The NRMCA Green-Star Program of the National Ready
Mixed Concrete Association has been designed by the Environmental Task
Group of the Operations, Environmental and Safety Committee (NRMCA-OES) as
a means to support the efforts of the ready mixed concrete industry
towards environmental excellence, through the recognition of the use of
Environmental Management Systems (EMS) as a tool for environmental
benchmarking and continual improvement, and as a means to recognize
those who adhere to essential principals of the environmental and
sustainability movement of our industry.
The NRMCA Green-Star Program will serve as a useful mechanism to recognize those within the industry who have achieved or are actively working towards environmental excellence and/or a demonstrable reduction of environmental impacts, following the principals of sustainability. It will also provide a formal opportunity for the recognition of those companies through a rigorous, structured certification process capable of withstanding third-party oversight. The foundation of the NRMCA Green-Star program was created in collaboration with the Environmental Protection Agency’s Green Highways Partnership and the 10 Guiding Principles of Environmental Stewardship.
Benefits of NRMCA Green-Star Certification
The NRMCA Green-Star Program will recognize those facilities with an Environmental Management System. Some potential benefits of Green-Star Certification include:
The NRMCA encourages all companies to take a closer look at the NRMCA Green-Star Program and its existing Environmental Management System and start the process of becoming Green-Star Certified.
The NRMCA Green-Star Model of Continual Improvement
The NRMCA Green-Star Program utilizes a company’s existing Environmental Management System based on the "Plan-Do-Check-Act" model of continual improvement.
Considering that the NRMCA Green-Star Program has been created to provide the ready mixed concrete industry with an “industry specific” program that focuses on the unique operational characteristics of the industry, it may therefore serve to fill the gap between industry efforts and other Environmental Management Systems (EMS)-based certification programs (e.g., ISO 14001, etc.). While it is not meant to take the place of such programs, it can serve as an effective alternative to these programs due to its enhanced accessibility to the concrete industry.
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