TestAmerica is proud to be the leader in environmental testing and data deliverables, providing services that enable clients to make decisions that positively impact the environment. Our laboratories and all our support functional groups are guided by the core values of quality, service, integrity, and environmental leadership; and operating as a socially accountable business is firmly embedded in everything that we do. Our approach to the environment, the workplace, and the communities, in which we operate, contribute to and shape our business strategies. In that spirit of environmental stewardship, our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Sustainability processes take into account the social, ethical, and environmental impacts that our activities have on our employees, local communities, and the global community we serve.
At TestAmerica, we believe that our growth and advancement must be accompanied by sustainable environmental conservation. Our planet and societies will not be able to develop in a positive manner without a healthy environment. Environmental testing is fundamental to maintaining the viability of our planet, recovering natural resources, and managing water resources and waste efficiently. These are the reasons we strive to minimize the environmental impact of our activities by applying environmental best practices, responsible resource consumption, and proper waste management.
The foundational blocks of our CSR and Sustainability Framework are not novel or new. We have been consciously working on sustainability initiatives for many years, and will continue to build upon our progress and implementation of initiatives that are both socially responsible and sustainable solutions. Examples of our sustainability initiatives include:
TestAmerica monitors our use and handling of a variety of chemicals and solvents used in our daily operational activities. Best practices have been defined across our business sectors to minimize solvent usage, and reduce waste and air emissions based on the potential impacts to the environment. These solutions have included the following:
TestAmerica measures vehicle mileage each month on a lab-by-lab basis across our entire business. As part of this review, best practices have been defined across the business to reduce air emissions and the potential impacts to the environment. These solutions include:
Our laboratories and service centers have been designed and modified to provide on-going sustainability initiatives, including electrical, lighting and HVAC efficiency, as well as a focus on our facility footprints, sample storage and employee comfort and satisfaction in their working environment.
The environmental testing business has traditionally been a very high user of paper both in the analytical process, as well as final hard copy data reports. TestAmerica has, and continues to, focus on internal systems and external deliverables, with the mission of achieving a paperless environment.
Since 2005, TestAmerica has reduced its paper usage by over 95%. Our online secure data service, TotalAccess, makes data reports, status information, and invoices available to clients electronically. High quality, automated, and searchable .pdf analytical reports are primarily delivered electronically through email, web portal or TotalAccess, thus reducing paper usage, as well as packing material and mailing.