Minimizing our impact for a healthier world

At Armstrong World Industries, we recognize our responsibility to protect our shared planet: In order to create healthy buildings and spaces, we need a functioning and stable environment. 

We continue to strengthen our sustainable practices with a focus on sourcing responsibly and building circular manufacturing processes. We aim to minimize our environmental impact by reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and integrating more renewable energy sources. We’re also limiting waste through innovative manufacturing processes and circular economy systems that bring new life to used products. Finally, we’re thinking deliberately about how to optimize our water use and contribute positively to water management and restoration efforts where we operate.

You can learn more about our company-wide environmental policy here.

Targets for 2030

100% of our electricity needs will be sourced from renewable energy.

We will decrease absolute Scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions by 30% from a 2019 baseline in accordance with the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi), allowing us to meet a well-below 2°C scenario.

We will decrease absolute waste from our operations by 50% off a 2019 baseline.

100% of our water management practices will include measures designed to minimize usage and environmental discharge.

Carbon Highlights

The threats we all face from climate change have never been more urgent. As world leaders struggle to coordinate a response to the crisis, companies have an opportunity to lead the way. Armstrong World Industries is committed to transparent action on the climate crisis, and in April 2021 we joined the SBTi to set goals in line with the Paris Agreement under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Working with the SBTi, we set an internal goal to meet a well-below 2°C target and have committed to reducing absolute Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHG emissions by 30% from a 2019 baseline. This would offset all of our electricity usage and a portion of our natural gas usage. We are continuing to work with the SBTi to set a Scope 3 emissions goal that would help limit global warming to well-below 2°C above pre-industrial levels.

Looking forward, because our most innovative, high-quality products are more energy-intensive to make, we will be challenged to balance the long-term benefits to customers with our goals to reduce emissions.

Water Highlights

While we do not operate in any areas considered high water stress, meaning water demand is much higher than the renewable water resource available in the region, we are mindful of our responsibility to limit our resource consumption. As we upgrade our facilities, we are able to achieve greater efficiency of water and energy use. In 2014, we installed a new water filtration plant at our Marietta, Pennsylvania, facility. 

Over the past few years, we continued our work to turn the old Wastewater Treatment Plant Landfill at our Macon facility, which had been in operation since the 1940s, into a productive ecosystem. Since 2016, we have worked with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on mitigation measures for this Superfund-listed site to ensure that soil contaminants like polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) would not enter the local drainage system. We also partnered with the Pollinator Project, a non-profit focused on protecting pollinating species, to restore the landscape by turning it into a 4.5-acre meadow planted with 20 native plants that attract and support bees, butterflies, birds and other species crucial to a functioning ecosystem. 

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