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More than three years ago, we began this blog as a way to keep you updated on the progress of the renovation of our headquarters into a showcase of sustainability. The renovation was completed in October 2010, and since that time, we have used this blog, as well as our other social media channels, as a way to highlight various initiatives the company had undertaken.

At this time, we are shifting the focus of our social media efforts. In the coming weeks, we will be re-launching all of our channels to be more reflective of our commitment to preserving the roof and building envelope, building restoration and overall building science. During this time, we will not be posting, but we look forward to providing you with exciting and informative posts in the not too distant future. Thank you reading our posts over the years; we hope you found them to be both informative and engaging. Stay tuned…

On May 24th, we talked about how RPM companies Dryvit Systems, Inc., and CAVE, were named among the best places to work for 2013 in Rhode Island and Chile, respectively.

Dryvit’s recognition of its employees’ accomplishments was among the reasons it was honored; the company recently celebrated those accomplishments in the area of sustainability by holding an appreciation event for all of their employees who participated on sustainability committees during the 2013 fiscal year.  Rhode Island-based employees sailed around stunning Newport, followed by dinner at a restaurant specializing in local seafood. “Out-of-staters” received a gift card to high-end, online food retailers.

It is one more, and very personal way, that Dryvit Systems demonstrates their commitment to its sustainable efforts and rewards employees for their involvement.

Tremco's Green Roof

About a month ago, we said that we wished you could see our vegetated roof, that it’s a riot of color even with the challenging weather we’ve had—and now you can!

Take a look at our FlickR Photostream to enjoy views of our vibrant sedum garden, our rooftop “Ohio meadow” and the vegetated roof’s other zones.

Pictures are worth a thousand words, and we hope that these leave you speechless.

In the latest example of Tremco Incorporated’s commitment to the “people” element of the People, Planet and Prosperity, we now have bicycles available for our employees to use!

After a very positive response to an internal survey to see if people were interested in having bikes available, we purchased four of them.  The bikes are stored in our bike lockers, which were added during the renovation of our building into a sustainable showcase to encourage the use of alternative transportation.  A safety presentation was held to help ensure that the bikes are used in the safest possible manner.

The bikes are now available for employees at our headquarters campus to ride any time (so long as they wear a helmet!).

A cool evening and a warm reception for honoree Tremco Incorporated marked the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes Green Site, Starry Night gala.  Some 500 people attended the event, at which Tremco received the 2013 Great Blue Heron Award from the Center for our leadership in corporate sustainability.  A fundraiser was also held to help ASK! (Applied Science for Kids) bring more than 7500 students from Cleveland schools to the Center, hopefully inspiring them to become stewards of our environment.

The Nature Center at Shaker Lakes established the Great Blue Heron Award in 2011 to honor “an individual or organization that exemplifies the Center’s ongoing commitment to the environment and sustainability.”  The honoree must:

  • Believe in, actively demonstrate, and encourage one or more of the principles of the Nature Center’s mission “to conserve a natural area, connect people with nature, and inspire environmental stewardship.”
  • Contribute to the environmental health of the community in which he or she lives and/or works.
  • Lead by example, promoting the principles of the Nature Center’s mission in his or her daily life, and/or the organization’s daily operations.
  • Give back to the community through civic engagement and participation in community events.

In addition to the lovely award, the Center planted a native black tupelo tree in our honor. Known for its spectacular fall foliage, the black tupelo is also an important food source for migrating birds, and offers excellent nesting for squirrels, raccoons and other animals.  It will be a pleasure to see “our tree” whenever a Tremco associate visits the Center.  We also received a one-of-a-kind rain barrel, hand-painted by a local artist.  The rain barrel will be put to good use, helping us either to irrigate our grounds or being dedicated to our vegetable garden.  We plant the garden with the help of students from Buckeye Woodland Elementary School, and donate everything we grow to area food banks.

Once again, we would like to thank the Center for this honor, and we will do our utmost to live up to it.  The Nature Center at Shaker Lakes conserves a natural area, connects people with nature and inspires environmental stewardship.

We haven’t said anything about our sustainable building renovation for a while, so with summer just around the corner, this is a good time to revisit it.  The building is performing just like we expected it would, using less energy and water than it did before the renovation. Capping the building, literally and figuratively, is our 9,000 square foot, four growing zone vegetated roof, which looks fantastic, despite two straight years of record setting weather — 2011’s relentless rain and last year’s heat and drought.  The roof’s performance is a testament to excellent planning, scheduled (though infrequent) maintenance, and ensuring that we selected the right plants for our climate, as changeable as the climate may be.

Our sedum garden is filling in beautifully and looks like a painter’s pallette. The “creek bed” zone was highlighted by the gorgeous and abundant phlox. The zone that emulates an Ohio meadow is lush and inviting enough to make you want to hike through it. And, finally our even-raised planters are already almost bursting with herbs that we are using in our cafeteria.

Hopefully, you’re looking forward to seeing some pictures of this beautiful, sustainable roof, and we promise to post some (if the weather ever clears up) so you can enjoy the roof as much as we do.

We’re thrilled to announce that this week the RPM Building Solutions Group has released its first Sustainability Report, which provides a review of its international sustainability journey through Fiscal Year 2012, overall performance toward its nine sustainability bold goals, and plans for the future.

Please access the report, titled “The Difference,” online via rpmbsgsustainability.com. Among the accomplishments highlighted in the report are:

  • Receiving Gold Level LEED® NC certification for its corporate headquarters retrofit;
  • Achieving zero waste-to-landfill at six facilities;
  • Reducing 2012 year-over-year energy consumption by 8%; and
  • Saving more than $2.2 million from 2011-2012 sustainability investments and initiatives.

The report serves as a tool to increase awareness, both internally and externally, of how we are differentiating ourselves in the marketplace through our sustainability initiatives. It also demonstrates how RPM BSG employees make a difference through sustainability for our customers and our communities, helping increase the prosperity of us all.

Our Sustainability Report is based on the world’s leading sustainability reporting framework—the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI).  The Global Reporting Initiative provides a standard method for companies to communicate their progress in sustainability.  As the GRI says on its website, they offer “a sustainability reporting framework (that) enables all organizations to measure and report their economic, environmental, social and governance performance – the four key areas of sustainability.”

We hope you will read the report carefully and thoughtfully and look deeper into the sections that are most relevant and compelling to you. We also encourage you to share give your feedback on the report, through the “Feedback” option on the home page.

Thank you, and we look forward to continuing our sustainability journey with you and to communicating our progress in the future.

We’re delighted to say that two companies within RPM International, both committed to sustainability, have been voted among their area’s best places to work.

CAVE, which is part of The Euclid Chemical Company (itself a member of the RPM Building Solutions Group) has been voted one of the top 25 mid-size companies to work for in Chile. They will be recognized in a special ceremony on June 12 in the main office of the major Chilean newspaper El Mercurio, as well as in a special publication.

Dryvit Systems, Inc., an RPM company that has appeared often in this space, was named one of Rhode Island’s Best Places to Work for 2013 by EXCOM. The honor was based on an evaluation of Dryvit’s policies, practices and philosophy, and more importantly, an employee survey.  The Providence Business News is hosting an awards dinner for the winners on June 13.

Being selected as one of the best places to work, whether it’s for a state or a country, is a great achievement and testament to CAVE’s and Dryvit’s commitment to helping people, improving the health of the planet and raising prosperity for everyone through their business practices and decisions. Congratulations to both companies for this honor!

The Grey to Green Conference, produced by our friends at Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, takes place next week on Tuesday, May 21 and Wednesday, May 22 at the Evergreen Brick Works Toronto, one of North America’s greenest communities.

Focused on engaging participants on living green infrastructure, the conference provides “a unique learning environment to facilitate information sharing on best practices, creative solution making, networking and joint ventures. It will engage participants in new ways of thinking about project design, utility regulation and infrastructure capital and maintenance expenditures.”

The conference features 50 expert speakers on topics such as making the green infrastructure business case, energy-saving tools, performance-based and participatory design, and much more; extensive networking opportunities; professional training and the opportunity to earn continuing education credits; and a tour of many of the city’s innovative green infrastructure projects.

Visit http://greytogreenconference.org to learn more and register. If you attend, be sure to see the presentation by Paul Sheehy, Vice President, Sales North American Roofing & Building Maintenance, on “Retrofitting Tremco’s Headquarters with Green Infrastructure.”

Tremco Incorporated is extremely proud to be named the 2013 Great Blue Heron Award recipient from the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes. Tremco’s president Randy Korach will accept the award on behalf of the company on June 8th at the Center’s Green Site, Starry Night gala.

The Nature Center at Shaker Lakes established the Great Blue Heron Award in 2011 to honor “an individual or organization that exemplifies the Center’s ongoing commitment to the environment and sustainability.” The honoree must:

1.  Believe in, actively demonstrate, and encourage one or more of the principles of the Nature Center’s mission “to conserve a natural area, connect people with nature, and inspire environmental stewardship.”
2. Contribute to the environmental health of the community in which he or she lives and/or works.
3. Lead by example, promoting the principles of the Nature Center’s mission in his or her daily life, and/or the organization’s daily operations.
4. Give back to the community through civic engagement and participation in community events.

From the renovation of our headquarters into a high-performance showcase, to the thousands of hours our employees volunteer to community organizations, to our commitment to helping our customers reduce the energy use and operating costs of their buildings, Tremco Incorporated embodies these ideals and is delighted to be recognized by the Center for our commitment to sustainability.

We would also like congratulate the two previous Great Blue Heron Award honorees, Fairmount Minerals and BrownFlynn, for their sustainability efforts.

The Nature Center at Shaker Lakes conserves a natural area, connects people with nature and inspires environmental stewardship. In 1971, the National Park Service named the Nature Center one of its first National Environmental Education Landmarks and subsequently designated it a National Environmental Study Area. The parklands are also on the Register of National Historic Sites; an Audubon Society Important Bird Area; and an official Wildlife Habitat site of the National Wildlife Federation.  More than 25,000 walkers, runners, birders and other nature lovers visit the Center annually, and thousands of children participate in nearly 30,000 hours of curriculum-related school programming.

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