Use of the term “sustainability” dates from the 1987 publication of Our Common Future. Also known as the Brundtland Report, Our Common Future was produced by the United Nations World Commission on Environment and Development. Based on information gathering work conducted by the Commission, the document defines sustainable development as, “Development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”

In practical terms, sustainable has come to mean anything “green” or environmentally and/or socially beneficial. Regardless of which definition is used, gypsum, gypsum panels, and gypsum plaster are characteristic of sustainable building materials and are readily incorporated into green building projects.

Member companies of the Gypsum Association hold an environmentally responsible attitude toward their operations, including the preservation of natural resources, the establishment of recycling and waste management programs, responsible policies toward land use, and compliance with applicable laws, regulations, and manufacturing standards.

Indeed, our members are at the forefront of efforts to manufacture gypsum board through recycled or recovered materials, to use energy-efficient technologies, and to rehabilitate former mines and quarries, among other environmentally-sound practices.