Bayport-based Andersen Corp. has signed the Ceres Climate Declaration becoming the first window and door manufacturer and the 19th Minnesota company to signal support for the adoption of sustainable business practices outlined in the document.

"Buildings are responsible for a significant proportion of global greenhouse gas emissions," said Andersen's chairman, president and CEO Jay Lund in a statement. "Adding our signature to this declaration affirms our responsibility and commitment to provide energy efficient products that can be part of the solution."

More than 1,000 companies across the nation have signed the Ceres Climate Declaration, which is "a call to action on the rising ecological, economic and human costs of climate change." Minnesota companies that have signed the declaration include Aveda, General Mills Inc. and outdoor recreation and resort companies Spirit Mountain, Lutsen Mountains and Welch Village.

Andersen Corp. also announced new sustainability goals by pledging to reduce its solid waste, energy and water use 20 percent by 2020.

"Our sustainability goals demonstrate how we put our support to action within our own operations," Lund said.

Ceres is a nonprofit organization founded in 1989 in the wake of the Exxon Valdez oil spill to find solutions to sustainability challenges including global climate change. Ceres launched the Climate Declaration on April 10, 2013, with 33 company signatures. More than 1,000 companies have signed the declaration since including Apple Inc., Walt Disney Co., General Motors Co. and Nike Inc. The full declaration is available at the Ceres website

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