This new feature recognizes the green efforts and
achievements of companies and organizations in the adhesives and sealants
industry. If you would like your company’s green news included in a future
installment, send e-mail to email@example.com
ASC Makes Green Initiatives
The Adhesive and Sealant Council, Inc. (ASC) is committed to
conserving and preserving the environment and its limited resources whenever
possible. The organization incorporates sustainable practices into its daily
operations and implements tactics to reduce the carbon footprint of its conventions
ASC incorporates sustainable practices in its daily operations through:
- An office recycling program (paper, glass and plastics).
- Motion-sensor lighting – office and common areas are equipped with
devices that detect motion and automatically turn on lights; after a period of
inactivity, lights automatically go out.
- Incentives for employees who commute to and from work using mass
ASC is also greening its meetings by:
- Selecting environmentally friendly hotels.
- Limiting the use of plastics and all non-recyclable materials during
- Reusing signage.
- Providing electronic copies of convention proceedings.
- Co-locating convention events to reduce or eliminate the need for
shuttle buses or other convention transportation.
For convention marketing collateral, ASC is:
- Reducing the number of printed conventional collateral pieces; most
convention communications are sent electronically.
- Designing convention collateral pieces to be self-mailers, thus
eliminating the need for envelopes.
- Printing convention collateral on recycled paper that has been
certified by the Forest Stewardship Council and/or Sustainable Forestry
In addition, following are some ways ASC encourages its members to be greener.
- Publishing industry sustainability guidelines.
- Offering a “Green Resources” Web page.
- Recommending that convention attendees counterbalance their travel
with a carbon offset program, carpool to and from airports, and recycle
convention materials and name badges.
Ashland Distribution Forms Green Program for Composites Manufacturers
In alliance with JHM Technologies Inc., New Boston RTM and
SR Composites LLC, Ashland Distribution, Dublin,
OH, has introduced “The Green
Connection,” a program for closed-molding processes focused on improving
productivity and environmental performance.
Through the Green Connection, Ashland customers interested in transitioning
production to Resin Transfer Molding (RTM) and Lite RTM have access to the
capabilities of JHM Technologies and New Boston RTM. In addition, the SR
Composites’ sprayable vacuum bag technology provides a powerful, production-proven
solution to the Vacuum Assisted Resin Transfer Molding (VARTM) process.
“Our customers are looking for ways to increase their efficiency and improve
upon their environmental stewardship,” said Don Belock, Composites sales
director, Ashland Distribution. “Our offering provides the most effective way
for us to help our customers meet those goals. Our partners specialize in
training, equipment, molds, tooling and production; by creating this
connection, we provide a true strategic benefit for our customers.”
Composites manufacturers will be able to obtain the specialized skills,
training and equipment for closed-molding processes all from one source.
Closed-molding processes have proven reliability and improved cost efficiency;
it is Ashland’s
intent to ease the customer transition process for closed molding by bringing
this connection together.
Closed-molding processes reduce the release of volatile organic compounds
(VOCs) and hazardous air pollutants (HAPs), thus providing an improved work
Vacuum bagging technology is a vital part of the VARTM process. Ashland
Distribution exclusively offers a reusable, water-based sprayable infusion bag
technology called SprayomerTM
elastomers from SR
Composites LLC. The proven durability of the bag allows manufacturers to reuse
it for many cycles, which reduces the solid waste associated with disposable
For more information, visit www.ashland.com
BASF Construction Chemicals' Building Systems headquarters and office/research complex has received LEED Silver certification.
BASF Construction Chemicals' Minnesota Headquarters Earns LEED Certification
The United States Green Building Council (USGBC) has awarded
Silver designation to the BASF Construction
Chemicals’ Building Systems headquarters and office/research complex located in
Shakopee, MN, near Minneapolis. It is the first BASF building to earn LEED
certification and only the third building in Minnesota to earn LEED EB O&M
LEED EB O&M stands for Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design for
Existing Buildings Operations & Maintenance. Developed and administered by
the USGBC, this rating system helps building owners and operators identify and
improve ongoing operations and maintenance of existing commercial and institutional
buildings. A Silver certification verifies that BASF has achieved significant
improvements in energy efficiency and water use. It also demonstrates that the
company has developed and implemented programs to dramatically reduce waste to
landfill, encourage and facilitate sustainable purchasing, and improve the
indoor environmental quality of the building.
“We believe in and support the movement to improve not only the quality of new
construction, but also the performance of the existing building stock,” said
Doug MacRae, head of Building Systems. “As a supplier of products and solutions
to this market, our decision to certify our building is an outward expression
of our commitment, and has allowed us to more fully understand what it takes to
participate in green and sustainable construction and renovation projects.”
BASF Construction Chemicals combines leading-edge chemistry with market
expertise to help build and restore structures and infrastructure, while
minimizing the impact of the construction process on the environment. It
contributes to sustainable construction by offering products and systems to
help lower energy and water usage; allowing for use of waste materials;
preserving the built environment; increasing durability; and protecting
structures to make them last longer.
Building Systems is the overall market leader of chemicals and building
products for the construction industry. The Building Systems business of BASF
Construction Chemicals is committed to providing quality products, systems and
services designed to exceed the needs of construction professionals.
Bayer's IMPACT Technology a Green Alternative to Polyol Production
technology from Bayer
MaterialScience LLC is a “greener” alternative to conventional polyol
production processes. According to Jack Reese, manager of polyether process
development, Bayer MaterialScience LLC, dramatic improvements have been made to
Bayer MaterialScience’s Channelview, TX, plant, including the elimination of 75
million pounds of wastewater and an 80% reduction in energy consumption, which
equates to a yearly reduction of about 54 million pounds of CO2
The key to the process, he says, is a combination of a catalyst invention and
an innovative process design. The continuous process developed from these
inventions replaces a semi-batch process that has been the industry standard
for 50 years.
The initial invention was the development of a catalyst that is more than 10
times as reactive as other catalysts in this class and 1,000 times more
reactive than conventional catalysts. This was coupled with the design of a
novel process based on a unique catalyst characteristic by which
low-molecular-weight materials react preferentially in a mixture of molecular
weights. The combination of these two inventions results in a process with
little or no waste. The continuous process saves energy by eliminating the
heat-up cycle of the semi-batch process and further eliminates the energy and
waste normally associated with catalyst removal.
“Recent milestones of a billion pounds of production using the continuous
process in the U.S. and completion of technology licensing to major competitors
has established IMPACT™ technology as the industry standard for environmental
savings and productivity,” said Reese. “The technology is being considered for
implementation worldwide as plants are being upgraded or constructed,
increasing the positive effects on the environment, which include energy
reductions, carbon dioxide equivalents reductions and waste elimination.”
For more information, call (412) 777-3983, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
or visit www.bayermaterialsciencenafta.com
Cook Composites and Polymers Co. Receives 2009 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award
Cook Composites and Polymers Co. (CCP) received the 2009
Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award for Designing Greener Chemicals.
Each year, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administers the
program on behalf of the White House. The challenge is designed to recognize
individuals, companies and technologies that incorporate sustainable chemistry
into their product formulations, manufacturing processes, and end-use
applications. This award was jointly presented to Cook Composites and Polymers
and Procter & Gamble Chemicals (P&G) based on the Chempol®
MPS technology that was developed and commercialized through collaborative
CCP’s Chempol MPS is a Sefose®
-based alkyd resin
technology that enables formulation of coatings with significantly fewer
volatile organic compounds (VOCs) than traditional, solvent-borne alkyd
coatings. Chempol MPS alkyd resins are specially formulated to perform like
petroleum-based polymers while delivering both an improved environmental
profile and an enhanced consumer usage experience.
”CCP is proud of this technological breakthrough,” said Ken Moran, CCP vice president
of Sales and Marketing. “We appreciate the close working relationship with
P&G Chemicals, which allowed us to combine their Sefose technology with our
chemistry and formulation expertise. This collaboration was instrumental in the
development of this green product solution.”
For more information, visit www.ccponline.com
Houston Dow Center Achieves LEED Gold Level Certification
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has awarded the new
Houston Dow Center (HDC), which opened in October 2008, LEED (Leadership in
Energy and Environmental Design) Gold level certification. The HDC is one of
three LEED Gold commercial interiors projects in Houston,
and the seventh in Texas
to achieve this certification.
In addition to the original goal of choosing a LEED-certifiable building and
refurbishing five floors, the Facilities Management Technology Center set forth
an aggressive goal to achieve LEED certification, which was done by closely
following stringent LEED requirements and Dow office facility standards. This
accomplishment was made possible through the efforts of Dow’s Lab and Office
Facility Management (LOFM) team, who collaborated closely with building owner
Core Real Estate, Yost Grube Hall Architecture, LEED consulting firm Apollo
BBC, DE Harvey Builders, furniture provider Haworth Inc., and facilities
management firm CBRE.
Renovation highlights include:
- Each piece of construction material was comprised of at least 90% recycled
- Reusable plastic crates - no cardboard boxes - were used to move all
- All appliances are Energy Star® rated, and
kitchen areas accommodate 150 people each, eliminating the need for small refrigerators
in work areas. While housing the same number of people as before, these
sustainable efforts have reduced electricity use by 40% (2.1MM kwhr) - enough
electricity to power over 180 average households.
These and other changes have helped to reduce water consumption by over 70%
from the previous building.
“Pursuing and achieving LEED certification demonstrates our commitment to
leading by example and setting the standard through responsible operations,
which promises that our infrastructure has a positive impact on our communities
and employees,” said Dave Kepler, Dow’s executive vice president and chief
sustainability officer. “Being a leader requires that we hold ourselves to the
highest standards, and achieving LEED certification validates that we are
diligent in our pursuit of using resources more efficiently.”
For more information, visit www.dow.com
Fielco Adhesives to Minimize Environmental Impact
Even super-strong adhesives can be made in a more
earth-friendly fashion. That’s the philosophy of the scientists at Fielco
Adhesives, which is expanding its green line of products that are gentler on
the environment without sacrificing adhesive performance.
Chief Adhesive Scientist Tony Ring says that the products, which range from
temporary peelable coatings to tough epoxy pastes, demonstrate the company’s
commitment to always keep the planet’s welfare in mind.
“Our one-part epoxies dramatically reduce the dependence on hazardous corrosive
materials that two-part epoxies often require,” Ring says. “Whenever possible,
we also make our products with renewable raw materials.”
According to Ring, Fielco generates less than 0.5% of non-hazardous waste per pound
of finished product, and less than 0.1% hazardous waste per pound of finished
product. Ninety-nine point five percent of the firm’s complete product line is
non-solvent-based - good news for clients concerned about the potential
environmental impact of their adhesives.
Fielco works to minimize cure temperature and reduce the cure time of its
heat-cured adhesives. Subsequently, the
smallest amount of energy usage possible is required for processing, which
results in a reduced carbon footprint for end-users. Fielco also supplies
ultraviolet-light-curable adhesives, which require less energy and further
reduce carbon footprint.
Fielco embraces a “green” philosophy in its operations as well, maintaining a
near-100%-paperless environment and offering clients instructions on how to
handle adhesive products safely. The company uses a distillation unit to clean
and recycle in-house cleaning solutions, and reusable totes for both raw and
“Going the extra mile to help the environment is absolutely worth it to us,”
said Ring, “and we feel confident that our clients and partners agree.”
For more information, visit www.fielco.com
or phone (800) 825-7156.
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