An education center at Dow Corning’s manufacturing site in the UK has been
awarded Eco-Center status because of the high level of sustainability practices
classification recognizes that the education center is operated under an
eco-code. It shows that Dow Corning is dedicated to bring environmental
concerns to the forefront and demonstrates the importance of sustainable development to the
The center itself must also ensure that waste is reduced, reused or
recycled; that waste is monitored; that energy and water are conserved;
fair-trade refreshments are used as much as possible and that visitors are
informed about the status of the building and the eco-friendly cleaning
materials which are used.
The education center at the Barry site, which is one of only a few centers
to be given this prestigious award in Wales, is designed to be sustainable with
(which use Dow Corning silicon), ground source heating and rainwater harvesting
to supply the washrooms.
“It is often a misconception that chemical industries are harmful to
the environment, but the new status of the center is ongoing proof that as a
company we are committed to sustainable living and teaching best practices to
the local community,” says Peter Cartwright, Executive Director of Environment,
Health and Safety (PDF: 173 KB).
The activity of the center will be monitored throughout the year and an
operating external committee will ensure that the center sustains progress
towards sustainable goals.
About Dow Corning
Dow Corning provides
performance-enhancing solutions to serve the diverse needs of more than 25,000
customers worldwide. A global leader in silicones,
silicon-based technology and innovation, Dow Corning offers more than 7,000
products and services via the company’s DOW CORNING® and XIAMETER® brands. Dow Corning is a joint venture
equally owned by The Dow Chemical Company and Corning, Incorporated. More than
half of Dow Corning’s annual sales are outside the United States.
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