As a dedicated methacrylates business, which continuously evaluates its production and operating procedures, we are pleased to have our efforts noticed in the communities where we operate. Recently, the US State of Tennessee’s Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) recognised Lucite international (LI) as a Three-Star Partner within the Tennessee Green Star Partnerhip (TGSP) environmental leadership program for its inspiring commitment to sustainable practices and the continuous improvements made throughout the entire organisation
Benefiting the wider community
As a TGSP Three-Star Partner, LI’s Fite Road plant will network with other TGSP members to advance sustainable business practices, mentor other companies as they enter the program at One- and Two-Star levels, work to improve sustainability in the local community and report the plant’s progress on a quarterly basis.
Accreditation is just the beginning
LI’s Fite Road Sustainability Team, led by co-chair David Wright, hosted the celebratory event. He said: “We have completed the initial phase of being a Three-Star Partner, but now we must continue to shine as we reach out to others in Tennessee to help them pursue improvement in sustainability. Routine reporting will help us demonstrate to the State our continuing quest for sustainability excellence. We are truly only at the beginning of the journey.”
Each of the metrics that had to be met contained anywhere from one to 10 components for which an applicant must demonstrate compliance. For instance, Policy and Planning requires a facility-wide recycling/waste reduction programme. Fite Road currently reports more than 90% of its waste is being recycled and is ramping up efforts to increase this percentage through improvement of its waste reduction and reuse. The Policy and Planning metric also necessitates an action plan for at least two significant environmental improvements, such as LI’s MMA Retention Basin and LBS Thermal Oxidiser improvement projects. TGSP applicants must also meet all local, state and federal environmental compliance requirements for the past three years.
A time to celebrate
Officials from both state and local governments, The People of Woodstock (a local community group), the LI Americas Leadership team and many Fite Road employees attended the award event. Dr Shari Meghreblian, Deputy Commissioner of TDEC, presented the Company with its honourable Three-Star Status certificate. Commenting on LI’s impressive record, Shari said: “With the achievement of the TGSP Three-Star designation, LI joins the ranks of other stellar Tennessee businesses that have demonstrated a commitment to sustainability and continual improvement. The values of teamwork, quality and pride of work were visible attributes during my visit. Congratulations to the entire LI team!”
Paul Moyer, President of LI’s Americas region, addressed the audience and thanked TDEC for the award. He said: “LI has a simple SHE philosophy, which embraces the idea of continuous improvement. Our single-minded determination to achieve excellence means we set for ourselves the highest standards in safety, health and environmental performance, in the efficiency of operations and in the positive contribution we make to our customers, our people and industries and communities we serve.” After receiving the award, Floyd Billings, Fite Road Safety Manager, and Terry Howard, President, BCT&GM, Local Union 407G, raised the new Green Flag with pride hoping it will serve as an everyday reminder of the continued sustainability efforts by LI for all to see.