Continental Cut Stone earns sustainability certification
Oberlin, Ohio— Continental Cut Stone in Florence, Texas, is certified to the Natural Stone Sustainability Standard (NSC/ANSI 373). The company has achieved Gold status for its quarry, which extracts cordova cream and cordova shell limestone, and Silver status for its manufacturing facility, which processes limestone from raw stone blocks into usable building materials.
“It has been a goal of mine for several years to get our companies certified,” said Rob Teel, president of Continental Cut Stone. “I have been involved with the Natural Stone Council from the beginning and believe that stone has a great story to tell. We are proud of our staff, especially Kristin Cannon, for going through the process with the help of Tom Cleveland. We hope others will continue to follow suit and become certified.”
The Natural Stone Sustainability Standard was first published in 2014 by the Natural Stone Council. Ownership of the standard was transferred to the Natural Stone Institute in early 2021, which represents an important opportunity to raise awareness about the standard within the design community and to position natural stone as a solution to green building goals.
Quarries and stone manufacturers can use this multi-featured industry standard to identify ways to improve sustainability efforts in their operations. NSF’s external verification allows companies to certify that they meet the standards of the standard, including human health and safety, corporate governance and environmental responsibility. By defining best practices for land reclamation, adaptive reuse and management of excess materials and waste, the standard ensures that natural stone companies are good stewards of the land.
For more information about the Natural Stone Sustainability Standard and source-certified natural stone, please visit: www.naturalstoneinstitute.org/sustainability.