Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee and Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) Commissioner David Salyers announced the winners of the 2022 Governor’s Environmental Stewardship Awards (GESA). The GESA’s are presented annually to recognize outstanding achievements by individuals, local governments, businesses, organizations, educational institutions, and agencies for successful environmental projects and conservation measures, according to the Tennessee Office of Policy and Sustainable Practices. Florim USA was one of only nine companies statewide to receive an award. The category awarded was for Sustainable Performance.
In part, Florim USA was recognized for ongoing sustainability efforts such as – utilizing internally generated production scrap, using various post-industrial wastes responsibly, and use of postconsumer scrap glass as a novel raw material. Some of the numbers that made an impact included nearly 15 million pounds of post-consumer glass that has been used to make Florim USA’s tiles since 2019 with 5.6 million pounds in 2021; The capture and reuse of more than 19 million gallons of water without any industrial wastewater discharge to the local sewer system in 2021; And in 2021, Florim USA recycled into its process more than 11 million pounds of internal scrap representing 99% of scrap produced.
Environmental and Sustainability manager Don Haynes states, “Florim USA’s core principals are product innovation, quality, design, and ecological mindfulness. We feel as if it’s our duty and responsibility to be mindful of our impact to the environment both now and for times to come. It is a privilege and honor to be recognized, and to receive this prestigious award from the Governor and TDEC”. The winners will be formally recognized at an awards ceremony July 25 in Franklin for their achievements and positive impact on the state’s natural resources and communities.