armstrong award
From left: Steve McGehee and Abby Apt of Armstrong World Industries, accept the Illinois Governor's Sustainability Award on behalf of the Armstrong Flooring Kankakee Plant. The award recognizes the facility for its efforts to reduce waste both internally and externally through the Armstrong Reclamation Program for vinyl composition tile flooring.
Armstrong Flooring's Kankakee, Ill., manufacturing facility has received the Illinois Governor’s Sustainability Award.
The Illinois Governor's Sustainability Award, presented by the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center, honors organizations that have demonstrated a commitment to environmental excellence through outstanding and innovative sustainability practices. The Armstrong Kankakee manufacturing facility was recognized with this award for its efforts to reduce waste, both internally at the manufacturing facility and externally through the Armstrong Recycling Program for vinyl composition tile (VCT) flooring. 
According to the company, the program is designed to reduce environmental impacts by keeping flooring products out of the landfill through a closed-loop recycling process; Armstrong flooring as well as qualifying competitors’ flooring can be recycled through the program. It also helps reduce environmental impacts by decreasing energy consumption, meaning fewer natural resources are consumed and fewer greenhouse gas emissions are produced compared to the use of virgin raw materials. To date, the Armstrong Recycling Program has recycled over six million pounds of post-consumer VCT in North America through its closed-loop process, according to the company.
“Investing in sustainability creates jobs, boosts our economy and is an investment in our future,” stated Governor Pat Quinn. “These awards foster innovation and encourage our universities and businesses to help us build a stronger, greener Illinois.”

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