Andersen Signs Ceres Climate Declaration, Declares Goal to Reduce Solid Waste, Energy and Water Use 20 percent by 2020Ceres
Andersen Corporation announced today that it has signed the Ceres Climate Declaration on behalf of its Andersen® Windows, Renewal by Andersen® and Silver Line® brands. The Climate Declaration works to accelerate the adoption of sustainable business practices to build a healthy global economy. Andersen is the first window and door manufacturer, and just the second in the building industry, to sign the declaration, which also champions the innovative environmental actions already taking place within U.S. companies.
In addition to signing the Climate Declaration, Andersen also announced new corporate sustainability goals, which are to reduce solid waste, energy and water use by 20 percent per unit of product, by 2020, using 2013 as a baseline. The company is also the first major window and door manufacturer to declare measurable sustainability goals.
“Buildings are responsible for a significant proportion of global greenhouse gas emissions,” said Jay Lund, chairman, president and CEO of Andersen Corporation. “Adding our signature to this declaration affirms our responsibility and commitment to provide energy efficient products that can be part of the solution. Our sustainability goals go a step further to demonstrate how we put our support to action within our own operations.”
“Andersen Corporation has long championed that integrating sustainability in to operations is smart business,” said Mindy Lubber, president of Ceres, “Signing Ceres’ Climate Declaration makes the commitment public, and it’s the right thing to do.” Ceres, a 25-year-old nonprofit organization, created the Climate Declaration as a way to accelerate the adoption of sustainable business practices to build a healthy global economy. The declaration was drafted in 2013 through the group’s Business for Innovative Climate and Energy Policy (BICEP) coalition, and launched with 33 founding signatories. Since then, more than 1,250 companies have joined them, signing on to show their support.
“Signing this declaration is one more step in our evolution as an industry leader,” Lund said, “and it exemplifies our drive for ongoing improvement across our full product lifecycle – from the forest, to our operations, to our customers’ homes and ultimately our communities.”