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Sustainability

 sustainability journey

 
Coldspring has been in the stone business since 1898. For decades, we have been proud contributors to building projects across the U.S., Canada, and the rest of the world. We have built our reputation on quality stone solutions, great customer service and keeping pace with the ever-changing building industry.

Stone is one of the most durable materials you can use for any application.  When specified and detailed correctly, our products can last for hundreds of years—resulting in some of the lowest embodied energy of any material.

Developing and maintaining a sustainable operation is a Coldspring core value that not only affects how we do business, but also shapes our corporate culture. Stone is a natural resource. However, depending on how it is quarried, processed, transported and used has a significant bearing on the environmental impact for any particular use. Likewise, our foundry and other non-stone operations also benefit from sustainable practices that maximize the utilization of our resources while minimizing energy use. Building on a long-standing commitment to establishing and promoting industry-wide best practices that treat the source of our products (the earth) with respect, Coldspring is dedicated to developing and maintaining resource management and processing practices that minimize our impact on the environment.

Coldspring strives to be the world's most environmentally responsible stone producer.

 

 AREAS OF SPECIFIC ENVIRONMENTAL FOCUS:

 

 Water    Site Impacts    Solid Waste
         

Water

Coldspring strives to develop strategies to be efficient with water usage. We must do our part to minimize our fresh water consumption and to ensure the quality of water we release back to the environment. We currently recycle more than 95% of the water used in operations.

 

SITE IMPACTS

Our 2020 initiative calls for 100% utilization of everything we extract from the earth which directly impacts the quantity of land affected by extraction and processing. We seek to minimize our impacts on habitat, and to ensure that when we are finished using a particular site that it can be returned effectively for use as a high-value habitat.

 

SOLID WASTE

Although our products properly installed will last for generations, we must be ever mindful of the solid waste that is generated throughout the value stream (e.g. plastic banding, foam sheets, tires, oil, office waste, etc.) Coldspring aims to decrease the amount of waste that goes to landfill at all stages of our products value chain under our control.

         
 Energy    Chemicals    Social Responsibility
         

Carbon & Energy

Coldspring is focused on improving energy efficiency, thereby reducing carbon impacts as a part of our effort to implement lean and control costs while maintaining the highest safety, environmental and corporate financial standards.We have a corporate goal to reduce our energy consumption by 2% each year.

 

chemicals

Making sure that chemicals are used as sparingly as possible, and responsibly where required, is a key component of corporate sustainability and environmental leadership. Following a third-party audit of our chemical use, we are now actively looking for ways to eliminate "red-list" chemicals in our operation.

 

CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

A good corporate citizen is one that makes informed and responsible choices in all areas of its business. We must treat our employees well, care for our communities, be good stewards of the environment and embody a culture of continuous improvement. We value transparency, honesty, hard work and empathy for the impact that any product has on people and the environment.

 

*Post-closure reclamation plans of certified quarries can be made available upon request

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