglass and extruded polystyrene board scrap among other items. The facility works in conjunction with the local environment to properly drain rainwater, preventing erosion and providing better storm water drainage.

“We’re honored to be recognized by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation for our sustainability efforts,” said Danyelle Phelps, director of enterprise environmental and operations sustainability at Owens-Corning. “Waste management is a high priority at Owens-Corning, beginning with the operational efficiency of our production processes to the disposition of recyclable materials. We are focused on becoming zero waste-to-landfill.”

Owens-Corning develops, manufactures, and markets insulation, roofing, and fiberglass composites. The company uses its expertise in materials, manufacturing, and building science to develop products and systems that save energy and improve comfort in commercial and residential buildings.

Through its glass reinforcements business, the company makes thousands of products lighter, stronger, and more durable. Owens-Corning, which is based in Toledo, Ohio,  posted 2016 sales of $5.7 billion and employs 17,000 people in 33 countries. It has been a Fortune 500 company for 63 consecutive years.

The Tennessee Green Star Partnership is an environmental leadership program that recognizes manufacturers that are committed to sustainability and exhibit continuous improvement throughout their entire operation. 

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