Green Initiatives

KCMA Stewardship

The Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Association developed the Environmental Stewardship Program (ESP) to encourage practices that benefit the environment and society. The voluntary program gives cabinet manufacturers a way to demonstrate their commitment to sustainability and helps you identify products that are better for your home, your family and the environment.


Key Facts:

  • ESP was launched in 2006
  • ESP is the only environmental certification program that specifically focuses on kitchen and bath cabinets
  • Certification is awarded based on compliance in five categories: air quality, product resource management, process resource management, environmental stewardship and community relations
  • ESP rewards manufacturers for low formaldehyde-emitting wood products
  • ESP promotes use of wood from a recognized sustainable forestry program
  • ESP promotes ongoing education and outreach by awarding certification points to manufacturers that educate suppliers and promote community involvement
  • ESP requires companies to annually review their practices to safeguard the environment, track their achievements and continually seek new methods and practices.
  • The ESP seal is displayed on certified products
  • In March 2009, ESP earned approval from the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) accredited certification organization, validating the ESP certification process. The audit followed ANSI approval of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Green Building Standard™, which references ESP as the benchmark in green cabinet standards.

What it Means to You:

When you buy ESP certified cabinets you can be confident you are making the right choice for the environment and your family. You can take comfort in the fact that the manufacturer of your cabinets is committed to environmental responsibility. By purchasing ESP certified cabinets you are doing your part to support the environment and build an environmentally-friendly home.