The Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Association, headquartered in Reston, VA, is the principal trade association in the United States for manufacturers of kitchen cabinets, bath vanities, decorative laminate products and suppliers to the industry. The KCMA is committed to excellence in manufacturing through continued quality, advocacy and leadership. For more information on the association, visit its web site at www.kcma.org.
Countryside Cabinets has been awarded Environmental Stewardship Program (ESP) certification by the Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Association (KCMA). With acceptance into this program, Countryside Cabinets is taking a positive step towards protecting the environment and producing environmentally responsible cabinets. Countryside Cabinets is one of more than 150 cabinet manufacturers already demonstrating its commitment to the environment by becoming ESP certified. For more information on ESP, visit www.greencabinetsource.org. KCMA, the non-profit trade association dedicated to supporting the cabinet industry, launched the Environmental Stewardship Program in 2006. In March 2009, ESP earned approval from the American National Standards Institute accredited certification organization, Architectural Testing, Inc., validating the ESP certification process. KCMA developed ESP to encourage environmental responsibility within the cabinet industry as well as give cabinet manufacturers an opportunity to demonstrate their commitment to the environment. ESP is being embraced by a rapidly growing number of cabinet manufacturers. “When developing ESP, KCMA felt it was important that the program hold the industry to high standards. We wanted to ensure cabinet manufacturers worked toward environmental responsibility starting with growth and harvesting of raw materials all the way through manufacturing of the end product,” says Dick Titus, executive vice president, KCMA. “To be awarded ESP certification, Countryside Cabinets complied with a number of rigorous criteria in categories of air quality, product and process resource management, environmental stewardship and community relations.” Manufacturers must meet criteria in each these categories, including:
The result of such a rigorous program is that Countryside Cabinets can offer cabinets that are verified as environmentally responsible. The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Green Building Standard™ references ESP as the benchmark in green cabinet standards. ESP certified cabinets are identifiable by the ESP seal. This seal offers building professionals and consumers the comfort and assurance that the cabinet manufacturer in question is dedicated to protecting the environment.