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nets and component parts; companies
do not have to be a KCMA member in
order to participate. To date, there are
67 companies and 121 brands certified
under the program.
Certification is awarded annually to
companies that meet the requirements in
the following five categories: Air Quality,
Product Resource Management, Process
Resource Management, Environmental
Stewardship and Community Relations.
Eighty points out of a possible 110 are
required for certification in the program.
(See sidebar for information. A complete
listing of criteria, along with an ESP application form, is at KCMA.org.)
The latest revision includes the ability
by companies to obtain ESP credits and
reduce their carbon footprint through the
EPA’s Smart Way Freight Transport Sustainability Program. Designed to report,
track and reduce supply chain carbon dioxide emissions, the Smart Way program
was adopted by KCMA’s ESP in 2016.
Participating in ESP provides cabinet
and component manufacturers with
third-party evidence of their commitment to environmental stewardship.
“Perhaps it’s because we’re located in
an environmentally conscientious part of
the country, but we’ve always had a strong
commitment to being good environmental
stewards,” said Robert Foote, president
and CEO of Canyon Creek Cabinet Co.
Canyon Creek was the first cabinet
company to be awarded an ESP certificate
in November 2006, with then president
and CEO Bill Weaver being instrumental
in the development of the program.“The
ESP program was really just a natural
extension and formalization of many of our
existing business practices,” Foote added.
Hagerstown Kitchens Inc. was also
among the first to be ESP certified.
Vice President of Sales David Lobley
said his father Jim was involved in the
development of KCMA’s environmental
certification program, adding that “[my
Dad] felt it was important to participate
in the program for our company. He
viewed the certification as a great way
to increase recognition of our company’s
As public interest in green products
has grown, so too has the value of the
ESP certification. “The “green movement
really became very strong in the minds of
many of our dealers and end consumers.
independent third-party environmental
auditing firm, also audits ESP annually.
AIR QUALITY: 30 POINTS MAXIMUM
• 100% of particleboard, medium
density fiberboard, and plywood used
in the cabinets must meet the formaldehyde emission level of the California Air
Resources Compwood ATCM Phase II
and must be third-party certified to meet
low formaldehyde emission standards.
• 75% of the cabinets must be finished in the United States or Canada.
Finishes must emit no greater hazardous air pollutants than allowed by
local plant operating permits.
PRODUCT RESOURCE MANAGEMENT:
30 POINTS MAXIMUM
• 80% of particleboard and MDF
used in cabinets must contain 100%
recycled or recovered fiber content.
• Manufacturers earn points if they
have cabinets that are also Chain of
Custody (COC) certified through a recognized sustainable forestry program.
• Hardwoods, softwoods and
plywood purchased are COC certified through a recognized sustainable
• Hardwood and softwood lumber are Certified Sourcing certified
through a recognized sustainable
• Manufacturers utilize an annual,
written training plan to educate their
hardwood suppliers of their preference for purchasing certified lumber.
PROCESS RESOURCE MANAGEMENT:
20 POINTS MAXIMUM
• Manufacturer has a comprehensive
recycling program for process wastes.
Wellborn Cabinet was among the first companies to be certified under the Environmental
Stewardship Program. To date, there are 67 companies and 121 brands certified in the program. Continued on pg. 20...