On December 11, 2013, the Building Construction Products Division (BCP) Athens, Ga., facility was awarded the Community Improvement and Greening Award at the 35th Annual Keep Georgia Beautiful Ceremony, which honors individuals and organizations working to improve Georgia's environment. Athens was recognized for their efforts to preserve and improve the beauty of a community. Contestants had to submit information about the project including the need, execution, budget, community involvement, results and supplemental material.
From the beginning, plans for Athens included sustainability initiatives to preserve the natural environment and to construct a facility that actively seeks to fulfill the utmost environmental standards. The measures taken to preserve, protect and restore the area's natural habitats included protecting existing wetlands, aiming for minimal disturbance during construction and allowing several large wooded areas to subsist.
As construction progressed, more and more sustainable features were incorporated into the building design. Since its first day of operation in March 2013, the facility has been able to save 2,188,072.6 gallons of water, 16,576.23 pounds of waste and 5,914,586.87 kWh of electricity - that is equivalent to preventing 4,600 tons of CO2 from entering the atmosphere.
As the facility reaches full capacity, additional ideas and projects will be implemented to decrease the environmental footprint of the facility and increase environmental awareness among employees and within the community.