Environmental Stewardship

For much of its history, Teichert has been firmly committed to preserving, protecting, and enhancing the environment in which we operate. We are leaders in partnering with federal, state, and local agencies, as well as our neighbors, to deliver products and services in an environmentally responsible fashion. This leadership ensures that the air, water, and other natural resources of our region are minimally impacted by our activities. When Teichert cannot avoid impacts related to our activities, we strive to thoughtfully implement measures to mitigate for our impacts such as the creation of public preserves, the restoration of wetlands and other natural habitats. Teichert also contributes directly by supporting local and regional community oriented and environmentally oriented non-profit partners. Our approach allows us to play a major role in supporting the infrastructural, material, and other needs of our communities while also maintaining the kind of place and environment in which all of our customers and employees wish to live.

As with all aspects of our business, our people with their skills and knowledge are our greatest asset to conduct our business while also providing stewardship for our environment.  We rely on our leadership and employees to effectively implement Teichert’s Environmental Policy and continually evaluate our processes for efficiencies and opportunities to improve. Teichert has a history of taking the initiative to stay ahead of environmental requirements – usually exceeding what is required and doing so before requirement deadlines. We participate in the development of new environmental rules, policies, and programs by partnering when possible with our various regulatory agencies.

Water supply and quality has been a difficult and sensitive challenge in California for decades. Most recently, the state’s updates to both the California Construction and Industrial General Permit for stormwater discharges impose significant requirements on owners and contractors to control and manage storm water during construction and in the built environment. These take the form of requirements for the development and implementation of Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plans (SWPPP) and compliance with the regulations of the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES). Teichert has responded with an industry leading level of commitment to working with agencies and meeting the law by training every Teichert foreman, project manager, plant manager, and project engineer on SWPPP and NDPDES requirements. We have in-house Qualified SWPPP Practitioners (QSPs), Qualified SWPPP Developers (QSDs) and Trainer of Record (ToR) to ensure that we can plan appropriately for each site or projects stormwater needs. Teichert will also take a leadership role as California reaches out to it citizens and government to develop and implement new rules and regulations to protect California’s vital groundwater resources through implementation of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act of 2014.

The states and regions where we do business have also invested enormous time and effort to improve air quality, and Teichert has played a leadership role in several areas. We are major contributors to the Cleaner Air Partnership which continues to be a unique approach that brings together business, regulators, and environmental groups to collaboratively tackle the region’s air quality issues, support measures to meet Federal clean air standards that protect public health and promote regional economic growth. Teichert has assisted local Air Districts by publicizing air quality incentive programs to our trucking partners accessing our facilities that have helped to upgrade older heavy duty diesel trucks. We require our employees to limit the amount of idling for off road and on road equipment and continue to upgrade Teichert’s extensive on road and off road vehicle fleet emission profile by investing in new Tier IV engine technology and other methods to clean up older engines. These actions are not easy but have the effect of significantly reducing NOX, greenhouse gas and other emissions to improve our region’s air quality.

Teichert’s operations reflect our environmental commitment in many ways. One important way is Recycling. Teichert has extensive capacity to accept and process recyclable construction material such as used asphalt or concrete at many of our facilities or where appropriate at the job site where it is generated. By providing recycling opportunities at our operations and job sites, Teichert:

  • Reduces the amount of material being directed to our regional landfills. Regional landfills are stretched to capacity and under strict regulation to find ways to direct materials to beneficial uses other than disposal.
  • Reduces the rate of current mining. This allows for reduced environmental impacts related to mining and conserves limited aggregate resources for future generations.
  • Decreases energy use. Turning recycled materials back into useable products requires less energy than processing newly mined aggregates. The use of recycled asphalt reduces the amount of new oil use by as much as 25%.
  • Reduces the environmental impacts of trucking. At the appropriate locations, Teichert provides a single location for the delivery of construction materials to be recycled and then the same trucks are loaded with new (or recycled) construction material to be transported to the same job in many cases. Where space and regulations permit we can set up recycling equipment on the job site thereby keeping the impact of trucking even smaller. In these ways Teichert reduces the amount of trucks required which results in less fuel consumed, reduced air pollution, reduced noise pollution, and less traffic impacts on our roadways.
  • Reduces air pollution and greenhouse gases produced at each step of the process. The majority of recycling operations reduce the power and fuel consumption needed during production and distribution of construction materials.

Teichert has also used our technical expertise and experience to participate in the development of specifications for warm mix asphalt to reduce energy demand with the co-benefit of reducing greenhouse gasses and other criteria pollutants. We have conducted extensive improvements at our facilities to reduce energy consumption with variable speed motors, LED lighting, and insulation in various parts of the asphalt production process. We treat roads at our sites with dust palliatives to control emissions while reducing our need for water. Process water used at our Readymix and Rock Plants is collected and reused. Waste minimization is also important and results in recycling used oil, scrap metal, pallets, drums, totes, and rubber belting.  Where feasible we have installed renewable energy facilities including solar and wind generated power. Teichert Materials is recognized by our peers and regulatory agencies as leaders in exemplary mine reclamation. We have and continue to reclaim over one thousand acres of land returning formerly mined areas to provide high quality natural habitats, permanent open space preserves, agriculture, and public parks and parkways. Teichert’s Stonebridge Division is applying modern planning strategies to develop formerly mined and reclaimed lands for re-use as future development as industrial, retail and housing to help our communities respond to the need for sustainable housing.

A few examples of the many awards we have received for our environmental stewardship include the Business Environmental Resource Center Award for recycling efforts, Excellence in Mine Reclamation Awards from the California Construction and Industrial Materials Association for habitat restoration, the Business Clean Air Award from the American Lung Association and Business of the Year by the Sacramento Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce for our clean mobile fleet. We were an initial volunteer participant in the greenhouse gas emission registry (California Climate Action Registry) in California.

Like our customers, Teichert cares about our community’s future. The teams we field demonstrate through their knowledge, training, and personal commitment that caring for the environment and the people who live in it is a central part of everything we do.

Click here for our Environmental Policy.