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Andersen Corporation: Member of the Month

November 15th, 2017

Andersen Corporation, a longtime supporter and partner of Environmental Initiative, is our Member of the Month for November. This year, at the 25th Anniversary Environmental Initiative Awards, Andersen’s Eliza Clark was honored as an Emerging Leader— the very first recipient of the award. Clark is the Director of Sustainability and Environmental at Andersen Corporation, a founding member of the Minnesota Sustainable Growth Coalition, and the Vice Chair of Super Bowl LII’s Sustainability Committee. She’s a standout in corporate sustainability, and known for unifying others. You can learn more below about Andersen Corporation’s environmental leadership below.

 

1. What drew you to be a board member of Environmental Initiative?

Andersen Corporation has been one of Environmental Initiative’s longest and most enthusiastic supporters. We believe in the power of unconventional partnerships to solve tough problems, which is at the core of Environmental Initiative’s mission. I am proud and humbled to have the opportunity to serve on the board of an organization that is both convening and leading some of the most innovative and effective environmental programs in our region.

2. What makes Environmental Initiative such a hub for successful environmental collaborations?

I believe Environmental Initiative’s success is largely due to its outstanding staff who have consistently demonstrated not only technical acumen, but also authenticity, empathy, and inclusiveness over the organization’s 25-year history. Leaders across our region have come to trust Environmental Initiative to help bridge challenging barriers to build understanding, focus, and momentum.

3. How does Environmental Initiative support your goals and mission as Director of Sustainability at Andersen Corporation?

We have bold goals at Andersen to advance environmental responsibility outside our four walls. Environmental Initiative provides a key platform to work with other companies, NGOs, and public sector partners to assess and tackle systemic problems and opportunities.

4. Andersen Corporation has sponsored Environmental Initiative’s Business and the Environment Series for over a decade. Why?

The Business and the Environment Series (fondly known as “BES” to its regulars) has consistently delivered quality educational content and best practice sharing among environmental practitioners across Minnesota. We are grateful that we had the opportunity to foster, support and grow this network of collaborators who share the belief that our society benefits when we share knowledge and resources.

5. You were the 2017 recipient of Environmental Initiative’s Emerging Leader award. What did receiving the award mean to you?

This year’s Environmental Initiative Awards had a special dynamism tied to the organization’s 25th anniversary. It was amazing to feel the energy and shared resolve in the room that evening. As I stated in my remarks, I feel incredibly lucky to be working in the field of sustainability within the best environmental community anywhere– much of which is tied to Environmental Initiative’s leadership and history.

6. As we look to the future, what role do you see Environmental Initiative playing in advancing sustainability in our region?

With programs like the Minnesota Sustainable Growth Coalition, Environmental Initiative is on the cusp of an exciting new chapter in its history– one the is propelled by its extensive network and credibility as an effective convener. I am very excited for the work ahead of the organization and look forward to celebrating many measurable wins and partnerships over the next 25 years!


Each month, we feature information about one of our members on the Initiative blog and on our website. Contact Sacha Seymour-Anderson anytime at 612-334-3388 ext. 8108 to learn more about this membership benefit.

Sacha Seymour-Anderson

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Development Director

Meet Andersen Corporation: Member of the Month

October 11th, 2016

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Paintbrush: employee dormitory located near Old Faithful – first LEED Platinum building in the National Park Service.

At Andersen, our values define us – they speak to our past and guide our future. They are the foundation of what makes us Andersen. Our value of Corporate Citizenship ensures we continue our longstanding commitment to leadership in environmental stewardship and to make a positive impact in the communities in which we live and work. It is the reason we’ve supported Environmental Initiative for over two decades.

It is also the reason we have partnered with Yellowstone National Park. Yellowstone captured our attention nearly a decade ago with their quest to become the greenest national park and Andersen joined that effort, sharing our expertise in energy efficiency and providing in-kind windows and doors for key projects in the park.  It has been a remarkable journey and a wonderful way to live one of our key values. Andersen’s involvement during the past several years, as well future green building plans within the park, is detailed here.

Or, see firsthand and hear from our Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Jay Lund about the steps we are taking to reduce our environmental footprint and increase our positive impact across our value chain as he speaks from Yellowstone National Park – Preserving the View: 2015 Corporate Sustainability Report.

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Each month, we feature information about one of our members on the Initiative blog and on our website. Contact Sacha Seymour-Anderson anytime at 612-334-3388 ext. 8108 to learn more about this membership benefit.

Annie Perkins

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Sustainability Analyst at Andersen Corporation

Member of the Month: Andersen Corporation

July 1st, 2015

AndersenCompostBlog.jpg.As the largest window and door manufacturer in North America, Andersen Corporation understands the responsibilities of being an industry leader. Headquartered along the banks of the St. Croix River since its founding in 1903, environmental stewardship is in their nature.

With a long history if industry firsts, this past year was no different. In 2014, Andersen signed the Ceres Climate Declaration. The Declaration is intended to help accelerate the adoption of sustainable business practices needed to foster a healthy global economy. In consideration of the broad-based acceptance of recent International Panel of Climate Change (PPCC) reports, and increasing evidence of current climate change impacts, Andersen is proud to join the ranks of leading companies that recognize the need for collaborative commitment as a powerful force of change in the face of deeply entrenched challenges.  In support of this commitment, Andersen also announced new corporate sustainability goals, committing to reduce solid waste, energy and water use by 20 percent per unit of product by 2020, using 2013 as a baseline.

Since the building sector is responsible for a significant proportion of global greenhouse gas emissions, Andersen recognizes the opportunity to contribute substantially to the solution. Providing durable, energy efficient products play a key role in expanding green building strategies across all new construction and existing buildings.

Andersen takes a collaborative approach to continually improving the environment and communities where its employees live and work. By engaging employees, suppliers, customers, and community experts to understand best practices and benchmark operations, they continue to increase efficiency and reduce impacts. This collaborative approach is one of the common threads between Andersen and Environmental Initiative. Andersen’s continued support of Environmental Initiative’s Business and Environment Series helps advance collaborative efforts around sustainability within the region.

Look for their 2014 Corporate Sustainability Report, meeting the new GRI G4 standards, early this month!

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A note from Environmental Initiative:
Each month, we feature information about one of our members on the Initiative blog and on our website. Contact me anytime at 612-334-3388 ext. 101 to learn more about this membership benefit.

Sacha Seymour-Anderson

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Development Director

Meet Our Members: Andersen Corporation

May 1st, 2014

Andersen Corporation is the largest window and door manufacturer in North America. Headquartered along the banks of the St. Croix River since its founding in 1903, environmental stewardship is in their nature. As an industry leader, Andersen has a history of sustainability firsts and was a proud recipient of the 2007 Environmental Initiative Green Business and Environmental Management Award for their innovative steam plant in Bayport, Minnesota. Andersen continues to evolve its sustainability journey with a steadfast focus on supporting the triple bottom line of people, planet, and profit.

Andersen takes a collaborative approach to continually improving the environment and communities where its employees live and work. By engaging employees, suppliers, customers, and community experts to understand best practices and benchmark operations, they continue to increase efficiency and reduce impacts. This collaborative approach is one of the common threads between Andersen and Environmental Initiative. Andersen’s continued support of the Business and Environment Series helps advance collaborative efforts around sustainability within the region.

Andersen believes increased transparency is critical for driving overall environmental and social progress. They continue to participate in the development of the window and door industry’s product category rule –a prerequisite to publishing environmental product declarations. Additionally, their continued support of transparency is evident as their 2012 Corporate Sustainability Report (CSR) met Global Reporting Initiative’s (GRI) requirements for a C Application Level. Look for their 2013 CSR, expected to meet GRI B Application Level, next month!

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A note from Environmental Initiative: Each month, we feature information about one of our members here on the Initiative blog and on our website. Contact me anytime at 612-334-3388 ext. 101 to learn more about this membership benefit.

Sacha Seymour-Anderson

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Development Director

Embedding Sustainability – Why, How and Is It Even Possible?

May 17th, 2012

What do dumpster diving, battling paper wasps with honeybees, and overcoming envelope misconceptions have in common? They were all stories we heard at last Friday’s Business & Environment Session – and all are ways that companies and institutions have engaged employees, integrated environmental practices into their most fundamental processes, and taken steps to embed sustainability into the fabric of their organizations.

As we heard throughout the day, embedded sustainability can mean many things to many people. So why talk about it? Despite the varying definitions, we all came away with a more complete understanding of what it means to take steps to shift sustainability from an “add-on” to a foundational piece of your operations; from something that employees grumble about adding to their already full plates to something that’s automatically factored into every decision; from being housed with an individual or an isolated department to a concept that is built into a company’s brand and identity.

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Georgia Rubenstein

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Senior Manager, Sustainability Program

Swapping Supply Chain Stories: Business and Environment Session Recap

August 24th, 2011

Last Thursday, around 60 people gathered at Renewal by Andersen’s manufacturing facility in Cottage Grove – in a bright, window-filled room, of course – to discuss motivations and strategies for greening their supply chains.

This session was the second in our 2011 Business and Environment Series. The three events in this year’s series are designed to provide tools to help diverse professionals more effectively plan, implement and lead sustainability programs in their organizations. It’s clear that looking beyond internal initiatives to the sustainability of your products throughout their entire lifecycle – and greening your supply chain – brings greater opportunity for environmental benefit and cost-savings. However, greening your supply chain isn’t always easy. It requires navigating a complex network of suppliers and customers, managing multiple information requests, tracking lots of new data, and prioritizing and communicating in new ways. (more…)

Ellen Gibson

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Senior Program Director

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