Environmental Stewardship Program

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KCMA Environmental Certification

The Environmental Stewardship Program (ESP) to encourage practices that benefit both the environment and the communities served by cabinet manufacturers.

Environmental Stewardship Program

About the program

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Air ventilation repairs

Air Quality & Pollution Prevention

  • 100% of laminated products produced prior to 3/22/2024 utilize an exempt resin system defined in TSCA Title VI
  • Manufacturer has a documented energy conservation program
  • Manufacturer has met or exceeded source reduction and waste management goals in section 8 of the Toxic Release Inventory Form R or has listed source reduction activities in section 8.10.1 of Form R
  • Manufacturer has developed environmental product declarations
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Sustainable forestry

Resource Sustainability

  • 80% of particleboard & medium density fiberboard and plywood used in cabinets are either CPA ECC or Benchmark CWSS certified
  • Manufacturers earn points if they have kitchen cabinets that are also Chain of Custody (COC) certified through a recognized sustainable forestry program
  • Hardwood, softwood and plywood purchased are Chain-of-Custody certified through a recognized sustainable forestry program
  • Hardwood and softwood lumber are certified through a recognized sustainable forestry program
  • Manufacturers utilize an annual, written training plan to educate their hardwood suppliers of their preference for purchasing certified lumber
  • Manufacturer has a documented wood trade compliance or due diligence policy
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Recycling Bin

Waste Minimization

  • Manufacturer has a comprehensive recycling program for processing waste
  • Manufacturer has a program for tracking and reducing process waste products with documented goals and reports
  • Manufacturer uses process by-products to generate alternative energy
  • Manufacturer has a documented energy conservation program
  • Manufacturer has a program for reclaiming any cabinets and either sending them for recycle, reuse, or re-purpose