Whether it’s purchasing lumber from sources that follow sustainable forestry practices or continuously reformulating finishing materials to reduce emissions and hazardous wastes, environmental sustainability is top of mind within Conestoga’s business practices. As part of their promise to do the right thing, they set company-wide environmental goals, tracking and measuring them to ensure that they meet established commitments.
Conestoga is committed to supporting sustainable forestry, believing it is the key to protecting the environment and natural resources our industry depends on. The vast majority of their incoming lumber is harvested and processed by companies that embrace environmentally sound forestry practices and purchased from managed forests within a 500 mile radius of Conestoga’s manufacturing facilities.
Conestoga purchases approximately 75% of their lumber from suppliers that participate in one of six certified programs: the Forestry Stewardship Council (FSC), Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI), Canadian Standards Association (CSA), Program for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC), American Tree Farm (ATF), and the International Organization for Standardization (ISO4001). While Conestoga produces finished products containing certified wood, Chain of Custody certification is not maintained and therefore this certification may not be utilized by their customers.
Conestoga’s commitment to the environment extends much further than the sourcing of their natural resources. It includes stringent internal environmental standards and social outreach programs in areas surrounding each of their locations. There are many facets to their initiatives that encompass nearly every segment of their business.
- Conestoga strives to reduce material waste by continually evaluating purchasing and manufacturing processes to improve yield.
- Conestoga is constantly exploring new ways to reduce energy consumption through both process improvements and equipment upgrades.
- The sawdust created from Conestoga’s manufacturing processes has a second useful life as fuel or for agricultural applications.
- Conestoga has developed a process to recycle some of their cleanup solvents in-house in order to reduce waste and emissions.
- As part of their aggressive recycling program, their facilities recycled over 95 tons of paper and cardboard, 95 tons of metal, and 14 tons of plastic in 2016.
- All composite wood materials used meet the California Air Resources Board (CARB) & EPA TSCA Title VI regulations for formaldehyde emissions.
- More than 90% of the MDF panels they purchased in 2016 were ECC-411 sustainability standard certified by the Composite Panel Association.
- Conestoga is committed to the social and environmental benefits of sustainable forestry and reviews this commitment with their lumber suppliers on an annual basis.
- Conestoga works closely with adhesive suppliers to source low-VOC glues as well as low or no added urea-formaldehyde glues.
- Conestoga regularly evaluates their coating formulations to identify and implement opportunities to reduce air emissions.
- Conestoga has received environmental awards recognizing our environmental stewardship, including being a past recipient of the PA Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence.
- Conestoga was the first Associate Member of the Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturer’s Association (KCMA) to receive Environmental Stewardship Program (ESP) certification in 2008 and continually achieves certification every year since. This program certifies our sustainability practices and procedures as they relate to air quality, product resource management, process resource management, community relations, and environmental stewardship.