NASHVILLE, Tenn. ― Bridgestone Americas Inc.'s off-road tire plant in Aiken County, S.C., has earned Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification by the U.S. Green Building Council.
LEED recognizes buildings that are designed, constructed, and operated for improved energy, environmental and human health performance.
"Aiken ORR's LEED certification is further recognition of our innate culture to pursue fully sustainable operations and help ensure a healthy environment for current and future generations," said Jim DeMouy, vice president, environment, health, safety and sustainability, Bridgestone Americas. "This plant's commitment to environmentally sustainable practices epitomizes our entire company's global corporate social responsibility commitment, Our Way to Serve."
The plant achieved LEED certification for implementing sustainable solutions aimed at achieving high energy and environmental performance, including initial site location selection, preferential use of local and more sustainable materials, finding beneficial reuse opportunities for 92% of the construction debris and 100% of the manufacturing discarded materials, and using Firestone Building Products (FSBP) pond liner to create a rainwater harvesting system that captures and uses roof runoff water.
The plant also conducts neighborhood roadside cleanups, manages its site to restore the Longleaf Pine Savannah Habitat and provides onsite STEM education for school children through Bridgestone Environmental Education Program.
The 1.5-million-sq.-ft. manufacturing facility employs 450 people and began production of large and ultra-large mining and heavy equipment radial tires in 2014.
Bridgestone has eight LEED-certified locations, including its plants in Graniteville, S.C., and Warren County, Tenn.