As a company, SELEE ensures its own sustainability through a variety of manufacturing initiatives, on-going employee education and incentive programs, and several community out-reach programs designed to improve the environment where we work and live. We are proud to claim that everyone at SELEE is fully involved in promoting, implementing, and living our corporate commitment to sustainability.
SELEE's Green Team
The Green Team is comprised of employees who are interested in learning more about waste reduction and sustainability. The team meets once a month to discuss ongoing projects, progress toward goals, and new ideas. We also meet once a month to do an onsite stream clean.
The Green Team goes on “field trip” tours of other manufactures that are working toward zero waste, as well as recycling and compost facilities. The tours take place on average once every quarter.
Use this calendar to keep up with all SELEE Going Green events and activities throughout the year.
Scroll over images in calendar to learn more about each event.
SELEE's First Annual Garden Planting Day
NC Department of Environmental Quality Secretary Visit July 2016
NC Department of Environmental Quality Secretary Donald van der Vaart visited SELEE in June 2016 for a tour and to learn about what SELEE does to protect the environment. His visit was reported in the Hendersonville Times-News.
The Green Team adopted the stream on our property in early 2017 as part of Mountain True’s Adopt-A-Stream program. Adopt-A-Stream is a community based monitoring program where volunteers identify and restore stream health and water quality. SELEE is committed to protecting our water quality and ecosystems.
Environmental Stewardship Initiative (ESI)
SELEE became a partner with NCDEQ’s ESI program in December 2016.
“DEQ's Environmental Stewardship Initiative is designed to promote and encourage superior environmental performance by North Carolina's regulated community. This program seeks to reduce the impact on the environment beyond measures required by any permit or rule, producing a better environment, conserving natural resources and resulting in long-term economic benefits. Partners must demonstrate a commitment to maintain compliance, and either commit to establishing an environmental management system or set long-term measurable environmental performance goals.”
SELEE Environmental Stewardship Initiative Goals
- Develop & implement an EMS or obtain ISO14001 By Dec 2020
- Reduce solid waste to landfill by 3% annually.
- Reduce electrical usage. Set baseline and target after conducting plant-wide energy audit.
Goal of Zero Waste to landfill by 2025!
Recycling & Compost
In 2016 we implemented several recycling programs that diverted waste from landfills and allowed the material to be recycled & composted. Our solid waste to landfill decreased by 40.5% in 2016.
Water Bottle Filling Stations
To help reduce our environmental impact, we have installed water bottle filling stations on the manufacturing floor. Since installation in October 2016, we have saved over 3,500 bottles from the waste stream by using refillable bottles.
We recycle our used gloves through Kimberly Clark’s Right Cycle program. The program was implemented in September 2016 and we have already saved over 500 pounds from landfills