What it means to be green

2011EvergreenAwardWinnersOn March 21, I arrived at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, just a few blocks from the White House in Washington, D.C., to accept the General Services Administration (GSA) Evergreen Award (in the Sports and Recreation category) on behalf of Playworld Systems.

It was an exciting moment for our company, as the award is a national level recognition of Playworld Systems’  sustainability program.  The Evergreen Award is given annually to GSA industry partners that demonstrate outstanding environmentally friendly business practices.

Some of Playworld Systems’ achievements include:

  • Waste reduction through lean manufacturing efforts and nesting software
  • Retrofitting plant and office lighting, which saves 170,000 kwh of electricity annually
  • Recycling 96 percent of waste materials
  • Eliminating 99.999 percent of PVC from its products
  • Auditing and selecting environmentally-friendly materials for use in its products

Using our Green Action plan, we have made great strides in waste reduction, recycling and healthful materials use. These efforts support our sustainability program and fit right into GSA’s drive to make the supply chain greener.

This award complements two other distinctions received for Playworld Systems Green Action program.  Playworld Systems received the 2011 Professional Recyclers of Pennsylvania Waste Watchers Award for its achievement in waste reduction and recycling.  In addition, with only the exception of electronic components, all of Playworld Systems’ 2010 product line achieved Cradle to Cradle CertificationCM  Basic, a multi-attribute eco-label that assesses a product’s safety to humans and the environment and design for future life cycles.

I am proud to take part in Playworld Systems’ green efforts and believe we are helping to set the standard for green manufacturing in the U.S.


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