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Owens Corning Issues 2009 Sustainability Report

Owens Corning has released its fourth annual Sustainability Report, which outlines the company's progress in reducing its environmental footprint, greening its product lines, providing energy-efficiency solutions for the built environment and supporting renewable energy sources. “Our fourth annual Sustainability Report demonstrates our commitment to setting and meeting aggressive goals related to greening our products and greening our operations,” said Frank O’Brien-Bernini, Owens Corning chief Sustainability officer. “We have made solid progress with our sustainability efforts and remain focused on continuously improving.”

Among other products, Owens Corning manufactures composites that are used in wind turbine blades, which generate renewable energy worldwide. These products address a significant and timely challenge: 40% of global energy consumption and associated greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions come from the world’s homes and buildings, and there is a growing demand for low-carbon, renewable energy.

”Sustainability is at the core of our business. For decades, our products have contributed to energy efficiency, affordable and clean renewable energy solutions and durability in buildings and infrastructure,” said O’Brien-Bernini.

The report includes details of the company’s reduced environmental footprint; its meeting with President Obama to discuss and support his HOMESTAR legislation, a program that promotes the creation of tens of thousands of U.S. jobs and encourages consumers to make energy-saving improvements to their homes; Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Gold certification in the New Construction category for its Gresham, Ore., foam insulation plant, the only LEED® Gold-certified insulation facility in the U.S.; and more.

In addition, the report includes information about Owens Corning’s progress toward its 2012 goals for intensity reductions in energy usage, greenhouse gas emissions, nitrogen oxide, organic compounds, particulate matter, waste-to-landfill contributions and water usage.

For more information or to view the full report, visit www.sustainability.owenscorning.com.

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