SSC has worked with CertainTeed Corporation for nearly a decade. As the go-to resource for sustainability consulting and services, SSC has worked across many facets of the CertainTeed business lines and helped guide the company’s sustainability journey. SSC has provided comprehensive solutions including sustainability strategy development, sustainable operations assessments and facility design standardization, sustainable product innovation, life cycle assessments and EPDs, training, and green marketing services. Through these efforts, the company has reduced its environmental impacts tremendously and realized significant financial benefits from sales and savings.
Reducing the Impact of Single Serve Coffee
Single serve coffee is convenient and popular, but creates significant amounts of waste. SSC used life cycle assessment methodologies to measure the environmental impacts and to assess the end-of-life options of a particular coffee company’s single-serve plastic packaging material. The assessment resulted in a redesign of the primary plastic packaging materials, reducing the overall carbon footprint by over 30% and increasing the potential recyclability of the packaging. We then developed an end-of-life management strategy including communication and education for customers on the most sustainable management options for the coffee pods.
Diverting Waste, Cutting Costs
SSC worked with a Fortune 500 Pharmaceutical company to measure, characterize, and quantify material flows and all waste streams in order to properly understand facility operations. After evaluating the current system, SSC developed a waste diversion program strategy for two facilities resulting in a total of $2,300,000 in cost savings and over 570,000 lbs. of waste diversion opportunities. This operation zero waste strategy prepared this company to achieve Waste Diversion from Landfill certification from GreenCircle Certified.
FMC Corporation’s North American headquarters, is located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. SSC worked with FMC to help the 275,000 sq. ft., $236 million, commercial office space achieve LEED Gold for Interior Design certification. The building, designed to reflect the organization’s commitment to sustainability, boasts 40% reduction in water use, 28% reduction in lighting power, and 100% renewable energy use. Focused on occupant comfort and wellness, the space is also designed to provide a high level of indoor air quality and thermal comfort control. SSC provided the LEED Certification consultation along with recommendations to help FMC achieve its sustainability goals for the project.