Jayco Gets Green Certification

Lucas Cooney
by Lucas Cooney

Jayco, Inc. has announced that all of its products, including brands produced by Jayco, Starcraft RV and Entegra Coach, have been “green certified” by TRA Certification, Inc., an internationally accredited certification organization.

This makes Jayco the first major RV manufacturer to be 100 percent green certified and fully-recognized for building products with green manufacturing processes and materials.

There are four levels of TRA’s green rating for RV manufacturers: Bronze, Silver, Gold and Emerald. The majority of Jayco, Starcraft and Entegra Coach products achieved Emerald ratings in three out of five categories (water efficiency, indoor environmental quality, and operation and maintenances) and Gold ratings in the other two categories (resource efficiency and energy efficiency).

The Jayco Skylark travel trailer was awarded an Emerald Level Performance Rating, the highest rating available. It answers the call towards being “greener” than other conventionally built travel trailers of its size by offering standard features aimed at energy efficiency. Green technology such as LED lighting systems throughout help consume less than one-fourth the electricity than conventional lighting consumes, and lamps last about 10 times as long. Double-paned acrylic tinted windows, Azdel Super Lite substrate in all lamination and various other “sustainable technology” techniques help keep the Skylark energy efficient.

“Jayco is honored to be the first major manufacturer to receive 100 percent green certification of all its towable and motorhome products and plants,” says Derald Bontrager, Jayco’s president. “We are proud of the efforts we make to be a “green” company and operate as a good corporate citizen.”

Bontrager said that Jayco has had a recycling program in affect since the early 1980’s, adding that Jayco has received several recognitions for its recycling efforts including a Governor’s Award of Excellence.

“Being green-minded is not a new concept at Jayco,” says Bontrager. “A recent report of our efforts in 2009 shows that our recycling efforts and other conservation programs helped us save more than 28,000 trees. We saved enough energy to power more than 600 family homes for an entire year, and saved more than 14,000 cubic yards of landfill space.”