Sustainability means different things to different companies and people. Here at Armstrong World Industries, we have captured what sustainability means to us in the Armstrong GreenPrint, our plan for a sustainable future.
Sustainability isn’t always easy, but we work to make steady progress against each of the elements of the GreenPrint:
Health and Well-being
Creating products that support the drive to healthy buildings.
Developing the tools and certifications our customers need to be able to fully assess our products
Creating products and partnerships to support the goal of “net zero” buildings
End of Life Recycling
Closed loop programs to reuse our products at the end of their useful life.
Our effort to reduce and eliminate our own environmental footprint throughout the world.
The Armstrong GreenPrint reinforces our commitment to improve in three important areas:
2016 Green Waste Certificate Proves No Waste Is Ever Wasted
Armstrong World Industries has earned its 2016 Green Championship Certification for sustainably disposing of 97 tons of solid waste from its headquarters in Lancaster, Pa. For the past several years, AWI has worked in partnership with the Lancaster County Solid Waste Management Authority (LCSWMA) to send all its non-recyclable, non-hazardous solid trash to a local waste-to-energy facility where it’s converted to clean, renewable electricity.
In 2016, our trash generated 53,417 kilowatt hours of electricity, or enough to power five average size households for a full year. In addition, by not sending our waste directly to the landfill, we prevented 97 tons of CO2 emissions from entering the atmosphere.
The waste-to-energy process generates renewable energy through clean combustion. Approximately 90% of the energy generated is sold locally. The burning process reduces the solid waste volume by 90%; the 10% remaining residue is inert ash that’s properly disposed of in a landfill.