Our Environmental Commitment
Ameristar has long been an active leader in environmental responsibility. From an environmentally friendly manufacturing process to our own initiated recycling programs and the use of recycled steel, As an industry leader, Ameristar continues to demonstrate its commitment by providing quality products all while reducing its environmental footprint.
In doing so, all Ameristar Montage panels and posts are produced from steel containing a minimum recycled content of 62%, which means Montage products will assist in qualifying for LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) points. Verification regarding LEED is listed below.
Other ways Ameristar leads the industry from an environmental standpoint includes our coating processes, Permacoat and E coat, which greatly reduce, and in some cases eliminate, emissions of harmful VOC, NO, NOX and SOX gases into the atmosphere. All corrugated packaging material contain a minimum of 66% recycled content, plus all corner board material contains 100% recycled content.
Ameristar also works with vendors on options for the use of recycled material in all plastic packaging material. Currently, we use recycled plastic for our post packaging. There is constant monitoring of air emissions, storm water runoff and waste water discharge in addition to our self initiated recycle programs for all scrap steel, scrap aluminum, wood, card board, plastic scrap and oil products. Metal recycling includes stamp slugs and drill shavings.
This environmental focus extends from our manufacturing facility to our administrative and sales offices, as well, where now many functions are paperless, therefore reducing consumption and creation of paper waste. This includes a full scale paper recycle program.
On the energy side, we have created programs for reduction of energy consumption in offices and manufacturing facility and are also investigating the potential for our own wind generated power to further reduce our impact.
Ameristar has invested tens of millions of dollars in the areas of technological and process improvements. These investments allow us to move more materials through our facility while significantly reducing our energy consumption, in turn helps us reduce our carbon footprint. Ameristar will continue to make these types of investments for the future and lead the industry by example.
LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Checklist
Ameristar steel products qualify on the following LEED Checklists:
- New Construction & Major Renovation. Materials and Resources section: Credit 4--Recycled Content (Montage uses 62% recycled steel) and Credit 5--Regional Materials (Montage is manufactured in Tulsa, OK)
- Commercial Interiors. Materials and Resources section: Credit 4--Recycled Content (Montage uses 62% recycled steel) and Credit 5--Regional Materials (Montage is manufactured in Tulsa, OK)
- Core & Shell. Materials and Resources section: Credit 4--Recycled Content (Montage uses 62% recycled steel) and Credit 5--Regional Materials (Montage is manufactured in Tulsa, OK)
- Schools and Retail use the New Construction Checklist.
Visit www.usgbc.org for more LEED information for your upcoming projects.