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Stanley Black & Decker Welcomed Into TDEC's Green Star Partnership

Wednesday, December 12, 2018 | 01:12pm

Stanley Black & Decker’s manufacturing facility in Jackson is the latest inductee in the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation’s (TDEC) Green Star Partnership for exemplary environmental actions in manufacturing.

The Tennessee Green Star Partnership recognizes Tennessee manufacturers that are committed to sustainability and exhibit continuous improvement throughout their entire operation. Sharing successes, networking, and best management practices are just a few of the opportunities the Tennessee Green Star Partnership offers its members.

In the last 12 months, Stanley Black & Decker has been active on several environmental fronts, including the replacement of one of its older chillers, which saved an estimated 200,000 kilowatt hours. It has replaced all of its lights in its parking lot, as well as lights in the plant and office areas, with LED lighting for a reduction of 940,000 kilowatt hours. The plant has also focused on becoming zero-waste, including recycling for latex gloves, sending rags for laundering instead of going to a landfill, and identifying new streams of waste reduction to be implemented by the end of the year.

“These steps are significant not only because of their positive impact on the environment but because they are voluntary actions,” said Dr. Kendra Abkowitz, TDEC assistant commissioner. “We like to see such responsibility by outstanding businesses, and that’s why we are excited to have Stanley Black & Decker in our Green Star Partnership, which is one of our most distinguished programs for sustainable practices.”

Stanley Black & Decker manufactures precision components for power tools and hand-held compressors. The site also has a Warranty Exchange Center and Administrative Returns system, which receives, stocks, evaluates and reconditions professional power tools.

“We are very honored to receive this recognition from TDEC for our efforts and commitment to our corporate social responsibility of ‘Inspiring Makers and Innovators To Create a More Sustainable World,’ by positively impacting the environment through our operations,” said Lora Gans, environmental health and safety manager at the Jackson plant. “This has been a team effort at our plant by all of our employees to help us make a positive impact to the environment.”

For more information about the Tennessee Green Star Partnership, visit https://www.tn.gov/environment/program-areas/opsp-policy-and-sustainable-practices/business-and-private-sector/green-star-partnership.html