The mission of the Gypsum Association, a not-for-profit trade association founded in 1930, is to promote the use of gypsum while advancing the development growth, and general welfare of the gypsum industry in the United States and Canada on behalf of its member companies. The member companies of the Gypsum Association foster an accountable and environmentally responsible attitude. A commitment to preservation of natural resources, establishment of recycling and waste management programs, and dedication to land reclamation inform the actions of today’s gypsum panel producers.
Product transparency is a high priority. To that end, the Gypsum Association has taken a lead in communicating the environmental performance of gypsum board. In 2013, the Gypsum Association published a life cycle assessment (LCA) document and a product category rules (PCR) document for North American gypsum boards. An environmental product declaration (EPD) for gypsum wallboard was released in May 2014.
Other facts related to gypsum and sustainability:
• For over 50 years, manufacturers have been using recycled paper for board face and back.
• In 2013, the gypsum industry used over 40 million cubic yards of paper material destined for landfills--enough paper to fill more than 10,000 standard railroad cars.
• Gypsum can be recycled in many ways. It can be used as a soil conditioner, an additive to concrete mixes, or it can be introduced back into the gypsum production stream.
• The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) credits use of FGD gypsum toward LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification.